BELGIUM TODAY   SEPTEMBER 2012  
 
WHAT'S COMING
 
September 8, 13, 14
Greenwich, CT
New York, NY 
Fort Lee, NJ
Micheline Van Hautem sings her favorite French songs with the Huxley Vertical Cabaret Nouveau Orchestra:
9/8 at the Round Hill Community Church, Greenwich; 9/13 at the Triad Theater, Manhattan; and 9/14 at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Fort Lee. Artist's Website
 
September 24
Washington, DC
The film Last Call for Planet Earth (part of AIA/DC Architecture Week 2012) features the environmental efforts of 12 different architects, including Jo Crepain from Antwerp, at the Goethe-Institut. Goethe Institut Website
 
September 28
Washington, DC
Visit Belgium's booth at Euro Night, an annual celebration of the cultures and cuisines of the European Union Member States, at the Maison Française, Embassy of France.  Tickets ($35)
 
 
WHAT'S ON
  
Through September 29
New York, NY
The exhibition Mercator at 500 highlights extraordinary cartographic works by Gerard Mercator, Flemish geographer, engraver and maker of scientific instruments, maps and globes, at the New York Public Library. Website
 
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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KIM CLIJSTERS ENDS CAREER IN NEW YORK
It wasn't  supposed to end this way for Kim Clijsters. The three-time United States Open champion was again at Flushing Meadows at the end of August.  She had announced that this would be the last tournament of her career, but  her final singles game came earlier than  hoped, when on August 29 she was eliminated in the second round by 18-year-old British player Laura Robson.  Two days later, she and her partner were defeated in the second round of mixed doubles.
 
In her goodbye to her fans, Kim Clijsters spoke of the significance of the U.S. Open to her, citing it as the tournament where she had played some of her best tennis and some of her greatest matches.  She also praised the Williams sisters, saying "I feel very lucky that I have been able to be a part of a big generation where Venus and Serena...raised women's tennis to a completely different level.  ...It's been an absolute honor to be a part of that."
 
STAFF CHANGES AT THE EMBASSY
August is traditionally a rotation month at the Embassy, the time when those diplomats who have completed their four-year posting in Washington go on to their next assignment and are replaced by a new team.  In mid-month, Deputy Chief of Mission Sigurd Schelstraete ended his tour to return to Brussels.   Bruno Jans, who has been at the Embassy since 2009, has taken over as DCM and will continue as head of the Embassy’s Economic Section.  Newcomer Paul Lambert, Minister-Counselor, who arrived from the Asia desk at the Foreign Ministry, will be working on political issues.  The second new face is William De Baets, Counselor, formerly director of the Ministry's Crisis Center; his portfolio in Washington will include both economic and public diplomacy.
 
BART DEVOLDER JOINS VAN EYCK RESTORATION TEAM
This summer Bart Devolder left his post as assistant conservator at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth to return to Belgium where he was appointed on-site coordinator for the restoration of Jan and Hubert Van Eyck’s masterpiece “The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb.”  
 
The Turnhout native, who had been living in the United States since 2006, told Belgium Today, “Needless to say, I am very proud that I was chosen to work on such a great project and to be part of this “Dream Team” of restorers.  It is truly an honor.”  He added, “My wife and I had a great time in the U.S., but I could not say no to a project like this.  We decided to go for it and sold our house and moved all of our things (including the two dogs and the yet-to-be-born baby) back to Belgium.” Read More on our website on our website or visit the Saint Bavo's Website
 
DOSSIN BARRACKS MEMORIAL OPENS
On September 5, a Memorial opened at the Dossin Barracks in Mechelen, Belgium, to honor and commemorate the more than 25,000 Jews and Gypsies who were transported from this departure point to the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp by Nazi occupiers.  The Memorial is intended as a contemplative space where visitors can express their sympathy for those who suffered under the most horrific circumstances.   Included is a 28-screen display of more than 8,000 photographs of the deported.  In another area of the Barracks, the Museum and Documentation Centre on Holocaust and Human Rights is expected to open in late November. Dossin Barracks Website
 
DIGITAL BROCHURE ON BELGIUM
Belgium at a glance is a 32-page digital brochure providing a light overview of what our country is all about. Published by the Foreign Ministry, the brochure is richly illustrated with photos, making it highly accessible to anyone who wants to find out more about Belgium.Download the brochure "Belgium at a glance" (PDF, 5.08 MB)
Embassy of Belgium, 3330 Garfield Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20008
washington@diplobel.fed.be or 202 333-6900 with questions or comments.