• bite

    2 Dec 2009 by Alan Hope
    I have always had a soft spot for Greek food. The Greek Orthodox church in my hometown threw an annual Greek festival that attracted thousands of people over several days. My family has many happy memories of indulging in delectable baklava, spanakopita and gyros under a tent in the church parking lot.Full story
  • Face of Flanders — Investment

    2 Dec 2009 by Alan Hope
    If you won the Belgian national lottery, what would you do with the money? You’ll have to decide quickly because investment bankers and charities will soon be dialling your number.Full story
  • The sick building

    25 Nov 2009 by Flanders Today
    There’s nothing like a good grey and rainy day to bring out all the unutterable glumness of the Joseph Lemaire Sanatorium in Tombeek. The only reason I took the trouble to find the place (not easy) and to ignore the warning not to enter it was because an eminent body of international architects – the venerable World Monuments Fund – has concluded that this wreck of a building is worth salvaging. It has in fact been listed for the year 2010 as “One of the 100 Most Endangered Sites in the World.”Full story
  • Mark Silverstein

    bite — Mark Silverstein

    25 Nov 2009 by Alan Hope
    Mark Silverstein isn’t interested in food as art. As he puts it, he just wants to make food that he wants to eat. To my delight, apparently he and I want to eat the same things.Full story
  • Face of Flanders — Carposers

    25 Nov 2009 by Alan Hope
    For three years in a row, Ghent-based photographer Kris Dewitte asked the composers who had been invited to the city’s World Soundtrack Awards (part of the Flanders International Film Festival) to pose in a black, 1982 Mercedes. Some of these photos turned out to be simple portraits of musical masters behind the wheel. But others are slightly more inspired.Full story
  • What matters

    25 Nov 2009 by Flanders Today
    There’s a feverish excitement at the entrance to the grand marquee outside Bruges station as hundreds of punters wait for the doors to open on this year’s ice sculpture show, featuring the lovable Ice Age movie characters. But I’m here to see something with a little less commercial appeal.Full story
  • Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth

    From 30 below to 4,000 above

    25 Nov 2009 by Alan Hope
    The French media were not kind to Altiplano at its premiere in Cannes last May. Aside from the slate of bad reviews, the film’s directors were grilled by reporters during their press conference. Set in a small village in the Peruvian Andes, the film follows the story of local alpaca farmers who are, one-by-one, poisoned by mercury from nearby mining activities.Full story
  • A girl, a boy and a river from last year

    Song for a mad director

    25 Nov 2009 by Alan Hope
    Guy Coolen still recalls the booing in the audience the first time Muziektheater Transparant performed Peter Maxwell Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King. It was 1994,and he had just taken over at the company. Not long out of university at the time, Coolen wanted to make a break with Transparant’s old-fashioned operatic repertoire and create something far more contemporary and experimental.  Full story
  • Godfried-Willem Raes, composer, musician and robot orchestra builder


    25 Nov 2009 by Alan Hope
    After two years of publishing Flanders Today, none of the extraordinary things people do in Flanders surprises us anymore. Until now.Full story
  • The eel-good factor

    25 Nov 2009 by Alan Hope
    Along with mussels and stoverij, Belgians have another culinary surprise somewhat akin to Dr Seuss’ green eggs and ham. Paling in ’t groen, or eels in green sauce, is a speciality found in many restaurants and homes across Flanders. And wow, is it ever green.Full story