• The Queen’s art

    2 Dec 2009 by a a
    Last summer, we ran a story on the show of James Ensor that was staged in New York’s iconic Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). “Urban avant-gardist or small-town loony?” asked the New York Times.Full story
  • Working it

    2 Dec 2009 by a a
    I Need a Witness to Perform, How to Spell a Piece and A Brave Search for Reality are only three of the 20-something intriguing titles that are part of what makes this Brussels performance festival unique.Full story
  • News in brief

    2 Dec 2009 by a a
    Flemish astronaut Frank De Winne, the only European ever to have taken command of the International Space Station (ISS), handed over the helm last week to Jeffrey Williams of the US, 46 days after assuming command and a few days short of the end of his command. De Winne requested to be relieved earlier in order to allow the change-over to take place while one of the longestserving crew members, Nicole Stott, was still on board. As Flanders Today went to press, De Winne was scheduled to be headed back to earth.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
  • 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
  • Antwerp port authority freezes tariffs

    25 Nov 2009 by Alan Hope
    The Port of Antwerp is to freeze its tariffs for 2010 in an effort to counter the effects of the financial crisis on its customers in the shipping industry, it was announced last week. In addition, for some labour-intensive cargoes, prices will actually fall by up to 10%.Full story
  • The sick building

    25 Nov 2009 by Flanders Today
    There’s nothing like a good grey and rainy day to bring out all the unutterable glumness of the Joseph Lemaire Sanatorium in Tombeek. The only reason I took the trouble to find the place (not easy) and to ignore the warning not to enter it was because an eminent body of international architects – the venerable World Monuments Fund – has concluded that this wreck of a building is worth salvaging. It has in fact been listed for the year 2010 as “One of the 100 Most Endangered Sites in the World.”Full story
  • The eel-good factor

    25 Nov 2009 by Alan Hope
    Along with mussels and stoverij, Belgians have another culinary surprise somewhat akin to Dr Seuss’ green eggs and ham. Paling in ’t groen, or eels in green sauce, is a speciality found in many restaurants and homes across Flanders. And wow, is it ever green.Full story
  • No dominant players in media market

    25 Nov 2009 by Alan Hope
    The Flemish media market has no overall dominant player threatening competition, according to the annual report of the Flemish media regulator, VRM.Full story
  • Face of Flanders — Carposers

    25 Nov 2009 by Alan Hope
    For three years in a row, Ghent-based photographer Kris Dewitte asked the composers who had been invited to the city’s World Soundtrack Awards (part of the Flanders International Film Festival) to pose in a black, 1982 Mercedes. Some of these photos turned out to be simple portraits of musical masters behind the wheel. But others are slightly more inspired.Full story