Discover Eindhoven, The Netherlands in this catalogue of creative happenings

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?

Much ado about music Much ado about music
January 16th, 2011

I need to take another Sunday afternoon to write a piece about why it’s important to make music.

But in the meantime, watch the video to see why it’s important it’s made in Eindhoven.

Great concert this afternoon, Lunapark – sorry I had to run away so quickly at the end, but want you guys to know it was a thoroughly enjoyable arvo!

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.

Take a deep breath, and … Take a deep breath, and …
November 19th, 2010

Scream for culture along with the rest of the Netherlands. Tomorrow, practically every cultural institution in the Netherlands will be rallying together to demonstrate against financial measures being taken by the government in the area of arts and culture. Read more about this in the new weekly column, in English, at – it’s called Eindhoven Culture Files, and it’s written by me. Anyway, see you tomorrow at the 18 Septemberplein, and don’t forget to bring your best screaming voice (plus lots of water!)

A couple of things to hold onto while surfing into 2011 A couple of things to hold onto while surfing into 2011
November 17th, 2010

Is it just me? Is there anyone else out there feeling the adrenalin rush of riding the wave of post-summer pre-silly season activity as the year draws to a close?

Did that chair just sing something? Did that chair just sing something?
November 8th, 2010

As the PR material says “Carved from the finest woods from the South, comes a mind-bending celebration of post-digital design.” The detail I like most about it is the Dutchified interpretation of crooning; a sort of cross between soulful Leonard Cohen but the assertion that Dino Martino is also a musical influence. I’d like to find out who the voice is behind the singing chair, but that’s not the point. It’s not computer programmed, it is a device that performs LIVE, which is another quirk that makes it likeable. Mind you, some people don’t like the singing chair. They might respect the chair, but they don’t like his voice. Just as well it’s a chair, and not a person – we wouldn’t want to hurt his feelings.

Bright lights, big city Bright lights, big city
November 7th, 2010

I was absolutely gobsmacked when I went out for the first time on the first night of a Glow Festival in Eindhoven. The streets were teeming with souls. Kids, grannies, posses of girlfriends, family groups, full-blooded Eindhovenaren and the International community were all out, enjoying some art. The intensity and quality of city events seem to be gaining strength and popularity too – or is it just me? Take a look at some of the impressions of the evening, and if you’re in the area between now (7th today) and 13 November, Eindhoven is well worth a visit when the sun goes to sleep. Eindhoven, city of light indeed.

Two pieces of Brill-iant advice Two pieces of Brill-iant advice
November 5th, 2010

It’s not every day that you meet an old soul like Erik van Schenk Brill, only 29 years of age. I came into the interview with Erik all a fluster. The weather was rotten, and I had torn myself away from the cosiness of my house and ran-walked through misty rain to our agreed meeting point. I was not sure which way to drive the interview: for Erik wears two hats that I knew of – webdesigner and a musician. Which way to go?

For armchair travellers in the lowlands For armchair travellers in the lowlands
September 15th, 2010

The concepts of a library and trust systems seem to be a thing of the past, but you have to admire the Dutch effort to keep “passers-through” or “stopover-ers” informed of the culture they’ll never see. And it’s heartening, this na├»ve provision of services such as comfy chairs and the opportunity to have a go on an iPad. Schipol Airport Library

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