• 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
  • The Aalst Carnival's parade

    Throw your onions

    17 Feb 2009 by Ad Min
    Since mediaeval times, the citizens of Aalst have taken to the streets once a year, dressed in colourful disguises, to poke fun at their politicians, party like crazy and show the rest of us how to celebrate Carnival.Full story
  • Matrimonio made in heaven: De Sica at Cinematek

    The alternative Valentine

    17 Feb 2009 by Ad Min
    Most people hate Valentine’s Day. It’s not because they hate love or romance, oh no. It’s just that they hate it when it’s forced.Full story
  • A Joelle Tuerlinckx illusion

    Faces of Flanders

    17 Feb 2009 by Ad Min
    The prestigious Culture Awards from the Flemish Community were announced last week in Hasselt by culture minister Bert Anciaux. The 13 awards to Flemish artists cover a wide range of activities, from cartoon strips to Baroque music. Each winner, one of three nominees in each category, takes home €12,500 and a bronze statuette specially commissioned from sculptor Johan Tahon.Full story
  • The mesmerising beauty of ruins

    Frozen memory

    17 Feb 2009 by Ad Min
    Ruined buildings are generally thought of as being of interest to tourists, historians and archaeologists. But there is a long tradition of ruins in art, dating back to the Renaissance, when interest in antique Roman and Greek architecture and statuary revived, and the vestiges of the past came to be regarded as relics of a better, purer age.Full story
  • The clothmaker's hall and belfry

    A devil of a town

    11 Feb 2009 by Flanders Today
    Located slap bang in the middle of the triangle formed by Bruges, Ghent and Kortrijk, it's inevitable that the town of Tielt struggled to make a mark on the West Flanders scene. Skilled craftsmen were — and still are — attracted to the three nearby cities in search of more or better work. Today's tourists frequently do something similar, bypassing the burg of about 20,000 on their way to visit its more famous neighbours.Full story
  • Fashionista

    4 Feb 2009 by Ad Min
    You have to be careful not to pass right by the newest jewellery boutique in Antwerp: it’s housed on the first floor of a building, right above a clothing shop. Not the most conventional choice of location, but, then again, Limited Edition Jewellery is anything but conventional.Full story