Discover Eindhoven, The Netherlands in this catalogue of creative happenings

Charismatic crooners Charismatic crooners
June 19th, 2011

Humans love music because it moves us. It moves us to feel and do things that ordinary life sometimes doesn’t do, because we don’t pay enough attention. The genius of the Naked Song Festival, every year, is the brilliant programming that spans the full gamut of human emotions (well so it seems). This year I cried, laughed, nodded, admired and danced. And if you can do that in a span of 7 hours and feel like your heart is bursting with thanks, if you feel like your life is richer and that you are capable of so much more than you were before, then good programmers and artists will continue to be in the business of changing lives.

No frills festival is for winners No frills festival is for winners
June 10th, 2011

The Naked Song Festival 2011, Saturday 18 June at the Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, is all about singer-songwriters.
They’ll sing their poetry and weave melody into tales. They’ll make us laugh, cry and think a bit more. Maybe they’ll make us dance. This festival is all about song, that rich and versatile medium that requires no more and no less than the people who wrote them to perform them and an audience to make the songs come to life.
That’s why The Dossier is thrilled to be able to give away 2 tickets to some lucky reader…
Simply write to and tell me the story of why you should win the tickets.
Shall I see you there?

A surprising taste of Eindhoven, Italian style A surprising taste of Eindhoven, Italian style
June 7th, 2011

Guest The Dossier reader-writer Sahana Prakash checked out the Dommelstraat. See what we co-wrote on her experience. If you want to submit a story or a tip, contact!
“Don’t be surprised that if passing through Dommelstraat, you get hungry. The aroma of melting cheese from Antonio’s Italian restaurant won’t escape you, and it didn’t escape me. Antonio’s always seems to be bustling with people, so I reserved a table for my husband and three friends. Would I be pleasantly surprised? …”

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!

Strawberries are in season Strawberries are in season
June 1st, 2011

Stumbled across this organisation via the Strawberry Earth blog. Initiated in 2008 by Mette te Velde and Ikenna Azuike in December 2008 after they were inspired by the green movement in New York. They make sustainable issues cool for everyone, by taking a creative twist and having fun while caring for the planet. Aw.

Get real: the online and offline worlds of design Get real: the online and offline worlds of design
May 30th, 2011

The other day daydreaming on Twitter, I came across a link for the “What Design Can Do” (WDCD) Conference. I snapped out of my reverie, because it seemed pretty interesting and relevant – you know, practical ways design can impact the world. I thought, yeah, I might go along to it. I got myself a press pass (by tweeting and then sending an email), but afterwards realised I’d double booked myself. Gah! I went back to my electronic Twitter world, and asked whether anyone was going to this conference – in-the-flesh. Klaas van der Veen (graphic designer and typographer) from Explanation Design replied to my tweet to say he would be there. Furthermore, he agreed to write up this real, in-your-face report.

Twisting words and music Twisting words and music
May 26th, 2011

The crowd prefers to dawdle outside on this unseasonably warm May evening, rather than come in and listen to the billed entertainment. This doesn’t dint the enthusiasm of Eindhoven band, Ape Not Mice, hired for corporate gig, Made. After the first set Mark Vrolings (31), drummer, looms so very tall over me, yet speaks softly and attentively about the band he started in 2008. The pretty lead singer, Diede Claesen (20), sweetly barges in on the rushed interview and says to him: “Just checking up on you! I want to hear your English!” she laughs teasingly. Language is a cornerstone for this group, which I’m about to find out. But first, the music.

FLIM makes a solid debut FLIM makes a solid debut
May 23rd, 2011

When you experience a new CD (remember those?), you need to internalise it, deep deep down. Like, let it seep into your skin, and right into your muscles, heart and bones – into your very nature and the roots of you. I’ve only listened to Flim, by Lunapark, three or four times. And right now I’m listening to it to double check how my music-receptors are going. Yep, they’re workin’ okay.

Family chaos theory Family chaos theory
May 20th, 2011

“I have chosen this image of a weigh scale to sum up tonight’s opening. There’s a sticker on it, saying it’s in working order. This is an example of how we try to use systems and machines to reduce reality – right down to numbers or notches on a scale. But this exhibition shows that real truth is in the detail and diversity of realities.” With these impromptu, wise words, Mary-Ann Schreurs, Eindhoven city councillor for Innovation, Culture and Public Space intro-ed this evening’s Cartridge Family photographic exhibition opening at the Krabbedans.

Brainfood or Dreamfood? Brainfood or Dreamfood?
May 19th, 2011

I couldn’t make it to the TedxBrainport event last Friday as I decided to leave the lowlands for some higher ground (read: a long weekend in Switzerland to feed my creative soul). But my friend Walter van Hulst, journalist, was covering the event. Let’s just say he thinks there is plenty of room for improvement for next time. He wrote about it on the webmagazine (Dutch language), Hallo040.

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