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What’s on this week: Dance Day and cinema out the window

Bust a move from your living room during the first – and hopefully only, let’s be honest – digital version of Dance Day . The event that usually takes place across Brussels and Flanders is not just slapping up videos of dance for you to watch passively, oh no. It’s counting on YOU to act as Dance...
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Coronavirus in Belgium: Behind the masks of some of the country’s frontline workers – Part 3

In the third of a series reporting on Belgium’s frontline workers, the Bulletin talks to some of the people braving the Covid-19 pandemic. From a nurse and care home worker to train and delivery drivers, these key workers are struggling to contain the virus with often limited resources. The...

Legendary Hotel Metropole closing its doors – probably forever

A legendary hotel and Brussels landmark is closing its doors: The Hotel Metropole cannot weather the corona crisis storm, it has announced. The five-star hotel, known for its plush interior and art nouveau elegance, cites the current crisis as the last straw in a series of blows to its business...
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Art Heals! Brussels gallery launches petition to reopen museums and galleries during Covid-19

Brussels contemporary art gallery Maruani Mercier has launched an online petition to reopen museums and galleries during the coronavirus confinement period. Using the hashtag #arthealscovid-19, it is collecting signatures in a bid to persuade politicians and policy makers to reverse their position...

Social distancing wristband tested in Antwerp port

A wristband that allows social distancing to be tracked in the workplace has been released for testing by Antwerp tech start-up Rombit. The system will be put through its paces at the port of Antwerp, which has remained open throughout the coronavirus crisis. “It is essential to keep the port...

Nuit Blanche late-night art party cancelled – for good

It was easy to miss in all those cancellation announcements, but for Nuit Blanche it’s not about the coronavirus; it’s gone for good. The all-night contemporary art event that saw in situ performances across Brussels every October has announced that its 17th edition last year will be its last. Nuit...

First falcon babies of the season born in Brussels towers

Baby peregrine falcons have been popping out of eggs in Brussels over the last week, in the clock towers watched by scientists and residents with great anticipation every year. The first chicks were born last week, a bit earlier than experts had estimated. The first babies hatched in the tower of...

The coast is clear: 'Beach police' to limit seaside access this summer

In any other year, on a sunny day in the Easter holidays, Flanders’ beaches and coastal towns would be packed with tourists and locals enjoying the fine weather and the chance to be outside. Thanks to the coronavirus, it’s a very different picture this year. Aerial photos taken by the Royal Belgian...
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Coronavirus in Belgium: Behind the masks of some of the country’s frontline workers – Part 2

In the second of a series reporting on Belgium’s frontline workers, the Bulletin talks to some of the people braving the Covid-19 pandemic. From an emergency responder and dentist to supermarket and healthcare staff, these key workers are struggling to contain the virus with often limited resources...

Cross-border chorus recalls incredible bravery of 20th Convoy escape

Safely distanced in their own homes, 150 Belgian and British singers have recorded an aria that commemorates a remarkable feat of wartime resistance in Flanders. The singers are all cast members of Push , an opera based on the story of the notorious 20th Convoy, which carried 1,600 deportees from...

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