From 28 till 30 July 2018 the city of Bristol was largely covered in scaffolding allowing street artists and graffiti writers from all over the world to create stunning artworks for the 10th edition of Upfest, Europe’s largest street art and graffiti festival. It was an extremely difficult process but here are a few of my personal highlights of Upfest 2018!
In today’s post I’m sharing three inspiring photography exhibitions that are currently on in London. Showing anything from London’s pre-skyscraper-filled skyline to cinematic Technicolor photos, these shows left a big impression on me.
A large tree causing a neighbour conflict, a catastrophic sex video, chainsaws, missing pets and one of the slowest car chases in recent film history: the new dark Icelandic suburban satire ‘Under the Tree’ might start off as a comedy, but soon develops into a bloody Jacobean tragedy with events that will both make you laugh and cringe in your seat.
Als je alleen maar voor een weekendje naar Londen komt, dan heb je vast geen behoefte om op zoek te gaan naar typisch Nederlandse dingen. Expats zoals ik daarentegen smachten regelmatig opeens naar drop, goede pindakaas of Indonesisch eten. Ben je dus een Nederlandse expat of vind je het leuk om tijdens je citytrip te zien hoe een Nederlandse kroeg in Londen eruitziet? Lees dan mijn volgende tips voor (bijna-) Nederlandse hotspots in Londen!
On 1 and 2 August I will be part of a group exhibition of photos taken on the new Samsung S9 mobile phones. Since not all my friends and online followers will be able to attend the show, I’ve been asked by them to share some of my photos online. Because your wish is my command, here are some of my photos!
When was the last time you received a letter in the post? Today, with so many different ways to communicate, it’s never been easier to stay in touch with your friends and family (or even people you don’t really know). My visit to The Postal Museum yesterday made me reflect on the lost art of letter writing and also taught me that delivering post 500 years ago was an extremely dangerous profession!
From a Tudor house with such wonky walls and roofs that it will make you laugh to a luxury hotel that is known for its past of secrets and debauchery to one of England’s best house libraries: my 5 tips for grand homes in the scenic English countryside you should visit this summer!
Done all the main museums, parks and tourist sights in London? Then have a look at my 5 alternative things to do in London, from the Freemasons Hall to film screenings – all entirely for free and also suitable for families!
On each first Sunday of the month I write a blog post in Dutch. // 1 juli, de eerste zondag van de maand en dus een nieuwe aflevering van The Dutch Girl Tales. Zowel in Nederland als hier in Engeland belooft het kwik vandaag rond de 30 graden uit te komen. Voordat we massaal aan de waterijsjes gaan of op een andere manier verkoeling proberen te vinden, is hierbij een overzicht van mijn maand juni.
Do you also often leave exhibitions feeling inspired to make art afterwards? I’m no painter nor would I be able to draw a decent still life if my own life depended on it, but whenever I visit a collage or photography show, I cannot wait to get home to start making work myself. The same happened to me last week when I visited the show ‘The Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art’ at Tate Modern. This show was the inspiration for my new Instagram account, focussing solely on black and white photography.
In today’s post I want to share some of the witty artworks by Belgian stencil artist Jaune with you that I came across this week on and around Brick Lane – possibly the most famous destination in London for graffiti writers, street artists and urban art aficionados.
Following the sad death of Anthony Bourdain and many other celebrity suicide cases over the last years, I wanted to take a moment and dedicate some space on my website on the topic of depression. It’s far from a thoroughly researched article, but rather a direct response to Bourdain’s death written straight from the heart. Please read my thoughts in this blog post.
Ben jij een van die irritante mensen die al op jonge leeftijd wist wat je wilde worden? Het is je na die ene zin vast al heel duidelijk dat ik niet tot een van die mensen behoor. Nu ik (al bijna) groot ben, weet ik eigenlijk nog steeds niet wat ik ‘later’ worden wil. Onlangs had ik mijn jaarlijks terugkerend crisismoment waarop ik reflecteer op mijn leven en loopbaan. Hoe dat verliep, lees je hier.
What I love most about London is its rich history and the fact that some of the greatest historical figures have once called this city their home. Sometimes their former residences were quite extravagant, to say the least. In this post I’m sharing three of my favourite historical London homes with you that are far from any other house you have ever seen!
How far would you go to be able to work with someone you admire? Would you give up your own promising career in the spotlight only to disappear behind the scenes, without getting any credits despite the painful amount of blood, sweat and tears you put into your work? Meet actor Leon Vitali, he dedicated his life to the work of Stanley Kubrick and was his right-hand man for 20 years. Tony Zierra’s documentary ‘Filmworker’ tells the untold story of Vitali, the hidden figure behind one of the most celebrated directors in film history.