culture

01 Sep '19

Compiling a religious heritage list
door Gerard Hautekeur

‘The Sint-Pieter-in-Banden Church in Oudenaken is due to be assigned a new purpose, according to the policy adopted for the seven churches in Sint-Pieters-Leeuw.
01 May '19

Reading and public space in church
door Gerard Hautekeur

The St. Peter’s Church’s redevelopment programme in Galmaarden is picking up steam.
01 Sep '16

Pat Van Hemelrijck: 'starting something new with a fresh outlook'
door Ines Minten

Pat Van Hemelrijck from Linkebeek has been involved in the theatre for 40 years now. He used to be a member of the legendary Radeis company. He subsequently set up the Alibi Collectief. The common features in everything he did were the unusual objects and materials.
01 Mar '16

'A sport for all ages'
door Ines Minten

Maybe sports should be a bit like reading. You only have to find the right book and then you are hooked? I have already tried so many sports that I have very serious doubts about the idea. The journalist Ines Minten sets off in search of an appropriate sport.
01 Oct '15

Gestures make all the difference
door Patrick Gijssels

Swinging with the beat, with intense facial expressions and confident gestures they are positioned slightly lower than the musicians, providing their wordless translation for all of those people who are…
01 Apr '15

Bad cases of the reading bug
door Ines Minten

All it takes is one - the right book in the right place and away you go. Boredom is a thing of past now that you have stories at your fingertips. Journeys to embark upon in your imagination. Hugo and his daughter Sigrid Bousset both lead literature-saturated lives.
01 Apr '15

A watering hole with secrets to confess
door Michaël Bellon

Located once upon a time within easy reach of Grimbergen's Basilica and Abbey, the famous groene poort (Green Gate) disappeared many moons ago but over in the café named after the distinguished entrance/exit, the beer and conversation has been flowing for more than 100 years.
01 Feb '15

'And where are you from?'
door Michaël Bellon

What most of the cafes in this series have in common is that they are to be found in localities where people never go just on spec. The cafes survive not because of random passers-by but thanks to a loyal family of customers, who grew up with the furniture.
01 Dec '14

Welcome to the cafe on the crazy hill
door Michaël Bellon

The red letters that appear to be peeling off on one of the facades of the corner building read ‘In de Welkom, Bij Mw Wouters-Wauters’ (referring to the Welkom or Welcome cafe, owned by a Mrs Wouters-Wauters). Called Lisa or Leeza by the local customers, Mrs Wouters-Wauters still runs the establish
01 Nov '14

Something old and something new
door Michaël Bellon

Old and young alike is a fitting description for the atmosphere experienced in ‘t Hoeksken in Wemmel. The nostalgic setting reflects a long history but the dynamic management – fourth generation in a direct line of descent – effortlessly succeeds in combining tradition and innovation.
21 Oct '14

Something old and something new
door RK

Old and young alike is a fitting description for the atmosphere experienced in ‘t Hoeksken in Wemmel. The nostalgic setting reflects a long history but the dynamic management - fourth generation in a direct line of descent - effortlessly succeeds in combining tradition and innovation
29 Aug '14

Interaction is paramount
door RK

There is a very good reason for the Hungarian cultural institute in Brussels being called the Balassi Institute. Balint Balassi was a famous Renaissance lyric poet with a great affinity for Hungary, Europe and the rest of world. A citizen of the world.
21 May '14

Cementing bonds over a friendly drink
door Michaël Bellon

In de oude smis van Mekingen is a splendid old cafe whose tininess adds to its charm. You find yourself joining in the conversation of the other customers as soon as you enter the door. The pendulum clock has literally stood still in this 167-year-old establishment.
23 Mar '14

Rie van Pol's café
door Michaël Bellon

An old white house with a tiny yard and a tiny shed can be seen to the right of the church on Mollem village square. This old cafe is now acknowledged as being something of an institution. Unesco should have it listed as a world heritage site.
22 Mar '14

A storytelling string to his bow
door RK

Ish Ait Hamou from Vilvoorde started telling stories at the tender age of 13. He uses dance, film images and words to tell his stories. His first novel Hard hart was published last winter.
19 Feb '14

Cooperation to achieve more and better results
door RK

‘The appeal our language, culture and way of life has for people is encouraging us to build even more linguistic and cultural bridges between Denmark and Belgium.'
20 Dec '13

Immortalising their mother
door RK

Bursting with conviction, Rebekka and Epiphany Vanderhaeghen were making their own way in life when they suddenly lost their mother. The fashion designer Kaat Tilley died of a pneumococcal infection without any warning in the summer of 2012.
20 Dec '13

Platform for an open debate
door RK

Strengthening Flemish and Dutch cultural ties is the aim of deBuren the Flemish-Dutch cultural centre in Brussels. The citybooks are an example of this initiative.
20 Nov '13

The famine or feast for arts centres
door RK

Forty candles adorned the birthday cakes waiting to be blown out by the Dilbeek Westrand and Strombeek arts centres this year. They opened their September weekend of…
01 Nov '13

'Literature lends history a voice'
door Ines Minten

It took the author Stefan Hertmans 30 years before he dared to open the notebooks containing his grandfather’s memoires. Three years later and his grandfather has become a fictional character and the memoires a book.
22 Oct '13

'Literature lends history a voice'
door RK

It took the author Stefan Hertmans 30 years before he dared to open the notebooks containing his grandfather's memoires. Three years later and his grandfather has become a fictional character and the memoires the book Oorlog en terpentijn (War and turpentine).
21 Oct '13

Looking for Spain
door RK

The Spanish language and culture is found all over the world: 450 million people speak Spanish in no less than 20 countries. The language usually conjures up images of sun-drenched scenery but from now on it may also make people think of the Instituto Cervantes.
17 Sep '13

A piece of Germany right in the thick of Brussels
door RK

The address is Belliardstraat 58, smack in the middle of Brussels, and the banner at the entrance to the Goethe Institut welcomes visitors with the message: Language. Culture. Germany. A brief yet powerful statement summing up what the establishment represents.
21 Aug '13

Style innovator's difficult path
door RK

Architect and designer Henry Van de Velde was born 150 years ago. Van de Velde was one of the leading representatives of Art Nouveau in Belgium, laid the foundations for the school from which the Bauhaus school of design emerged, founded La Cambre arts school and created timeless furniture.
20 May '13

‘Priest's warnings couldn't keep us away’
door RK

We have to travel way back in time for the latest instalment in our series about the local cinema halls of yesteryear in the Rand. 93-year-old Pierre Roobaert from Lot can still remember going to the Cinema Kok on a regular basis when he was an eight-year-old boy back in1928.
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