September 20, 2017

Colm Tóibín at Passa Porta in Brussels

The International House of Literature,  Passa Porta,  located in the center of Brussels regularly invited writers of national and international renown to talk about their work and organises unique encounters. I had the great pleasure of listening to Mr Colm Tóibín  yesterday. The author read from his most recent book, House of Names, talked about his oeuvre and answered questions. I thoroughly enjoyed this interesting, fascinating evening. 
See the schedule for the coming season here:http://www.passaporta.be/en/agenda/

September 14, 2017

Brussels Art Deco Birds

Alberto De Fransisco was inspired by the Art Deco birds which This is Belgium published on its Facebook page. Alberto's drawing shows his interpretation of the detail found on a fireplace in a house in Brussels built at the end of the 1920s.

September 13, 2017

A pleasure?

Only a few days left to see "What did Brussels look like 50 years ago? .... Since 1977 this Brussels publishing house 'Plaizier'  has built up an image library including vintage postcards, prints, calendars and books. Architectural gems and urban transformations are all portrayed, together with items that illustrate the resolute path pursued by the publishing couple Wijnand and Mieke Plaizier. Their love for the Belgian capital is evident from every image".  
Baudelaire, on the other hand,  unequivocally voiced his thoughts about Belgium in a rather unflattering way. More on the Baudelaire exhibition in my next post.
http://www.bozar.be/en/activities/124394-brussels-is-a-plaizier

August 17, 2017

Rain and cobblestones

It doesn't always have to be beer and French fries. Cobblestones and rain will sometimes do too.

August 09, 2017

Too much info- too many questions?

Too many questions in one picture: who is Sammy Moore? What about the orange-reddish shoes. Why is the sidewalk broken up, once again? Does the passenger have a headache or is she bored? ...

July 18, 2017

Belgian Academy of Culture and History

I am delighted to introduce the readers of This is Belgium to a very special  and interesting lady, Mirella Marini.
Mirella is an historical consultant, researcher, author, speaker and founder of the Belgian Academy of Culture and History, she also is a blogger, organizer of events, cultural programs ...
"..... I believe history is the ideal instrument to explain the underlying cultural motives of a people or of a country. It’s important to translate this history into the ‘language of the other’, to bring history from the perspective of the outsider. When these underlying motives, or the Belgian Culture and Identity, are analysed in this way, I believe it will help people to understand Belgium and the Belgians better...".
You can get to know her better, learn about her mission and dreams here

July 07, 2017

Tour de France

Just wanted to show you not everyone is in front of the TV watching the Tour de France.