BELGIUM TODAY         APRIL 2011  
April 7 
Treadwell, NY
Philip Mosley will read poems from his recently published translation of The Book of Snow by François Jacqmin, at Bright Hill Literary Center.  Website 
April 8 - 28
Multiple cities
Scala and Kolacny Brothers U.S. Tour.  The Belgian girls' indie rock choir will perform in:
Seattle 4/8
Portland 4/9
San Francisco 4/11
Los Angeles 4/14
Indio, CA (Coachella) 4/15
Englewood, CO 4/20
Minneapolis 4/22
Chicago 4/23
Washington, DC 4/25
Philadelphia 4/26
Boston 4/27
New York 4/28
For info & tickets:
Through May 28
Virginia Beach, VA
An exhibition of twenty-five new oil paintings by Mimi Verhulst Lanese is on view at Towne Pavilion II.  Artist's Website
Through June 5
San Francisco, CA
The exhibition Pulp Fashion:  The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave presents exquisite historical costumes made by the artist from rag paper, at the Legion of Honor Museum.  Website
Through June 19
Salem, MA 
Golden: Dutch & Flemish Masterworks from the Rose-Marie and Eijk Van Otterloo Collection includes nearly seventy paintings  from the 1600's along with 20 examples of furniture and decorative arts from the 17th century,at the Peabody Essex Museum. Website
When the Libyan revolution turned violent and Libyan leader Muammar Kadhafi decided to use unlawful force against his own people, Belgium immediately decided to be part of the international coalition in support of the people of Libya and their democratic right to protest. Belgium is providing political, financial and military support. Read more
Horses are not a very common sight on the front lawn of Ambassadors' residences, at least not in Washington, not in the 21st century, and certainly not draft horses.  But there it was on March 8, a beautiful Clydesdale proudly standing outside the Belgian residence.  Coming from nearby stables, the well mannered equine gallantly allowed many reception-goers to be photographed next to it, not letting itself be impressed by the evening's guests, which included Members of Congress, familiar faces from the Washington pro sports scene (Redskins, Wizards, Capitals!) and the crème de la crème of local public affairs, advertising and distribution. Read more
On March 17, Belgian Ambassador Jan Matthysen and World Bank Institute (WBI) Vice President Sandjay Pradhan signed a new partnership agreement through which Belgium will contribute 1.7 million euros towards the implementation of WBI's new strategy. This strategy defines the new role of  WBI as a global connector for knowledge, learning and innovation and a local enabler of change for results. In his remarks, Ambassador Matthysen said that he considered this innovative approach as a possible example for future collaboration with the World Bank. In reply,  Vice President Pradhan stressed that Belgium and the WBI have an historic relationship and announced an upcoming event, in collaboration with the Belgian government, to entice other donors to join the strategic funding initiative.
Beginning in April, the Embassy and Consulates general  will require biometric data (digital fingerprints and a digital photograph) of all Schengen visa applicants, irrespective of their place of residence or nationality.  To comply with this new identification procedure, applicants must present their visa application in person and be  fingerprinted and photographed at that time. 
In 2010, Belgian Embassy Chef Jan Van Haute was the winner of Cultural Tourism DC's Embassy Chef Challenge, earning him the privilege to judge this year's Embassy Chef Challenge, scheduled on April 12 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.  Leading up to that event was another friendly chef competition, "Challenge Belgium," a cook-off that took place in the kitchens of the World Bank on March 26.  Ten competing chefs each received a salmon and a basket of surprise ingredients drawn from Belgian cuisine, including North Sea shrimp, Tierenteyn mustard, Brussels sprouts, endives, mussels and beer.  Van Haute was impressed with the results:  "It was very nice to see other chefs adapting Belgian ingredients to the cuisine of their own culture." The winner of Challenge Belgium will be announced on the night of the Embassy Chef Challenge.Website
Embassy of Belgium, 3330 Garfield Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20008 or 202 333-6900 with questions or comments.