• Dan Seidman

    Business Profile

    1 Jul 2009 by Alan Hope
    Dan Seidman gave up the blue skies of South Africa to start up a digital marketing business in Antwerp. It sounds like a sentence gone backwards, doesn't it? But "after 10 years in Johannesburg, I'd had my fill of excitement," says Dan Seidman. "I miss my swimming pool and the 330 days of sunshine a year, but I sleep soundly at night. That is priceless."Full story
  • Wim Vandekeybus' brilliant theatre/dance fusion Menske

    Riding the wave

    1 Jul 2009 by Jacqueline Fletcher
    At festivals and biennales across the globe, you find their names: Jan Fabre, Jan Lauwers, Guy Cassiers, Ivo van Hove, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Alain Platel. They are the children of "the Flemish Wave", and they have inspired a new generation which continues the innovation and eclecticism that has become characteristic of the Flemish performing arts. Full story
  • Karel Van Miert

    The Constant Gardener

    1 Jul 2009 by Alan Hope
    If he could have chosen to die anywhere, one obituarist wrote, it would have been in the orchard he cared for so much. Karel Van Miert died on 22 June while tending the cherry trees at his home in Beersel. At first, it appeared he had fallen from a ladder, but the cause of death was later determined to have been a heart attack.Full story
  • North Sea wind energy switches on

    1 Jul 2009 by Alan Hope
    The first six electricity-generating windmills came into service last week off the North Sea coast of Blankenberge. Operating company C-Power claimed a triple world record: these are not only the largest wind turbines in the world, they also have the deepest foundations in the sea bed and are installed farther out to sea than any other - 28.7 kilometres out on the Thornton sandbank.Full story
  • There’s something about Mary

    1 Jul 2009 by Alan Hope
    It's a busy year for Tongeren. In May, the city's new Gallo-Roman museum finally opened to great acclaim. This month, its seven-yearly Coronation Celebration takes place. It's a week of religious fervour surrounding the veneration of the Virgin Mary that is expected to attract 700,000 visitors.Full story
  • Yasmine

    Flemish TV personality Yasmine takes her own life

    1 Jul 2009 by Alan Hope
    Flemish pop singer and television presenter Yasmine committed suicide on 25 June. She was 37. Full story
  • Novastar

    Good taste, no thorns

    1 Jul 2009 by Flanders Today
    Going to the Cactus Festival in 2003, I wondered, like thousands of other music fans travelling to Bruges' Minnewaterpark, if I was going to hear the music. The festival had just been ordered to pay a fine of €3,750 to the owners of two neighbouring hotels who complained about the inconveniences caused by the event: people using their lawn as a public toilet, for instance, and noise pollution.Full story
  • News in brief

    1 Jul 2009 by Alan Hope
    An extension of the smoking ban to cover all cafes seemed less likely to be introduced last week after other parties withdrew support. At present the ban covers only cafes where warm meals are served. Many of those support a full ban because of what they see as unfair competition. Others have given up serving food to escape the ban. Nathalie Muylle, the VD&V proposer of the bill, said she was disappointed that economic motives were considered more important than health. -----  Full story
  • Catching the wave

    1 Jul 2009 by Alan Hope
    There is a town on the banks of the Rhone enclosed within mediaeval ramparts, boasting an awesome 14th-century papal palace, crumbling Renaissance churches, decaying Italianate residences and a general air of faded glory. For three weeks every year, Avignon is transformed into the most vibrant, daring and bustling performance festival in Europe, host to the alumni of the avant-garde and co-producer of major new works.Full story
  • Fighting federalism

    1 Jul 2009 by Alan Hope
    Prime minister Herman Van Rompuy (CD&V) has introduced one of those phrases that tends to stick around: "fighting federalism". He used the term in a specific context: since Europe rejected the Belgian budget, the federal government will need all the help it can get to redress this. Not just this once, but for the years to come. Full story