• A monolith no more

    2 Dec 2009 by a a
    As a journalist at De Standaard, I was once sent by my editor to a breakfast with Dutch parliamentarians, who had requested a meeting with a member of the Flemish press to inform them more closely on the functioning of our federal parliament. This got me slightly worried. Should I consult the old textbooks about the finer details of special double majorities, just in case they asked?Full story
  • De slimste title

    2 Dec 2009 by Alan Hope
    The first series of De slimste mens was won by Alain Grootaers (pictured), a former TV journalist and comic commentator, who now lives near Malaga in Andalucia, from where he takes off on regular world trips with his wife and daughter. Has winning the show brought him untold success?  Full story
  • What’s in a name?

    2 Dec 2009 by a a
    A Flemish artist sold his own name last week at an Antwerp auctionFull story
  • kruis

    2 Dec 2009 by Alan Hope
    Whether we like it or not, winter is looming with the prospect of gloom for the coming months. Yet, in the middle of November a flicker of brightness landed on our shores with the arrival in Antwerp of Sinterklaas – Saint Nicholas on his stoomboot – steamboat – all the way from Spain.    Full story
  • Into the Light

    2 Dec 2009 by Alan Hope
    If you’re bored of the same old municipal Christmas lights being switched on year after year, get over to south Antwerp and check out the light shows and open-air installations that a collection of 19 Belgian and international artists are offering the city.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
  • De Gucht brings second top EU job home to Flanders

    2 Dec 2009 by a a
    For the second time in as many weeks, a Flemish politician has been given a senior job in the European Union: last week former foreign minister Karel De Gucht, now an EU Commissioner, was given the important trade portfolio by Commission president José Manuel Barroso. The portfolio was previously held by Catherine Ashton, who went on to become High Representative for foreign affairs, and before her by fellow British Labour politician Peter Mandelson.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
  • Life is good for you

    2 Dec 2009 by a a
    There’s a small collection of gems hidden behind the Grote Markt in Antwerp: 24 prints that have graced the likes of the Guggenheim Museum in New York and Fondation Cartier in Paris line the walls of an unassuming gallery at number 20 Zirkstraat.Full story

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