• The art of can’t

    10 Feb 2010 by a a
    Every town should have a youth theatre. I have many happy memories of my parents taking me to childfriendly productions, and I believe such events go a long way towards giving children appreciation for different ways of thinking and a love of creative expression. Moreover, these shows often offer something for adults, as much as children.Full story
  • FACE OF FLANDERS: Michael Jackson

    10 Feb 2010 by a a
    The late lamented King of Pop isn’t known for his association with the Low Countries, so it’s curious to find an entire population of fans who want to become him. Last week saw the end of one TV show devoted to Jackson wannabes, and there’s another one on the way. When Michael sang “You are not alone”, he couldn’t have imagined how true those words were.Full story
  • Berlinde De Bruyckere’s sculpture “We Are All Flesh”

    Portrait of the artists

    10 Feb 2010 by a a
    Literature and design have their own prestigious awards in Flanders, but the Culture Prizes of the Flemish Community, which were awarded on 1 February in the Kortrijkse Schouwburg, are the highest honours for most areas of arts and culture.Full story
  • bite

    10 Feb 2010 by a a
    You may think the New Year has come and gone but, for the Chinese, New Year is just around the corner. On 14 February, the year of the Tiger begins.Full story
  • More than meets the eye

    10 Feb 2010 by a a
    Photographic reproductions, such as you see on this page, don’t do Stefan Annerel’s work justice. Sure, pictures capture the vibrant colours and intricate structure, but these are works that have to be encountered face-toface to truly appreciate their dazzling beauty and hidden depths. For lack of a better word, they have to be experienced.Full story
  • Choc and awe

    10 Feb 2010 by a a
    Tasting chocolates with Dominique Persoone in his shop on the Simon Stevinplein in Bruges is mood-enhancing, and not just because of the dopamine and serotonin in the chocolate.Full story
  • FILM REVIEW

    10 Feb 2010 by a a
    “The Flemish Brigitte Bardot” blared the headline in Het Nieuwsblad a few weeks ago above an interview with Elle- June Henrard. Although the resemblance essentially stops at the lips, Henrard (pictured) is indeed a beautiful young woman, snatched out of secondary school to play the role of a teenager lured into the world of high-class prostitution.Full story
  • Don Carlos

    10 Feb 2010 by a a
    The longest and blackest of Verdi’s operas, Don Carlos is also the only one with a – partly – Flemish plot. It’s 1559, and the Low Countries are smarting under Spanish rule. Don Carlos, the son of King Philip II of Spain, has just met and fallen in love with the woman he is to marry, the French king’s daughter Elisabeth de Valois. When Philip decides to keep Elisabeth for himself, Carlos turns political and existential rebel and joins the cause of the oppressed Flemings.Full story
  • Anny Van Hecke-Ortiz at home in Quito

    Two worlds for a new one

    3 Feb 2010 by a a
    Protests on Avenue Eloy Alfaro in Quito are slowing traffic, and Anny Van Hecke-Ortiz can only watch. “They’re protesting at the president, Rafael Correa,” she says. “I was the one who approved his scholarship to study for his Master’s degree in Belgium, years ago. And now he’s president. He always was a charmer.”Full story
  • A home back home

    3 Feb 2010 by a a
    In relationships, it’s easier to make a clean break than to drag the separation out forever. Talking to Walter Thiebaut of Vlamingen in de Wereld (Flemings in the World), I realise now that this is true for all kinds of relationships, including the one you have with your country.Full story

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