One of the things I like about the way they organise festivals in the Netherlands is how they change every year. Crossing Border (29 Oct – 4 Nov 2018) was first organised in The Hague in 1993 and Theater aan het Spui was the original location. So in a sense the festival was coming home … Continue reading This was Crossing Border 2018
Kevin Morby is a singer-songwriter from Texas who now lives in Brooklyn, New York. His lyrics are culturally relevant and his recent live performance at Paradiso in Amsterdam was stunning and energetic. As a start, you’ve got to listen to his Beautiful Strangers song. I especially like this part of the lyrics below. The obvious … Continue reading Is Kevin Morby the new Bob Dylan?
Motel Mozaique has been going on for 18 years now, and this year’s edition felt like summer with a warm and sunny weekend. Culturaal covered the 2017 edition here, so this time we will just cover six artists we discovered and enjoyed. Wye Oak They are an American indie band from Baltimore in Maryland and … Continue reading Rotterdam’s Motel Mozaique 2018: Wye Oak, Martin Kohlstedt, Henry Green and more
When we hear about trendy cities The Hague is never on the list. Den Haag (its name in Dutch) entails an aura of bureaucracy, international justice and government policies for those who don’t know it well. However, there are a lot of trendy places in The Hague where you can enjoy food, drinks, cultural events … Continue reading The Hague is also trendy
Every year since 2008, the EBBA Awards are given to the best European emerging artists for successfully reaching out to a large European audience outside their own country. Among them are now eminent artists such as Adele (2009), Jain (2017), Milky Chance (2015), Selah Sue (2012), Stromae (2011), Swedish House Mafia (2012), only to mention a … Continue reading Throwback to the European Border Breakers Awards (EBBA) Ceremony
Motel Mozaique is a festival that takes place in Rotterdam every year in April since 2001, when the city was European Capital of Culture. Music, theatre, performance and visual arts are presented at various locations over the course of a weekend. Where exactly? The festival is spread out over a number of venues across the … Continue reading Motel Mozaique 7-8 April 2017, Rotterdam
Dutch band AVI ON FIRE presented their EP at Zwarte Ruiter in The Hague on 4 March and they are currently on a mini tour in The Netherlands. Lead singer Bram Wesdorp features on the cover of WIN holding half an orange and sporting a Fred Perry polo shirt and a pink headband. I am not so … Continue reading Orange squeeze: press play for Dutch band AVI ON FIRE
4 March 2017. Lucio Dalla would have turned his seventy-fourth birthday. But he died on the 1st of March 2012. Lucio was an Italian musician, composer, songwriter, activist, performer, talent scout, TV producer, and actor. He was a living legend. A milestone of Italian musical history and heritage. I have had so many songs of … Continue reading Happy birthday Lucio!
Leipzig, mid-November. It is cold, it even snows. A Christmas spirit and a Glühwein smell are already floating in the air since the Christmas market’s wood chalets are being installed. I first think it is too early to prepare for Christmas, but I enjoy finding out about the advent tradition, typical decorations and delicacies in … Continue reading On the Leipzig Music Trail: hunting for melodies
The XX will release their new album on 13 January 2017. This month they released the single “On Hold” and they are currently on tour. Let’s make that phone call, at least 3 times. On Hold – Official Video On Hold – Performed on Saturday Night Live On Hold – Official Audio Photo: The XX … Continue reading The XX – On Hold