Belgo-European arts festival Europalia has not a country as theme this year, but railways: Europalia Trains & Tracks. Expect a diverse programme in the autumn and winter 2021 and in spring 2022.
On the new colour map by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Flanders is now a green zone. Brussels and Wallonia remain for now orange. That is good news as other countries will be more welcoming for residents of Flanders. That is the case for the Netherlands for instance, which remain mostly orange…
‘Je me casse‘ by Destiny from Malta will win the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest. At least according to OUTtv‘s Eurovision fans. OUTtv is Europe‘s main LGBTQI themed lifestyle broadcaster, with presence in Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Ireland, Israel, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain and Sweden.
On 11 March 2021, the European Parliament passed a resolution declaring the European Union a ‘LGBTIQ Freedom Zone‘. This resolution was a reaction to self-declared LGBT-free and ‘LGBT-ideology’ free zones in Poland and Hungary. But ILGA-Europe made a state of the European Union regarding the real-life situation of queer people in the EU.
From today, we can travel to and from Belgium. That travel can be non-essential. But while we can leave Belgium for another member state of the European Union or a member state of the Schengen Area, it is important to research which country is welcoming tourists.
The Consultative Committee of Governments has as expected decided to allow non-essential leisure travel from and to member states of the European Union. Starting 19 April. But it’s not a free pass.
COVID-19 | The updated Ministerial Decree of Minister of the Interior Annelies Verlinden (CD&V) confirms leisure travel outside Belgium and within the European Union and the Schengen Area will be allowed from 19 April. That is after the Easter School Holiday.
… according to OUTtv viewers. Gay lifestyle channel OUTtv declared Bulgaria‘s entry ‘Tears Are Getting Sober‘ by Victoria to be the winner of the cancelled Eurovision Song Contest 2020. Each year the viewers choose a favourite.
Welcome, 2019. A special year. Fifty years ago, in June 1969, patrons of The Stonewall Inn in New York grew tired of yet another raid by the police. Gay, lesbians, bisexuals and mostly: transgenders, transvestites and dragqueens fought back. Those were the Stonewall Riots.
After our stay at the InterContinental Bucharest we travelled onwards further south by train to Sofia. When we were first planning the trip InterContinental would have just opened their newest hotel in Sofia and we were of course eager to try it out and booked our stay there.