BELGIUM TODAY         NOVEMBER 2011  
 
WHAT'S COMING?
 
Nov 1-4
Washington, DC
Belgian Coffee Week at Locolat Café includes barista classes, tastings and other special events.
 
Nov 3-22
Silver Spring, MD
The annual EU Film Showcase at the American Film Institute will include three films from Belgium: The Kid with a Bike Nov 6, 3:45 & Nov 8, 7:00; The Giants, Nov 12, 1:00 & Nov 14, 7:10; Bullhead Nov 16, 6:30 & Nov 19, 9:30. Website
 
November 6
Washington, DC
Soprano Haeran Hong, 1st prize laureate of the 2011 Queen Elisabeth Competition, performs a solo recital of works by Bellini, Donizetti and Liszt, at the Phillips Collection. 
 
Nov 8
Washington, DC
Théâtre Maât will represent Belgium at the Kids Euro Festival. A free public performance of Banquise (Ice Floe) will be presented at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage at 6 p.m.  No reservations necessary. For complete KEF program, click here
 
WHAT'S ON?
 
Through December 18
Chicago, IL
The exhibition In a Saturnian World, features the art of Anne-Mie Van Kerckoven. 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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TINTIN FILM OPENS IN BRUSSELS
The world première of Steven Spielberg's film The Adventures of Tintin-The Secret of the Unicorn took place in Brussels on October 22.  Among the 2,000 viewers in the theatre were Princess Astrid of Belgium with two of her daughters; princess Luisa Maria and princess Laetitia Maria. The Belgian capital went all out to welcome the film and its director. Shop windows were decorated with Tintin albums and Sony/Paramount set out a red carpet in front of the cinema where about 10,000 fans had gathered. Immediately preceding the screening, at a reception co-hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Finance, Steven Spielberg was awarded the honorific decoration "Commander in the Order of the Crown" by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Didier Reynders.
 
The Secret of the Unicorn is scheduled to be released in the United States on December 21.  Official Website 
 
NEW MALARIA VACCINE DEVELOPED IN BELGIUM
The disease Malaria causes high fever and chills and often results in death in Sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Asia due to inadequate medical facilities. It is estimated that about 800,000 people die of malaria every year. Hence the importance of the first results of an ongoing medical research with a malaria vaccine developed by GlaxoSmithKline in Belgium. Trial results suggest the vaccine reduces the risk of developing clinical malaria by 56 percent among children aged 5 to 17 months. The vaccine is the first of its kind to attempt to block a parasite, rather than bacteria or viruses. Read More
 
AFRICA MUSEUMS TO WORK TOGETHER
A wide-ranging agreement between the Museum for African Art (MfAA) in New York  and the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA) in Tervuren, Belgium, was signed on October 21 at the residence of the Consul General of Belgium in New York. Read More
 
Photo: Mrs. Elsie Mc Cabe Thompson, President of MfAA, and Mr. Guido Gryseels, Director General of RMCA, signing the agreement.
 
EXHIBITION ON FATHER DE SMET
OPENS IN CATALDO, IDAHO
On October 15, a permanent installation of the exhibition “Sacred Encounters: Father De Smet and the Indians of the Rocky Mountain West” was inaugurated  at the Coeur d’Alene’s Old Mission State Park on Interstate 90.  Belgian Ambassador Jan Matthysen was among the guests at the opening ceremony.
 
“I was delighted by the invitation from the Coeur d’Alene Tribe of Idaho to view an exhibition that so successfully explores the interaction between Father Pierre Jean De Smet, S.J., a 19th century missionary from Dendermonde, Belgium, and the tribal people of the American West," the Ambassador told those present at the festivities.   Read More
 
AMBASSADOR ATTENDS CELEBRATION AT RIVERSDALE
Riversdale, a plantation mansion in Riverdale, Maryland, was built by Flemish émigré Henri Joseph Stier in the early 1800's and completed by his daughter, Rosalie Stier Calvert, during the following decades.  Thanks to funding from the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, the house is being restored to its 19th century splendor.  On October 27, Belgian Ambassador Jan Matthysen attended festivities marking the completion of the restoration of Riversdale's Grand Salon, a room inspired by the Stiers' home in Belgium, the Château du Mick near Antwerp. Read More
 
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- Trailer of the AFI EU film Showcase
- The article of the New York Times on 'Belgian artists making an impact'
- An account of the decoration in Galesburg of veterans who fought in the Battle of the Bulge.
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