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The Flemish-Dutch House deBuren (“the neighbors”) presents beauty and wisdom of the Low Countries, and offers a platform for debate about culture, science, politics and the society in Flanders, The Netherlands and Europe. It is a place where artists, journalists, academics and politicians get the opportunity to voice their thoughts.

Beauty and wisdom of the Low Countries

In 2004, the Flemish and the Dutch governments together took the initiative of founding the Flemish-Dutch House deBuren as a cultural institution and as a space for debate and reflection. deBuren is a space where listening and talking are equal aspirations. In the capital of Belgium, deBuren offers a forum for art, culture, society and politics of the Low Countries and Europe.

Thinking Europe

Because of the social significance of cultural diversity, it is important that the European countries inform each other about and confront each with their culture. One of the core assignments of the House is therefore creating a platform for debate about Europe and to inform the European citizens through presentations and lectures. You can find activities with an European dimension here

Missed it

While visiting this website, you ‘ll discover a treasure of information. Every activity is accompanied by an audiovisual and/or audio report, which can be downloaded as vod- or podcast.

Radio Books 

Radio Books are a special category of podcasts. You can read Radio Books nowhere, but listen to them everywhere. The stories are written by (mostly) Dutch and Flemish authors and are commissioned by deBuren. The authors read their stories for the first and last time aloud to deBuren, in the presence of a live audience. On www.radioboeken.eu you can download more then 100 audio stories. For free. It is a beautiful collection, a cross section of the Flemish and Dutch literature. Many stories are translated to French, English and Spanish. You can also find a small but enjoyable collection of Radio Books for children.

deBuren expands

Invasive renovations of the 19th century building in Leopoldstraat and fundaments for new developments are planned for in 2009. The result will include extra boardrooms and information spaces, a new reading room and an auditorium. The idiosyncratic, newly developed building will enlarge the current building and it will be delicate and robust, distinctive and in harmony with the existing building at the same time. In the meantime the organization leads a nomadic live. The twelve employees keep office in Brussels and present the program everywhere, and in collaboration with other cultural partners in the Low Countries. 

History

deBuren is a logical continuation of the close cultural collaboration between Flanders and The Netherland in the past decennia. In 1980 both governments decided to register their collaboration with regard to the language in the ‘Verdrag inzake de Nederlandse Taalunie’ (Treaty concerning the Dutch Language Union). Fifteen years later they closed a broader cultural treaty, which led to the founding of the ‘Commissie Cultureel Verdrag Vlaanderen-Nederland’ (Commission Cultural Treaty Flanders-The Netherlands). Because the importance of the European Union increases, they decided to select Brussels as the place where Flanders and The Netherlands want to present themselves as a region linked by language and culture within the cultural diversity of Europe.

deBuren is subsidized by the ‘Vlaamse Gemeenschap (Ministerie van Cultuur)’ (Flemish Community  (Ministry of Culture)) and the Dutch government (Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs).

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