Discover Benelux, Issue 37, January 2017

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door and discover some of the city’s best alternative cultural attractions.

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Igone de Jongh may be better known for pirouetting than body popping, but that has not stopped her stealing the show as one third of the judging panel on Dutch television’s hit series Dance, Dance, Dance. We spoke to the prima ballerina about life as the Dutch National Ballet’s principal dancer, as well as her burgeoning TV stardom and the possibility of an acting career.

BUSINESS 38 Company profiles, regulars and successful Belgian start-ups We showcase some of Belgium’s most exciting entrepreneurial ventures, as well as profiling the Benelux businesses you need to know about. Also, do not miss our interview with Camille Thommes, director general of the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI).

THEMES 11 Amsterdam: The Ultimate Winter Destination The Dutch capital is resplendent every season, but there is something particularly magical about the wintertime. We present our guide to the city’s top art and culture spots, as well as letting you in on the best places to stay.

26 Brabant Special


With its historic towns such as Breda and ’s-Hertogenbosch, as well as vibrant design hubs like Eindhoven and Tilburg, Brabant is home to some of the best museums and galleries in the Netherlands. Where better to spend your next winter break?

57 Belgian Events Calendar 2017 From international art to classical music, not to mention some delicious beer festivals, we give you the unmissable dates you need to add to your diary.

62 Amsterdam’s Most Upcoming Areas In the mood to discover somewhere new? We share some of our favourite places in the Dutch capital’s most cosmopolitan and upand-coming areas; Amsterdam Zuidoost and Amsterdam Oost.

66 Alternative Amsterdam’s Best Cultural Attractions 26

Amsterdam is renowned for its liberal attitude and tolerance. Leave any stereotypes at the


Amsterdam FashionWeek This month the fashion crowd will descend on Amsterdam to see the latest collections from a host of Dutch and Flemish creatives. Discover Benelux spoke to two Dutch designers who will be presenting their Fall/Winter 2017 collections.

70 Seafood in Scheveningen Attention all foodies! We delve into the Dutch seafood industry and discover Scheveningen’s proud fishing heritage.

74 Benelux Film Guide 2017 We look forward to a fantastic year for cinema in the Benelux and highlight some movies you will not want to miss.

76 Anna van der Breggen Interview Dutch Olympic gold medallist Anna van der Breggen looks back on a highly successful year and reveals her sporting goals for 2017.

78 Benelux Beats We caught up with Dutch singer/songwriter Eefje de Visser to discuss her hugely personal and critically acclaimed third album Nachtlicht.

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