solar eclipse | 8/21/2017

The Solar Eclipse was the talk-of-the-town yesterday.  Many of you shared your experiences with documenting pictures and/or videos via the social media.  Some created a pinhole projector and other chased the solar eclipse glasses …  Some of you were also published in an article from the VRT.


it’s gala-time

BelCham New-York announced its Annual 2017 BelCham Gala.  A promising, magical and unforgettable evening at the prestigious historical Guastavino’s, a hidden New York treasure located in midtown.  RSVP is a must; see logistics below.



For all the Flemish among us … Did you know that you can get access to all VRT programs online via VRT Nu, live? Open a – free – account and enjoy.  The trick: login with a Belgian zip code!

Dive into NWSéén, Canvas, Ketnet, Ketnet Jr., Sport Weekend read Sporza and de redactie.be or listen to Radio 1, Radio 2, Studio Brussel, MNM and Klara.  News, lifestyle, sports, cooking, kids, humor, music, talk shows, human interest, movies, series, culture, documentaries, …

The programs are typically available for as long as one month.  Later on this year, there should be an app for that … but there is already a Facebook page!

In addition, VRT has various additional websites for expats and in other languages:




watch Cannes Film Festival films via streaming

Since French is one of our three national languages, watching the Cannes Film Festival movies is a good idea, especially since Belgian actors are involved or films have been co-produced by Belgian companies.  The 70th festival takes place from 17 til 28 May and you can stream it via Sling Television [only available to viewers in the U.S.], on TV5Monde Channel.  For those who don’t know: Sling TV is like Netflix but for live television, no contracts.

The Belgian presence at the festival this year is rather meager but still,

  • L’amant double, an erotic thriller directed by François Ozon, stars Brussels actor Jérémie Renier as Paul.  Among the films partners is a co-production agreement with Belgian outfit Scope Pictures.
  • Loveless, about a couple locked in a bitter divorce when their 12 year-old son disappears, is from Andrej Zvyagintsev and opens the Palme d’Or competition program on May 18.  ‘Les Films du Fleuve‘, a Belgian company created by the famous brothers Jean-Pierre et Luc Dardenne in 1994, is co-producing the movie.
  • The biopic ‘Rodin from Jacques Doillon with Belgian actress Séverine Caneele.  Rodin is being co-produced Belgian outfit Artémis Productions
  • The rider‘, from LA-based Caviar, an award-winning entertainment company founded in Belgium in 2006,  is selected for the Quinzaine Des Réalisateurs.
  • The 12-year old Fantine Harduin [from Mouscron/Moeskroen] is Eve Laurent in ‘Happy end‘, a drama about a family set in Calais with the European refugee crisis as the backdrop, from Michael Haneke.
  • And there is also a Belgian documentary La belge histoire du Festival de Cannes from Henri de Gerlache.

a good read about dutch and belgian wines

During my long years in Atlanta, I made friends with Cathy & Chris Huyghe [Chris is from De Panne] and together we organized blind wine tastings or Belgian waffles tastings … Cathy is in fact a dynamic media professional with a special interest in wine and the spirit of hospitality.   She is the author of the award wining book Hungry for Wine: Seeing the World through the Lens of a Wine Glass and currently writes for Forbes.com.

And here is what this posting is all about!  Cathy, deeply interested in the evolution of wine from the Low Countries of Belgium and the Netherlands, recently wrote an article – on Forbes – exploring Discover Dutch Wine: Interviews, Wines, Vineyards, Restaurants, a book by Mariëlla Beukers and Irene de Vette, now translated in English.  Okay, The Netherlands is not Belgium … but close enough.  And since her article clearly spells out ‘Oud-Heverlee‘ – which is undoubtedly in Belgium –  it’s a good read!

Dirk Brossé’s ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ | 5/14 & 15/2017

Be ready for a divine experience on May 14th or May 15th, 2017!  For its season’s finale, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia will present ‘Pictures at an Exhibition‘,  conducted by its own Musical Director: Gentenaar Dirk Brossé.  The performance will magically blend American painting and music, following Brossé’s musical interpretation of the seven by-him-selected artworks from the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  While listening, the audience will enjoy simultaneously the projected paintings taking the overall experience to an impressive level.

ABC News “Love the Arts” presented a very nice segment about the concert.  And for those more curious about Brossé can see him ‘live’ during Van Gils & Gasten op “een”.



philly here I come

Freshly arrived in Philly, the City of Brotherly Love, I have to admit that I feel quite intimidated to re-start my blogging from scratch but excited by the fresh challenge.

In Atlanta, where I spent the last 12 years of my life, I developed and created, about three years ago, a unique blogging concept called beATL [bētl – pronounce it beetle].   This blog, aimed at Belgians and [seriously] Belgian-minded souls in and around the City, has been very successful if I may say so myself.  My fans had nicknamed me their ‘beATL Queen’.  Now in Philly, it is my intention to replicate this formula… even if I know ‘nothing‘ [yet] here!

The concept is pretty simple.    bePHL [pronounce it beefil] will broadcast Belgian-related events in and around Philadelphia (and sometimes adjacent states) in the form of blog articles.  Its main goal is to alert and inform the members of the local Belgian Community about what is relevant to them.   It can be anything: a conference with an eminent professor, a movie, a concert, an event from the Belgian American Chamber of New York, a walk in a park organized by a fellow Belgian, a get-together organized by VIM [Vlamingen in de Wereld], a sportive challenge …

So, if you plan to organize a “Belgian-related” event or if you know about any Belgian-related coming to Philadelphia, email me the details and I will gladly post if for you – free of charge!

bePHL invites all Belgians or [seriously] Belgian-minded people to follow the blog. bePHL is Belgian … there is no linguistic distinction: “L’union fait la force” |“Eendracht maakt macht” … that’s us, all United in the United States!

bePHL is a ‘social-place-to-be’.  bePHL is your place to be.