Discover Eindhoven, The Netherlands in this catalogue of creative happenings

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?

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!

From the mouths of babes From the mouths of babes
November 22nd, 2010

Sadly, despite all the screaming we did on Saturday, no change in the government’s iron decision to cut funds for culture. Maybe they’d change their mind if they saw this speech which nearly made me cry on Saturday. Because Sep, only 9 years old, delivering his first public speech, told us why culture and expression is an absolutely essential factor of our human condition. Watch and weep (quietly while no one is watching).

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?

Murderous melodies, bringing us back to life Murderous melodies, bringing us back to life
September 10th, 2010

The audience of the Flux-S concert this evening were broad-minded, with varied expectations of the programme. Whether we knew it or not, we were to be captive listeners of many of the numbers from the song cycle The Island Moved in the Storm, an album by Matt Bauer with an extraordinary arrangement for string quartet for this performance. It’s about the murder of a young woman near Matt’s hometown back in ’68. Grisly of topic but pearlescent of execution thanks to the musicianship, care and deliberation of the playing. And then other songs from other albums such as Nandina gave us the titles with wonderful word combinations like “Jordan in a plastic bag”. I spoke to Matt after the show, who is really a shy, genuinely warm and bear-like man … There is a mis-match with this image and the sombre mystical poetry layered with velvety textured music swirling in the abandoned looking space of the former Philips building at Strijp-S.

Let a flux-s of creativity flood you Let a flux-s of creativity flood you
September 9th, 2010

The second edition of Flux-S is opening as I type, an event I unfortunately cannot attend due to a very much anticipated international visit from a dear friend.

But that doesn’t mean I can’t go to each of the next days of this 4-day international arts festival at Strijp-S in Eindhoven. The theme is Flux/S – Drafts Establishing Future. To illustrate a future cultural heart in Eindhoven, a large number of artists will inspire people with visual arts, music, performance, dance, film, video, poetry and literature.

You say hello, and I say … hello You say hello, and I say … hello
September 4th, 2010

Tomorrow, you can toddle along to the Hallo Cultuur! event in Eindhoven, where all the cultural institutions will be opening their very wide arms to accept a very broad audience, with a range of activities and performances to show what they do and let us all have a taste of let’s call it “organised culture”. By coming along, you’ll be actively living your cultural life. Whether you subscribe to season tickets to the Parktheatre remains to be seen, but it doesn’t matter. Live. And say hello (or ‘hallo’) to lots of other people experimenting with a different facet of their personal approach to culture.

“The future is black” “The future is black”
June 30th, 2010

When people are passionate, you can’t help but feel passionate for them, or try to see what it is they are passionate about. Today I went to see a Baltan Laboratories presentation by three such passionate guest speakers. Director of Baltan Laboratories, Angela Plohman, opened by explaining the nature of the organisation: a 2 year pilot program of an art and media lab whose activities include residences and workshops, exploring what the lab of the future might be. Today’s session would be on “copylefting” and the results of the EMF Orchestra workshop which was run earlier today by Wendy Van Wynsberghe and Peter Westenberg from Constant in Brussels. But first we listened to how Julien Ottavi, from APO33 in Nantes, listens to the world around us, and about his electromagnetic spectrum research.

Green chamber music Green chamber music
June 7th, 2010

Everything’s green these days. Organic food, all-natural cosmetics and now, green music. Well now there’s, chamber music played in the open air, in a park, which is green. Come to the Kamermuziek in het Groen, 2010!
Where: Stadswandelpark Eindhoven
When: Sunday 27 June, 1pm – 6pm
Entry: Free

The song stripped bare The song stripped bare
May 30th, 2010

The biggest surprise for me of the evening: Matt the Electrician. It’s not the Paul Simonesque voice, the quirky album cover art with the chicken or the trademark beard + hat combo. It’s Matt’s lyrics. During “Happy Ending” I found myself in tears.

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