Discover Eindhoven, The Netherlands in this catalogue of creative happenings

And stillness descended on Eindhoven And stillness descended on Eindhoven
July 11th, 2010

I don’t know much about football but I did watch at least 116 minutes of it tonight with a kooky crew of Dutchies, Englishmen/women, a Turk and myself – an Aussie – at a backyard barbie right in the heart of Eindhoven. To me, it was an uneventful game that was pushed into excruciating extended time, which we were assuming would turn into a penalty shoot out. Four minutes to go, the dream that I’ve witnessed in the making this last month went up in a limp vaporous puff. When Iniesta scored for Spain to make it 1 – 0, and there was confusion about whether he was “buitenspel” (off-side), there was the frustrated buzz of objections but then there was absolute silence. Silence in this backyard amongst the 8 eyewitnesses, and silence all around in the night air that hung heavy and ominous; all night the threat of thunder and lightning (much anticipated) had pendulated over us, and instead transformed into the tragic weight of defeat.

Sunday – you time Sunday – you time
July 3rd, 2010

If you’re feeling like you need to stop your brain from that constant chit-chat of the working or study week, and want to just remember what it’s like just to be, and to breathe, then maybe some outdoor Kundalini yoga is just the ticket. In the Philips de Jongh Park in Eindhoven at on Sunday 4 July and 18 July, 15 August, 29 August and 12 September. Cost: donation.

Start off your July with some of this stuff … Start off your July with some of this stuff …
July 1st, 2010

We’re not sure whether this uncharacteristic summer weather will keep up for the weekend let alone very far into July, but here are some of the things going on in Eindhoven soon-ishly:
Autonomy Project closing party at the WEI, Design Academy Students and the Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest (Royal Concerthall Orchestra) have collaborated in Het Orkest (The Orchestra) – see what they have done at the Schellens Fabriek; Sunny SingerSongwriter Sunday #1 at TAC (Temporary Art Centre) and Zimmer Frei (Vacant Room in German) will also be a-happening at Schellens. See you there – tjuuus!

Dutch style ride Dutch style ride
June 30th, 2010

Mi Amore. My sweet little Dutch-style butterfly bike. No other could hold a spoke to you. You’re so cool, with your moustache (handlebars) and leathers (grips and saddles); your curvaceous frame (lugged steel) and 3-speed Shimano gears (guess that one explains itself).
You don’t grease up my pant leg, like that awful road bike I found next to a dumpster full of papayas and soiled nappies; nor do you break down on Nicholson, like that 80’s vintage I won at a carnival; or abuse my perineum like the fixie I had when I was part of a “douche” (the collective noun for a group of fixie-riders). – Rory Belafonte

A stall fit for a queen A stall fit for a queen
April 30th, 2010

A tradition of Queen’s Day is the Vrij Markt, or Free Market, which means any man, woman or child can set up a market stall and sell a load of crap. Sometimes nice stuff gets sold. I have spent the last 4 years marvelling at the amount of useless bibs and bobs that people sell; I’ve heard urban legends of €500 margins in a single day. Well, my takings were considerably more humble, but we did have prime position, right in the middle of town and out of the wind and rain. Pencil next Queen’s Day in your diaries: corner Keizersgracht and Kleineberg, Eindhoven on 30 April 2011. I’ll be there with even more wares to peddle, that’s for sure.

Silent Night, Holy Night Silent Night, Holy Night
December 4th, 2009

A reflection on Werkplaats van de stilte

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