Discover Benelux, Issue 31, July 2016

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Discover Benelux | Editor’s Note

Dear Reader,

Discover Benelux Issue 31, July 2016 Published 07.2016 ISSN 2054-7218 Published by Scan Group Print Liquid Graphic Ltd Executive Editor Thomas Winther Creative Director Mads E. Petersen Editor Anna Villeleger Assistant Editor Charlotte van Hek Copy-editor Isa Hemphrey Graphic Designer Mercedes Moulia Contributors Adam Jacot de Boinod Berthe van den Hurk Bettina Guirkinger Cathy van Klaveren

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Welcome to the summer! Hopefully you have been able to make the most of the recent sunshine and perhaps the greenfingered amongst you have been using the longer days as an opportunity to embark on a spot of gardening. I have horticulture on the brain as I recently had the chance to talk to Dutch visual artist Claudy Jongstra, who made the headlines with her Silver-Gilt winning entry at the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show in May. As a highlight of Queen Elizabeth II’s calendar, events do not get much more British, so Jongstra was amazed to scoop such an accolade for the Netherlands with the Honeysuckle Blue(s) garden. Pioneering as well as beautiful, it showcases plants which are capable of producing high-quality natural dyes, which fits in perfectly with this artist’s commitment to sustainability and the environment. For those who missed out, Jongstra’s winning garden is coming to the Benelux too: it will be shown in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, in 2018 - when the city will be the European Capital of Culture. Talking of culture, our July edition is bursting with it. From a look at Belgian’s blooming art scene to the various cultural attractions that feature in our district-by-district guide to Amsterdam - not to mention Luxembourg’s fairy tale-worthy chateaux - we show you where to go in the Benelux to satisfy your cultural cravings. Enjoy!

Anna Villeleger, Editor