Europe by People | Cultural Programme of the Dutch EU Presidency in 2016

Written by deBuren on 14 January 2016

The Dutch presidency of the European Union Council began on January 1st 2016. Europe by People, the presidency's cultural programme, explores contemporary social isssues through art and design and unfurls a range of cultural exchange initiatives. While the majority of activities will take place in Amsterdam, the European capital Brussels will also play host to a series of events.

deBuren will participate in a number of initiatives organised as part of Europe by People, mainly in Brussels. On March 8th deBuren and BOZAR will organise a Dadaist evening of performances, film shorts and music from the 1920's in conjunction with the De Stijl exhibition at BOZAR. On May 11th in connection with BOZAR's Designing Democracy exhibition (curated by XML), we will present a debate exploring the renewal of democracy and the role culture, and specifically design, can play in this process. On May 18th we will organise the first of two debates discussing the European Urban Agenda. This debate will be held at deBuren and discuss how the Urban Agenda could impact on Dutch and Flemish cities. The second debate, which will be held in the Netherlands, is still to be announced. Finally, deBuren will also jointly organise an exhibition of recent work by young Dutch and Flemish photographers selected by FOAM (Amsterdam Museum of Photography) in Brussels.

The Festival of the Low Countries

On May 28th and 29th, the doors of two pop and rock temples will swing open to host each other's musical talent: Ancienne Belgique in Brussels and De Melkweg in Amsterdam. Together, they will select a generous programme of bands from The Netherlands to play in Ancienne Belgique. Reciprocally, a selection of Belgian acts will take the stage at De Melkweg. One of the artists to be presented at AB will play an intimate, acoustic set at a lunchtime concert at deBuren, as part of the series deBuren hebben Oren (deBuren have ears).

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