BELGIUM TODAY         October 2011  
 
WHAT'S COMING?
 
Oct 14-Nov 10
Washington, DC
Kids Euro Festival, a celebration of European arts and culture for children and their families, will present more than 200 free performances, film screenings and workshops at schools and other venues around the DC metropolitan area.  Belgium will be represented by Théâtre Maât. Website
 
October 15
Cataldo, ID
Opening of the permanent installation of the award-winning exhibition Sacred Encounters: Father DeSmet and the Indians of the Rocky Mountain West,at the Coeur d'Alene's Old Mission State Park. Website 
 
 
November 3-22
Silver Spring, MD
Three Belgian films -- The Kid With a Bike, The Giants and Bullhead -- have been selected for inclusion in the annual European Union Film Showcase, at the American Film Institute. Schedule  will be posted in early November.
 
November 5
New York, NY
The Belgian American Chamber of Commerce celebrates Belgian entrepreneurship in the U.S. at its annual Gala, at the Harvard Club.
 
WHAT'S ON?
 
Through December 18
Chicago, IL
The exhibition In a Saturnian World, features the art of Anne-Mie Van Kerckoven, and includes works on paper, an interactive computer animation and  computer generated prints, at the Renaissance Society. Website
 
Through December 30 Washington, DC
The exhibition One foot in America: The Artwork of Eugeen Van Mieghem is presented in the Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery, at the DCJCC Website
 
Through January 8
Washington, DC
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 by the DeWit Royal Tapestry Manufacturers in Mechelen, at the National Gallery of Art, East Building. Website
  
 
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US AND BELGIUM SIGN AGREEMENT TO COMBAT SERIOUS CRIME
On September 20, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder joined Belgian Minister of Justice Stefaan De Clerck and Minister of Interior Annemie Turtelboom at the Egmont Palace in Brussels to sign an agreement on Preventing and Combating Serious Crime (PCSC). The accord will allow for the exchange of biometric and biographic data of suspected criminals between the United States and Belgium to bolster counterterrorism and law enforcement efforts while protecting individual privacy. Read More
 
PRESIDENT CARTER HONORED BY BELGIUM
In recognition of his numerous and excellent efforts in making peace, fighting disease and buiding hope, President Jimmy Carter has been awarded the Belgian Grand Cross in the Order of the Crown.  Bestowed by King Albert II, the decoration was presented to the former president by Prime Minister Yves Leterme in an October 4 ceremony at the Egmont Palace in Brussels. 
 
The Prime Minister lauded President Carter for being "a fighter for peace, and successfully so, not only during his presidency but long afterwards." The Prime Minister cited examples both during and after the Carter presidency. He talked about the success of President Carter in brokering a peace agreement between Israel and Egypt that still stands as a model today, and spoke at length about several successes of the Carter Center. This Center was founded by the President and his wife Rosalynn to advance peace and health worldwide. The Belgian government supports the Carter Center in this endeavor, resulting in an excellent cooperation between both in countries such as Nepal, Tunisia and Congo. Prime Minister Leterme offered the decoration "In the name of the countless people who benefit from the Carter Center’s support."
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PASTRANA TAPESTRIES ON VIEW
AT NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART
The Pastrana Tapestries -- four monumental works of art on loan from the Collegiate Church of Our Lady of the Assumption in Pastrana, Spain -- are among the finest Gothic tapestries in existence.  Exquisitely rendered in wool and silk thread by 15th century Flemish weavers in Tournai, Belgium, the weavings teem with colorful images of knights, ships and military paraphernalia set against backdrops of maritime and urban landscapes. 
 
At the opening reception,  Yvan Maes DeWit, Managing Director of the Royal Manufacturers DeWit which undertook the restoration of the tapestries, commented that "their installation at the National Gallery is the best I've ever seen."  The tapestries will be in Washington through January 8.
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EMBASSY'S POLICE LIAISON OFFICER RECEIVES INTERPOL AWARD
On September 16 Police Liaison Officer Patrick Stevens of the Embassy of Belgium(at right, in picture)  was given an award by the U.S. National Central Bureau of Interpol.  At the ceremony, Interpol Washington Director Timothy A. Williams said that Mr. Stevens received the distinction "in acknowledgment of his outstanding work during his tenure at the Belgian Embassy. He has made notable contributions to supporting our national as well as international law enforcement agencies."
 
Examples of this cooperation are multifold. Through different MOU’s, the exchange of information between Belgian and U.S. police forces was greatly enhanced, and several high level meetings between Belgian and American police officers and officials took place in the last year. Patrick Stevens is also active as chairman of the International Law Enforcement Association (ILEA), board member of the Liaison Officers Association (LOA) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP/International Division).
 
Patrick Stevens considers this award to be "an award not just for myself but for the entire Belgian police force. It is thanks to teamwork that the cooperation with our American colleagues is so successful."
 
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