• The Queen’s art

    2 Dec 2009 by a a
    Last summer, we ran a story on the show of James Ensor that was staged in New York’s iconic Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). “Urban avant-gardist or small-town loony?” asked the New York Times.Full story
  • Erik Van Looy is back to host the eighth season of De slimste mens ter wereld

    The return of De slimste mens

    2 Dec 2009 by Alan Hope
    Quiz shows are a staple of TV and regularly draw large audiences the world over. But not many quiz shows can lay claim to having contestants who include the prime minister, the President of Europe and those two brothers out of Clouseau.Full story
  • 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
  • Eva Dewaele performs in W. Forsythe’s timeless Artifact during December Dance

    The Twelve Days of Dance

    2 Dec 2009 by a a
    “I hate themes,” says Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, a direct response to my question about what threads might be running through December Dance.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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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