Whale oil was a good substitute for vegetable oils and fats, so merchants in the Netherlands saw opportunities to earn good money with whaling. The Dutch hunted whales from 1612 to 1964.
Twenty-four Flemish writers and poets wrote each other letters during the first weeks of the coronavirus lockdown. This is the correspondence between Jeroen Olyslaegers and Siel Verhanneman.
Fifty years ago, Jan Wolkers shook the Netherlands to its foundations with 'Turkish Delight'. Aleid Truijens blushed when she reread his taboo-breaking classic novel.
Tourism is increasingly becoming more of a curse than a blessing in Amsterdam, Bruges, Maastricht and numerous other places in the Low Countries.
Five hundred years after his birth, publishers can still learn from his cultural entrepreneurship.
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?
After the First World War, architect Huib Hoste helped rebuild the Flemish Westhoek. But his innovative ideas quickly clashed with residents and their yearning for the past.
There is something about the development of the Indonesian language that irritates journalist Joss Wibisono - it is being mixed with English.
If a vaccine against COVID-19 is ever developed, there is a good chance it will happen in Belgium.
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'.
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.
The new director of Ons Erfdeel regrets that the debate about Flemish self-awareness has degenerated into a polarisation between the populist right and the tendentious left.
For three centuries, the barge between Bruges and Ghent was a popular and luxurious means of transport.
No fewer than 76 different flowers and plants have already been identified on the Ghent Altarpiece. And all that greenery is rich with significance.
Even in the Low Countries, not everyone is convinced that the anniversary should be celebrated with much fanfare.
The far right uses social media as a sort of pulpit from which to lash out without restraint against the left and society’s alleged excesses.
Fleming Peter De Brabander provides the logistics for movies about the Second World War.
Eindhoven-based story designer artist Alice Wong is interested in how reality is shaped.
Discover the other side of the popular seaside resort with its impressive Art Nouveau houses, adorned with loggias, glazed tiles and elegant ironwork.
He sets fire to furniture, makes seats grow and locks people in clocks to manipulate time. Designer Maarten Baas continues to surprise.
What is the result of the deal between Google Books and the Ghent University Library?
Where are the official apologies for the sufferings the Dutch and Belgians caused in their former colonies?
Flanders' most colourful and most cosmopolitan rocker turned 70.
Luc Devoldere states that we have no choice in Europe, but to become as multilingual as possible.
A portrait of unconventional dancer Lisbeth Gruwez, composer Maarten Van Cauwenberghe and their company Voetvolk.
Why our we still fascinated with a commemorative work like the St Matthew Passion that was written almost three hundred years ago?
A young, progressive generation is genuinely interested in Belgium’s colonial past, mainly because they realise that the origin of today’s racism can often be found in this period.
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.
The distorted image that many Dutch people have of the overseas territories during the colonial occupation is often based on movies.
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...
Hundreds of thousands of people have visited the scars left by WWI in recent years, but war tourism is not a new phenomenon.
This practical and comprehensive translation handbook is aimed mainly at learner-translators from Dutch to English with CEFRL level C in Dutch and native or near-native competence in English. As the authors point out in their introduction,...
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...