BELGIUM TODAY       December 2010  
 
WHAT'S COMING ?
 
December 6 - Feb 27
Washington, DC
Hans Op de Beeck's video Staging Silence (2009),which "induces a sense of wonder and poetry," can be seen at the Hirshhorn Museum's Black Box.  Website
 
December 11 & 12
Falls Church, VA
Photographer Huguette Roe
will host her 4th annual home show.  Web invitation
 
December 12
Washington, DC
From 3:15 to 3:45 p.m. the Royal Symphonic Band of the Belgian Guides will perform a prelude concert to the Cathedral Choral Society's The Joy of Christmas concert (4 p.m.), at Washington National Cathedral. Website
 
December 13
Washington, DC
The Belgian Guides Clarinet and Brass Ensembles will perform from 6 to 7 p.m., at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. Admission is free. Website
  
December 13, 21, 24
Washington, DC
Belgian carols will be included in the Choral Arts Society's concert The Treasured Holiday Tradition, and the concert on 12/13 will be preceded by a 20-minute prelude concert(starting at 6:30 p.m) by the Belgian Guides Signal Trumpets, at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Website
 
December 16
Washington, DC
Wreath-laying ceremonies at the Battle of the Bulge Memorial in Arlington Cemetery (9 a.m.) and at the World War II Memorial on the National Mall (11:30 a.m.) will feature performances by the Belgian Guides. Info: 202 625-5849
  
 
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EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTS BONDS BETWEEN EUROPE AND THE UNITED STATES
To mark the Belgian Presidency of the European Union, and with the support of both the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the US Department of State, the Belgium-based Museum of Europe is presenting the exhibition America – It's also our history! in the Tour & Taxis complex in Brussels, through May  9, 2011. This exhibition underscores the common ground of a shared civilization between Europe and America.
 
MORE AMERICAN STUDENTS IN BELGIUM
There were 1,447 American students enrolled in Belgian universities or other institutions of higher education during the 2008-09 academic year.  This represents an increase of 23% compared with the previous year, according to the Institute of International Education's 2010 Open Doors Report on international student mobility.
 
The number of Belgian students enrolled at an American institution of higher learning remained stable.  During the 2009-10 academic year, there were 845 Belgian students in the U.S.  Among the host institutions at which the Belgians studied were New York University, Harvard, Stanford and Columbia Universities and the University of California at Berkeley.
 
RED STAR LINE MUSEUM DELEGATION VISITS THREE U.S. CITIES
During the first week of November, a delegation from the Red Star Line Museum paid a working visit to New York, Philadelphia and Washington, DC, to establish contacts on behalf of this new museum which is expected to open its doors in 2012 in the old Antwerp port district known as ‘het Eilandje.’   Included in the delegation were two officials from the City of Antwerp, Mr. Philip Heylen, Alderman for Culture and Tourism and Mr. Ludo Van Campenhout, Alderman for Urban Renewal, Sports and Diamonds, as well as Mr. Marc Saverys, CEO of CMB (Compagnie Maritime Belge), a major funder of the Red Star Line Museum. 
 
DUTCH-BELGIAN WORKSHOP ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE
On November 29 and 30, the Embassies of the Netherlands and Belgium convened an academic seminar entitled “Global Perspectives for the Transatlantic Economic Recovery –In search of congruence in export promotion and trade interests." The seminar was attended by several prominent academics, including Profs. Peter A. G. van Bergeijk (Erasmus University, NL), Dan S. Hamilton (John Hopkins University), Bradford Jensen (Georgetown University), Jacob Kirkegaard (Peterson Institute) and, “representing” Belgium, Paola Conconi (Université Libre de Bruxelles) and Peter Debaere (University of Virginia). Among the other participants were the Director of the Department of International Trade of the World Bank, Bernard Hoekman, and the Deputy Director for Trade and Agriculture at OECD, Raed Safadi. US officials participating included Courtney Gregoire, Director of the National Export Initiative, and David Weiner, Deputy Assistant USTR for Europe.
 
BELGIAN WINS GOLD AT WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES IN KENTUCKY
Philippe Le Jeune from Belgium, 50 years old, is show jumping world champion. At the 2010 World Equestrian Games held this fall in Lexington, Kentucky, he won gold, after previously winning bronze for Belgium in the country competition, with Jos Lansink, Dirk Demeersman and Judy-Ann Melchior.  
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