Discover Benelux | Editor’s Note
Discover Benelux Issue 48, December 2017 Published 12.2017 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 Karl Batterbee Graphic Designer Mercedes Moulia Contributors Bas van Duren Bettina Guirkinger Charlotte van Hek Frank van Lieshout Lidija Liegis Martin Pilkington Matt Antoniak
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6 | Issue 48 | December 2017
Welcome to the final month of the year and a very festive edition of Discover Benelux. If you are not yet feeling the Christmas spirit, our December issue has plenty to help get you there. From the magical Amsterdam Light Festival to Ghent’s famous winter festivities and much more, this month’s cultural calendar is brimming with Christmas cheer. Head to page 85 and take your pick from a host of unmissable events. We also have a bumper Christmas gift guide (see page 14) for those of you looking to spoil a loved one with an extra special piece of jewellery under the tree. And if you spot something you fancy for yourself, just subtly leave our guide open for your partner to find. We hope they take the hint! On the other hand, if you are already starting to feel festive fatigue, then fear not. There is plenty of Christmas-free content to enjoy in the following pages, starting with an interview with Monic Hendrickx, star of internationally renowned Dutch crime TV series Penoza. We also have a ‘Made in the Netherlands’ special and a guide to the picturesque Belgian region of Flemish Limburg. Last-minute winter getaway, anyone? Are the familiar sounds of the classic Christmas hits already following you everywhere you go? Why not look to the New Year instead, with our guide to the upcoming artists to look out for in 2018. Whether you are into indie-pop, hip hop or punk, we guarantee our selected musicians will elevate your playlist to a higher level. There are no jingle bells to be heard, we promise. I hope you enjoy this month’s magazine and that you have a peaceful and joy-filled festive season. See you in 2018!
Anna Villeleger, Editor
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