BELGIUM TODAY        MARCH 2013  
 
WHAT'S COMING
 
March 2
Washington, DC
Two films by Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Rosetta and The Son, will be screened at the National Gallery of Art. Dr. Philip Mosley, author of The Cinema of the Dardenne Brothers: Responsible Realism will present the films and his book. This event is part of Francophonie DC.  Website
 
March 6-7
Washington, DC
Carte Blanche, the Norwegian National Company of Dance, directed by Belgian Bruno Heynderickx, presents Corps de Walk, at the Terrace Theatre of the Kennedy Center. Website
 
March 9 at 10 a.m.
Washington, DC
Meet Catherine Pineur, author and illustrator of a collection of Belgian children's stories, loved for their vibrant sense of life and color.  Children are invited for a special reading with the author, at the Alliance Française. This event is part of Francophonie DC.
 
March 9
Washington, DC
The Inn (Ceux D'en Haut), a short directed by Izu Troin, will be screened as part of the horror film selection of the DC Independent Film Festival, at the U.S. Navy Heritage Center. Website
  
March 22 at 7 pm 
Washington, DC
Visit Belgium's stand at the Grande Fête de la Francophonie, at the Maison française, Embassy of France.  Tickets $38
 
March 23 & 25
Atlanta, GA
As part of Atlanta's Francophonie Festival, the animated film A Cat in Paris will be screened (3/23) and Belgian illustrator Pascal Lemaître will give a free lecture on his career (3/25), at the Alliance Française. Website 
 
March 24 at 4:30 Washington, DC Washington premiere of the film The Fifth Season, directed by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth, at the National Gallery of Art.
 
April 5 at 12 and 8 pm
Silver Spring, MD
Actor, performer, dancer, writer, filmmaker and director Pierre Megos performs Vision at Montgomery College Takoma Park - Silver Spring Campus. Part of Francophonie DC. Website
 
WHAT'S ON
 
Through May 19
Arlington, VA
Works by Belgian designers Alain Gilles and Sas Adriaenssens are included in the exhibition The Next Wave: Industrial Design Innovation in the 21st Century, at Artisphere.
 
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BRUEGEL IS TOP EUROPEAN THINK TANK
According to the 2012 Global GoTo Think Tank Index released at the end of January by the University of Pennsylvania, the Brussels-based Bruegel Institute is both the best think tank in Western Europe and the top worldwide in international economic policy.  The study compared 6603 think tanks in 182 countries based on their publications and activities.  Seven Belgium-based research institutes were among the 150 most influential think tanks in the world: the Bruegel (8th) the International Crisis Group (14th), the Center for European Policy Studies (23rd), the Center for European Studies (31st), the European Center for International Political Economy (72nd), the Egmont Institute (114th) and the European Policy Center (117th).  With 53 recognized institutions, Belgium ranks 21st on the worldwide list of countries with policy research institutes. GoToThinkTankReport 
 
FRANCOPHONIE DC CULTURAL FESTIVAL
                            For the 13th consecutive year, the countries and cultures of the French-speaking world will be celebrated with a month-long festival in Washington, DC.  Among the various offerings in music, film, theatre, cuisine and children's programs are several events from Belgium: screenings of two films by the Dardenne brothers, a reading for children by Catherine Pineur and a performance by actor Pierre Megos (For details, please see events column at left). Thirty-five embassies will showcase their cultures and cuisines at the popular and always sold-out  Grande-Fête, which takes place at the Maison Française at the Embassy of France on March 22 from 7 p.m. to midnight, and will this year include a concert by Swiss Pop star Bastian Baker. For the complete schedule, please visit Francophonie DC Website .
 
BELGIAN DESIGNERS AT ARTISPHERE
The Next Wave: Industrial Design Innovation in the 21st Century, an exhibition focusing on contemporary design in Europe and the United States is now on view at Artisphere, in Arlington, Virginia.  Curated by Apartment Zero co-owner Douglas Burton, the show includes over 100 objects covering the areas of lighting, tabletop, furniture, textile, product, electronics, housewares, tools and interactive design.    Participating Belgians include Sas Adriaenssens and Alain Gilles (whose Buzzihood is pictured here). The exhibition, which runs through May 19, will be complemented by a series of free public programs.
 
DC PREMIERE OF THE FIFTH SEASON
On March 24, the National Gallery of Art in association with the DC Environmental Film Festival will present the film The Fifth Season (La Cinquième Saison), a haunting, poetic meditation on nature in revolt against humans, by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth.
 
This award-winning film is set in Belgium’s secluded Ardennes, where people live close to the land and a mystifying force is changing the natural order—seasons are erratic, seeds don’t sprout, and birds and bees ignore their labor.  Without the cyclical rhythms, the local villagers are on the verge of lunacy and revert to their only hope of recovery—a sacrifice of one of their own.  Weaving a surreal tapestry, The Fifth Season recalls the canvases of Magritte, Delvaux, and Ensor.   (In French and Dutch with subtitles, 94 minutes.  No reservations required; free admission.)
 
BELGIAN RECEIVES HIGHEST DOD AWARD
Emile Lacroix, a Belgian civilian who for forty years has devoted himself to keeping alive the memory of what American soldiers did for Belgium during World War II, has received the U.S. Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service.  In 1976, Lacroix started a club to honor the 82nd Airborne Division, which had liberated his village of Basse-Bodeux (near Stavelot and Malmédy); later he organized an annual 13.5 mile walk to follow in the footsteps of two 82nd Airborne units during the Battle of the Bulge.   The medal is the highest award that the secretary of defense can present to a private citizen, politician, non-career federal employee or foreign national.
 
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