The small city of Veurne turned very quiet for a couple of hours yesterday. The annual religious procession of penitents floated through streets lined with people sitting silently on chairs or whispering to each other on cafe terraces. The only sound comes from fake Roman soldiers hitting the street with their javelin or by young […]
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The yearly agriculture fair is taking place again in Libramont. One of the biggest of its kind in Europe, it attracts over 200,000 visitors enjoying the food (i.e. mostly meat), the tractors and machines designed for giants and endless wheat fields, the breeders’ competitions exhibiting ‘Blanc Bleu Belge’ bulls scoring more than 1,300kg, pigs with […]
Belgium celebrates its existence on July 21st. On that day in 1831, Leopold Saxe-Cobourg swore allegiance to the constitution and became the first king of Belgium, putting an end to a revolution and institutionalising a de facto independence gained from the Netherlands after rioters were joined by opera goers (shortened version of Belgian history). And […]
The ‘Foire du Midi’ or ‘Zuidfoor’, an annual fair located in the center of the city of Brussels has been going on since 1885, a few days before the celebrations of the Belgian Independence Day, allowing all those who cannot afford to go on a holiday to enjoy some entertainment. Besides bigger and scarier attractions, […]
My website was updated with the latest photographs for the ‘This is not Belgium’ story that I am still working on (after 30+ years…). Check out all the photographs HERE. Work in progress… Check out the other ‘This is not Belgium’ series as well.
For the record if you master the Flemish language… I was interviewed by Luc Van Eeghem, presenter of the ‘Pompidou’ program at Radio Klara, on the occasion of my exhibition with vintage prints at 44Gallery in Brugge (open on W.E. until May 25th). You can download a podcast HERE (search and click on ‘Pompidou’).
The ‘Marches de l’Entre-Sambre-Et-Meuse’ originated with the traditional processions with the cross from the Middle Ages, when worshippers paid their dues to the abbeys. They were accompanied by a military escort to protect the people from the bandits roaming forests and countrysides. In 1802 the marches gained in importance and were escorted by soldiers from […]
The ‘Zinnekes’ (‘Halfbloods’ in the Brussels dialect) parade was drenched in the rain today. The ‘Zinnekes’ Parade is Belgium at its best: absurd, inventive with bits and pieces of anything and cardboard, funny, multi-cultural, with a twist of ‘it is messy but it’ll work out (and it does)’, and rainy. More on ‘This is not […]