• 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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    “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
  • Howdy, 2010

    16 Dec 2009 by a a
    Roping in the New YearFull 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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