• K3

    21 Oct 2009 by Alan Hope
    Ten years ago, the three Ks met for the first time: Karen, Kristel and Kathleen were brought together to form K3 (say “ka-dree”), Flanders’ answer to the Spice Girls. Ever since, K3 has ruled the world of kleuterpop – toddler pop – in Flanders and the Netherlands with titles such as “Oma’s aan de top” – “Granny’s at the Top” – and “Jongens zijn gek” – “Boys are crazy”.Full story
  • Face of Flanders — Andy Garcia

    21 Oct 2009 by Alan Hope
    Andy Garcia looks so like a movie star, you almost think he’s putting you on. With round sunglasses, a beret, velvet jacket and smoking a cigar (Cuban), he seems as if he should be lounging poolside in Hollywood rather than sitting on the chilly banks of a canal in downtown Ghent.Full story
  • Graindelavoix

    21 Oct 2009 by Alan Hope
    They had it coming: after winning a spate of awards for previous recordings, Flemish early music ensemble Graindelavoix has been elected Young Ensemble of the Year by the Belgian Musical Press Union. The singers’ collective, founded in 1999 by Flemish ethnomusicologist Björn Schmelzer, will receive the prize on 28 October after a concert that will unveil their latest repertoire: a series of yet unrecorded songs from the 16th century, devoted to Mary Magdalene.Full story
  • From beginners to experts, Bleau in Ghent is an indoor climber’s paradise

    Climbing the walls

    21 Oct 2009 by Flanders Today
    Flanders is ideal for rock climbing. Given the region’s notoriously rainy weather and famous flat tracts of land that cyclists dream about, this might sound counterintuitive. But you don’t need mountain cliffs to take part in this demanding, intriguing sport; it can be done indoors, dry and warm, at a gym.Full story
  • Balta aims to consolidate carpet market

    21 Oct 2009 by Alan Hope
    Balta, the Zellik-based carpet manufacturer, plans to restructure and consolidate the whole carpet sector, the company announced last week. The largest carpet manufacturer in Western Europe, it plans “midlarge” takeovers (companies with a turnover greater than €50 million) that also offer expansion opportunities.Full story
  • New role for CBFA in financial advertising

    21 Oct 2009 by Alan Hope
    The government last week announced plans for improved regulation of the financial services industry, with a proposal aimed at increasing consumer protection. The Commission for the Banking, Finance and Insurance Industries (CBFA) will be given new powers, a CBFA spokesman said.Full story
  • Vlerick MBA course in world Top 10

    21 Oct 2009 by Alan Hope
    Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School has squeezed into the top 10 of MBA schools worldwide, in the list compiled by The Economist magazine. Vlerick last year stood in 14th place and now moves up to number 10.Full story
  • Bus-building business booming

    21 Oct 2009 by Alan Hope
    Economic crisis or no economic crisis, vehicle manufacturer Van Hool, based in Koningshooikt in Antwerp province, has just taken an order for 250 luxury tour coaches for the US market. That brings the company’s total orders from the US this year to 380, out of a total construction of about 1,700 vehicles.Full story
  • VDB with his ex-wife, Sarah Pinacci, their daughter Margaux, and Cameron

    Brilliant but troubled: Vandenbroucke’s stormy career

    21 Oct 2009 by Alan Hope
    Once seen as the great hope of Belgian cycling, Frank Vandenbroucke enjoyed a brief but exhilarating moment on the podium before his demons caught up with him.Full story
  • Yanina Wickmayer

    Flanders’ newest tennis hopeful

    21 Oct 2009 by Alan Hope
    Flanders’ newest tennis hopeful, Yanina Wickmayer, defeated the Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova to win her second WTA tournament in Linz, Austria, last weekend. Wickmayer, who turned 20 this week, took the match 6-3, 6-4 and moved up to 20 in the WTA rankings. This week, she was joined at the WTA tournament in Luxembourg by the number 18 ranked Kim Clijsters, her old spar ring partner from Diest tennis club. Clijsters, who won her first-ever WTA trophy in Luxemburg in 1999, has a wildcard for the tournament.Full story