Traces of the carnival celebrations in Binche, a former industrial region of Belgium, can be traced back to the 14th century. It is part of the continent-wide pagan-related rites celebrating the end of winter. The festival was recognised by UNESCO as an ‘Oral and Immaterial Patrimony of Humanity’ in 2003. But to the inhabitants of […]
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This is just the start… People are getting into the mood, getting ready for the climax of this next tuesday when the ‘Gilles de Binche’ will beat the rhythm of the drums with their wooden clogs, their traditional costume stuffed with straw and wearing their ostrich feather hats.
In the ongoing quest of finding out if Belgium is still around or still makes sense, this month of February I will focus on a series of carnivals in and around Binche. Here is a sample of carnival photographs in Belgium during bygone years.
Second day of carnival related events. This time in Binche, the cradle of carnival for the French-speaking part of Belgium. The carnival festivities in Binche, dating back hundreds of years, were rightfully registered as a “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” by UNESCO in 2003. The whole city vibrates for months preceding […]
In the ongoing quest of finding out if Belgium is still around or still makes sense, this month of February will focus on a series of carnivals in and around Binche. On Saturday the various brotherhoods and carnival associations were out in the streets of La Louvière for the ‘Soumonces en musique’. More on ‘This […]
For once, don’t look at the first picture but look at the picture. This photograph is not so interesting but the painting is. I saw ‘Judgment of Cambyses’ by Gerard David when I was about 6, and it haunted me forever. I didn’t know about its content. It depicts the live skinning of a corrupt […]
Alternate sunny and rainy conditions on part of the 60 Km long belgian coastline… Part of an ongoing project called ‘This is not Belgium’. See HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE or HERE P.S.: Heading back to Phnom Penh this Thursday…
Summertime is sifting through the old negatives to find unedited photographs and scanning time. For me at least… These might end up in ‘This is not Belgium’. Or maybe not. Part of an ongoing project called ‘This is not Belgium’. See HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE or HERE