Open Monuments Day on 12 September celebrates 800 years of Antwerp

On 21 February 1221 Henry I, Duke of Brabant granted the City of Antwerp city rights or town privileges. The charter was more a confirmation of an already existing situation, but is still worth a commemoration. Hence, this year’s Open Monuments Day celebrates 800 years of Antwerp city rights. 

COVID-19 | Flanders goes green for travel in Europe

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…

Antwerp’s Letterenhuis ft. Paul van Ostaijen exhibition

The Letterenhuis in Antwerp is the literary archive of Flanders. It collects and preserves manuscripts, letters, photographs and other documents by writers, poets, publishers and literary magazines from 1800 to the present. Thanh and I went for a visit while the ‘Boem Paukeslag. Bezette Stad 100!‘ exhibition was (is) on.

Rainbow flags in every city and municipality in Flanders

Monday – 17 May – is International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT). For many years now, the ‘official’ LGBTQI movement has organised a visibility action by asking cities, communes, municipalities and districts in Flanders to fly the rainbow flag.