Discover Benelux | Editor’s Note
Discover Benelux Issue 54, June 2018
Published by Scan Group
Lorenza Bacino Matt Antoniak Michiel Stol Myriam Dijck Simon Willmore Steve Finders Stuart Forster Xandra Boersma
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Published 06.2018 ISSN 2054-7218
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We have an absolutely sparkling magazine for you this month. Starting with our festival guide, where you can read all about the very best festivals and events taking place in the Netherlands during the summer. Ranging from great music to theatre and dance performances to dazzling fireworks. Similarly, our special theme about West Flanders has lots of unmissable events and attractions in the region, and we also include a guide to this summer’s beer festivals that are worth checking out in Belgium and the Netherlands. This reminds me of the many festivals I have visited and also worked at in the past, especially in my twenties. There really is a special vibe going on, whatever the festival. From the anticipation when you buy that ticket to the excitement when the day finally arrives and you get to enter the area together with other curious festival-goers. That buzz and thrill of what is awaiting you. Will it be any good? How many people will be there? What will be the favourite bands or acts, and what will be the biggest surprise? Where is the food and drink to refill with in between the performances? And so on. Always a fantastic experience all in all. Another highlight this month is our interview with the stunning Dutch supermodel turned flower entrepreneur Frederique van der Wal, who no doubt is living life in full bloom. Despite her fantastic success, she is incredibly down-to-earth and talks to us about how important it is to unwind and relax, and just be in the moment. Get inspired by Frederique’s journey and her passion for flowers, and do not forget to check out the health benefits of keeping fresh flowers around. Oh and remember to get those festival tickets booked. Happy summer reading! Malin Norman, Editor