February 5, 2020. Interview on L1 (Limburg TV).
André Rieu will read the Great Maastricht Dialect Dictation of 2020,
which is written by his wife Marjorie.
It was a challenge to translate from Limburg dialect, but we think John and Ineke managed.
From L1, Limburg Central, by Randy Beaumont.
Note: Every year there are "Great Dictations of the Dutch language and/or “dialects" throughout the
Netherlands. They are self-written stories which are then read and the people participating must then write
the spoken text without errors. Of course the sport is to include a few difficult sentences and words. The
person with the least amount of language/dialect errors is the winner.
The organization of the Great Mestreechs Dictation has asked world star André Rieu this
year to write the dictation.
André Rieu revealed that in L1mburg Central. De stand-alone-violinist will not write the text himself, but
leaves that to his wife. Rieu himself will read the text in the Maastricht dialect.
Hortense Brounts, chairman of the dialect association Veldeke Maastricht, is very happy with Rieu's
participation. A new committee has been formed and it has come up with the idea of asking more famous
people, like Mayor Penn, the governor of Limburg Theo Bovens and Cecile Narinx, who have already
written their texts before. We now thought: "We would just ask Rieu”. To our great surprise, he said yes and
we are very happy with his answer."
To Read aloud
It is extra special for Veldeke Maastricht that the 70-year-old world star will be participating, since the
association has already been in existence for 40 years. The organization is turning to the MECC for this
edition of the dictation. There Rieu will read his text, after which Brounts will dictate the text.
100 People can participate in the dictation. People who do not shy away from words such as
bloodkrallekettel (Bloodcolored beaded necklace) or pajjemas (pajamas) can register via the website. The
dictation will take place on Pentecost Sunday (May 31) and will be broadcast live on L1.
When asked whether Rieu would be participating during the celebration of King's Day in Maastricht,
on April 27, the orchestra leader could not answer.
The date of the great Maastricht dialect dictation has been postponed from May 31
to September 27th 2020, and later to October 23, 2022, due to the Corona virus ban.
September 2, 2022.
The Maastricht Dialect Dictation has been postponed again,
due to Rieu's rehearsals.
Currently “t Groet Mestreechs Dictee” is organized a week later than originally planned.
André Rieu, who is going to administer the language test, is unable to do so on the original date.
On October 23, 2022, he rehearses with his orchestra for the Christmas concerts he gives in the MECC
in December 2022. That is why the “Mestreechs Dictee” is now organized on October 30, 2022.
Good news for the participants, they have an extra week to practice.
August 30, 2020.
The Great Maastricht Dictation 2020 which would be read by André Rieu this year,
“Like many other associations in the city, “Veldeke Krink Mestreech” is forced to move planned events to
next year, due to the consequences of COVID-19," the foundation reported on Sunday evening.
Limited by corona rules.
The event was previously moved from May to September. The organization is of the opinion that, in view
of the corona measures, it cannot organize the Dictation in September that contributes qualitatively to the
promotion of the Maastricht language. "Moving on to next year is the only option," the organization
The Rieu Duo is participating again.
The most famous Maastricht resident was also involved in the decision to postpone the dictation. André
Rieu would read the dictation this year. His wife Marjorie would get into the pen. Fans of the Maastricht
dialect and André Rieu need not be sad. The violin virtuoso has promised his cooperation for the 2021
edition. The foundation will announce a new date early next year.