(Belgium, 1969) is the stage name of Belgian singer Helmut Lotigiers, who debuted with the Gent opera at age five. Fourteen years later he became well known in the Dutch/Flemish sphere through his participation in the Soundmixshow. More than 13 million of his "classical lite" records have been sold. He sang duets with Andrea Bocelli, Montserrat Caballé, Eros Ramazzotti, Placido Domingo and Cliff Richard, among others. He also gained world fame with lite-classical versions of African, Latin American and Russian pop songs. He has reached the number-two spot on American Billboard. After some down time, he went in a whole new direction with 2013's Mijn hart & mijn lijf (My Body & Soul), an album of a dozen original numbers sung in Dutch. For a literary evening at the Brussels Bozar in 2015, he composed musical literary portraits. At this festival, he performs with poets and sets poetry to music.(2015)
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One of Radio 1's most popular programmes is VPRO's O.V.T. Every Sunday morning, the focus is on the contemporary significance of historic events. It's become a tradition for the producers to move to The Hague during the festival, this time broadcasting live from the cozy lobby of Theater aan het Spui. Count on appearances by festival guests Adriaan van Dis and Rodaan Al Galidi. Flemish singer Helmut Lotti will perform, and of course Nelleke Noordervliet will deliver her spoken column. The hosts are Paul van der Gaag and Jos Palm. The public is welcome and admission is free - but be sure to reserve your spot via www.writersunlimited.nl
It's a well-kept secret that singer Helmut Lotti of Flanders interprets poetry beautifully. Especially for Winternachten, he'll explore the world of poetry, presenting his own 'dark' selection from around the world, accompanied by pianist Florejan Verschueren. Conclude this festival evening with Lotti's words ringing in your ears!
In Filmhuis Studio A the festival's guests present their favourite literary texts and explain why a particular poem, novel excerpt, or song lyric influenced their life and work. Which memory, what feeling does this text call up for them? A continuous interview programme, in which the audience also talks with the writers. Hosted by Wim Brands. In Dutch