Discover Benelux | Editor’s Note
Discover Benelux Issue 38, February 2017 Published 02.2017 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 Bas van Duren Bettina Guirkinger Cathy van Klaveren Ella Put Frank Van Lieshout
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It is time to wave goodbye to the winter blues and get into the Carnival spirit with our sizzling February issue. Temperatures may be continuing to plummet across the Benelux, but merrymakers are taking to the streets in their finest fancy dress to eat, drink and dance! One song that is sure to get you in the mood for Mardi Gras is our cover star Baloji’s latest track, Spoiler. An exultant blend of Congolese Rumba and hip-hop, this perfect party track features on the French-speaking rapper’s latest EP 64 bits & Malachite, and features a very cool video which he also directed. Having moved to Belgium from the city of Lubumbashi, Congo at an early age, Baloji was raised in French-speaking Wallonia and is currently based in Ghent. In the midst of working on his third solo album, we caught up with the 38-year-old cultural polymath, who told us about his journey reconnecting with the Congo and the marriage between his Belgian and Congolese identities. The topic of identity also came up in my interview with Flemish writer Tom Lanoye, who splits his time between his native Antwerp and Cape Town, South Africa. According to Lanoye, who is one of the most widely read authors in the Netherlands and Flanders, spending time away from his homeland actually makes him “a better European”. Having been an expat myself, I have to agree with this sentiment, although you do not necessarily need to travel so far to re-evaluate your way of life. It may not be as extreme as jetting off to another continent, but if you also feel you could benefit from taking some time away from wherever it is you call home, why not check out our inspiring spring travel guides. Whether you are seeking culture, adventure or pure relaxation, we share our favourite spots for a rejuvenating weekend away. Get that city break in the diary now!
Anna Villeleger, Editor
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