Category Archives: Culture

Dominique Ampe Sr. at Haagdijk

The Haagdijk in Breda is traditionally one of the three entrances to the old city center of Breda, next to the Ginnekenstraat and Boschstraat. The Haagdijk is located close to the port and the extension of the Long Brugstraat and … Continue reading

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The first hemicycle of the European Parliament

Originally posted on European Parliamentary Research Service:
During its first years of activity, the European Parliament held its plenary sittings in different locations, made available by other Institutions or by the hosting countries. It was only in 1973, with the…

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Flames of Louvain – Leuven 1914 an attempt to destroy a civilisation

On 19 August, 1914, two weeks after the invasion of Belgium, German troops attacked the city of Leuven (Louvain). There were 200 civilians killed, 1,100 houses destroyed. Leuven being a university town with a very interesting library saw 300,000 books … Continue reading

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A good team to guaranty a musical about the First World War

Director Frank Van Laecke has proven to be at home in the market of entertainment. He has directed musical, theatre and opera productions. This year we are remembering 100 years of something which can not easily be called a ‘theatre … Continue reading

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Michael Smuin and Intended broad appeal

In Belgium we had a lady who knew that it was better to reach many people and give them enjoyment with movement.  {Read about her (Jeanne Brabants) in the obituary for 2014: “Having a responsibility to the public” at the … Continue reading

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Dominique Ampe at Namur salon aquarelle 13ème biennale 2013

Having the pleasure to find one of my brothers, Ampe Dominique,  receiving the Prix du Jury for  for a technique mixt in painting. 13th International Biennial of watercolor was held from May 18 to June 2, 2013 in Namur with guest … Continue reading

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Dutch poet Leo Vroman dies

Originally posted on Dear Kitty. Some blog:
This is a video of a poem by Leo Vroman. Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands: Saturday 22 Feb 2014, 17:23 In his hometown Fort Worth (Texas) poet and biologist Leo Vroman…

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To see past the surface of things

At the Morgan Library & Museum, New York, there is an exhibition about a book every person should read in his life. Some may not like it that things, move and speak and let the other know what it thinks. … Continue reading

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People of 2013

The celebrated French actor Gérard Depardieu had decided to hand in his French passport after he came under furious attack from several quarters when he decided to move to Belgium to pay less tax. The celebrated actor now has a … Continue reading

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Flanders, Florence and Renaissance Painting

Modest in size, it nonetheless digs deep. “Face to Face: Flanders, Florence and Renaissance Painting” is the first in the United States to explore the late-15th century effect of paintings by Rogier van der Weyden, Hans Memling, Petrus Christus and … Continue reading

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