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Punkers en new wavers bij Bunkerpop in Landgraaf 1988

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Post-mining subcultures

In 2024, it will be 50 years since the last Limburg mine closed its doors. In the decennia after 1974, vast new build coloured Heerlen and its surroundings grey. But out of the cracks of the drab concrete grew something new: from jet black to fluorescent green. In this post-industrial Parkstad, young people illuminated their lives and surroundings with numerous subcultures.

From January 2024, we will share monthly stories of dissent: from flower power to political punk, from Heerlen hip-hop to the gabber scene at the end of the millennium.

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Gothic expressie via kleding Foto Ruud Walraven
Gothic: obscure avonden in Landgraaf
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"The great thing about a failed city is that the people living in it try to make something work."
- Leon Verdonschot

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The post-industrials: a history

Pit closures and secularization: where lives before had been dictated by mine and church, in the post-industrial era of the 1970s, it was up to young people to add a splash of colour to their existence. Read the article on the history of the origin of subcultures in South East Limburg.

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