ArtsTalk Radio

ArtsTalk Magazine editor Michael Hasted presents a podcast featuring interviews and reviews focusing on cultural events in and around The Hague, Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

We talk to Chief Executive Roel Beeftink-Funcken and Artistic Director Tamara Griffioen of the DELFT FRINGE FESTIVAL and we visit the DELFT TOBACCO MUSEUM plus a tune from the jazz trio STEEL SHEEP.  27th May 2024

We talk to GREG SHAPIRO about his Saving the Climate one-man show and to TONY ADIGUN, director of the English Avant Garde Dance Company who is one of the judges for the Rotterdam International Duet Choreography Competition – the RIDCC. And we have a tune from the ERWIN BEIJERSBERGEN TRIO.  3rd May 2024


MICHAEL RAEDECKER is a Dutch artist who has lived and worked in London for the past 25 year. A major retrospective of his work has just opened at the Kunstmuseum in The Hague and we have an exclusive interview with him. We also visit the VERMEER CENTRE in Delft and have a guided tour from Louk van Riet. To play us out there is a track from the excellent AMSTERDAM KLEZMER BAND.   15th April 2024

We are live at Art Rotterdam at the iconic Van Nelle Fabriek. We talk to artists and galleries including A Modest Show gallery from Manchester and to Ali Keles of Lakeside Collection about art made entirely from beeswax or honeycomb. We meet artists Eric Mangen who was showing at Valerius Gallery from Luxembourg and Daan Den Houter who shows at the Frank Taal Gallery in Rotterdam. We finish with a song (at 9mins50) from Rotterdam-based Portuguese singer-songwriter Magda Mendes. 2nd February 2024


We talk to Nicole Beutler of NICOLE BEUTLER PROJECTS about her new show, ATMEN and (at 10.10 mins) to WENDY FOSSEN about THE HAGUE SCHOOL CHILDREN exhibition at the PANORAMA MESDAG MUSEUM in The Hague. Plus (at 22.50 mins) a tune from the  CELLO OCTET AMSTERDAM playing The Beatles’ It’s Getting Better.   20th January 2024

We meet Job Chajes of the excellent AMSTERDAM KLEZMER BAND and we play a track from one of their albums. QETC’s new production at the end of November is a double bill at the CC Amstel Theater in Amsterdam, (at 5mins30) we talk to director Mark Winstanley. Finally, (at 12.00) we meet Ali Keles whose LAKESIDE COLLECTION of fine art can be seen in THE DEPOT in Rotterdam. The music from The Klezmer band is at 21mins40   1st November 2023.  Photo of Job Chajes of the Amsterdam Klezmer Band by SUSANA MARTINS

An American theme for this programme. We talk (at 7.00mins) to Erwin Beijersbergen of the ERWIN BEIJERSBERGEN TRIO about their tribute to a great American jazz pianist with their new album A TOUCH OF BILL EVANS and we play a track from it. We start in The Hague where we meet CHRISTOPHER MULLEN whose recently opened ACME STUDIOS specializes in old typewriters and all things to do with them.  8th August 2023

We meet CHLOE ROOKE a young English lady who will soon be conducting a concert with the prestigious Residentie Orkest at the Amare in The Hague and we talk (at 7mins20) to video artist JIYAN DÜYÜ about her installation at the Lakeside Collection in The Depot in Rotterdam. We are at the Korzo Theater in The Hague (at 10mins25) to talk to MICHAEL ZANDL about his installation Pieces of a Mind which is on during Cirque Mania. Finally (at 15mins40) we play a track from the MERAL POLAT TRIO.  29th August 2023

We are in Delft, at the Museum Prinsenhof, where an exhibition has just opened pairing the work of local artist Jan Schoonhoven and German photographer Lothar Wolleh. We speak to the show’s curator, ANTOON MELISSEN. English actress CLAIRE WORLAND, lives in Rotterdam and she has just produced her first play, Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days at the Branoul Theatre in The Hague. Plus we have She’s Leaving Home from the AMSTERDAM CELLO OCTET’S Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Cello Band album.   14th July 2023

We meet CHLOE ROOKE, a young English conductor who lives and works in Holland and is conducting Mozart’s LA FINTA GIARDINIERA at the Amare in The Hague. We are at MUSEUM RIJSWIJK (at 8.00 mins) where their Textile Biennale has just opened and we speak to its curator. Rotterdam-based Portuguese singer-songwriter MAGDA MENDES is currently on tour and we speak to her (at 14.20 mins) and hear a song that features in the show.       28th June 2023

We talk to Scapino Ballet dancer Misha van Leeuwen about the ROTTERDAM INTERNATIONAL DUET CHOREOGRAPHY COMPETITION (RIDCC) and (at 7.14 mins) Souwie Buis talks to Yke Prins of the PULCHRI STUDIOS in The Hague on the occasion of the current LANGE VOORHOUT MONUMENTAL open-air sculpture exhibition. Plus (at 11.00 mins) a song from Ronley Teper. 18th June 2023


It’s all about festivals this week. Nicole Beutler of the Amsterdam based theatre company Nicole Beutler Projects talks about Gluck’s opera Orpheus and Eurydice which she is directing for the Festival Classique and (at 9.00mins) we meet Roel Beeftinck-Funcken, director of the Delft Fringe Festival. We also meet (at 17.00 mins) Michael Zandl whose installation Piece of a Mind was at the Korzo Theater in The Hague during the recent CaDance Festival. We end (at 22.00) with a track from Cello Octet Amsterdam’s new album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Cello Band.    4th June 2023

We are at THEATER PEPIJN in The Hague for an ENGLISH COMEDY NIGHT and talk to comedians Greg Shapiro, Mohna Joshi, Luana Elena Matei, Weina Ma and to the show’s producer from the Diligentia, Vera Papilaja.  We talk to author NICCI FRENCH (at 10 mins) whose new book, Has Anyone Seen Charlotte Salter?  has just been published in The Netherlands. We finish (at 20.30 mins) with Delft-based Trio Beijersbergen playing the Miles Davis classic Four.   28th April 2023

Something for almost everyone in this programme. We talk to dancer Mischa van Leeuwen of Scapino Ballet about the show he is currently on tour with, De Sprong van Nijinsky. We also pay a visit to The Dome at the Museon-Omniversum in The Hague (@ 8.40) to see the amazing Recombination -The Fulldome Journey and talk to its creator Julius Horsthuis. And (@ 13.30) we talk to two members of the Amsterdam-based English language theatre company, Strike Me Pink, about their new production called Calamus.  12th April 2023

As Vermeer is all over the news at the moment we are back in Delft – but not discussing the old master. We visit the contemporary art galleries in the city and talk to the owners. We are at Artline, Galerie Ruimte Remmelink (at 5mins), Art Jacobs (at 8.40 mins), Kunstkamer (at 13 mins) and Galerie de Zaal (at 17 mins). All of them are right in the centre of town and all show an eclectic mix of high quality art. March 2023

We are concentrating on the numerous Vermeer exhibitions taking place at the moment. We have interviews with art historian Wendy Fossen summarizing the different events and (at 7.00 mins) with the curator of the exhibition Vermeer’s Delft which is at the Museum Prinsenhof. We are also at the Vermeer Centre in Delft having a guided tour (at 11.40 mins) and also (at 27.00 mins) talking to René Jacobs, a local artist who takes much of his inspiration from Vermeer. Finally, (at 35.30 mins) we talk to Emlyn Stam, Artistic Director of the New European Ensemble about Metamorfosen, a multi-media concert at The Hague’s Kunstmuseum inspired by the work of M C Escher.  15th February 2023

For this programme we are in The Hague. We talk to Emlyn Stam, Artistic Director of the New European Ensemble about Opera2Day’s new Don Quixote opera. We are also at Museum Panorama Mesdag (@ 7.35 mins) with art historian Wendy Fossen of Casa dell’Arte discussing the largely forgotten Dutch artist Suze Robertson and we have some music (@ 22.30 mins) from the Meral Polat Trio.   7th February 2023

Wendy Fossen is with us again this week showing us around the Manhattan Masters exhibition at the Mauritshuis in The Hague, a rare opportunity to see Dutch paintings from the Frick Collection in New York. And we have music (at 10.00 mins) from A Touch of Bill Evans, the new album by the Delft-based Trio Beijersbergen.  26th December 2022

The programme this week is dedicated to the AMALIA, AMBITION WITH ALLURE exhibition. We are at Museum Prinsenhof in Delft where art historian Wendy Fossen gives us a tour of the exhibition and a short lesson in Dutch history.  7th December 2022

We are at the CC Amstel Theater in Amsterdam to see QETC’s production of hit musical CABARET and  (at 11.00 mins) talking to its director MARK WINSTANLEY. We also have an interview with world-wide, best-selling author NICCI FRENCH and we finish (at 16.00 mins) with a song from Canadian singer/songwriter and performance artist RONLEY TEPER.   24th November 2022

We are back in Delft this week and we talk to Bram Stoeken, the organizer of the Jazz Festival. We also (at 5.20) talk to the owner of Artline, a new contemporary art gallery in the town. There is also (at 10.35) a song from Rotterdam-based Portuguese singer-songwriter Magda Mendes.26th August 2022

This week’s programme is dedicated to one topic – the Delft Chamber Music Festival which this year celebrates its twenty fifth anniversary. The Festival has been under the artistic direction of violinist Liza Ferschtman since 2007 but now there is a new director, Nino Gvetadze, and we talk to her at the festival’s main venue, the Mandelezaal in Delft’s historic Prinsenhof. 26th July 2022

COMEDY SPECIAL! It’s all about comedy this week. We have a guest in the studio, Stephen Grindle who is also known as Dingle Fingle and Baron von Grindle. He talks about life as an English clown living in Holland and after that (at 18.30 mins) Amsterdam based comedian Greg Shapiro reads the final excerpt from his book An American Netherlander – 25 Years of Expat Tales. 12th June 2022

The DELFT FRINGE FESTIVAL 2022. We speak to the organizer Roel Funcken and (at 6.20 mins) to Robin Lie and Doortje Peters of the Tappin-It Collective about their show Doemsdee. We also (at 15.00 mins) talk to bass player, poet and performance artist Jonathan Nagel about is show Eventually and hear one of his tracks. 29th May 2022

We find out about three exciting new projects. We talk to Ralph Remers and Emilia Moscovich of the new Amsterdam based English language theatre company STRIKE ME PINK and then (at 7.50 mins) to Brazilian dancer and choreographer SAMIR CALIXTO about his new company. Finally (at 17.40 mins) we are in Delft to talk to HELEEN VAN HAAFTEN about her new contemporary art gallery, ARTLINE. 12th May 2022

We visit the VERMEER CENTRE in Delft and talk to guide LOUK VAN RIET. JONATHAN NAGEL (at 16.50 mins) is a German double-bass player, poet and performance artist based in Amsterdam and we have a track from his new album entitled eventually. Finally, (at 22 mins) comedian GREG SHAPIRO reads more from his book The American Netherlander – Twenty Five Years of Ex-Pat Tales.  28th April 2022

We are at the Kunsthal in Rotterdam for the opening of the JOB, JORIS & MARIEKE  animation exhibition and talk to JOB ROGGEVEEN. Brazilian dancer and choreographer SAMIR CALIXTO talks (at 6.30 mins) about his new work DIDO AENEAS US AND ALL which is currently on tour and (at 13.50mins) SOUWIE BUIS talks to WENDY FOSSEN of Casa Dell’Arte about the ALPHONSE MUCHA exhibition at the Kunstmuseum in The Hague.   9th March 2022

We talk to Anita Jansen, curator of the BRAM BOGART exhibition at the Museum Prinsenhof in Delft and (at 22 mins) there is a song from Canadian artist RONLEY TEPER. 24th February 2022

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