• Sociologist Luc Huyse

    Face of Flanders

    26 May 2009 by Alan Hope
    On 27 May, as Flanders Today is published, the annual Ark Prize of the Free Word will be awarded in Antwerp to Luc Huyse, a sociologist and emeritus professor at the Catholic University of Leuven. The prize, which comes with no big cash handout, will be handed over by last year’s winner, archaeologist and columnist David Van Reybrouck. Full story
  • Photo: Robyn Boyle

    From farm to fork

    20 May 2009 by Alan Hope
    Demand for organic products is on the rise in Flanders. Several food crises and an overall growing concern for the environment are contributing to the organic trend. Happy are those at De Kollebloem vegetable farm in East Flanders, which has been growing organic for almost 25 years.Full story
  • Mísia


    19 May 2009 by Alan Hope
    Mísia sings the words of Joy Division's Ian Curtis on her new album Ruas, and it might seem baffling to hear her cover this grim new wave band. But it isn't, really, because in the lyrics she chooses, Portuguese singer Mísia often charts the dark side of love. And a melancholic view on amor is of course one of the characteristics of the musical genre she inhabits, the fado.      Full story
  • volksvertegenwoordiger

    19 May 2009 by Alan Hope
    My daily paper is becoming more and more like a Russian doll: you think you’ve separated out the sections but, lo and behold, yet another supplement falls out. This weekend it was the other way round: I thought I was reading the paper only to find the “real” paper was inside een bijlage – a supplement.Full story
  • Walter Van Beirendonck Photo: Stephan Vanfleteren

    Face of Flanders – Walter Van Beirendonck

    19 May 2009 by Alan Hope
    It’s been a long time, probably going back to the introduction of the mini-skirt, since fashion designers were considered really controversial. But “controversial” is the claim made in the title of a new book on Walter Van Beirendonck.Full story
  • Koksijde

    Time and tide

    19 May 2009 by Alan Hope
    When a major annual arts project takes over an area, the fringe group inevitably emerges. Full story
  • Photo: Erfgoed Vlaanderen

    Getting to know you

    19 May 2009 by Alan Hope
    Titles can make or break tours. “Ghost walk”, for instance, brings in the tourists. “Gastronomy walk” brings in the locals. “Heritage walk”, on the other hand, makes everyone run for cover.Full story
  • SMAK, Ghent

    Museum Prize goes to Ghent

    19 May 2009 by Alan Hope
    This year’s Museum Prize in Flanders has been awarded to the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent. The museum re-opened two years ago after being closed for four years for renovations. The jury praised the many technical innovations, especially those that aid accessibility. Full story
  • Work by Dara Birnbaum

    Video killed the radio star

    19 May 2009 by Alan Hope
    Dara Birnbaum both loves and hates her country. This could be said of many people’s feelings about their homelands, but contemporary American artists have spent the last decade being especially pre-occupied with the subject. Full story
  • Kunstmuseum aan Zee

    Sea and be seen

    19 May 2009 by Alan Hope
    The Kunstmuseum aan Zee in Ostend opened its doors in March, but it has really come into its own in the past month as mission control for Beaufort03, the summer project that scatters art all along the Belgian coast. The Beaufort Inside exhibition is one good reason to pay the museum a visit, but doing justice to its extensive permanent collection requires a return trip.Full story