Discover Eindhoven, The Netherlands in this catalogue of creative happenings

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April 9th, 2014

Farewell The Dossier readers! It has been some time since the last entry; many things have happened in this Editor’s life – a child, a boost in other paid writing opportunities, and a more internally focused outlook. So, it’s time to close these files for now. Enjoy your explorations in Eindhoven, and in creativity. Who […]

Hallo Eindhoven! Hallo Eindhoven!
September 16th, 2011

There’s a bit of a trend of that’s going to hit the streets of our town soon. Some of it has already arrived. Strangers to and in Eindhoven.

I’m all outta love, or am I? I’m all outta love, or am I?
September 6th, 2011

Love affairs are funny, and not only can you have them with friends, lovers or pets, but you can have them with cities. So many times I’ve heard about people loving their cities, like New York, Paris, London. But Eindhoven?

Tick tock, tick tock: it’s Eindhoven o’clock Tick tock, tick tock: it’s Eindhoven o’clock
June 22nd, 2011

I’ve been taking my time reading In Praise of Slow. I know the organizer of the Slow Management Conference which is taking place tomorrow. And I also know the guys from KLOKby who will be opening their atelier doors tomorrow and talking about their approach to co-creation when creating mechanical timepieces. Let’s take a moment to stop and slow down, here in Eindhoven. Plenty of ways to get you thinking about old man time.

Rambling musings from … #1 Rambling musings from … #1
June 3rd, 2011

Ah! A new file type for The Dossier. This time, with guest blogger Christopher Rawlins, we hit the streets of Eindhoven using his tried and tested – yet experimental for me! – technique of talking to complete strangers. My extra challenge? The interviews were to be conducted in Dutch. So, armed with mildly topical questions, we nabbed unsuspecting interviewees and chatted to Martijn, Levi, Nicole and Jenny, four 20-somethings from Eindhoven and beyoooooond!

The powerful natural force of massage The powerful natural force of massage
April 14th, 2011

When Emma Smith – artist and masseuse – opens the door this afternoon, she is wearing pale green trackpants and a turquoise velour zip jacket with puffed sleeves. Her long hair is twisted into a loose bun and her fringe is pinned away from her face. In the kitchen, where I take a cup of herbal vanilla tea, the mug itself is peppermint coloured, which pairs nicely with the veneer of the spearmint-hued cabinetry of the kitchen. I sense that nature and the forces of it are significant to Emma.

They don’t do soirées like they used to … They don’t do soirées like they used to …
March 13th, 2011

They do them better.
At the inaugural iamexpat soirée at one of Amsterdam’s many obscure restaurants/ exhibition spaces/ cosy spots for encounters – Canvas on the 7th – the atmosphere was warm. In fact this month I’d been planning to write mostly about spring, but this evening had something decidedly of summer about it. I felt like I was on holiday perhaps – murmurings of Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Greek, German and Italian were to be heard at every turn (plus continental and native accented English), and Amsterdam’s international, expat core was to be seen milling about: all dressed up with somewhere to go. News Roundup: Week 49 News Roundup: Week 49
December 2nd, 2010

OverEindhoven News Roundup Week 49
The Dossier is proud to bring hard-nosed local news (as opposed to feel-good culture-y stuff) to Eindhoven residents, future Eindhoven residents and the just generally curious. The good folks at have put together this compilation for you, to keep you and me (!) up to date with what’s been happening in the city the last 7 days. This edition, there’s a shoot-em-up, a sports update and snow-traffic weather tip plus a preview on the Serious Request Glasshouse event that will descend upon Eindhoven in the coming weeks!

x marks this spot x marks this spot
November 23rd, 2010

Yep, and that spot is Eindhoven. It deserves a prominent place on the Netherlands’ map, and today I’ll review 10 publications and sites that prove it. None of the English language ones were around when I moved here. Such a void can make one feel like one is about to go and live in a backwater … The only resources I had to hand four years ago were dry, blue, uptight corporate sites mainly supplied by the local council, tourism board or Brainport. It’s good to see Eindhoven turning a corner and recognising its international-ness by supplying accessible resources. Tell me what I’ve missed, or which of these are you favourite references.

Who – or what – is Zwarte Piet? Who – or what – is Zwarte Piet?
November 18th, 2010

Zwarte Piets are white people with blackface paint on their faces. You can’t be serious!
Okay, please don’t groan if you’re reading this and you happen to be Dutch! But, a couple of minutes googling anyone can gather reams of stories on how wrong expats regard the Zwarte Piet characters. You too can sit alongside and be horrified by the inherent wrongness of it all. For many newbies to the lowlands, Zwarte Piet represents Dutch multi-cultural hypocrisy, which according to one source, encourages regular citizens to condone blackface practice and “illustrate the passive-aggressiveness of the Dutch character”. Being Australian myself, I’ll admit when I first arrived I bore my own brand of speechlessness. I thought it an outrageous failure of the Dutch to not see how wrong their depiction of Zwarte Piet was.

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