At deBuren captivating guests cross swords in order to give inspiring contributions to the public debate, on topics ranging from the cultural, academic and political field. Apart from organizing lectures, debates and exhibitions, we also stimulate the virtual debate through columns by a wide range of authors.


We compassionately encourage you to critically reflect and comment on the columns posted by the chosen authors. But on open ground: under your own name or under a pseudonym known by our web editorial department. deBuren always maintains the right to remove posts that, in our view, do not support an open and honest debate.

deBuren's programme for the first half of 2016!


Written by deBuren on 14 January 2016

The deBuren-programme for the first half of 2016 is online! Director Wim Vanseveren will familiarize you with our plans.

Citybooks | Unique 30 minute audio stories. Writers on cities


Written by citybooks on 30 September 2015

citybooks are *FREE* short stories about cities written by famous authors and up-and-coming literary talents. Perfect for on your e-reader, or for a lazy listening session on your mp3 player. Let the power of imagination carry you all over the world! citybooks is currently present in Ypres for the 100 year commemoration of the Second Battle of Ypres.

Discover our English spoken events!


Written by deBuren on 30 September 2015

Does Dutch sound like Chinese to you? We welcome you to our English spoken events!

deBuren's Checkpoint Europe series focuses on refugee crisis


Written by Alan Hope, Flanders Today on 30 September 2015

Debates, film screenings and other events at the Flemish-Dutch culture house explore the EU's response to the current mass displacement of people from Syria and other war zones.

deBuren is all ears!


Written by deBuren on 16 September 2015

Once a month (on Thursdays) you are more than welcome at deBuren for a lunchtime concert along with a snack and a drink. The programme is eclectic; we like to surprise you as well as ourselves. While it's all rather informal but intimate, there is one thing we do insist on: respect for the performer, which means no talking during the concert. Welcome!

Niña Weijers shortlisted for the Gouden Boekenuil 2015


Written by deBuren on 25 February 2015

Dutch citybooks author Niña Weijers' novel De consequenties (The consequences) was just shortlisted for the prestigious literary prize Gouden Boekenuil 2015. For citybooks Ghent, following Annelies Verbeke, Karl Schlögel, Ángeles Caso en Wim Brands, she will be residing in the Arteveldestad for two weeks to submerge herself in the city's rich historical past.

Call for applications - Join the European Cultural Parliament Youth Network (ECP YN) - The Belgian team


Written by deBuren on 17 October 2014

ECP YN is a Pan-European Network of young art - and culture related professionals exists in total 17 countries across Europe. They are looking for more members to fully create a core group for ECP YN Belgium: persons between 20 and 35 who are motivated to contribute to the development of the culture sectors and for young people in them. This can be done in purely artistic ways, but also structural ways. The deadline is November the 2nd 2014. More information (pdf)

VIDEO: Erdogan supporters and opponents clash in debate about tradition, modernization and gender in Turkey


Written by deBuren on 12 August 2014

Picture posted by Hazal Naz BesleyiciRecently the Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç – a member of Prime Minister Erdogan's Islamist AK party – suggested that women should no longer laugh in public. A storm of protest followed. Within the framework of the WoWmen! festival, deBuren and Kaaitheater organized a debate 10 March 2014 on whether the tension between tradition and innovation in Turkey  is representative of what is happening in gender issues. It was a heated debate between pro and contra Erdogan.

EXPO IN THE SPOTLIGHT: citybooks Hasselt-Genk: city portraits in 24 photos by Athos Burez


Written by deBuren on 6 August 2014

© Athos BurezThe exhibition of fairy-tale citybooks photos by the young Antwerp photographer Athos Burez runs until October. He has made remarkable city portraits of both Hasselt and Genk, using moonlight as one of his backdrops. Because this special citybooks edition took its inspiration from two cities, the photos are naturally to be seen at two locations: twelve photos in the Genk public library, and twelve in Z33 in Hasselt.

Call for artists, musicians an writers to compose Love Songs


Written by deBuren on 16 July 2014

Call for artists, musicians an writers to compose Love Songs for Time Canvas festival, 20 en 21 September 2014 in M HKA, Antwerp.


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