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City Parade cancelled due to World Cup clash

The City Parade electronic music festival in Brussels has been cancelled this year because of a clash with the World Cup. The 18th edition had been scheduled to take place on 23 June - but big screens around the city that evening will be showing the Red Devils play Tunisia. Last year's City Parade...

€300 fines issued in Flagey midnight drinking ban

Police have begun handing out fines of up to €300 to people drinking alcohol on the streets around Place Flagey after midnight. The late-night drinking ban was moved forward from 2.00 in the morning since 15 March and RTBF reports that the first police checks were carried out on Friday night...

Car pushed down metro stairs: investigation closed

No one will be prosecuted for a New Year's Eve incident two years ago in which a group of young people pushed a car down the stairs of a metro station and on to a platform. The Brussels public prosecutor's office said the case was closed after the investigation failed to identify who was...

1.1 million visit Belgian coast over Easter fortnight

The Easter school holidays are over - and tourism businesses on the Belgian coast are celebrating strong results. Coastal resorts welcomed 1.1 million daytrippers over the past fortnight, according to estimats by West Flanders tourist board Westtoer. This weekend and the Easter weekend itself were...

Campaign aims to prevent excessive paracetamol use

Pharmacists in Belgium have been told to remind customers about safe limits of paracetamol consumption, following a recent incident in which a Ghent woman suffered liver failure from a painkiller overdose for toothache. The young woman was one of several people each year in Belgium who undergo a...

Baroque concert – La Chapelle des Minimes

NEW VENUE!!! Opening the first concert in our new home is one of the very first cantatas to blossom from the 22-year-old Bach.  Almost two centuries later, its final movement would inspire the end of Brahms¹s last symphony. We follow with a dramatic cantata from Bach¹s maturity, plus a short look at old and new treatments of one of his favourite chorales.

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AB InBev develops completely new technique for brewing beer

From Flanders Today: AB InBev has developed a technique to brew beer that significantly lowers the temperature required to produce gas bubbles and therefore saves an enormous amount of energy. The brewing giant, based in Leuven, has announced that it will share the patent of the technique with...

'Resilience and diversity': Brussels event sheds light on Syrian art and culture

German cultural association the Goethe Institute is bringing Syrian art to the heart of Brussels, with a special event inside the Galerie Ravenstein. The institute opened one of its first overseas centres in Damascus in 1955, but it was forced to close in 2012 due to the worsening security...