March 15, 2011 Leave a Comment
Visitors to the Bonnefanten Museum in Maastricht will from 18 March until 19 June have a chance to see a selection of 90 Dutch drawings and sketches from the Golden Age in the special exhibition: “Treasures from Moscow. Dutch drawings from the Pushkin Museum”. A report by Crossroads editor Sueli Brodin
December 24, 2010 Leave a Comment
German native Nadia Hagen will on January 6, 2011 open a photo exhibition in Maastricht about rural life in Tanzania. Her work covers many different aspects of rural life: religion, daily life, role of the women, children, education etc. Free entrance.
December 23, 2010 Leave a Comment
At PechaKucha Night Maastricht, one thing is obvious: the appeal of the fixed 20 x 20 presentation format (20 slides x 20 seconds per slide) seems to lie precisely in the fact that it provokes candidate speakers into devising creative ways to experiment and play with it. A review by Sueli Brodin.
November 24, 2010 Leave a Comment
“Do we still need heroes?”
“Can we devise ideals of heroism that are adequate for the 21st century?”
“Are there different kinds of heroes?”
These were some of the topical questions recently addressed by Professor Susan Neiman during the annual Tans Lecture at Maastricht University. A review by Dani Older.
October 17, 2010 3 Comments
Organised in the frame of the city’s international week, and held on this occasion in the entrance lobby of City Hall, the Maastricht Debates team provided Who owns the city?, the first in a series of events on ‘urban development in a globalised world’. A review by Clare Canning.
September 24, 2010 1 Comment
Monday evening in Maastricht saw the innovative AINSI play host to the dramatic return of the Pecha Kucha Night. Based on one simple premise, a series of presentations of 20 slides shown only for 20 seconds each, the approach allows entrepreneurs and creatives alike to exhibit their thoughts, passions and oddities in a way which both excites, shocks, and often, amuses. A review by Clare Canning.
July 30, 2010 Leave a Comment
It is a real nostalgia trip that visitors to the new exhibition about advertising in the 1970s in the Netherlands are being offered at Centre Céramique in Maastricht. The collection of some 50 advertising posters, TV commercials, media campaigns and propaganda leaflets now on display is predominantly a visual experience. A review by Veroninka Krupova.
May 31, 2010 Leave a Comment
May 30, 2010 Leave a Comment
The Bonnefanten Museum in Maastricht until the 27th June presents the double solo exhibition of the young artists Sidi el Karchi and Bas de Wit. A review by Kristina Dittel.
May 22, 2010 Leave a Comment
The final edition of Maastricht Debates for the academic year of 2009-2010 looked at the roles of the EU and the BRIC-countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China) in the global economy, and more specifically at their approach to development cooperation in Africa. A review by Romana Michelon.
May 4, 2010 Leave a Comment
In its latest edition, Maastricht Debates invited the former Prime Minister of Mozambique, Mrs Luisa Diogo and the co-chair of the World Connectors think tank Mrs Sylvia Borren, to share their views and experiences around an often underrated topic of development policy: women, and more specifically “What… if women had more economic options?”
March 14, 2010 1 Comment
Do tuition fees lead to the so-called ‘commodification’ of higher education? Is it fair that they should be higher for non-EU students? These questions were central to the debate held by Maastricht Debates on March 2, 2010, on the topic of studying in the EU and more specifically on the impact of tuition fees in access to university. A review by Romana Michelon.
February 9, 2010 Leave a Comment
The first comprehensive retrospective on the European continent of American portrait painter Elizabeth Peyton is currently on display at the Bonnefanten Museum in Maastricht until March 21, 2010. Under the title « Live Forever », Peyton’s figurative painting exhibition features pop stars and historical figures in coloured sketches. A review by Claudia Falutoiu.
December 16, 2009 Leave a Comment
The ‘December Do’ of 2009 of the International Women’s Club – South Limburg together with the Limburg branch of the Anglo-Dutch Society in Maastricht turned out to be a very successful match. Not only did it bring various international people together, and with them a selection of various, finger-licking, international delicacies – as if each ‘National Honour’ was at stake ! – but also because of the great professionalism of the Amsterdam Chamber Theatre. Resy Snyders, Chairman of the Anglo-Dutch Society, Limburg branch.
November 25, 2009 Leave a Comment
Exactly two decades ago, people gathered on both sides of the Berlin Wall and climbed over it, marking by this act the beginning of the collapse of the Eastern block and the Soviet Union. For many across the European continent, the commemoration of this anniversary on 9 November 2009 was not only a moment of celebration but also an incentive for rationalisation and analysis. From the heart of reunited Europe, Maastricht University’s Science Café hosted a debate to look at developments within and outside the European Union since the fall of the Berlin Wall, and to reflect on the question: “Has the wall really come down?”. A review by Sofia Tussis.
November 16, 2009 Leave a Comment
Images depicting the ravages of war, like shots of Palestinian protesters taking cover behind an olive tree from tear gas fired by Israeli troops, and photographs of natural catastrophes, like the devastating earthquake that killed 70,000 people in central China, are extensively represented in this year’s World Press Photo exhibition.
“It is like this magic surrealism of reality and the kind of different world we have created,” said Micaela Pereira, manager of Exhibitions Planning and Logistics at World Press Photo, before the opening of the 2009 World Press Photo exhibition held at the Centre Ceramique in Maastricht between 6 and 29 November.
November 10, 2009 1 Comment
Patrick Creadon’s documentary I.O.U.S.A. is an attempt at alerting his fellow American citizens on the gravity of the economic situation in their country. A review by Jasmijn van der Ploeg.
October 15, 2009 Leave a Comment
For the second time this year on September 22, Maastricht Debates used a new, interactive format to discuss issues around the global financial system and development challenges. Three short fragments from Erwin Wagenhofer’s documentary “Let’s make money” (2009) were used to trigger the debate between the audience and the evening’s keynote speaker Herman Mulder, former head of Group-Risk Management at ABN Amro and now independent advisor to the United Nations.
October 6, 2009 Leave a Comment
What better to start the new academic year in Maastricht than with a multicultural music festival? A review of Festival Bruis by Catalina Goanta.
September 28, 2009 Leave a Comment
The Darwin & Maastricht exhibition, one of the events organised by Maastricht University for Darwin Year 2009, highlights the links between Charles Darwin and a few scientists born in this region. Let’s follow Guest curator Ludo Hellemans on a tour of the exhibition…
September 25, 2009 1 Comment
A new book by Darwin scholars Adrian Desmond and James Moore suggests that Darwin’s unique approach to evolution – relating all races and species by “common descent” – could have been fostered by his anti-slavery beliefs. Author James Moore sheds some light on his views in an email interview with science writer Ludo Hellemans ahead of his upcoming lecture at Maastricht University on October 2.
June 30, 2009 2 Comments
Jeroen Vinken – Art upon Fabrics
For US expat Susan Schaefer, the recent Pecha Kucha Night revealed a side of Maastricht that she had never experienced before: “Maastricht and its surrounding “Euroregion” area shone as a wholly new sphere in my celestial imagination,” she writes.
June 21, 2009 Leave a Comment
The nine artists featured in Exile on Main Street at Bonnefanten Museum in Maastricht have done solo exhibitions before in Europe and in the US. Now, in a European first, their works are being shown under one roof. Although the artists are all American, it can be argued that this exhibition could not as easily have been put together in their home country, because of the type of content the artworks deal with. They tackle the taboos in art, either in style or context, by using confrontation, humour, sex, disgust, sarcasm, self-criticism and admiration in their artworks. A review by Burcak Gursoy.
May 23, 2009 3 Comments
Maastricht students massively attended a recent debate on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict organised by Amnesty International Maastricht Students, Universalis and HumanRightsForce, an indication once again that no matter how divisive, the conflict in the Middle East is a catalyst of public interest. A review by Sofia Tussis.
May 21, 2009 Leave a Comment
Dutch professor of economics Rick van der Ploeg was the keynote speaker for this year’s Schuman lecture at Maastricht University titled: “Political Economy of Reinventing Europe”.
His message: “The EU needs to be alive and kicking!” A review by Amandine de Rosnay.
May 15, 2009 Leave a Comment
Up to 400 international students from over 30 different countries on 23-26 April 2009 gathered in Maastricht to participate in the second edition of European Model United Nations (EuroMUN). Belgian student Daphne Delvaux took part in the event as a reporter for the Delegate’s Daily, EuroMUN’s internal daily newsletter and discovered that her task was no “less intensive and demanding than the work of country delegates”.
May 12, 2009 1 Comment
For the first time, Maastricht Debates on April 21 exchanged one of the lecture halls of Maastricht University for the creative setting of AINSI (a cultural initiative for Art, Industry, Nature, Society, and Innovation) in the southern outskirts of Maastricht, at a 10 minute bike ride from the city centre. The topic of the evening, “Development aid in times of financial and economic crises”, lay at the heart of the overarching theme of Maastricht Debates: “Development and Globalization”. A review by Daniel Fabio Mannfeld.
May 6, 2009 1 Comment
Four Zimbabwean students recently gave a joint talk about the current situation in their home country. The talk was organised during Ragweek by the IES network, the organisation for Infonomics & Economics Students at Maastricht University. “The first speaker engaged the audience straight away with a powerful preamble and within the first ten minutes, the audience was all ears,” remembers Amandine de Rosnay.
May 6, 2009 3 Comments
Maastricht this year hosted its tenth Rag Week, with all the proceeds going to two different charity organisations – one national, one international. Fundraising activities were manifold, from barbecues to poker evenings to, obviously, parties. Italian student Sofia Tussis shares her impressions of the Cultural Rag evening, the arts festival of the Rag Week.
March 22, 2009 5 Comments
What are the best cheap spots for lunch in Maastricht? Sina Spohr shares some of her favourite (and less favourite) addresses in the city centre.