• 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

    16 Dec 2009 by a a
    Despite a distinct lack of snow in these parts, an Antwerp man has, for the second consecutive year, won the European championships for sled dogs, held in Grolloo, the Netherlands, last month. It makes a bit more sense when you discover it is a cart race, as opposed to a sledge run. Harry Braeckmans left some 120 carts behind to win the competition. His wife, Nadine, placed third in the women’s division.Full story
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    “Light” is subjective

    16 Dec 2009 by a a
    Christmastime: the season of good cheer, champagne – and operettas. Most opera houses let their hair down during the festive season and programme light-hearted shows; the Vlaamse Opera makes no exception by presenting Leonard Bernstein’s Candide.Full story
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    New Year's luckFull story
  • The Public Prosecutor

    16 Dec 2009 by a a
    “They call me an author, but actually I’m a journalist first.” So wrote Jef Geeraerts in his 1992 book On Adventure with Jef Geeraerts, a blend of fiction and fact published as a novel. There lies the blurry distinction: Geeraerts (pictured) worked as a journalist and writes fiction about what he knows.Full story
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    The year in arts

    16 Dec 2009 by a a
    They said this year ... “I’m in regular contact with him by phone and by email. He’s not that far away after all” Tom De Winne, son of Flemish astronaut Frank De Winne, who recently returned from the International Space Station Full story
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    The year in Flanders

    16 Dec 2009 by a a
    News stories, in my experience, follow one of three arcs: either they’re with us forever, without resolution (and usually without much significant development), or they’re up and down in no time, a lion-escapes-zoo, lion-recaptured progress of events. The third case – a story breaks, develops and then reaches a natural conclusion – is the most satisfying. But also the most rare.Full story
  • Radio reading

    16 Dec 2009 by a a
    Once upon a time there was a storyteller, and the desire to have someone tell us a story has never really gone away. Each generation gets a chance to relive the experience by reading to its children, and the popularity of talking books suggests that adults still yearn to be taken back to the magic of the bedtime hour, even if it’s now a question of being read to by the CD player as you sit in morning traffic.Full story
  • Fire it up

    16 Dec 2009 by a a
    Festivals have always been associated with summer: long hot days, cold beers, music and some friends. And, sure, the weather is better. But that hasn’t stopped the lovely people of Antwerpen Open from staging Wintervuur, a cool winter festival that will knock your (wool) socks off.Full story
  • Holiday concerts

    16 Dec 2009 by a a
    My two-and-a-half-year-old daughter starts singing Christmas carols around Halloween; her elder sister sings them all year round. So come mid-December, I’ve pretty much had my fill. Luckily, several venues around Flanders are offering seasonal concerts with a difference: programmes that are festive and celebratory but don’t sound remotely like “Silent Night”.Full story