and the drive for perfection
JULY 28 — Dutch TV presenter Dionne Stax makes the switch from public broadcaster AVROTROS to broadcaster Omroep MAX. The 36-year-old presenter will present Van Onschatbare Waarde and other television shows.
JULY 17 — Dutch tv-personality Nadia Moussaid will be the new presenter of the prime-time program Op1, the coming TV season. She succeeds Sophie Hilbrand, who will be one of the new faces of De Vooravond. Moussaid already presented several episodes of Op1 last year.
Striking portraiture by Lumen photographer Wendelien Daan, among others.
15 JULI — De voetballoopbaan van Arjen Robben is voorbij. De 37-jarige aanvaller stopt een jaar na zijn comeback bij FC Groningen met voetballen. "Het voetbalhart wilde graag verder", zegt Robben op de website van de voetbalclub. "Maar de beslissing om te stoppen is eerlijk en realistisch.
JULY 08 — Dutch State Secretary Stientje Van Veldhoven of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management is leaving her position in the outgoing Cabinet for a position at the World Resources Institute and is therefore resigning from her work in The Hague on 19 July. Her party D66 is looking for a replacement.
Van Veldhoven was photographed by Lumen Photo's Kiki Groot.
JULY 02 — The Dutch singer Miss Montreal will give an anniversary concert next March in Ahoy Venue, Rotterdam. Montreal (real name: Sanne Hans) will celebrate her 15th anniversary as a singer-songwriter. The singer scored hits with Just A Flirt and Door De wind.
JULY 01 — Amsterdam's Mayor Femke Halsema apologized on Thursday for the Dutch capital's slavery past. She apologized during the Dutch national slavery commemoration, also known as Keti Koti.
JUNE 29 — Dutch actress and theater maker Romana Vrede has been nominated for the Gieskes-Strijbis Podium Prize, the Netherlands' largest stage award which comes with a sum of € 60,000.
Striking portraiture by Lumen Photo's Ernst Coppejans (image right) and Lenny Oosterwijk.
JUNE 23 — This summer, Dutch best-selling author Ronald Giphart will make his debut as a radio presenter on Veronica Radio. On Saturdays and Sundays, Giphart will present the show Phil Collins Says Sorry, with a nod to Giphart's book Phileine Says Sorry, which was also a successful Dutch film.
JUNE 17 — Dutch actress Carice van Houten takes on one of the leads in the new TV series Dangerous Liaisons, based on the book by Pierre Choderlos. The show will be produced by the American streaming service Starz. Dangerous Liaisons was previously made into a film, starring Glenn Close and John Malkovich.
A powerful series of portraits by photographer Wendelien Daan.
JUNE 17 — Dutch comedian Tim Fransen will kick-off his new theater tour 'De Mens En Ik' this summer. The tour was postponed twice due to the Corona pandemic. 'De Mens En Ik' is the third show of the graduated philosopher. Fransen previously won the jury and audience award at the Amsterdam Student Cabaret Festival and the Leids Cabaret Festival.
JUNE 11 — Dutch TV host Sophie Hilbrand is one of the two new presenters of the TV program De Vooravond, the daily talk show on public broadcaster NPO1. Hilbrand co-hosts of the show with lawyer and media personality Khalid Kasem. Both new anchors replace Fidan Ekiz and Renze Klamer who are leaving De Vooravond.
Lumen Photo's Feriet Tunc portrayed Hilbrand.
JUNE 11 — Dutch violinist André Rieu will resume his international tour this autumn. The 71-year-old musician and his orchestra will perform Chile, Uruguay, Israel, Austria and Germany, was announced was by the the Dutch Stradivarius player and Richard Strauss interpreter. The concerts will be Rieu's first since the the Covid19 lockdown of 2020.
JUNE 10 - Dutch comedian Jandino Asporaat will be back in Dutch theatres this fall with his new Opgefokt! solo tour. Asporaat's show was previously postponed due to Covid-19. In his new theater program, the comedian and theater maker speaks about "the Netherlands of the past".
In her photography, Kiki searches for the story behind people and continuously asks herself the questions: what distinguishes one from the other? What makes us 'us'?
JUNE 07 — Dutch writer A.L. Snijders has died at the age of 83, his publisher reports. Snijders was known as the master of the 'very short story', a genre he invented himself. In 2010 he was awarded the Constantijn Huygens Prize.
JUNE 06 — Dutch singer Rob de Nijs, who suffers from Parkinson's disease, hopes to be on a Dutch stage one more time and be able to say goodbye to his fans. A show by the 78-year-old singer is planned this fall in Belgium.
Portraiture by Lumen's Andreas Terlaak, Jeroen Hofman and Jitske Schols (image right),
JUNE 04 — Dutch singer and actor Jim Bakkum will hit theaters this autumn with his Frank Sinatra theater tour. In the show called Sinatra - Under His Skin, the 33-year-old singer performs well-known and lesser-known songs by the American crooner.
JUNE 04 — The Champions League broadcasts on the Dutch TV channel RTL 7 will be commented by Wesley Sneijder next season. The former soccer-pro will analyze the matches right after each match, RTL reports.
Lumen Photo's Frank Ruiter lensed the former Ajax and Real Madrid soccer player.
MAY 31 — Dutch pianist Iris Hond will perform ten times this summer in the Concertgebouw venue in Amsterdam. With this concert series she honors the Italian composer Ludovico Einaudi. Hond is known for her special performances of the work of Einaudi.
MAY 28 — Benedetta, the new French-language film by the opinionated Dutch director Paul Verhoeven, will be shown at the Cannes Film Festival this July in the presence of the Robocop, Basic Instinct and Elle helmer.
MAY 28 — Dutch football commentator and media personality Johan Derksen will end his TV career starting 2022. "Finally, it has taken long enough, I will not miss this," said the football analyst in an interview with Dutch daily AD.
MAY 21 — Flemish film directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah will helm the upcoming Batgirl -movie for studio Warner Bros, as was announced Wednesday. It is not the firs major Hollywood movie for the Belgian duo, having previously debuted in the US with the second sequel to Bad Boys.
MAY 06 — Striking new work by Lumen Photo photographer Maarten Kools. Beautiful portraits of, among others, actress / writer Joy Delima (image right), popular vlogger and social media personality Dylan Haegens and actress Marian Mudder.
This photo and more images can be found in Maarten's Lumen collection.
APRIL 29 — Award-winning Moroccan-Dutch writer Hafid Bouazza (51) passed away this week after being ill for some time. Bouazza was considered one of the most important writers of a wave of new authors with a migrant background.