BELGIUM TODAY           August 2010
 
WHAT'S COMING ?
 
September 17
Washington, DC
Satirist Dirk Denoyelle performs There is no such thing as a European at the Washington International School, 3100 Macomb St., NW. Cash bar at 7 p.m; free admission to the performance at 8 p.m. Free parking on site.
For info: website artist
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September 25 
Washington, DC
Univers Zero performs in the Sonic Circuits Festival of Experimental Music & Beyond, at La Maison Française, Embassy of France, at 7 p.m.   
  
 
September 26
Washington, DC
Fien Troch presents her film Unspoken at the National Gallery of Art, East Building Concourse Auditorium, at 4:30 p.m. Free admission.
 
 
September 27
Philadelphia, PA
The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia opens the season under the baton of Dirk Brossé, its new music director. 
 
 
October 4
Washington, DC
Planning to travel, study or work in Belgium?  Learn Dutch with native speakers in classes for beginning, intermediate and advanced students, at the Embassy of Belgium.
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ON NOW
 
Through-September 5
Dallas, TX
The first U.S. retrospective exhibition of Belgian contemporary artist Luc Tuymans, at the Dallas Museum of Art.
 
 
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NATIONAL DAY CELEBRATION
On the 21st of July, Belgium’s national holiday, Ambassador Jan Matthysen and his wife Agnes hosted a reception for the Belgian and international community. On the warm summer evening, over 500 guests enjoyed an array of Belgian specialties in the beautiful garden of the Belgian residence.
 
The Ambassador took the opportunity to present the new EU Ambassador, Joao Vale de Almeida, as the man in pole position when it comes to representing the European Union in the United States. Howard Gutman, American Ambassador to Belgium, and Kris Dierckx, Director of Flanders House (www.flandershouse.org), were also introduced to the assembled guests.    
 
BEST OF RECENT BELGIAN CINEMA
Belgium has partnered with the American Cinema-theque in Los Angeles to present “Grit and Whimsy: The Best of Recent Belgian Cinema,” a series showcasing six recent feature films.  The series opened on July 21 – Belgian National Day -- with the breathtaking thriller Dossier K. and will run through December, on the third Wednesday of each month.
 
The roster includes the coming-of-age comedy Private Lessons, the delightful romp The Over the Hill Band, and the dramatic Angel at Sea. Belgium’s submission to the Best Foreign Language Film of the 2011 Academy Awards will be shown in November and a surprise movie will be on the program in December. It is expected that some of the filmmakers and actors will attend the screenings.
 
A NEW SOCIOECONOMIC STRATEGY
Laurette Onkelinx, Belgium’s Vice Prime Minister and Minister for Social Affairs and Public Health, contributed an article to the summer 2010 edition of The Journal, a publication of AARP International. Mrs. Onkelinx states that “The ambition of the Belgian Presidency of the European Union (EU) is to lay the foundation for the continent’s new socioeconomic strategy until the year 2020.  To this end, it will be necessary to restart the economy, reregulate financial markets, solidify social cohesion, and pave the way for a successful transition to a more ecologically sound vision of economic, industrial and social progress.  These are the four basic pillars of the new socioeconomic foundation, from which we can make positive changes in our modes of production and consumption.  These pillars must be built concurrently, without one gaining priority over the others.”
 
BELGIUM BEYOND EXPECTATIONS
Discover Belgium in this short video. It shows the geographic and cultural diversity of our country and includes contemporary art, architecture, fashion and the Belgian quality of life. See it here or click on the image.
 
ALFACAM COVERED SOCCER
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Broadcasting company Alfacam, based in Lint near Antwerp, won the contract for coverage of about 45 per cent of the World Championship soccer matches. Alfacam sent 170 cameras and 155 technicians to South Africa. The company produced images of the matches in Durban, Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg and Pretoria. Alfacam also worked on behalf of German and Japanese broadcasting companies. It handled all interviews, reports and post-match discussions for German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF direct from the stadiums.
 
Because of the large distances between the stadiums, Alfacam built technical “television villages” with customized containers, as the company previously did at the Confederations Cup in 2009.
Embassy of Belgium, 3330 Garfield Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20008
washington@diplobel.fed.be or 202 333-6900 with questions or comments.