Arts & Culture The Netherlands

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  • Dutch Child Wonder of the 50’s: Christiaan Bor
    A vintage Radio Netherlands interview with a proud father in Amsterdam of five musical and artistic boys. The youngest, Christiaan, showed so much promise on the violin that by the time he was six, …
  • Between Easel and Museum – The 350th anniversary of Rembrandt’s birth
      The world celebrated the 350th anniversary of the birth of Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) in 1956. In this vintage radio report Amsterdam fine art dealer Evert Douwes and the director of the …
  • Van Gogh House in Nuenen
      Early in his career as an artist, Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) lived in the vicarage of the village Nuenen, where his father was the vicar of the local church. From 1883 to 1885 Vincent had a …
  • Saturday Stage: Radio Play – Post-Mortem
    The play is one of the winners of a competition organised by Radio Netherlands in 1970. A boy who’s been killed in a demonstration for more love in the world has a “dialogue” with …
  • Glenda Jackson
    Pete Myers hosts the BBC’s “PM”: African Independence/ Glenda Jackson
    Before joining us at Radio Netherlands in 1976, Pete Myers hosted BBC programmes like “Late Night Extra” and “PM” and spoke with some of the greatest artists in musical and …
  • Pete Myers – “Sizwe Bansi is dead” (BBC)
    In this edition of the BBC’s programme “PM”, Pete Myers introduces us to a South African play that took the world by storm in the mid-1970’s. “Sizwe Bansi is dead” …
  • On and off stage – Bernard Haitink
    This is one of the surviving programmes from a series. Guus Geist meets Bernard Haitink, already a big name in the world of conducting, and talks about his career up until then. What is a conductor …
  • Talking To: Pierre Janssen
    “Talking To” was a weekly interview programme produced in the 70’s and 80’s by arts and culture host Nevil Gray. In this edition of the programme, our guest was the gifted art …
  • Saturday Stage: Paul van Vliet
    As part of a short series of Saturday Stage progammes, Jonathan Marks introduces a two-part programme on Paul van Vliet. In the 1970s and 1980’s, van Vliet – a leading Dutch cabaret …
  • Pete Myers meets Jeroen Krabbé
    As guest host of Talking to, Pete Myers meets Jeroen Krabbé, stage/TV/film actor. At the time of the interview, Krabbé was appearing as Otto Frank in a revival of The Diary of Anne Frank. Topics of …
  • Afro-Scene: African writers 1984
      These interviews with African writers, produced and presented by John Hammond and Veronica Wilson,  were first broadcast in “Afro-Scene” in 1984.   John Hammond meets …
  • VIP Lounge: Fons Rademakers
    This entry is part of the series VIP LoungeVIP Lounge was a series of portraits produced in the late 80’s of well-known Dutch people who have gained international fame for their professional …
  • VIP Lounge: Karel Appel
    VIP Lounge was a series of portraits produced in the late 80’s of well-known Dutch people who have gained international fame for their professional achievements. In this programme our guest is …
  • VIP Lounge: Harry Mulisch
    This entry is part of the series VIP LoungeVIP Lounge was a series of portraits produced in the late 80’s of well-known Dutch people who have gained international fame for their professional …
  • Images – Fassbinder, Fragonard, and Vera Beths
    In this edition of our weekly arts magazine hosted by Nevil Gray, an interview with a Dutch radio producer who defied public opinion by broadcasting parts of a highly controversial play, boycotted …
  • VIP Lounge: Jeroen Krabbé
    This entry is part of the series VIP LoungeVIP Lounge was a series of portraits produced in the late 80’s of well-known Dutch people who have gained international fame for their professional …
  • Rotterdam International Film Festival
    Aural Tapestry – The cruel machine
    In 1988, the Rotterdam International Film Festival presented a programme entitled “The Cruel Machine”. David Swatling presents six filmmakers whose work was on show. The films are …
  • 100th anniversary of the Concertgebouw and the Concertgebouw Orchestra
    The Royal Concertgebouw is one of the world’s greatest concert halls, renowned for its nearly perfect acoustics, and the host to performances by some of the most memorable musicians of the 20th …
  • Images: 1988/1989
    – Louis Andriessen’s composition: “The Tower”, piece for the carillion of the Dom of Utrecht – Neo-impressionist exhibition at the van Gogh Museum  – The …
  • Pierre Audi: Wagner’s Ring
    In this uncut interview, Robert Green talks at length with Pierre Audi, artistic director of the Netherlands Opera about the staging of the Wagner’s Ring cycle, why he wanted to stage it, how …
  • VIP Lounge: Joris Ivens
    This entry is part of the series VIP LoungeVIP Lounge was a series of portraits produced in the late 80’s of well-known Dutch people who have gained international fame for their professional …
  • Mirror Images: Jan de Hartog
    Dutch writer Jan de Hartog (1914-2002) was just in his mid-20’s when he suddenly became famous throughout Holland for the unprecedented success of his best-selling novel “Hollands …
  • Images – 25 years of the Mickery Theatre
    David Swatling meets Ritseart ten Cate, theatre director, and actors to talk about 25 years of the avant garde Mickery Theatre in Amsterdam.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new …
  • RNW arts producer Nevil Gray
    Images Highlights Part 2
    These are excerpts from the cultural magazine programme Images, produced by Nevil Gray. John Eliot Gardiner, conductor of the English baroque soloists on how to play Mozart (18.06.1991) Françoise …
  • Pete Myers interviews Willem Duys
    Duke Ellington called him “my European son” and he was one of the leading presenters of music entertainment in the Netherlands: the iconic Dutch TV host Willem Duys (1928-2011). In this …
  • Airtime Africa: Eric Miyeni special
    Veronica Wilson meets this young (26) black South African standup comedian who was in Holland with his show “Twisted and Vile”. He uses comedy to tackle social issues such as alcoholism, …
  • Happy Station – Clarissa & Maxine
    (© Kevin Christopher Burke) Pete Myers and Jonathan Groubert explore the joys of womanhood. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)…
  • The Colonial Muse: The East Indies as an Inspiration for the Dutch Novel
    The most famous Dutch novel of the 19th century is “Max Havelaar” by Multatuli (pen name of Eduard Douwes-Dekker (1820-1887). It not only became a classic of European literature but also …
  • Johannes Vermeer
    In the Fall of 1995 and in early 1996 the Mauritshuis in The Hague and the National Gallery in Washington DC jointly hosted a milestone exhibition that brought together the largest number of …
  • Maggie Ayre meets J. Bernlef
    In this unedited interview, Maggie Ayre talks to J. Bernlef about his latest book translated into English. As far as I have been able to establish it is “Eclipse” (ed.) But also about how …
  • Hartmut Haenchen: Wagner’s Ring
    In this uncut interview, Robert Green meets (East German) conductor (and at the time) music director of the Netherlands Opera, Hartmut Haenchen. Topic of discussion is the production of …
  • The Holland Festival’s 50th Anniversary
    The Holland Festival is the oldest and largest performing arts festival in the Netherlands. Founded after the war in 1947 it first took place amid the optimism and hope after the darkness of the war …
  • Piet Mondrian
    While some people are simply reminded of handkerchief designs at the sight of a canvas by the Dutch artist Piet Mondrian (1872-1944), there is no doubt that he was one of the leading painters of the …
  • Vox by Nicholson Baker
    Aural Tapesty – Modern Times/Modern Culture
    David Swatling combines three interviews: with Nicholson Baker, author of the novel “Vox” (1993) on telephone sex, with Arthur Dong, documentary filmmaker, whose “Licensed to …
  • Siren Song: Anil Ramdas
    Dheera Sujan meets Anil Ramdas, broadcaster, journalist, and the most high profile Surinamese Indian in the Netherlands. In the 1870s, Indian labourers from Bihar were taken to Surinam to work there. …
  • Entering the old age of plastics
    Mention the word plastic nowadays and you immediately envision piles of toxic trash swirling around the oceans and choking the fish and seabirds. But there is also the problem of the loss of valuable …
  • Mucho Corazon
    This award-winning programme tells a trans-Atlantic tale of love, music and politics. It is the story of Leon Perlee and Mercedes Sosa, both of them linked to the wooden street organ. He, a restorer …
  • Herman Melville
    Aural Tapestry: June 1st
    David Swatling takes June 1st as a starting point for a series of letters (10 in total) written over the ages. The authors range from Frans Hals (fictional), Herman Meville, Vincent van Gogh, Oscar …
  • Diamonds: The Seven “C’s”, Part 1 – Color, Cut, Carat and Clarity
    Experts traditionally judge the quality of a finished diamond by four criteria: cut, clarity, color and carat. But there is a dark side to the story of this brilliant, beautiful stone—the hardest …
  • Diamonds: The Seven “C’s”, Part 2 – Cartels, Confidence, and Concessions
    Experts traditionally judge the quality of a finished diamond by four criteria: cut, clarity, color and carat. But there is a dark side to the story of this brilliant, beautiful stone—the hardest …
  • Rijksmuseum
    Aural Tapestry – The Masters’ Menagerie
    In the fourth programme marking the 200th anniversary of the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum, David Swatling examins the Masters’ Menagerie. In the 17th century, Dutch painters depicted animals in all …
  • The Lost Diaries of Frans Hals
    In his weekly cultural program “Aural Tapestry”, David Swatling speaks with author Michel Kernin about his vivid recreation of the life of Frans Hals, who was perhaps the greatest of …
  • The Letters of Vincent
    We possess over 800 letters by Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890). Most of them are addressed to his brother Theo, an art dealer, and they contain a priceless record of Vincent’s thoughts about art …
  • Aural Tapestry: Erich Maria Remarque
    In this edition of our arts programme Aural Tapestry, we mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of the world’s most widely published writers, Erich Maria Remarque. He is especially …
  • Aural Tapestry – She could have been a Dutch master
    Mindy Ran goes in search of women painters from the 17th century who were equally good as their male counterparts. She speaks with the curator of the Frans Hals Museum and others, including Els …
  • Suicide
    Aural Tapestry – Death is a remedy
    In this two-part programme – To be or not to be – David Swatling investigates artists and suicide. An historical perspective on suicide, from ancient Greek and Roman Stoics, through the …
  • Suicide
    Aural Tapestry – Dying is an art
    In this two-part programme – To be or not to be – David Swatling investigates artists and suicide. Emile Durkheim’s 1897 study of suicide sets the scene for new perspectives in the …
  • The popularity of Bach’s Matthew Passion and the various styles of performing the work
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  • Dutch conductor Bernard Haitink talks about his career and the CD box produced by Radio Netherlands to mark his 70th birthday
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  • Giovanni Boccaccio and “The Decameron”
    In 1348, the infamous Black Death ravaged the city of Florence. One who witnessed and survived the plague was Italian writer Giovanni Boccaccio, who used the experience to create a classic of Italian …
  • The Old Winne Place: Dutch architecture in the New World
    Just south of Albany, New York, a beautiful example of early American Dutch architecture is being lovingly restored, using techniques dating back to when the farmhouse was originally built in the …
  • The Gypsy in My Soul: Sinti and Roma in the Netherlands
      The people who many of us refer to as “gypsies”, but who call themselves Sinti and Roma, are a small ethnic minority in the Netherlands numbering between five and seven thousand at …
  • Karel Appel
    Aural Tapestry – Karel Appel at 80
      In this special Aural Tapestry, Mindy Ran paints a vivid, impressionistic portrait of one of Holland’s best-known and controversial contemporary artists. It marks Appel’s 80th …
  • Rembrandt Self-Portrait_with_Velvet_Beret, 1634 (Gemäldegalerie Berlin)
    Rembrandt’s Mirror: the Earlier Self-Portraits, Part 1 of 2
    In 1999 the famous Mauritshuis Museum in The Hague hosted one of its most spectacular exhibitions: Rembrandt’s Self-Portraits. Few artists in history have painted themselves so often. Why? If …
  • Aural Tapestry: My voice belongs to DADA
    The focus of this programme is “sound poetry”, which means the voice produces sounds rather than words. The Dadaists started it all in the 1920s. Jaap Blonk is a contemporary Dutch …
  • Architecture in a small land
    Anne-Marie Michael looks at 100 years of architecture in the Netherlands. from Berlage as the father of the new architecture, the Amsterdam School (functional as well as fanciful), the Style movement …
  • Reading the Periphery: the Pioneering World of Dutch 17th century publishing
    Within 100 years of Johann Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press, The Netherlands was the publishing center of Europe: With presses in Amsterdam, The Hague and Utrecht, the most famous name in …
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    The Rijksmuseum: home of “The Nightwatch”
    The ornate present-day building of the Rijksmuseum, or Dutch National Gallery, is a major tourist attraction in the middle of Amsterdam’s museum quarter, erected at the expanding 19th century …
  • The Science Art of Dr. Sylvius
    In the mid-17th century, Dr. Franciscus Sylvius was a professor of Medicine at Holland’s first and most famous university. The Faculty at Leiden paid double the normal salary to entice the famous …
  • Dutch tulips
    Aural Tapestry – Tulipomania Dotcom – The Bust
    In this two-part series, David Swatling compares the tulip mania of the 17th century with the latest new economy hype. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on …
  • Aural Tapestry: Modern Clowns
      David Swatling attends the modern Clowns Festival 2000 in Amsterdam. He meets the organiser and director of the Dutch Clown Foundation as well as a number of international performers who talk …
  • Window to the Past: Holland in 1950
    In 1950, the topic of European unity was being talked about in Holland as much as it is today but for very different reasons. It was just five years after the end of World War II and the Marshall …
  • Maggie Ayre meets Jules Deelder
    As part of her series on city rivalries, Maggie Ayre talks to Jules Deelder, poet and performer. With his Rotterdam heart, he hates Amsterdam, its mentality, its soccer club (Ajax), etc. He’ll …
  • Aural Tapestry: Dutch poetry in translation
    In this edition of our weekly arts program David Swatling speaks about the challenges of translating a poem from one language into another. Dutch is not a world language and poetry in the language …
  • Mirror Images: Peter Greenaway Special
    David Swatling profiles English artist/film-maker Peter Greenaway, whose latest film “Prospero’s Books” has just been voted best Dutch film. At the same time, Greenaway put together …
  • Chris Chambers meets Marijke Jongbloed
    In this unedited interview, Chris Chambers speaks with leading Dutch filmmaker Marijke Jongbloed (1956-2016), best known for her feature-length and award-winning documentaries, often about social …
  • Chris Chambers meets Wina Born
    This is the uncut interview Chris Chambers made for his Taking it Over programme. Wina Born was a famous cookery writer who starter her career in 1949. She is credited with having …
  • Two Tales of the City: Water and Land in Amsterdam, Part 1 of 2- The Dikereeve’s Tale
    In this new millenium, Amsterdam like so many cities around the world has been facing the challenge of building for an expanding population, a changing economy, and new technologies. In these two …
  • Chris Chambers meets Herman Gordijn
    One of Holland’s leading painters (portrait of a young Queen Beatrix) talks about his life, his work, influences and what inspires him. Part of the Talking it Over series. Share this:Click to …
  • Chris Chambers meets Michael Dudok de Wit
        In 2001, he won an Oscar for best short animated film: Father and Daughter. Chris meets him in his studio in London and talks abut Oscar night, his work, his technique and his perceived …
  • Chris Chambers meets Mies Bouhuys
    Chris Chambers talks to Dutch author Mies Bouhuys, who is a successful writer of children’s stories. She was profoundly influenced by her experiences during World War Two and became even better …
  • Chris Chambers meets Louise Groenman
    Louise Groenman (©Rob Bogaerts) Chris Chambers talks to perhaps the most influential woman in the Netherlands. Louise Groenman is a former politician of the social-liberal D66 party who holds a wide …
  • Vincent Van Gogh painting Sunflowers, painted by Paul Gauguin in 1888
    Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin
    Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin were two of the greatest painters of their age. The nine stormy weeks they spent working together in Arles in the south of France at the end of 1888 marked one of …
  • Chris Chambers meets Willem Nijholt
    In a two-part interview, Willem Nijholt, great straight actor, big musical star and entertainer talks about his life (in a prisoner camp in Indonesia) and his remarkable career. Share this:Click to …
  • Chris Chambers meets Herman Krebbers
    In this unedited interview for Talking it Over, Chris Chambers talks to one of Holland’s greatest violinists and, for the past 20 years, violin teachers. The conversation covers Krebbers as a …
  • Sound Fountain: Searching for Ariane
    In this programme, Malou Nozeman goes in search of an ancestor who in the 17th century was the first actress on the Dutch stage. She visits places where Ariane must have performed, goes to the …
  • Dutch Horizons: Amsterdam and the violin
    Amsterdam has a tradition of violin making which goes back to the 17th century. It produced some fine violin builders whose instruments are still sought after today. This tradition of craftsmanship …
  • Sound Fountain: Life Song – the Jordaan
    This entry is part of the series Collective MemoryIn the fourth and last programme in the Collective Memory series, Michele Ernsting goes to the Jordaan, the famous Amsterdam district, to find out …
  • Palace of Dreams: the Tuschinski Movie Theatre in Amsterdam
    It is one of the most lavish movie theatres to be built in its time, a pioneering monument to the new medium of cinema, a palace for the dreams of movie-goers from bored housewives to weary workers, …
  • Baking Holy Bread
    An intimate profile of Antoine de Bakker. His name in Dutch means “The Baker” and he earned his living making the machines necessary to produce Holy Communion hosts. These very thin …
  • Searching for Arianna
    Arianna Nozeman (1628-1661) was the first actress on the Dutch stage. Although she came from a family of thespians, this was a daring career choice for a woman in Calvinist Holland, given the …
  • Chris Chambers meets Rudi van Dantzig
    One of Holland’s leading choreographers talks about what dancing means to him and working with Rudolf Nureyev. Van Dantzig put Dutch ballet on the map but became more hooked on working …
  • Rivers of the World: the Vecht in Holland
    This entry is part of the series Rivers of the WorldRivers cradle the world’s earliest civilizations. Mythology and religion were born on their banks. They provide us with life-giving water. We eat …
  • Vincent van Gogh-Painting of French Novels, 1887 (Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam)
    Vincent’s Bookshelf
    Though he was first and foremost a painter, Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) had a great love of literature, chronicled in great detail in the wealth of letters to his brother Theo. Some 800 references …
  • The Magnificent Mollusc
    An excursion to Yerseke in the southwestern coastal province Zeeland in search of the perfect Dutch oyster, served up with a few old time recipes. Produced and presented by Chris Chambers Released in …
  • Shades of Blonde
    Blonde is the chosen color of princesses and prime ministers. It’s the sexy look of Marilyn and the woman in power makeover of Hilary. It’s been the color of choice of harlots through the ages, of …
  • Searching for Sibylla: the life of Maria Sibylla Merian
    For her time, Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717) was a modern, daring, scandalous, divorced woman who lived in a cloister and at age 52 went off to Dutch Suriname to fulfill her calling as a painter …
  • Holland’s second queen: Annie M. G. Schmidt
    There isn’t a Dutch person alive who doesn’t know the characters Jip and Janneke – toddlers who have all sorts of adventures that can be read out in perfect bedtime story chunks. Going …
  • Vermeer- Girl with the Pearl Earring, 1665-7 (The Hague)e
    Six Ways to Vermeer
      A montage documentary about one of the greatest of the Dutch Masters, Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) of Delft, using six of his paintings to look at aspects of his life and …
  • Research File special: Christiaan Huygens, facets of a genius
    Speakers:  Dr. Ineke Verbeek of the Huygens Museum Hofwijck, Huygens’ education and youth Dr. Hans Hooijmaajers of the Boerhave Museum Leiden (Huygens’ work) Professor Albert …
  • The Winged Muse: Swans
    Swans have inspired some of the world’s most beautiful music, poetry and legends. Many people from saints to kings have been identified with swans, like the Russian prima ballerina Anna Pavlova, …
  • The diary of Otto van Eck
    Otto van Eck was just seventeen when he died of tuberculosis in 1798. His name and life had been totally forgotten until the recent discovery of his unique diary. It was started when he was ten years …
  • Rembrandt: Portraits of the Artist
    Was he really a misunderstood genius? In the four hundred years since he was born, the famous Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) has been the subject of ever-changing myths and projections …
  • Copyists, Collectors, and Curators: Rembrandt’s modern-day heirs
    Hundreds of years after he lived, the painter Rembrandt continues to affect the lives of people in our own century. In every generation, there are people who study his work, trade in it, and try to …
  • Little Fish in a Multicultural Pond: De Baarsjes
    A profile of Amsterdam’s most multicultural district, De Baarsjes, where locals are active with many projects to bring the community’s diverse residents closer together. Produced and presented by …
  • Art Historian Gary Schwartz
    © sueddeutsche/Koos Breukel and  nationalgallery Gary Schwartz is a Brooklyn-born expert on Rembrandt and Dutch 17th century art. He studied art history in the United States, came to the …
  • Theo Jansen: Playing God with Sculpture
    Theo Jansen is a sculptor, kinetic scientist and designer of a new species called “strandbeest”, beach animal. Born in the dunes near Delft, Jansen’s animals seem to be alive as …
  • Omnec Onec
    Aural Tapestry – Omnec Onec, Messenger from Venus
    David Swatling meets this petite woman with platinum blond hair and an other-worldly demeanour. She grew up as an Earthling, named Shirley, later wrote her autobiography “From Venus I …
  • The CCTV Tower in Beijing by Rem Koolhaas
    The daring design of the new headquarters of China Central Television, the state media of the People’s Republic, is controversial for both architectural as well as political reasons. The …
  • Radio Books: Contemporary Dutch and Flemish Short Stories – Kristina Goikoetxea Langarka
    Kristina Goikoetxea Langarka: “Twelve hours is a long time” After spending thirty years at an African mission post Daniel returns to his home town somewhere in Southern Europe. He has his …
  • Radio Books: Contemporary Dutch and Flemish Short Stories – Nilgun Yerli
    “Feelings without Frontiers” Nilgun Yerli is a Dutch writer and cabaret artist, born in Turkey in 1969 and living in the Netherlands since the age of ten. She is the author of an …
  • FelixMeritis Building in Amsterdam
    Felix Meritis
    Felix Meritis is one of the Netherlands most remarkable and important historical buildings. Lying on one of the grandest canals in Amsterdam, it has been the centre of the Dutch Enlightenment, the …