INTERVIEWS

01 May '21

Being different is fine
door Nathalie Dirix

Pia Sjogren arrived in Belgium 25 years ago. She returns to Sweden about four times a year. Then she is able to experience the intense pleasure of being by the sea, which is never far away, and the friendly chats in her mother tongue.
01 May '21

Snapping the stars
door Anne Peeters

An absolutely breath-taking list of pop stars have been captured by Filip Wouters’ camera! And yet he might just as well have become a philosopher. How did a boy from Dworp end up becoming a celebrity photographer?
01 Feb '21

‘Looking forward to once again bringing people together’
door Anne Peeters

Willem Bongers-Dek, head of deBuren, the Flemish-Dutch culture and debate centre: ‘We took the opportunity of the closure decision to reinvent ourselves. We clearly announced an end to the physical…
01 Feb '21

Where there’s a will, there’s a way
door Nathalie Dirix

That is what Rocio Macal and Alexander Lopez must have thought when they decided to leave El Salvador six years ago.
01 Nov '20

Defining typically Belgian
door Anne Peeters

Are Flemish and French-speaking Belgians so very different from each other? ‘Not really. It is the people of Brussels who really stand out.’
01 May '20

Letting go
door Anne Peerters

‘Meditation is less complicated than you might think. You don’t have to be an expert, take expensive courses or sit on a mat for hours in a lotus position. Meditation…
01 Dec '19

‘ Father and coach are separate roles’
door Michaël Bellon

A bronze medal at the Athletics World Championship in October and a gold medal in February at the European Indoor Championship: the achievements of the Belgian Tornados, the 4x400 relay team, which includes Kevin, Jonathan and Dylan Borlée, three members of one family, are downright impressive.
01 Dec '19

Forever optimistic
door Nathalie Dirix

'Belgium is our home.' Sonia Plecita and her family are in no doubt about this. And she is just as certain about the bond she still has with her homeland Slovakia.
01 Apr '19

Balancing car accessibility and a good environment
door Anne Peeters

‘The question is how can we ensure as many people as possible are able to enjoy smooth, safe motoring, while curbing (environmental) damage? If people have to use their cars…
01 Mar '19

To offer something back
door Nathalie Dirix

In fair weather or foul, Carlos de Sousa Vivas slips on his hiking boots to walk from his hometown Zaventem in the direction of Nossegem or Sterrebeek.
01 Feb '19

The best of both worlds
door Anne Peeters

It is in all the newspapers: Klara (Flemish classical radio station) presenter Heidi Lenaerts (43) is moving to Ostend in July, after spending 10 years in the Flemish Rand.
01 Nov '18

Life is a celebration
door Nathalie Dirix

Patricia Morales from Argentina lives in Hoeilaart together with her 10-year-old dog. As well as the leafy region around Brussels, she also adores Brussels, the capital of Europe.
01 Jun '18

Far from the madding crowd
door Ines Minten

Singer and musician Daan Stuyven enjoys living in his magical setting in the midst of Overijse’s greenery but he would not take kindly to suggestions that he might be stuck in a rut there.
01 May '18

No beating around the bush
door Nathalie Dirix

‘My roots are not in the ground but in the air.’ You can tell straight off that Irene Wolf is not pining to return to Austria.
01 Apr '18

'Shared experiences'
door Ines Minten

Beukelaers does not know the meaning of a leisurely retirement. He is 80 years old but seems to be bowling through life like someone in their early thirties. Last week London, tomorrow Paris but he managed to squeeze this interview in between the two visits.
01 Feb '18

Koen Clement: Director-General of the biennial cultural festival Europalia
door Ines Minten

After 20 years in the media and nine in the world of publishing, Koen Clement was appointed Director-General of the biennial cultural festival Europalia. The one focused on Indonesia is pretty much over.
01 Feb '18

Beverley Johnson: Capturing the beauty of nature
door Nathalie Dirix

Home to Beverley Johnson is anywhere where she feels attuned to the power of nature. Beverley is from the United Kingdom but has been living in Tervuren for over 21…
01 Nov '17

Nabil Hasaballa: an Egyptian on the other side of the sea
door Nathalie Dirix

‘My determination and the power of curiosity are what brought me to Europe. Or as an Egyptian expression so aptly describes it: I wanted to see the other side of the sea.’ Nabil Hasaballa was 19 when he made up his mind to leave Egypt.
01 Oct '17

Figurandt: Thomas Valkeniers from Pajota real estate agency
door Ines Minten

It was 20 years ago that Thomas Valkeniers took over the Pajota real estate agency in Dilbeek and he now runs four offices. He has seen quite a lot of changes in his line of business and market trends over the years.
01 Sep '17

Tatiana Potapova: ‘Art as a haven’
door Nathalie Dirix

Of Russian descent, Tatiana Potapova has spent eight of her 20 years living in Belgium in Tervuren. Her recent career change decision meant adopting a new lifestyle focused on her love for the arts.
01 Jun '17

Baby Love
door Patrick Gijssels

All 39 children attending the Tinkelbel crèche in Sint- Genesius-Rode can count on having a kiss and a hug, a greeting and a chat/babble every morning. However, the job has not got any easier over the years.
01 May '17

Forensic dentist Eddy De Valck: ‘You do this work for the next of kin’
door Ines Minten

Eddy De Valck is a trailblazer in forensic dentistry in our part of the world. Identifying severely disfigured, unrecognisable victims of disasters from their teeth.
01 Apr '17

'You can't beat quality'
door Patrick Gijssels

Based in Asse, Sandra Van Goethem and Amy Maertens are running a wholesale business supplying hairdressing products, beauty products and nail care supplies.
01 Mar '17

Figurandt: Lydia Chagoll
door Nathalie Dirix

Dancer, filmmaker, writer, humanist and, first and foremost, an expert in the art of living. Lydia Chagoll is a wise person who has a common theme running through her life: opposing injustice.
01 Mar '17

'As calm as a Belgian'
door Nathalie Dirix

It was 12 months ago that Indre Mackeviciute moved to Kraainem with her husband and four daughters. She feels completely at home here, in spite of missing the snow and cold winters in Lithuania.
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