Discover Benelux | Editor’s Note
Discover Benelux Issue 49, January 2018 Published 01.2018 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 Cathy van Klaveren Charlotte van Hek Eddi Fiegel Frank van Lieshout Isa Hemphrey
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4 | Issue 49 | January 2018
Welcome to 2018. January is always a time of year that brings about big expectations and strict resolutions, but here at Discover Benelux we want to banish those winter blues and remind you to enjoy the good things in life, too! That is why we have a cultural calendar brimming with indoor and outdoor events that will tempt you away from your cosy living room on even the dullest of January days. And who said all the feasting and festivities had to end in January, anyway? After all, there are too many delicacies on offer in the Benelux to worry about dieting. Our jam-packed guide to the top Flemish breweries (page 50) provides just one example of the many treats the region has to offer. Meanwhile, we also have an idea for a resolution that will actually be fun to keep: watching more movies. To help you along the way, we present the films coming out of the Benelux that you need to look out for in 2018 (page 78). Happy viewing! One person who you will probably be seeing even more of this year is rising Dutch actor Gaite Jansen, who has been a pretty big deal in her native Netherlands for almost a decade now, and thanks to roles in British television series Peaky Blinders and Line of Duty is starting to make a name for herself on the global stage. I caught up with Jansen last autumn following her performance in Ivo van Hove’s production of After the Rehearsal/ Persona in London and was struck by how refreshingly downto-earth and straight-talking she was. Head to page 46 to hear the actor talk fame, feminism and future roles. Whatever your goals are for the coming months, I wish you a healthy, happy and prosperous new year. Enjoy the January issue!
Anna Villeleger, Editor
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