In 2018 Dutch artists participated in more than 15,000 cultural activities in 108 different countries.
Flanders remained a strong and homogeneous Roman Catholic area shortly after the Second World War. Today the Church in Flanders is not longer as strong as it used to be, but in a whole new phase. The change is gathering momentum. It is impo...
Michel Foucault may have predicted the end of the humanities, but today Digital Humanaties, the digital revolution and the virtual world are offering a new beginning. In the process, our humanities research and how this is being done will ...
It's early morning in Mechelen and the streets are empty. Derek Blyth is looking forward to wandering down the cobbled lanes, looking inside gothic churches, passing some time in the municipal museum, and ending up, as everyone does, in one...
The life of the painting The Bon Vivant (De vrolijke drinker), by Louis de Moni (1698-1771), has been quite eventful. During the lifetime of the Dutch master, at the start of the 1760s this work in cabinet format was purchased for the coll...
Anyone reviewing the landscape of the Dutch-language poetry of the last few years is bound to note that it is flourishing, that it is characterised by an enormously multi-facetted structure and that, considering its negligible economic imp...
Back in the 1880s, when Van Gogh was plodding through the Brabant potato fields, Eindhoven was just a small Catholic town. Now it is the fifth largest city in the Netherlands, with an acclaimed modern art museum and a world-class design ac...
‘About suffering they were never wrong, The old Masters’ DUTCH AND FLEMISH ARTISTS AROUND THE GLOBE On 20 January 2017, a mural appeared on Barthélémylaan/Boulevard Barthélémy on the Canal in Brussels, of an imminent beheading. The knif...
In the science fiction novel 'Concept M' author Aafke Romeijn takes the reader forward to the Netherlands of 2020, where the disease of colourlessness makes for heated, polarizing debate and protest.
Thierry Baudet’s conservative ideas fly in the face of the enlightenment values that have long been dominant. This opposition is a defining moment for our modern culture.
Reflecting on Leonardo da Vinci’s death, 500 years ago, Luc Devoldere makes a few comments on the notion of the uomo universale.
This week's Friday Verses are written by Kristien Spooren (b. 1994, Mechelen). We selected ‘Gingerbread’.
When natural processes and the laws of physics lead to compelling, lyrical artefacts.
In 2019 the oldest Centre for Dutch Studies in the UK, housed at the University College London (UCL), celebrates its centenary. One may ask if there is much cause for celebration.
What's at stake on Sunday? Political scientist Herwig Reynaert is looking ahead.
The artist from The Hague builds overwhelming experiences in the form of large installations.
This week's Friday Verses are written by Dominique De Groen (b. 1991, Jette). We selected her poem ‘Dreaming of the Sacrificial Lamb - Dream #1’.
Have you ever wondered why orange is the colour of the Netherlands? You find the answer in the sixteenth century.
After five years of renovation and decolonisation, the AfricaMuseum in Tervuren opened again. Dutch writer of Congolese descent, Kiza Magendane visited the museum with mixed feelings.
Ostend is different. Other resorts along Belgium’s North Sea coastline are small, touristy places. But Ostend is a real city.
Where are the official apologies for the sufferings the Dutch and Belgians caused in their former colonies?
What did the Dutch know, through the ages, about what went on in their colonies, in the East and West Indies? Ewald Vanvught gives an outline of the current changing view of the colonial period in the Netherlands with reference to four monu...
The festival season has barely started, but, already, the Ghent artist with Caribbean roots seems to be making her mark this year.
No house is more Dutch than the terraced house. Yet this type of house has only recently come to be valued as it should. Time to redress the balance.
Welcome to the surreal worlds of the Antwerp-based artist with Portuguese roots, whose characters’ hair blows with the wind.
Cross-border solidarity in Belgium and the Netherlands is more popular than the political debate suggests.
Thierry Baudet and Dries Van Langenhove receive far more attention from the media than is justified by their importance.
Substantially declining student numbers, reduced social status, dropping budgets: Dutch studies is encountering heavy weather.
Forty years after his death, the novels of Louis Paul Boon, Flanders' most anti-authoritarian writer, are still worth reading.
Flanders' most colourful and most cosmopolitan rocker turned 70.
Travel diaries written by Dutch men and women born more than two centuries ago suggest that stress is not a recent phenomenon.
Right-wing extremism and Muslim extremism penetrate deeper into society, even into institutions. Meanwhile a much larger problem is overshadowed: inequality.
Pop music sung in dialect is on the march in the Netherlands. Why?
A hundred years ago the world encountered a Spanish flu pandemic which cost an estimated 50 to 100 million lives. But in the Netherlands it was long underestimated by the government. Medical historian Leo van Bergen sketches the devastation...