Noa Moon and Alex Germys in the village Francofou

Noa Moon, Alex Germys, Peter Peter, Tim Dup and Berywam are added to the list of artists expected at the Francofolies de Spa this summer. All will perform on a stage Francofou village.After the success of his album Paradise , Noa Moon returns with a new album in the spring of which one of the songs, Sparks , already circulates on the airwaves. Alex Germys , a young producer and 22-year-old Belgian DJ, returns to Les Francos to close the festival after having been on stage last year [ . . . ]

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Is This Man the Dr. Frankenstein of Beer? 

In a Belgium lab, one scientist is tweaking a more efficient, super-powered yeast — but brewers are turning their backs

Through the winding hallways of the centuries-old University of Leuven in Flanders, Belgium, past the sterile black counters in biological laboratories, buried in the depths of freezers, and suspended in cryogenic slumber, there sleeps a creature feared by the masses.

It’s small — microscopic, in fact — but it packs a punch. The creature is barred from entering certain laboratories in the United States to safeguard against contamination. It’s feared by the general public as an abomination of nature, an organism whose critics say it was created by the hands of man playing god. The creature is the target of lobbyists and NGOs that would like nothing more than for it to be destroyed. But, is this creature — actually a manmade strain of yeast, a single-celled organism humans have been cultivating for at least 7,000 years — just misunderstood?

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Beer, bière, bier 

Next summer, my wife and I will be visiting Belgium for the first time. Linda loves chocolate and waffles. I have been known to enjoy an occasional beer. Sang the Ink Spots, “My prayer, is to linger with you, at the end of the day, in a dream that’s divine.” It will be something like that. We’re coming, chocolate, waffles and beer. We’re coming. [ – Pas De Merde – ]

In Belgium, beer (bière in French, bier in Flemish but said just like beer in English) is an institution. As much as the Mannekin Pis (terribly disappointing and underwhelming) and frites (delicious in every which way), beer is an integral part of Belgian identity (…)

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The Dardenne Brothers’ ‘The Unknown Girl’: Cannes Review | Hollywood Reporter

Early in The Unknown Girl, the tenth feature from masters of European realism Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, the young medic played with affecting sobriety and deeply internalized focus by Adele Haenel chides her rattled intern, telling him, “A good doctor has to control his emotions.” While Haenel’s character, Jenny Davin, never forgets that rule, this quiet drama is powered by the ways in which her professionalism expands to accommodate personal investment, accountability and atonement after an unwitting action — or rather, inaction — on her part leads to tragic consequences.

READ MORE / Source: The Dardenne Brothers’ ‘The Unknown Girl’: Cannes Review | Hollywood Reporter

How Toots Thielemans inspired a champion whistler from the Netherlands | Public Radio International

Not long after Toots Thielemans came up with his inspired jazz tune Bluesette in 1961, his style caught the ear of a young Dutch whistler named Geert Chatrou.

Source: How Toots Thielemans inspired a champion whistler from the Netherlands | Public Radio International

Whistling Through the Pearly Gates


Heaven has a new angel, and Jesus can this one whistle a tune.

Belgian jazz legend Toots Thielemans has passed away. Just yesterday, I was online checking the dates of the Toots Thielsmans Jazz Festival which takes place annually at La Hulpe, Belgium. I was hoping to attend next summer, and wondered if Toots would still be able to perform his magic.

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