• Heavy Trash

    13 Jan 2010 by a a
    When New York rockabilly merchants Heavy Trash played Ghent’s Vooruit in 2007, the gig was, with impeccable accuracy, billed as a “rock’n’roll master class”. Not of the sit-down-andtake- notes variety, but the kind that leaves you with a gaping mouth, asking yourself, did this just happen?Full story
  • FACE OF FLANDERS

    13 Jan 2010 by a a
    While her VRT colleague Linda de Win fights off hate groups on Facebook, Frieda van Wijck just gets more and more popular. She’s just been pegged to present the new culture show on Canvas, Cobra TV. And at the end of last year, she was voted the most influential woman in Flanders by De Standaard’s weekend magazine.Full story
  • Et tu, Ambiorix?

    6 Jan 2010 by Lisa Bradshaw
    An exhibition at Tongeren's Gallo-Roman Museum introduces the city's icon, the heroic Ambiorix, to visitorsFull story
  • Lost and found

    6 Jan 2010 by a a
    “Everything was a gamble,” says Lieve Van Stappen. Would anyone talk to her about such a sensitive subject as foundlings? Would the commissioned artwork “Buggy” be technically possible? Would she have her bronze sculpture “Whispering” completed in time? And, at one stage, would there actually be a contract for her to sign?Full story
  • Marriage made in Limburg

    6 Jan 2010 by a a
    Hasselt University is small and relatively young when compared to other Flemish institutions of higher education. But it is rapidly distinguishing itself with unique programmes of study, collaborations and now an ambitious campus expansion plan that includes the renovation of a 19th-century prison building.Full story
  • World Premieres at Kaaitheater

    6 Jan 2010 by a a
    When I sat down with Guy Gypens, artistic director of the Kaaitheater, late last summer to discuss the upcoming theatre season, he told me about the remarkable amount of new work by major Flemish artists that would premiere this season.Full story
  • Building the Sportpaleis cycle track in 1932

    Rising from the ashes

    6 Jan 2010 by a a
    On the eve of a major renovation project, Jan Vereecke, co-manager of Antwerp’s Sportpaleis, is looking back on how they took the indoor stadium from an ailing 77-year-old dinosaur to a stateof- the-art, multi-purpose event hall that last year made it to number two on Billboard’s top-grossing indoor venues list.Full story
  • FACE OF FLANDERS

    6 Jan 2010 by a a
    A former prime minister of Taiwan married a Belgian, became a priest, settled in Flanders and is buried in the back garden of a 900-year-old monastery in Bruges. The Benedictine monastery of Sint- Andries, the final resting place of Lou Tseng-Tsiang, is hosting an exhibition on his life as part of Europalia China.Full story
  • bite

    6 Jan 2010 by a a
    In Belgium, one busy shopping season – the holidays – is followed by another – the January sales. And there is one shopping area that never goes out of season: kitchenware.Full story
  • Poetry of the void

    16 Dec 2009 by a a
    There’s just enough old-fashioned railway architecture on the train ride to De Panne to give you an idea of what fired the imagination of artist Paul Delvaux in the 1920s and 1930s. The ornate ironwork of stations, the webs of overhead cables and the perspective of the tracks are all recurring themes in his paintings. Make the return journey after dark, and the effect is doubled, as the lights of stations and other trains burst out of the night. Delvaux is rarely a daylight painter.Full story

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