2013 Year of the Papiamento Language

13 02 2013


This year will be dedicated to ‘Papiamento’ the lingua franca on the island of Aruba, ordained by the Department of Culture and approved by the Council of Ministers. Organizations, press, schools, community, centre, institutions and parents were urged to put emphasis on the correct use of the language, This year celebrates the 10th anniversary that Papiamento became official language in the Kingdom of The Netherlands next to the Dutch language. Remains only to urge Parliament to officialize the extensive orthography. The whole year there will be lots of activities organized in cooperation with the Department of Culture.

BookIsh Publishers will be bringing out a new work in our ‘dushi’ language Papiamento. And BookIsh Plaza  ezine will be putting more attention this year to the Papiamento language books.

New Anthology with Work of Quito Nicolaas

23 10 2010

Our author Quito Nicolaas hasn’t been sitting still either. One of his poems has been selected and published in the upcoming new anthology in the Dutch language Vaar naar de vuurtoren [Eiland, Isla, Island, Eilân] Gedichten over 12 eilanden van het Koninkrijk der Nederlanden compiled by Klaas de Groot. The book contains poems inspired by 12 islands belonging to the Kingdom of The Netherlands. Not only islands of The Netherlands itself, but also those of the Dutch Caribbean.

The booklaunch will be during a talkshow with the writers.


Wednesday 27 oktober 20.00 p.m.

Doors are open at: 19.30 p.m.
Location: MCH, Lange Herenvest 122, 2011 BX Haarlem
Entrance fee: 5 euro, including coffie and thea 
A library card gives free entrance for two person 

Reservation can be made @ 023 – 542 3540

As of 10-10-10 the Kingdom of The Netherlands has a is renewed:  Sint Maarten and Curaçao has been promoted to countries, as Aruba is already since 1986, inside the kingdom and Bonaire, Sint Eustatius en Saba are now ’public bodies’ of The Netherlands. Together with the Frisian Islands they complete the 12 islands mentioned in the anthology. This is being celebrated with the anthology Vaar naar de vuurtoren, where poets put their love for the island in the spotlight through 100 poems.

More information @ Mondiaal Centrum Haarlem