BELGIUM TODAY   OCTOBER 2012  
 
WHAT'S COMING
  
October 10 -13
New York, NY
The New York Film Festival will present (in various locations): 
Kinshasa Kids 10/11 & 12
Our Children (A Perdre la raison) 10/12 & 13
The Gatekeeper 10/11
 
 
October 12-23
Chicago, IL
Four films partially produced in Belgium will be screened at the Chicago International Film Festival, at AMC River East 21:
Bad Seeds (Comme un Homme) 10/12,13 & 15
Land of Heroes 10/20
Oh Willy ... 10/18 & 19
Our Children (A Perdre la raison) 10/21 & 23
 
 
 
October 14 at 4 p.m.
Alexandria,VA
Virginia Bronze Community Handbell Ensemble with Karen Ashbrook and Paul Oorts will give a concert featuring pieces themed on carillon music from Belgium, at the Alexandria Masonic Temple.  Website
 
October 19 - February 28
Washington, DC
Exhibition The Cradle of Art Nouveau: Victor Horta and Brussels, at the AIA/DC Sigal Gallery (See article at right.) Website
 
October 27- December31
Salem, MA
The exhibition The Invention of Glory:Afonso V and the Pastrana Tapestries features a set of four monumental 15th century tapestries woven in Tournai and recently restored in Mechelen, at the Peabody Essex Museum. Website
 
October 28 +November 2
Washington, DC
The Child with a Violin,  musical theater for children ages 2-6, will represent Belgium in the Kids Euro Festival, at the Maison Française (10/28 at 2 p.m.)and at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage (11/2 at 6 p.m.) Website
 
 
WHAT'S ON
  
 
Through October 21
Alexandria, VA
Revival of the musical Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris,
at MetroStage.
 
 
Through December 30
Washington, DC
The exhibition Prêt-à-Papier: The Exquisite Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave brings together more than 25 of the artist's trompe l'oeil  paper historical costumes and haute couture dresses, at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens.  Website
 
 
   
 
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BELGIUM AT THE UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo together with Foreign Minister Didier Reynders and Development Cooperation Minister Paul Magnette were in New York during the last week of September to participate in the 67th General Assembly of the United Nations.
 
On September 25 Foreign Minister Reynders had a  bilateral  meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  The Secretary thanked the Foreign Minister for Belgium’s strong cooperation with the United States on a number of areas, including Syria, Iran and  Afghanistan, where Belgium has been very much involved and has agreed to help support Afghan National Security Forces after 2014. The Foreign Minister outlined what Belgium is doing to try to promote stability in another area of U.S.-Belgium concern: Central Africa and the Sahel. 
 
VICTOR HORTA FOCUS OF NEW EXHIBITION
AT DISTRICT ARCHITECTURE CENTER
Victor Horta, a master of Art Nouveau architecture, and his five most outstanding building designs, all listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, will be the centerpiece of an exhibit which will open on October 19 at the District Architecture Center in Washington, DC. 
The Cradle of Art Nouveau: Victor Horta and Brussels is a panel exhibition that will explore the grandeur and beauty of many of Horta's residential works, including the Hôtel Tassel, Hôtel Solvay, Hôtel van Eetvelde, and    his own home, now the Horta Museum.  The exhibit will be complemented by a film on Art Nouveau. Read more  
 
"DAZZLING" RYDER CUP DEBUT
 FOR NICOLAS COLSAERTS
For the first time ever, there was a Belgian player at the Ryder Cup.  Nicolas Colsaerts, a 29-year-old rookie, was a wildcard choice of Europe’s team captain, José Olazabal.  That gamble paid off handsomely when on the opening afternoon of the tournament, Colsaerts made eight birdies and an eagle, basically shutting down Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker. The press was unanimous in its praise: “A dazzling debut” (Associated Press), “Greatest Debut in Ryder Cup History” (PGA.com), “a Ryder Cup performance for the ages” (Golfweek).  While Colsaerts did not fare as well on September 29, his second day at Medinah Country Club, the "Belgian Bomber" certainly contributed to Europe’s ultimate win of Ryder Cup 2012.
 
FLORAL DESIGNER DANIEL OST FEATURED AT BERGDORF GOODMAN IN SEPTEMBER
 
To mark International Fashion Week in New York, Belgian floral design artist Daniël Ost was invited by luxury retailer Bergdorf Goodman to  create a floral work of art for the entrance of its Fifth Avenue store.
 
Ost's bamboo and orchid installation (pictured at left)  remained on view during the month of September.
 
Ost has created his extraordinary flower arrangements for special projects all over the world, including the inauguration of the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, the opening of the Palazzo Grassi Museum in Venice, and the launch of  Dries Van Noten's spring 2007 collection in Paris.
 
 
BELGIUM RECEIVES  PROCLAMATION OF GRATITUDE FROM MS ST. LOUIS SURVIVORS
Belgian Ambassador Jan Matthysen was invited to the State Department on September 24 for a program honoring surviving passengers of the MS. St. Louis.   The German steamer left Hamburg, Germany, on May 13, 1939 carrying 937 Jewish refugees bound for Havana, Cuba, but was refused entry in both Cuba and the United States, and ultimately landed in Antwerp on June 17, 1939.  Survivors of this ordeal  presented a Proclamation of Gratitude to the Embassies of France, England, The Netherlands and Belgium, the four countries which granted them safe haven.    Read more
 
U.S. REWARDS BELGIUM FOR HELP WITH ARREST OF DRUG TRAFFICKER
It came five years later, but no one was quibbling about the length of time that had expired.  On September 11, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency  handed over an $800,000 reward for Belgium's assistance in 2007 in locating the whereabouts of Ricardo Fanchini, a Polish-born 'drug baron' connected to the Russian mafia as well as to Colombian cartels.  Fanchini is currently serving a ten-year sentence in the U.S. for conspiring to distribute 880 pounds of ecstasy pills.
 
EU ANNOUNCES MASTER'S PROGRAM IN
PUBLIC HEALTH IN DISASTERS
The European Union is sponsoring the Erasmus Mundus Master Course in Public Health in Disasters (EMMPHID), a joint university program organized by the Universidad de Oviedo (Spain), the Karolinska Institutet (Sweden) and the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium).  This one-year program also involves thirteen associated universities and institutions around the world, including three in the U.S.: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Harvard University and Johns Hopkins University.
 
The EMMPHID is aimed at a wide range of professionals working in the public health sector in emergency or disaster situations.  For details about the components of the program and for information about admission requirements and the application procedure, please visit EMMPHID
 
 
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