Joint cultural capital: Frankfurt am Main

Written by Wim Vanseveren on 11 August 2016

This is what we share. Under this slogan, Flanders and The Netherlands present their combined literary selves from the 19th to the 23rd of October 2016 as the guest nation at the 68th Frankfurter Buchmesse, the biggest and most important book fair on earth. Of course, you will see this happy fact reflected in a multitude of ways in deBuren's 2016 autumn programme: in literary and philosophical programmes and via the citybooks that are set to land in Münster and Karlsruhe. As always, we'll present an exciting mix of established talent and young makers.

During the 2016 summer holidays our Parisian writers' residency took place for the fifth time in the Biermans-Lapôtre House, for which we are very grateful. The number of applicants was so great that only one out of twelve could finally be selected, and the quality of submissions was also extraordinarily high. This autumn you will be the first to hear the results at ‘Mais oui, Paris'-evenings in Brussels and Amsterdam. Moreover, we'll be participating in Tilburg at ‘Talent op Tilt' by intensively mentoring gifted writers behind the scenes and with two literary evenings under the moniker ‘Verse Taal' (Fresh Language). Providing opportunities for up-and-coming talent remains our middle name.

As one of the pioneers of podcasting, deBuren remains active on the audio scene. Luister in het Duister (Listen in the Dark) and the Oorzaken Festival are set to become a fine collaboration with colleagues at de Brakke Grond. Paulien Cornelisse is our guest of honour, and we'll once again award the Korte Golfprijs for the most beautiful 3-minute radio work.

Our loyal followers will notice that we're programming fewer political debates in advance. This is because, moving forward, we want to be able to respond more flexibly to current events.

deBuren is taking on a new role as a ‘kennisknooppunt' (knowledge junction): a place where we search for solutions to cultural questions, on the basis of good practices in our neighbouring country. This autumn we'll occupy ourselves with the worlds of theatre and music, in close collaboration with expert colleagues and festivals.

Literature, radio, podcast and debate. It'll be an autumn heavy on language, between Brussels and Amsterdam, and from Paris to Frankfurt. Because that language is what we share. And is what, through literature, allows us to shine far beyond our borders as a top cultural destination. Lucebert said it long ago: "Er is in het woord een zonnetje dat alle veertjes van de huismus kleurt" (In the word is a small sun that colours the titmouse's every feather)".

Wim Vanseveren
director deBuren

Photo Wim Vanseveren © Kristof Vadino





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