MBFWA review: Said Mahrouf, master of minimal draperies

By Anna Portella The world’s elite league of fashion weeks are getting their catwalks ready to host the new FW17 collections over the following month – starting at New York and followed by London, Milan and Paris. However to witness rather uncommon, risky and less market-driven (and probably less budget) fashion concepts we should step back to second-raw platforms. For example, the 080…

A fly on the wall of the International Criminal Court

By Matthew Richards Bright lights, straight lines, glass booths. There’s no room for distractions when it comes to delivering international justice. Up in the viewing platform, the public watches the proceedings unfold from behind large, transparent windows. They eye the smartly dressed individuals working studiously behind banks of computers. “Microphone,” says the Judge wearily, interrupting…

A very intangible heritage

By Marijn Thijs, Ines Mette, Matthew Richards and Emily Howard A sausage roll. Clog making. Indonesian rice tables. Student societies. Mid-winter horn blowing. Four of these are recognised as fundamental aspects of Dutch culture, according to the Centre for Dutch Intangible Cultural Heritage, whilst one had to withdraw its application following reports of violence during…

Alcohol intoxication just a phone call away

By James Field, Antonella Serrecchia, Frans Snackers, Migle Vaisnoraite A technical loophole is allowing underage drinkers in the Netherlands to get alcohol delivered to their doors almost free from age checks, and delivery companies can sell free from fines. The student city of Groningen provides a telling example, with local authorities passing the buck as…

The outsider’s look: Jonge Harten Theater Festival

Fresh, raw and experimental International theater festival Jonge Harten with an 18-year tradition has opened its gates for Groningers and international audience this Saturday, November 19th. By Petra Ondrisakova, Masha Tsnompilantze, Migle Vaisnoraite “When everything is human, human is an entirely different thing” If you think that silence is boring and decorations are necessary for a…

The two lives of Willem Barensz

By Anna Portella On November 1963 the Willem Barensz sailed in its last whaling mission. With its 300 meters length and 48 meters width, it was the largest whaling factory ship of the time. Considered a symbol of the Dutch reconstruction after the World War II, the ship was named after the first Dutch navigator…

Esmeralda’s Arabian nights

By Antonella Serrecchia The first time she left to report from the Middle East, Esmeralda van Boon was a young intern at NOVA, a  Dutch TV company.  She was driving down the Highway of Death in Iraq, a six-lane alley that was severely bombed during the US invasion. Back then, she did not know where…