deBuren's programme for the first half of 2016!

Written by deBuren on 14 January 2016

Over the last five years, there has been a 70% increase in the number of activities at deBuren, without even the slightest bulge in the budget. It's a testament to the hard work and ambition of the team here. However, this effort is simply not sustainable, and with new times come new questions. This spring we'll be thinking about the future, imagining new formats, developing strong partnerships and intensifying our collaboration with De Brakke Grond. A step back in preparation for a grand salto? Certainly!

One change to the programming is already certain: with deBuren, we want to respond to the contemporary with even greater definition. Not only latent actuality, but also the rapid currents of events that influence our lives, all-too-often dismissed in de jour journalism with a pair of well-aimed quotes and an interview of a passerby. With deBuren, we want to approach these issues in our own way: with rigour, depth and appropriate attentiveness.

Two moments jump out from our spring programme.

Naturally, we will be supporting the Cultural Programme of the Dutch EU-presidency in 2016, titled Europe by People. Alongside working with the BOZAR exhibitions Theo van Doesburg and New Narratives for Europe, we will investigate how the Europese Agenda Stad (Europe-Facing City) creates opportunities for collaboration and exchange between Dutch and Flemish cities, with the aim of standing strongly side-by-side in Europe.

Another highlight: we are drawing the BesteBuren year to a close with a Flemish-Dutch weekend of love in Antwerp (February 13-14th). Two days of exciting artists, high-minded programming, and a hopeful Valentine's message for the future.

In anticipation of the autumn, when Flanders and The Netherlands will be the guest nation at the Franfurter Buchmesse, we'll be taking citybooks to Germany for the first time. Finally, we are calling out to all young, talented writers of the Low Countries to take part in our 5th writers' residency in Paris. We're already announcing our first guest speaker: minister of culture Gatz will strike up a conversation with tomorrow's sharpest thinkers.

Dear critical follower of deBuren, know that this is not the full picture. More so than ever, our newsletter is set to become the source of up-to-date information.

Wim Vanseveren

Director of Flemish-Dutch House of Culture deBuren



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