Thu 18 September 2014

Hasselt & Genk – the Union is complete

This summer saw countless activities as part of de Unie Hasselt-Genk. And, naturally enough, deBuren couldn’t be left behind! Staggered over July and August, the citybooks about these two cities came online. How did the authors experience these virtually opposite places? Read and listen to the citybooks by Atte Jongstra, Christoph Van Gerrewey, Małgorzata Rejmer, Aleš Šteger and Use Lahoz.

 

The artistic duo Robbert&Frank Frank&Robbert made 24 City One Minute films in Hasselt and Genk, and they feature both King Kong and gigantic fruit. You can watch the video's on this page.

 

 

Małgorzata Rejmer © SawomirKlimkowskiPolish writer Małgorzata Rejmer (photo left) is amazed by Belgian cemeteries in Wings are Just a Metaphor.

 

usThe protagonist of The Man who Hugged Trees by Use Lahoz is a young Spanish racing cyclist who discovers that there’s more to life than cycling alone.

 

ales steger © Joze SuhadolnikAleš Šteger (photo right) is surprised in Departing Trains by the poetry that he encounters at the most unexpected of moments in Hasselt and Genk.

 

atte jongstraIn Bokrijk: Breathing Space, Atte Jongstra writes a sequel to his citybook about Venice, and lets his little Dr. Gustav loose in Limburg.

 

christophe van gerrewey © koen broosChristophe Van Gerrewey shares his Ten Memories of Hasselt and Genk; afterimages of barbers and pizza makers, the Japanese garden and architecture.

 

© Athos Burez

Our tip: take a look at the citybooks photos made by the young Belgian photographer Athos Burez. Hasselt and Genk look like cities from a fairy tale in his pictures!

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