Online is crawling with culture
Every cloud has a silver lining, especially when it comes to you picking up some more Zeeuws culture. Online is a new dimension to an old treasure: the festivals for young and old, and the museums, galleries, cinemas and more. Right now, they’re closed. The door is open though, from your living room: get them on your laptop or smartphone.
Come on a virtual tour, or take a peep behind the screen, tune in to the live sets of our infamous DJs, join in the quizzes (good for your languages!), join a stream. It’s all there – Zeeuws culture alive and online.
Museums alive alive-o!
More and more museums are opening online. The maritime muZEEum has made four films to take on a walk around the place. The staff – including the children’s director – point out their favourites. And you can see and download the work of Wim Hofman, a beloved illustrator of children’s books.
Those chummy curators at the Zeeuws Museum have put their collection online. And made new space for you to have fun and create, online. Roll up your sleeves and get to work on the building plans for a 17th century sailing ship – or set to on a series of fabulous Zeeuws colouring pictures. From 2 to 102, that’s the age range. The National Flood Disaster (Watersnood)museum has an unbelievable choice of exhibits online. Ranging from the Delta Works to artefacts from that time, and witness records. Check out their website.
Every night at the movies
The movies at Cinema Middelburg just won’t stand still for social distancing, not now you can use their Picl streaming service. Check the weekly list of home cinema tips (‘Thuiskijktips’) on Film by the Sea, and you’ll find new releases on the stream, or a hand-picked programme of YouTube clips. All listed on their website and Facebook page.
The legacy lives on
Zeeland is proud of its monuments and listed buildings, and welcomes you to them, online. The Grote Kerk in Veere is one such long-standing place. But just bursting to open up as soon as it can, there’ll be a new culture temple too in an amazing building. Until that happy day, go on a virtual visit to this spectacle. It reveals the church in its smallest details. Wow.
Music is our first love
A musical crowd, that’s us – our talents excelled only by our initiative. In late March, Paskal Jacobsen the lead singer of BLØF released a song of hope for after the monster of coronavirus ‘Achter het Monster’. One refrain:
Achter het monster van de angst
Leeft de liefde toch het langst
Dus we wachten maar wat langer
En we zijn niet langer bang
Our informal translation (hope you don’t mind, Paskal):
After the monster of fear and sorrow
The love of together will live tomorrow
So we'll just wait a little bit longer
Patiently in concert and all be stronger.
You got it! In Zeeland, we’ve always said “there is another side”. There is. Thank you.
To continue with the list of our artists: Danny Vera makes home recordings from his conservatory in the back garden, including his latest hit ‘Hold on to Let Go’. Then again, if you fancy a bit of a dance at home, link to Zeeland DJ Collective. Some 20 DJ’s play various sets during the week, and collect funds for the Red Cross and local Zeeuws business hit hard by the effects of corona. Poppodium de Spot is AAN. Their entire page is devoted to ideas and more to overcome boredom and worse. Their weekly features include new playlists, games, video clips, introductions, trips down memory lane and more.
All your own work
One spin-off of this stay-home period is that the assignments of the Zeeland Kids Arts Week (‘Kinderkunstweek’) are now online, with some smashing drawing and tinkering tips. Once meant to be shared with kids in other provinces, how about sharing them with the world? To you …