High Road to Culture in Flanders and the Netherlands

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High Road to Culture in Flanders and the Netherlands

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Belgium: A Vaccine Country

If a vaccine against COVID-19 is ever developed, there is a good chance it will happen in Belgium.

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For Extremists of All Kinds, Jews Are a Target

Don’t start shouting that ‘we’re back in the 1930s again’, writes Fraihi. That sort of warning is counterproductive and even risks gaining the status of forbidden fruit.

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A Tsar on a Tow Canal Boat

For three centuries, the barge between Bruges and Ghent was a popular and luxurious means of transport.

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How Missing Soldiers Regain Their Identity

An exhibition at the In Flanders Fields Museum shows how missing soldiers of the First World War have got their identity back thanks to archaeological and historical research.

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The Future of Historical Dutch Is International

International interest in Dutch sources is huge and, thanks to digitalisation, there are more texts available than ever. But human know-how is lagging behind technological progress.

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Humour in 2022: Battleground and Minefield

Humour is right there in the boxing ring of our society. So, there is much more to jokes and witticisms than just getting a laugh. But how does humour relate to power?

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Belgium Is Europe in Miniature

Belgium has an interim minority government to deal with the corona crisis. The emergency has exacerbated the division in the country. Will Belgium fall apart, or is it actually a laboratory for Europe?

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Tourists, Go Home!

Tourism is increasingly becoming more of a curse than a blessing in Amsterdam, Bruges, Maastricht and numerous other places in the Low Countries.

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The Colonial Debate in the Netherlands in Four Monuments

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...

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Demolishing the Stereotypes

The distorted image that many Dutch people have of the overseas territories during the colonial occupation is often based on movies.

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A Museum of Compromise

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.

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The St Matthew Passion Is About Us

Why our we still fascinated with a commemorative work like the St Matthew Passion that was written almost three hundred years ago?

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Voetvolk: Surrender Without Submission

Into the Open is a new performance by Voetvolk. Read this portrait from 2019 of unconventional dancer Lisbeth Gruwez, composer Maarten Van Cauwenberghe and their company Voetvolk.

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The Malleable Rembrandt

Dutch art often appears in debates about identity, and this always happens in terms of what is 'own' and 'foreign' to it. Rembrandt in particular turns out to be very 'malleable'.

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Not Just for Bookworms A Literary History of the Low Countries

This excellent and comprehensive literary history of the Low Countries, spanning more than a thousand years, will serve both to whet readers' appetites and to provide insight into the socio-historical and literary contexts in which that lit...

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