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Michaël Olbrechts

Michaël Olbrechts
Michaël Olbrechts

(Belgium, 1987) received the Silvester Strips Debut Award for his book De allerlaatste tijger (The Very Last Tiger) in 2014. Olbrechts draws and tells stories with panache and attention to detail; his work is bright, lively, expressive, and funny. He studied history in Leuven and then cartooning in Brussels. A Belgian of Indonesian background, he based his thesis project, De allerlaatste tijger, on family history. It is about a young family going to visit grandma on a hot summer's day in 1996. As they drive to her assisted-living flat in Oosterbeek, the father tells stories about grandma's youth. He takes the children to a villa in the jungles of Java at the beginning of the 20th century. With his use of colour and narrative style, Olbrechts highlights the contrast between the happy family and grandma's harrowing experiences in the Dutch East Indies. His work combines the carefree world of the classic Franco-Belgian school with the expressiveness of modern Flemish graphic art.

(WU 15 GR)

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  • Winternachten 2015

    Indonesian Winter Kumpulan

    With: Adriaan van Dis, Anna Montan, Bodil de la Parra, Dinar Rahayu, Gustaaf Peek, Karin Amatmoekrim, Michaël Olbrechts, Nadja Hüpscher, Patrick Lauwerends, Reggie Baay

    A convivial gathering where you can sample Indonesian delicacies while listening to talk of Indonesian literature.

    A special programme to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the festival, which was launched in 1995 under the name Indonesian Winternacht. Kumpulan refers to the typical Indonesian "coming together, getting together" with family, friends, and others. Performing writers Karin Amatmoekrim, Reggie Baay, Adriaan van Dis, Gustaaf Peek, and Dinar Rahayu (Indonesia) will talk about moments of Indonesian togetherness
    inspired by an object, photo, music clip, or story. We also look forward to the contribution of young Belgian graphic novelist Michael Olbrechts, whose debut De allerlaatste tijger (The Very Last Tiger) draws on the history of his great-grandmother in Java. This cheerful evening is hosted by actresses Bodil de la Parra and Nadja Hüpscher, who toured with the hit play Ouwe pinda's (Old Peanuts). Toko Zwijndrecht will cater Indonesian treats during the intermission, and Anna Montan and Patrick Lauwerends will set the mood with jazzy kroncong. Aduh, such fun!