North Sea Neighbours magazine celebrates NL-UK cultural ties

"Culture plays a pivotal role in bridging the narrow sea that divides us", says Simon Smits, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Kingdom. To celebrate the deep connections between cultural professionals from the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, the Dutch Embassy in London has published a magazine full of interviews with Dutch artists that work in the UK and British creatives earning their money in the Netherlands. The magazine, hot off the press, is also available online.

The interviews were written by Arnoud Breitbarth and photos were taken by Michiel Meewis.

North Sea Neighbours magazine, January 2020
©Dutch Embassy in the United Kingdom
North Sea Neighbours magazine, January 2020

Culture as anchor in Anglo-Dutch relationship

Now that the United Kingdom is leaving the European Union, extra efforts are required to keep the ties between our nations strong. The frequency at which politicians from the Netherlands and the UK meet will likely decrease, trade levels between the UK and the EU are bound to reduce and we will probably see less migration of Dutch and British citizens between Britain and "the continent". Hence, after Brexit the arts will play an even more important role in that longstanding, stable relationship between the Dutch and British North Sea Neighbours.

Minister of Culture to receive first copy

The magazine is aimed at cultural professionals with strong connections to both the UK and the Netherlands. The first copy will be handed to the Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science, Ingrid van Engelshoven, who visits the United Kingdom on 16 and 17 January 2020.

Order your copy now

If you work in the arts, are passionate about cultural exchange between the Netherlands and the United Kingdom and would like to receive some magazines in hard copy to share with relevant stakeholders in your network, please let us know. We will gladly send you some copies of 'North Sea Neighbours' magazine.

Email your name, the organisation you work for, your contact details and the number of copies you would like to receive to

We have printed a rather limited number of copies, but the contents are available to all, as the magazine is also available in PDF.