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What’s on this week: 11-17 September

When the royal Flemish theatre KVS put out a call for short dance solos, they got 110 applications. But only four local and international dancers were chosen for Just as Long as You Are There , an open-air performance that also includes choreographer Nadine Baboy ( pictured ), a familiar face at...

Master chefs: Pick up some expert tips by signing up for a local cookery class

Home cooks are increasingly looking to get creative in the kitchen without going so far as investing in chef’s whites or spending years sweating over a Michelin star-worthy velouté. Luckily there are plenty of food gurus out there willing to pass on their tips in accessible cooking classes that can...

Pay for essential workers far less than average Belgian salary

Carers, cleaners, security and shop assistants – considered "essential workers" under the Covid-19 lockdown, earn much less than private sector employees in Belgium, the country’s statistical office Statbel has announced. Childcare services are the least well paid of all. Statbel figures compare "...

Annemie Schaus wins vote to become ULB's rector

Annemie Schaus, 55, newly elected rector of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) for the next four years, wants to maintain an “open, united and enthusiastic” university. The Charleroi-born, Belgian lawyer takes over from the gynaecologist Yvon Englert, who is retiring. Schaus won with 42% of...

Albert Vila trio

Albert Vila presents his latest project in trio. The music has been specifically written for this group and is strongly rooted in the Jazz tradition, but at the same time combined with influences ranging from the Blues to the Classic, Groove and Worldmusic. "The interaction between the trio with Jasen Weaver  from New Orleans on bass and Daniel Jonkers  from the Netherlands  on drums and his strong commitment to melody and rhythm make this group a must for all those who appreciate music.

Largest solar park in Belgium floats on water

Belgium’s largest solar panel park has been unveiled in Antwerp province. At five hectares, it’s the size of 10 football fields. What’s more, the park is waterborne – floating on standing water in a sand quarry that straddles the border between Dessel and Mol. The park will generate enough power...

Two arrested at Gare du Midi with €60,000 of false money

Two people were stopped at Brussels Midi station, in possession of no fewer than 319 false €200 notes – a total of €63,800 in fake money – Brussels federal police have announced. The individuals, already known for committing these types of crime, were questioned on suspicion of committing fraud and...

Lalao 6tet

Lalao is a Franco-Malagasy group currently based in Brussels. By mixing all sorts of influences from their respective backgrounds, the artists have created their own unique sound. This sound is born from the fusion of instruments such as the cello, the vibraphone, singing, the drums or the extraordinary guitar played on the right-hand side, with harmonic accents and Cajun rhythms. Lalao makes a point of spreading a very jazzy soul, world and pop spirit.
This first concert of the season will take place in the garden of Ferme Rose.

Summer is not over yet: 30°C forecast next week

Septembers in Belgium are often warm and sunny - and this coming week is set to prove that, with temperatures forecast to reach 30°C. The Royal Meteorological Institute says an area of high pressure, with dry and warm air, will cross Belgium for about seven days from Sunday. Until then, we are due...

No McDonald’s for Tervuren, to the relief of many residents

The debate can now be put to rest: There will be no McDonald’s in Tervuren. The fast food giant had requested a permit to build an outlet on the Leuvensesteenweg, but the city council has now voted to refuse the permit. The Leuvensesteenweg is part of the N3, which runs from Leuven all the way to...

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