BRAFA 2020 SPECTACULAR

January is Brafa month! With the regularity of a fine watch-making mechanism, the doyenne of generalist fairs returns mid-winter with the aim of combining the best of the art on offer in Brussels. The 133 Belgian and international galleries gathered on the site of Tour & Taxis from 26 January to 2 February compete with…

Belgium Reynders not “aware” of inquiry

Belgium Deputy Prime Minister Didier Reynders said that he was not aware of a preliminary judicial inquiry against him following allegations of corruption and money laundering. Parket onderzoekt aantijgingen van corruptie tegen #DidierReynders na onthullingen ex-geheim agent https://t.co/uVcC8MGBOY via @gva — Hubert De Meulder (@HubertDeMeulder) September 14, 2019 After a preliminary investigation, the public prosecutor…

Six ISIS orphans repatriated to Belgium

Six orphans of Islamic State jihadists who were being held in Kurdish camps in northeastern Syria were repatriated to Belgium , the Belgian foreign minister confirmed. (Image above: broken doll). (NB! Any relevant images of violence, and executions committed by ISIS children will be blocked by Facebook. We have replaced them by a photo of broken…

Belgium Royal Greenhouses floral performance

Belgium Royal Greenhouse complex opens to the public during a fortnight exposing the collection of plants in its splendor, when most flowers are in full blossom. It is an excellent opportunity to enjoy both the wonderful architectural creations of the pioneer of Belgian Art Nouveau –  Alphonse Balat and a distinguished plant collection. The complex offers…

Pigeon auctioned for €1.25m

A champion pigeon has been auctioned for a record €1.25m ($1.42m/£1.07m). Auction house Pipa called Armando the “best Belgian long-distance pigeon of all time”. He’s also been dubbed the “Lewis Hamilton of pigeons“. Before this epic sale, the record was €376,000 (£321,800). However, Pipa representative explains the record was beaten within a day of Armando being put…

La BRAFA: Art Without Frontiers

“Art Without Frontiers” – because never before has Brafa hosted so many foreign galleries. Numbering  84, these now represent 63% of the total number of exhibitors. And this is to be applauded, as it confirms both the stability of the national market, where the myth of the Belgian collector is clearly still seductive, and the…

Antwerp politics scandalized by ISIS children return

In response to controversial decision of Belgium first instance Court to repatriate six children and two women – wives and children of Islamic state (ISIS) terrorist group militants , Flemish politician Filip Dewinter published a video of “Jihad school” for very young boys, who are taught radical Islam at very early age. (Image above: Al…

IS militants families ordered repatriation to Belgium

A Belgian judge has ordered the relevant government offices to repatriate six children of Islamic State (IS) militants and their mothers who have been detained in a camp in Syria, the national news agency Belga said reported. La Belgique contrainte de rapatrier six enfants de Syrie https://t.co/tJylXyPk99 pic.twitter.com/gyHpLZWtOq — 7sur7 (@7sur7) December 26, 2018 Tatiana…

Belgium government turmoil over Migrant Compact

Belgium Interior Minister Jan Jambon of the New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) confirmed on Sunday (9/12/2018) that he, along with the party’s other ministers would resign over disagreement with Prime minister Charles Michel over signature of Global Comapact on migration in Marrakesh, Morocco, at UN-led conference scheduled for Monday, December 10. #UPDATE Belgium's Flemish nationalist party says it…