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Jan 24th, 2003, 12:07 AM
i have to do a presentation using slides to try to convine people to visit Belgium. I don't know anything and the toursim web pages mostly talk about the tourist things. I also would like to know the names of Belgian artists or singers to add some music to my presentation. I know Lara fabian and Bele perez but I'd like somthing in dutch or French. I will absoloutely appreciate it if you can tell me anything.

Also like the most popular athletes, and stuff like that.

Jan 24th, 2003, 12:30 AM
lol Eddy Merckx is a retired cyclist... he was popular from what I've heard. Kim Gavaerts (might be wrong spelling) is also pretty popular in Belgium at the moment. She is a runner I think.

For music, they have Axelle in French, umm they have alot of dance groups (Milk Inc, Lasgo, Ian van Dahl), but they sing in English. There is a kids group who sing in Dutch called K3.

There is a famous painter, but do you think I can remember his name right now? tss@me! ooh duh! lol Rubens!

btw, isn't Lara Fabian Canadian? There was some debate about that before... I don't know what was decided? But she does sing some stuff in French!

Jan 24th, 2003, 07:27 AM
I don't have time to go into detail right now but here are a few:

famous painters:
Jan Van Eyck
Peter Paul Rubens
Antony Van Dyck
Rene Magritte

Jacques Brel
Axelle Red

Eddy Merckx
Kim Clijsters
Justine Henin

Jan 24th, 2003, 07:31 AM
.. I want to visit Belgium one day ... sounds like a beautiful country...

Good luck with your presentation Selesfan 1

Jan 24th, 2003, 08:53 AM
try this link


try the culture section, there's loads of information there!

Jan 24th, 2003, 09:00 AM

The movement which undoubtedly best represents Belgian art internationally is surrealism. The characteristics of this wave of artists, who at the beginning of the 20th century created an impertinent and innovative climate, and who are now famous far beyond our borders, are to be found in various fields.

In the field of painting, the precursors of this movement were indisputably artists like Félicien Rops and his symbolist works or James Ensor, who excelled in caricaturing bourgeois society. But the master of Belgian surrealism is still René Magritte and his daring juxtapositions, Paul Delvaux being considered more unclassifiable, while the moulds of Marcel Broodthaers are without doubt better known abroad than in his home country. As for Panamarenko, his monumental works are on the scale of metropolitan Antwerp.

In literature, Belgium can boast of writers who were also inspired by surrealism, such as Scutenaire, Henry Michaux, or by fantasy, like Jean Ray, but also, in the north of the country of Johan Daisne or Hugo Claus, who was co-founder of the Cobra movement (Copenhagen, Brussels, Amsterdam). More classical, in a genre which is sometimes scorned but in which he excelled, the crime novel, Georges Simenon was born in Liège, even if he abandoned his Belgian nationality in the course of his brilliant career. And the succession is assured, with Amélie Nothomb, Didier Van Cauwelaert or Henry Bauchau.

Impossible not to mention the cartoon strip, which Hergé among many others has without contest raised to the level of art. The clear line made his reputation, and that of Belgium. It may be less well-known that the Smurfs were invented by Pierre Culliford, a native of Brussels and that Willy Vandersteen created the famous Lambique.

In architecture, the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century saw an abundance of creativity, with Victor Horta the uncontested authority of Art Nouveau, certain of whose works have happily been preserved, specifically in Brussels. The same movement can be found in furniture, with Henry Van de Velde.

Belgians have also shone in music, as inventors, with Adolphe Sax (whom Dinant celebrates for his saxophone), and, in classical music, with a highly renowned competition such as the Queen Elisabeth Competition, and also with composers such as César Franck or Edgard Poot, or as interpreters with the famous baritone José Van Dam and, in chanson, Jacques Brel, Adamo, Arno, Johan Verminnen, Pierre Rapsat, Maurane or Axelle Red. Jazz is virtually a Belgian speciality, if we believe the success of Toots Thielemans.

Belgian cinema has just lost a great figure in the person of André Delvaux, but we still have Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne and their trademark actor Olivier Gourmet or the young Natacha Régnier, but also Stijn Coninx, Jaco Van Dormael or Gérard Corbiau.

In the performing arts, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker or Frédéric Flamand are no longer bound by frontiers. They combine dance with other art forms, for the greater prestige of their country of origin.

As for fashion, it is no longer confined to Paris or Rome, since Antwerp and Brussels have their own stars. And why not raise your hat to Elvis Pompilio?

How could I have forgotten about Tintin and the Smurfs?

Jan 24th, 2003, 09:06 AM
and don't forget our gastronomy! With three Michelin three star restaurants, we have the highest density of stars in the world;)

There's beer, cheese, chocolate....

Sport in Belgium

When you mention sport in Belgium, you immediately think of the "Diables Rouges" (Red Devils), the national football team. As season ticket-holders to the World Cup qualifiers, in June 2002 the Diables Rouges played in their sixth consecutive final stage. They even struck fear into the hearts of Brazil, future victors of the supreme event.

But sport in Belgium means much more than that. It also means cycling, the second national sport, in which we've lost count of the number of our legendary champions, starting with Eddy Merckx, who has risen to the status of living legend in cycling. It also means motocross and judo, disciplines teeming with Belgian world champions. It means tennis, in which our fellow countrymen and women, including Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters, compete with the best in the world. Finally, a whole series of champions play for our country in sports as varied as motor racing, athletics, triathlon, table tennis, pétanque (bowls) and billiards, among others.

But sport in Belgium means, above all, tens of thousands of young people and amateurs who pursue their particular passion at their own pace, a long way from the top.

and don't forget the new IOC president Jacques Rogge, he's Belgian too.

Jan 24th, 2003, 10:32 AM
This is a link to a site listing 242 (yes, more than 10 :) ) famous Belgians:


Jan 24th, 2003, 01:51 PM
Kim gevaert is a sprinter (???) anyway she runs very hard ans had some good results on the European championships. In cyclocross and motocross Belgium very good. (Sven Nijs, Stefan Everts, ....). Johan Musseeuw is a very good cyclist ....


A belgian invited the saxophone lol .. I think it was Mr Sax :D (Alphonse????)

French fries are not French :cool:

If I find more interesting things, not written already by Tine, I'll post it :)

Jan 24th, 2003, 02:57 PM
ooh! The Cobra movement! I read something about that! :D Sounded quite interesting!

Was Escher Dutch or Belgian? I think Dutch... ???

Jan 24th, 2003, 03:13 PM
Escher is Dutch.

Jan 24th, 2003, 03:38 PM
Fieke, do you realize the irony in a Harry Potter devotee promoting the virtues of BEL? (If not, please see "The Picture"; currently in a thread in the Classy Clijsters Lounge, though having nothing directly to do with Kimmy)! :D

Jan 24th, 2003, 03:43 PM
Originally posted by rd878
Fieke, do you realize the irony in a Harry Potter devotee promoting the virtues of BEL? (If not, please see "The Picture"; currently in a thread in the Classy Clijsters Lounge, though having nothing directly to do with Kimmy)! :D

:rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

Jan 24th, 2003, 08:14 PM
Originally posted by fleemke²
:rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: Come on, Fleemke you know the famous picture of a very young Juju with the big glasses holding a championship plate @ a Junior event. If she WON, that's not dissing her! BTW, congratulations on getting to post the milestone (or should I say kmstone?) :) 30,000th post in the Flemish thread! :D

Car Key Boi
Jan 24th, 2003, 08:19 PM
this is all yuo need to know about Bellgim

1) it is flat

2) it is full of bicycles

3) the Bellgim Army use old WW2 American Sherman tanks with the transmission modified to give 1 forward gear, and 5 reverse :o

that is all

- Car Key Boi :cool:

Jan 24th, 2003, 08:29 PM
Originally posted by Car Key Boi
this is all yuo need to know about Bellgim

1) it is flat

2) it is full of bicycles

3) the Bellgim Army use old WW2 American Sherman tanks with the transmission modified to give 1 forward gear, and 5 reverse :o

that is all

- Car Key Boi :cool:

You're confusing us with The Netherlands. :fiery:

Car Key Boi
Jan 24th, 2003, 08:38 PM
Originally posted by Josh
You're confusing us with The Netherlands. :fiery:

well Josh, i agree that the Netherlands has a lot of Bicycle bois as well, but so does Bellgim, that is a FACT

the Frenchtards, Brittards, German Tards, Italian Tards do NOT have as many bicycles littering the streets, as what Bellgim and the Netherlands have

just for the record, i like the fact that yuor country has a lot of bicycles because Bicycle Boi is frequently leaning his bike against the side of cars and leaving lovely scratches with the pedals

- Car Key Boi :)

Jan 24th, 2003, 08:42 PM
But we're not flat....at least we're above sea level. :o ;)

Jan 24th, 2003, 09:00 PM
Originally posted by Josh
But we're not flat....at least we're above sea level. :o ;)

maybe he was referring to our women :o

Car Key Boi
Jan 24th, 2003, 10:31 PM
Originally posted by carot
maybe he was referring to our women :o

no sir, Bellgim wimmin are hot, like frenchie wimmin, they have that chic about them, that je ne sais quoi

but i still disagree with Josh even thou im not a Bellgim Boi, yuor county is flat in comparision to Spain, France, Germany and Italy

just ask any professional Bicycle Boi!

- Car Key Boi

Jan 24th, 2003, 10:56 PM
Thank you all wonderful ppl fo helping me. If you have anything to add keep adding it. I will make sure to mention this board on my presentation.

Car Key Boi
Jan 24th, 2003, 11:11 PM
they make good chocolate

Car Key Boi
Jan 24th, 2003, 11:13 PM
oh yeah, they speak some funny languages, that Dutch Flemish thing and also French

they isn't an actual Bellgim language (to the best of my knowledge)

Car Key Boi
Jan 24th, 2003, 11:15 PM
oh yeah, the Bellgims are trying to take over Europe with their Nazi EU directives that they issue in Brussels

- Car Key Boi :fiery: