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Culture beat – August 22

The Royal Park is home to the travelling life this weekend with the Nomad Theatre Festival . Marquees, outdoor stages, Berber tents and caravans host some 50 shows (all free or contributions welcome; booking necessary for some shows). Expect street theatre, story-telling, circus, puppet theatre,...

Federal government formateurs focus on security

Government formation negotiators Kris Peeters (CD&V) and Charles Michel (MR) continued discussions yesterday aimed at forming a coalition government. While they had been expected to discuss proposed tax cuts, the formateurs surprised observers by turning their attention to justice and security...

VTM television goes online

VTM has announced it will broadcast full episodes of most of its television programmes for free on its website and apps for up to four weeks . With the move, the Medialaan commercial broadcaster becomes a trailblazer in the Belgian TV world. This summer, VTM already offered popular series such as...

Future still uncertain for Brussels’ American Theatre

It remains unclear what will happen with the American Theatre located in Brussels’ Heysel/Heizel district. In March, the city of Brussels announced that it would not simply give it away to Brussels concert hall Ancienne Belgique (AB), which has had plans for the theatre for several years. "So far...

Belgium’s frozen potato industry launches new iPot platform

The Belgian potato sector federation Belgapom is partnering with research institutions to developed a platform to increase the efficiency of potato production. The iPot platform, which is short for “industrial potato monitoring”, combines data assembled via drones in the air and satellites in space...

Belgian kayaker drowns at North Cape

A 31-year-old Belgian man from Lier drowned just before reaching his final destination after a journey of more than 4,000 km. The experienced kayaker departed from his hometown of Lier four months ago, and headed for the North Cape in Norway, the northernmost point of Europe, report Mediahuis...

Small Repairs in Brussels : a guide for quick fixer-uppers

Broken, but not down for the count Too often, the moment we get a hole in our shoes, a flat tire or a microwave up in flames (not as unlikely as you think), we tend to throw our less-than-perfect objects away and head over to City 2 Shopping Centre for something brand spanking new. Little do we...

Wage watchers: How much does an event/PR host earn?

What do you for a living? Alongside my pharmaceutical studies, I’ve worked for the past two and a half years as a hostess for Agence C , a promotion and hostess agency. You receive assignment proposals by email or are called for your availability to host events and fairs and do promotion in cafes...

Laptop with "important information" stolen out of Di Rupo’s car

A thief broke into prime minister Elio Di Rupo's car on Monday, while he was at the gym. His driver was also not in the car at the time. The burglar smashed a side window to gain access to the boot of the car via the rear seats, stealing the outgoing prime minister’s laptop. Shortly after the theft...

Belgium has solutions for power shortages, says energy minister

Outgoing federal energy minister Johan Vande Lanotte has refuted reports that the country risks power cuts this winter due to the closure of two nuclear power stations. In an interview on Radio 1, the minister said that there were “adequate solutions” to deal with the problem and that there was no...

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