• Meeting Trinny & Susannah

    12 May 2009 by
    Admit it, you watch them, too. The success of Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine has long crossed the borders of their native UK, with the couple appearing on television screens everywhere from the United States to Belgium. Having moved on from the star-making series What Not to Wear, they now impart style wisdom to thousands of women via their newest programme Trinny and Susannah Meet Their Match (seen in Flanders on the Vitaya channel).Full story

    12 May 2009 by
    For all the flat, paved riding Flanders offers, its most famous cycling comes on the cobbles and hills of the classic cycle race the Tour of Flanders. Held last month among the normal dirt-caked bicyclists and raging fanfare, you will find a quieter time of it now for your own ride.Full story
  • The gang from Ghent's historical dance institute lead Bozar's costume ball

    Bozar goes Baroque

    12 May 2009 by
    Every year, Bozar Studios – Bozar’s arts education department – binds together the centre’s many artistic strengths into one giant, family-friendly extravaganza appropriately called Party Time. This year’s theme: Baroque Italy. Where last year featured Flamenco dancers, 2009 will take Italy by storm with a masked ball, Italian food (gelati and pizza and espresso, oh my!), storytelling and a theatrical production of Pinocchio. Full story
  • Marcel Broodthaers' photo of René Magritte

    Moving still

    12 May 2009 by
    Seaside resort Knokke is not exactly the most swinging place on the Belgian coast; it’s best known for its self-indulgent, posh crowd and for the exploits of its eccentric mayor Maurice Lippens. Full story
  • Culture news

    12 May 2009 by
    Flemish artist Jef Geys has been selected to represent Belgium in the Belgian Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale. Quadra Medicinale is a multi-disciplinary project in which four of Geys’ acquaintances who live in large cities in different countries each searched for 12 wild plants that grow in the street. The result is made up of descriptions, photographs, maps and artistic interpretations of the plants. The project emphasises survival in a metropolis, as well as latent sources of knowledge. The Venice Biennale is one of the best known and most prestigious cultural and arts festivals in the world. Belgium was the first to build a pavilion for the biennial in 1907. Now 29 countries have a special pavilion to showcase their own talent at the biennial.Full story
  • Emile Claus

    Seeing the light

    12 May 2009 by
    When we think of Impressionism, our minds naturally wander to Monet, Renoir and Pissarro...the frontrunners of this suggestive and often delicate art movement. But, although it originated in France, we don't have to cross the border to witness one prime example: Belgium’s own Emile Claus was a master Impressionist in his own right.Full story
  • The Week in Business

    12 May 2009 by
    Airlines · VLM The Antwerp-based airline VLM, controlled by Air France-KLM, has inaugurated a three-flights-a-day service to Frankfurt. Meanwhile, air traffic in Belgium increased 2.8% in March compared to the same period last year – the first increase this year after the 12.8% and 18.8% drops of January and February respectively.Full story
  • Daems appointed Fortis chairman

    12 May 2009 by
    Herman Daems has been confirmed as the new chairman of Fortis Bank. He will take office after the bank has been taken over by BNP Paribas. Currently the chairman of the board of investment company Gimv and professor of strategic management at the Catholic University of Leuven, Daems also chairs the government’s corporate governance committee. Full story
  • Oil tanker

    Port of Antwerp has “enough storage space”

    12 May 2009 by
    The Port of Antwerp is not facing a shortage of warehouse space, unlike the majority of major ports worldwide, a spokesman for Antwerp dockers union ABAS said last week. The main goods traded through Antwerp – coffee, cocoa, tobacco, fruit, electronics, toys and other consumer goods – are still moving through the port and out to the market as quickly as last year. However, there has been a slow down in the movement of parts and components, such as parts for the motor industry. Full story
  • Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne

    Fiat has “no intention” of closing Opel

    12 May 2009 by
    Italian car manufacturer Fiat has no intention of closing Opel Antwerp, should it succeed in its bid to take over the European activities of Opel’s parent company, General Motors (GM). Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne last week spoke by telephone with Flemish minister-president Kris Peeters to deny reports in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper that Antwerp might be under threat of closure in 2011. Full story