Flowers Keep the Cold Away

By Špela Krajnc “When my father died, I had to drop school. I was 19, but I had no choice. It was now or never.” It is a cold November Monday and Astrid is standing outside between her flowers with red hands covered with scratches. What looks like blood, is the color of the autumn…

When all the trains have left

By Anna Severinenko “It was always my dream to have my own bar. 8 years ago, it was finally about to open, everything was ready. But then the smoking ban came and killed everything.” Since last year Jack cleans the toilets and picks up garbage three times a week at the central train station in…

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…