Tue 16 February 2016

citybooks Antwerp presentation & BesteBuren closing party

During Valentine’s weekend 2016, citybooks Antwerp took to the stage in deSingel in Antwerp. The citybooks presentation was part of a weekend full of Flemish-Dutch festivities with which the BesteBuren year was brought to a close.

2015 was the year of BesteBuren (Best of Neighbours), a year in which Flemish-Dutch creativity and cultural collaboration were celebrated. citybooks Antwerp is one of the many projects by which the links and exchanges between the two countries were bolstered.

Writers Michael Bijnens, Rebekka de Wit, Ghayath Almadhoun, Frederik Willem Daem and photographer Garry Loughlin were the afternoon’s guests at deSingel in Antwerp on the 14th of February. They read from their citybooks and struck up conversation with Willem-Bongers Dek (deBuren). As the icing on the cake, the Dutch singer-songwriter Lucky Fonz III performed a set of his heart-warming songs.

citybookspresentatie - schepen Heylen
citybookspresentatie - schepen Heylen
Alderman Philip Heylen introduces the project
citybookspresentatie - ghayath almadhoun
Ghayath Almadhoun talks about his poetry with Willem Bongers Dek
The other citybooks authors listening to Ghayath Almadhoun
citybookspresentatie - michael bijnens
Michael Bijnens
citybookspresentatie - garry loughlin
Garry Loughlin talks about his photo series with Willem Bongers-Dek
citybookspresentatie - frederik willem daem
Frederik Willem Daem
citybookspresentatie - rebekka de wit
Rebekka de Wit
citybookspresentatie - lucky fonz III
Lucky Fonz III
(photo's © Marianne Hommersom / deBuren)

The stories about Antwerp are not only published on this website, but have also been published in book form. The first copy of this publication (in Dutch) was presented to alderman Philip Heylen during the official closing moments of BesteBuren.








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