• Toneelhuis artistic director Guy Cassiers turned its formula inside-out

    A contemporary classic

    4 Nov 2009 by Rebecca Benoot
    When Pierre Bourla designed his Antwerp theatre in 1827, little did he know that it would eventually house a revolutionary company. Diverse and politically grounded, Het Toneelhuis is a pioneer, not only in the local contemporary theatre scene but also worldwide, leaving the conventional idea of a theatre troupe behind to create an entirely new multi-disciplinary model.Full story
  • Morrissey

    4 Nov 2009 by Alan Hope
    While most artists use B-sides (or CD-single bonus tracks, for those too young to remember vinyl) as an easy way to flog inferior material, Morrissey has always regarded them at the very least as the equal of album tracks. Sometimes, they were even better.Full story
  • Portrait

    28 Oct 2009 by Alan Hope
    Photography seems to more and more take over the exhibition landscape, as evidenced in this very issue of Flanders Today. It could be that, more than painting, sculpture or abstract installation, photography provides a sort of mirror into ourselves – something to which we can more intimately relate.  Full story
  • “Brains for me”: Tom Lanoye with calf brains

    My life with food

    28 Oct 2009 by Alan Hope
    It took an outsider to make the link that led to such a simple – yet such a brilliant – concept. Spanish photographer Isabel Miquel Arques lived in London and Amsterdam before moving to Antwerp four years ago with her Flemish husband. “What struck me first,” she says, “was the quantity and quality of Belgian artists. There are so many in such a small space! Dancers, artists, writers. The Flemish don’t even realise the uniqueness of this.”Full story
  • Dorothée van den Berghe

    Peace, love and Amsterdam

    28 Oct 2009 by Alan Hope
    My Queen Karo focuses on the experiences of a girl living in a 1970s commune with her young, idealistic parents. Is that girl you? I’m from Belgium, and we moved to Amsterdam, and for me, as a child, it was a big change. I did go to an anti-authoritarian crèche, but we didn’t actually live in a squat with a community. But it was very common at that time to do so. The situation in Amsterdam was dire with housing, so even “normal” families lived in squats. When I went to play with my friends, I very often came into one of these communities. I don’t have exactly the same story, but I was inspired by these situations. I wanted to look at this through the eyes of a child. The reality of grown-ups can be complicated, but a child sees only pieces of reality, a part of it. Full story
  • King Schoenaerts

    28 Oct 2009 by Alan Hope
    Matthias Schoenaerts has been working in movies since he was 16 but has broken out as Flanders’ most sought-after young actor in the last couple of years. With the lead role in horror film Linkeroever, the part of bad-boy Filip in the blockbuster Loft and a turn as the shy, sweet soldier in the television drama series De smaak van de Keyser, it seems that Schoenaerts is suddenly everywhere.      Full story
  • From opera to theatre to movies, visit Arsene50 to see it cheap

    Culture on a shoestring

    28 Oct 2009 by Alan Hope
    With the economy in the doldrums and everybody watching their expenses, tending a vegetable garden these days seems a much more sensible occupation than going to the opera. Luckily, you needn’t give up culture for horticulture altogether thanks to arsene50.be, a website with last-minute, half-priced tickets to most of Brussels’ cultural venues.Full story
  • Benetton’s “Kissing Nun” got banned in Italy and France

    Scandals and other policymakers

    28 Oct 2009 by Alan Hope
    One image at the photo exhibition Controverses is the subject of a bit more controversy than had been anticipated when the collection moved to Brussels last month: the photograph of a naked, 10 year-old Brooke Shields.  Full story
  • Face of Flanders — Andy Garcia

    21 Oct 2009 by Alan Hope
    Andy Garcia looks so like a movie star, you almost think he’s putting you on. With round sunglasses, a beret, velvet jacket and smoking a cigar (Cuban), he seems as if he should be lounging poolside in Hollywood rather than sitting on the chilly banks of a canal in downtown Ghent.Full story
  • Graindelavoix

    21 Oct 2009 by Alan Hope
    They had it coming: after winning a spate of awards for previous recordings, Flemish early music ensemble Graindelavoix has been elected Young Ensemble of the Year by the Belgian Musical Press Union. The singers’ collective, founded in 1999 by Flemish ethnomusicologist Björn Schmelzer, will receive the prize on 28 October after a concert that will unveil their latest repertoire: a series of yet unrecorded songs from the 16th century, devoted to Mary Magdalene.Full story