On Friday 25 and Saturday 26 September, the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht will host the fourth edition of the biggest language festival in the Netherlands and Flanders: DRONGO language festival.
There is no better place than the DRONGO language festival to become acquainted with the many possibilities that language and multilingualism offer, with a programme varying from the best ways to quickly learn a foreign language to tips and tricks on multilingual child-raising (including programmes for children and youths) and from a Business Meeting for everyone who deals with customers who do not speak Dutch to the newest developments in language technology. DRONGO language festival drew thousands of visitors in previous years, and this year will once again welcome great numbers of language enthusiasts and people interested in the function of language in daily life.
One of Us Is On the Wrong Side of History!, Xu Zhen (1977, China) focuses on the visual identity of Witte de With’s past exhibitions as well as its archive of posters. As such, this work brings to light not the artworks shown at Witte de With during the past twenty-five years, but rather the wording and design, which mediated them. The archive is read and revealed as a sprawling visual poem made up of fragments and traces of voices past. In the vein of his Metal Language series, Xu Zhen extracts fonts and layouts from their original contexts and reproduces them using metal chains.
Interview with Mr. Hing-wa Wong, Principal Immigration Officer Policies, about the new admission scheme for the second generation of Chinese Hong Kong permanent residents:
In een tijd toen vrouwen geacht werden zich ver van geletterdheid te houden ontstond in China een uniek schrift. Eeuwen geleden schiepen vrouwen in het zuiden van China een voor mannen ontoegankelijke code, het nüshu of vrouwenschrift, waarin zij met elkaar hun diepste zorgen en verzuchtingen deelden.
Het Chinese vrouwenschrift is het enige bekende vrouwenschrift ter wereld en werd ternauwernood van uitsterven gered.
This year, the Taiwan Excellence Showcase, a travelling exposition of award-winning products from Taiwan, will take place in Amsterdam from 24th until 28th of June. The Taiwan Excellence Showcase is a pop-up experience store, where the public can get to know over 40 brands and learn about 100 award-winning products. The winners of the Taiwan Excellence Award represent the most innovative and revolutionary products designed and made in Taiwan. In 2016, Taipei will be the World Design Capital.
On Friday, July 24th on Schouwburgplein in Rotterdam, Rotterdam Unlimited offers a slight glimpse of what the great Chinese realm has to offer.