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This is not Belgium 2015, part 2

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

From the ‘This is not Belgium’ category (check them out on this weblog), potentially part of a book project looking for funding and exhibition spaces (hint, hint)…

This is not Belgium 2015

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

July 21st, Belgian National Day: a festive celebration by those who refuse the slow disintegration of their country.

World Naked Bike Ride

Saturday, June 20th, 2015

Mobility activism and nudism meet during the World Naked Bike Ride through the streets of Brussels. Slogans were ‘Tous nus dans la rue’ (all naked in the street), or ‘ Burn fat not oil’. All shot with the LeicaQ…

BINCHE!!!! Carnival… (with sound)

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

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 […]

First Carnival Day in Binche

Monday, February 16th, 2015

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.

Carnival Is Not Only In Rio

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

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.

This is not Belgium: One of the Cradles

Monday, February 9th, 2015

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 […]

This is not Belgium 2015

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

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 […]