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.
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…
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.
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.
De Carrousel will host its first performance on 8 May. De Carrousel is a mobile open-air amphitheatre with a revolving stage, which will be located at three unique locations in and around Antwerp from until 26 December 26 2021.
As some scaffolding has been removed, the new cruise terminal at Het Steen stone castle in Antwerp is now very visible from the outside. And it’s a monstrosity.
It is no surprise there will not be a physical pride parade again this year in Brussels. COVID-19 and coronavirus countermeasures are spoiling that party. The Belgian Pride will instead hold a livestream broadcasted from the Grande Place / Grote Markt.
Today and tomorrow is Erfgoeddag or Heritage Day in Flanders and in Antwerp. Theme for the 20th edition is ‘The Night‘.
What about the Belgian Pride in Brussels in May 2021? Organizer The Belgian Pride (with article) remains tight-lipped on the subject. But it is mobilising businesses, corporations, non-governmental organisations, institutions et al. to fly the rainbow flag in May. That project is called RainbowCity.Brussels.
The Consultative Committee has announced a new lockdown of and in Belgium, as there are much more infections registered, many more people are taken to hospital and the intensive care units (ICUs) are being filled with people suffering from COVID-19 induced health issues.