Discover Benelux | Editor’s Note
Discover Benelux Issue 41, May 2017 Published 05.2017 ISSN 2054-7218 Published by Scan Group Print Liquid Graphic Ltd Executive Editor Thomas Winther Creative Director Mads E. Petersen Editor Anna Villeleger Copy-editor Isa Hemphrey Graphic Designer Mercedes Moulia Contributors Bas van Duren Cathy van Klaveren Charlotte van Hek Daan Appels Demelza Stadhouders Ella Put Frank van Lieshout
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Welcome to our May issue. Festival season is now in full swing and the Benelux is buzzing with an array of cultural events. Whatever your artistic preferences, our guide to the best festivals in the Netherlands is sure to inspire. Head to page 18 and take your pick from hip-hop, theatre and much more. Who better to front this month’s magazine than festival pro Wouter Hamel? The musician, who shot to fame in 2005 after winning the Dutch Jazz Vocal Competition, is currently delighting his Asian fans with performances in Japan and South Korea before heading back to the Netherlands next month for shows including the JazzBoZ festival in Bergen op Zoom. The singer-songwriter happens to be turning 40 this month, and spoke to me honestly about his feelings on the eve of such a landmark birthday. It was wonderful to listen to someone with such a happy and positive attitude – hopefully after reading the interview on page 36 you will feel as motivated as I was by his zeal for life. From one storyteller to another: this month we also look back on prolific Belgian author Georges Simenon, best known as the creator of fictional detective Jules Maigret, as well as speaking to Dutch singer, journalist and writer Aafke Romeijn in our regular Benelux Beats feature. Elsewhere in the magazine, we explore Brussels’ bustling art scene with a report from the recent art fair season where events such as Poppositions, Independent and Art Brussels are helping to cement the Belgian capital’s place at the heart of the European art world. We also bring you a guide to the best schools in Belgium and Luxembourg, not to mention tourism specials focusing on Rotterdam and The Hague. Perhaps a city break is in order? After all, there are some bank holiday weekends coming up. Meanwhile, why not grab an early summer ice cream and make the most of the Benelux in bloom. Have a great month!
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Anna Villeleger, Editor
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