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No way, computer! Primitive Sounds recording studio

Ever wanted to record on the same equipment as, say, the rock’n’roll icons of the famous Sun Studios in Memphis? Or maybe you want to try the first synthesizer, made in the early 1950s; or the legendary Vox organ used by The Animals, The Monkees and The Beatles; or the amp that inspired Neil Young’...

Nice to meet you at last: the Matongé-Europe Festival

Europe and Africa are neighbours – not just on the world map, but in Brussels too. Sadly, while the EU district and the Mantongé neighbourhood have lived side by side for decades, they never really got to know one another. Or maybe they have never been properly introduced. Because nothing unites...

Minerva to be resurrected at Ford Genk site?

A group of investors going by the name of Minerva Group Europe are planning to build environmentally friendly cars at the site of Ford Genk after the closure of the factory in 2014, Het Belang van Limburg reveals this morning. The group, which would initially have a capital of €800m, met last week...

Hundreds in Brussels rally in support of Turkey protesters

Several hundred protesters gathered in front of the European Parliament in Brussels on Saturday and called for the resignation of Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, reports ITN . The protest took place a few hours after Erdogan made a defiant call for an end to the fiercest anti-government...

Belgium 'places interests of illegal logging companies above forest protection in Congo'

Multinational companies are profiting from abusive forestry practices in the Democratic Republic of Congo, reports The New Straits Times . Illegal logging, mislabelled timber and false permits are widespread, according to several non-governmental organisations. The forests of the Congo basin in...

International disabled football game marred by mass brawl

A football game held in Westerlo, Antwerp province, between representative disabled teams of Belgium and the Netherlands ended up in a mass brawl, reports Easy Branches . Both teams fielded one-legged players on crutches (except the goalkeepers who were missing an arm). What should have been a...

David Guetta announces exclusive Brussels date

David Guetta will play the brand new Palais 12 venue at Brussels Expo on October 19, as part of the celebrity DJ’s 2013 world tour. The Brussels date will be his only Belgian appearance of the tour. The brand new show, devised exclusively for this world tour will feature a three-hour DJ set from...

Brussels' canal district: Belgium's social escalator

To most people, Brussels' canal district is synonymous with anything but positive news. Crowded neighbourhoods, few public spaces, widespread poverty and unemployment, insecurity, a poorly educated youth and dirty streets are the prevailing images that come into mind when we think of Molenbeek,...

Culture beat – May 30

There’s no excuse to be footloose and fancy free on Friday evening as Neighbours Day celebrates its tenth anniversary in Belgium and the rest of Europe. No, this is not a tribute-party to the ubiquitous Aussie soap, it’s more of campaign to combat urban or even rural isolation by encouraging...

Belgium has EU’s highest concentration of millionaire households

There are about 147,500 millionaire families in Belgium, it transpires from the annual Global Wealth Report published by American firm Boston Consulting Group. The figure, which refers to millionaires in US dollars , represents 3.2% of Belgian households. Belgium is ranked 12 th in the world, and...

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