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Discover Benelux Issue 34, October 2016 Published 10.2016 ISSN 2054-7218 Published by Scan Group
Editor Anna Villeleger Assistant Editor Charlotte van Hek Copy-editor Isa Hemphrey Graphic Designer Mercedes Moulia Contributors Bettina Guirkinger Cathy van Klaveren Demelza Stadhouders Ella Put Frank Van Lieshout
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4 | Issue 34 | October 2016
Welcome to the October edition of Discover Benelux and the third season of the year. Autumn has to be my favourite phase in the Benelux. Whether you are cycling through golden forests, taking a bracing stroll along the beach or revelling in a city break, you will undoubtedly be struck by the region’s warm colours and strikingly blue skies. Yes, you might occasionally need your umbrella, but there are so many cultural events to ensure any unexpected downpours will not dampen your spirits. Head to our Out & About calendar for highlights such as the Late Openings at Brussels Museums, a lovely autumn tradition which sees certain institutions in the Belgian capital put on special workshops and guided tours every Thursday evening. Over in the Grand Duchy, the prestigious Luxembourg Festival kicks off on 7 October, offering performances ranging from drama to world music via jazz and contemporary dance. Meanwhile, design aficionados will be descending onto Eindhoven in the Netherlands at the end of the month for the 15th edition of Dutch Design Week - read our feature on page ten. Creatives from home and abroad will be showcasing their latest works, while this year’s special theme is ‘the making of’ looking at how everyday products and services are made. Talking of everyday items, Belgian painter - and our October cover star - Luc Tuymans has dedicated his latest London portrait exhibition, Luc Tuymans: Glasses, to spectacle wearers. The artist made a name for himself as quite a provocateur, so if you happen to be in the English capital expect some far more daring subject matter than the exhibition’s title might suggest. Head to page 46 to read our interview with the talented creative, who despite being cited as one of the world’s most significant contemporary artists, continues to live and work in his hometown of Antwerp. Like us, he knows the Benelux is the place to be!
Anna Villeleger, Editor
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