Discover Eindhoven, The Netherlands in this catalogue of creative happenings
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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?


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.


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.


Face to face with Joan Baez Face to face with Joan Baez
April 13th, 2011

I was enjoying my sunny Saturday like everyone else when an email popped into my mailbox from a guy from Portland called Ian who needed a haircut. Seems kind of random, right? But when it turns out that he’s the lighting guy for folk legend Joan Baez and would be in town for a few days and needed a few tips, I didn’t hesitate to put together a bespoke itinerary for Ian and his crewmates. In my reply email I was also cheeky enough to venture for a ticket to tonight’s concert, and maybe even an interview with the great lady. Let’s just say Ian was pleased with his new hairdo.


Next stop please! Next stop please!
March 3rd, 2011

“The Netherlands has made a habit of producing some of the design world’s biggest names – Tord Boontje, Maarten Baas, Droog and Hella Jongerius, to reel off just a few. This month, at London’s Selfridges, however, it’s a younger generation that are making their mark,” Malaika Byng, Wallpaper*.


Food visionary Food visionary
January 18th, 2011

I just spoke to Franke Elshout for an hour, but it felt like 15 minutes. We talked about food, local produce, crockery, (as well as the bio-industry, stress management, beer). Franke (28) is one half of Keukenconfessies (Kitchen Confessions) with Maarten Lockefeer, a food design studio and catering company. She is a foodie, a teacher of food design at HASkennistransfer in Den Bosch, is a mother-to-be (at the time of writing, 10 weeks to go!) and I think of her as a philosopher. Her connection to food is creative, intuitive, and it’s also larger than life.


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!


Storm in a teapot over good music Storm in a teapot over good music
January 12th, 2011

This Sunday you can check out Lunapark’s Sturm im Wasserglas. Jazz organisation, Axesjazzpower, will present a literal storm in a water glass (or teapot). This concert is based on the name of a piece by Magnus Maier, for string quartet and drumkit (you can practically hear the ranting and raging when you picture that combination of sounds, right?). Sounds tantalising to me.


Eindhoven’s talents are no wall flowers Eindhoven’s talents are no wall flowers
December 23rd, 2010

I’ve been enjoying leafing through the January issue of Wallpaper* mag which is all about the future of design, architecture, cars, cooking, fashion and photography, and am chuffed to see Eindhoven mentioned in it more than one modest time.


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