On 30 March 2012, ‘Linguisticum X’ was released, the fifth poetry video by Joey Bongers and Albert Hagenaars in general, as well as the second one in a series of 10 concerning ‘Linguisticum’.

‘Linguisticum X’ is based upon an older video, produced by Eurostudio B.A.BA in 1995, when this multilingual project was part of Luxembourg Cultural Capital of Europe. The original video was damaged but Joey Bongers could repair some of the worst parts and managed to bring back the ambience of those nights in 1995.

The link between ‘Linguisticum’ and the festival was realized by Hubert Wellenstein of the Luxembourg based initiative Double You, also publisher of the book ‘Linguisticum’ in 1994. The performances took place in the Foyer Européen, 12 Rue Heine.


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The cycle ‘Linguisticum’, written in 1980, marks for Albert Hagenaars both an end and a beginning. With these ten poems he chose definitively for literature and closed the door on an active period in the arts as painter and art gallery owner.
‘Linguisticum’ was first published in 1983 in ‘Op Komst’, an anthology of work by young Dutch authors, published by In de Knipscheer, Amsterdam.
In 1986 the whole cycle was included in ‘Intriges’, the third poetry collection of Albert Hagenaars, also published by In de Knipscheer. Shortly after the paperback edition appeared, a bibliophile edition of ‘Intriges’ was issued.
In that same year, a Belgian radio station devoted its literary program to ‘Linguisticum’. The program paired a reading of each poem with appropriate music.
In 1993, the poems appeared in I.E. Magazine -an American cultural magazine, in both Dutch and the English translation by Sandi Stromberg.
One year later the book ‘Linguisticum’ was published, in four languages, followed in 1995 by the CD with the same name.
The first re-edition of video fragments using You Tube took place in December 2011.

Composer/musician Jan Walraven performed ‘Linguisticum’ so far in The Netherlands, Luxembourg, The Czech Republic, Italy and Poland.