• There’s something about Mary

    1 Jul 2009 by Alan Hope
    It's a busy year for Tongeren. In May, the city's new Gallo-Roman museum finally opened to great acclaim. This month, its seven-yearly Coronation Celebration takes place. It's a week of religious fervour surrounding the veneration of the Virgin Mary that is expected to attract 700,000 visitors.Full story
  • Catching the wave

    1 Jul 2009 by Alan Hope
    There is a town on the banks of the Rhone enclosed within mediaeval ramparts, boasting an awesome 14th-century papal palace, crumbling Renaissance churches, decaying Italianate residences and a general air of faded glory. For three weeks every year, Avignon is transformed into the most vibrant, daring and bustling performance festival in Europe, host to the alumni of the avant-garde and co-producer of major new works.Full story
  • (c) Studio 100

    The power of pink

    1 Jul 2009 by Alan Hope
    There's one good thing about Mega Mindy - and it's a really big thing: she's a hero for little girls, in a world that offers them little more than frothy princesses and K3. Full story
  • Jasper Erkens

    Face of Flanders — Jasper Erkens

    1 Jul 2009 by Alan Hope
    This weekend, Jasper Erkens will become the youngest-ever performer at Rock WerchterFull story
  • Flemings in New York

    24 Jun 2009 by Alan Hope
    Nobody really knows how many Flemish live in New York - the Belgian Embassy speaks of 713 registered, but this number must be much higher, says the director of Manhattan's Flanders House.  Full story

    24 Jun 2009 by Alan Hope
    Aalst and Dendermonde This ride combines two lovely Flemish towns in a return trip that makes an excellent ride for a family. Just bring along a picnic and set up camp along the river or plan a long break in Dendermonde before retracing the route back to Aalst.Full story
  • Turtlewings offers design and art workshops to kids up to age 12

    Less than lazy summer

    24 Jun 2009 by Alan Hope
    The last bell has rung, the backpack's been shoved to the back of the hall closet. Ah, sweet summertime. The kids have two months of blissful relaxation - sleeping in, afternoons at the pool, lounging in front of the TV. Full story
  • Jan Fabre's "From the Feet to the Brain"


    24 Jun 2009 by Alan Hope
    Other contemporary art biennials may come and go, but the oldest, most venerable of them all has a staying power and resilience that have allowed it to survive two World Wars and countless cultural crises, including the current one. Full story
  • Summer, bloody summer

    24 Jun 2009 by Alan Hope
    Summer: holidays, relaxation, cocktails, swimming pools. And a good book. This is where Boek.be comes in. Every year the confederation of Flemish booksellers and publishers organises an event that guarantees a long, hot and (above all) suspenseful summer (even if it's raining): Zomer van het Spannende Boek (Summer of the Suspense Book). Full story
  • The real life of photos

    24 Jun 2009 by Alan Hope
    When you are great at what you do, you often serve two functions: deliverer of work to the world, and teacher of all those who come after. Open up any Flemish newspaper today, and you will find the influence of Walter De Mulder.Full story