• Amadeus' Spare Ribs

    Amadeus Spare Rib Restaurant

    25 Feb 2009 by
    A veritable gem in the landscape of Flemish folk cuisine, spare ribs restaurant Amadeus has become an institution, and deservedly so. Their successful formula has led to the establishment of four such restaurants across Flanders, and the din present most nights in every one bodes well for the eatery's future.Full story
  • Colliery mine of Beringen

    Built on black gold

    25 Feb 2009 by
    The 20th century got off to a fine start in eastern Flanders. On 2 August, 1901, “Flemish black gold” was discovered in the Kempen region of Limburg. Coal transformed this virtually uninhabited region of arid heathland and boggy morasses into a thriving industrial heartland. Full story
  • Bart De Pauw

    Culture News

    25 Feb 2009 by
    This year’s Flemish blockbuster Loft by director Eric Van Looy has broken the record of ticket sales in Belgium set in 1990 by Stijn Coninx’s Koko Flanel. Last week Loft bypassed the long-standing total of 1,082,000 tickets sold. Koko moves into second place, and Coninx also holds on to third and fourth place with Hector and Daens. Van Looy resurfaces in fifth place with 2003’s De Zaak Alzheimer. Full story
  • Louise Maselis for Calvin Klein

    Runway to success

    25 Feb 2009 by
    A 15-year-old schoolgirl from Herent near Leuven last week made her debut on the catwalks of New York, modelling the autumn womenswear collection of Calvin Klein. Louise Maselis won last year’s Elite Look Model competition in the beach resort of Sanya in China ahead of 80 girls from 70 countries. She was then given a contract with the world’s top model agency in November, and her management moved from Amsterdam to Paris. Elite also represents household names like Cindy Crawford and Monica Bellucci.Full story
  • Brendan and the Secret of Kells

    The secret of Vanfleteren

    24 Feb 2009 by Ad Min
    If you think getting your whole family together to go to a new animated movie is a lot of effort and expense, you should try making one.Full story
  • Royal Blood by Erwin Olaf


    24 Feb 2009 by Ad Min
    At first glance, it’s easy to write off photographer Erwin Olaf as a commercial prima donna, airbrushing oiled models and strategically cropping “June” for the next gay men’s calendar. A low-rent photographer at high-rent prices.Full story
  • Don Quixote and Sancho Panza

    Basquing in the glow

    24 Feb 2009 by
    Maybe they were fishermen looking for fresh fishing grounds or explorers broadening their horizons. But the first Spaniards to arrive in Flanders were, in any case, probably the Basques. Noted for their expert seamanship, they could easily have made a voyage through the Bay of Biscay, up the coast of France and into Bruges. Full story
  • Flamenco dancer

    Shall we dance?

    24 Feb 2009 by
    Ivo Hermans pours me a glass of Rioja from behind his tiny, candlelit bar in Leuven and plunges into thought with an exclamation of “Hmmm”. The Spanish aficionado is about to tell me how the word “flamenco” is connected to Flanders and has, in fact, got nothing to do with pink, wading birds.Full story
  • If I can make it there

    23 Feb 2009 by Ad Min
    When Henry Hudson sailed up the broad river that bears his name in September 1609, he had little idea of the impact of his voyage. But his exploration set the stage for Dutch colonisation in the New World and forged a trail that subsequent adventure seekers would follow from Europe to the Americas.Full story
  • Roos Van Acker

    Face of Flanders — Roos Van Acker

    17 Feb 2009 by Ad Min
    Roos Van Acker is a TV presenter, a Studio Brussel DJ, Humo magazine's favourite cover girl and the 185th choice for Greatest Belgian of all time. Before breaking into every form of media you can think of, Van Acker, 32, sang for the 1990s pop group Eden. Now she's gone back to her roots on a tour of Flanders with an ad hoc band, performing songs about broken hearts. We caught up with her between tour dates, radio programmes and meetings about her future with television station VT4.Full story