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Festival Midsummer Mozartiade

The opera Così fan tutte comes to Brussels’ Théâtre des Martyrs this July as part of the 3rd annual festival Midsummer Mozartiade. In the company of the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia, six rising stars of the lyric stage sweep us away to a sun-scorched terrace perched high above the Bay of Naples. There, a cynical wager thrusts two young couples into a ‘Temptation Island’ scenario that will put their fidelity to the ultimate test.

‘Many, many’ complaints about Bpost not ringing bell

The ombuds service for the postal sector has confirmed what expats have been complaining about on Facebook for months: Bpost doesn’t ring your bell before leaving you a note about where to pick up your package. Or at least official complaints made to the service suggest that you are not alone...

Unemployment is at lowest rate in 17 years

The unemployment level in Belgium is the lowest it has been in 17 years, according to the federal employment agency Onem. The agency has released its annual report for 2017. The total number of job-seekers who received unemployment benefits in 2017 – an average of 373,701 – decreased by 5.4% on...

OPEN DAY in UCCLE- FREE Event (Learner Support + Bogaerts Int. School)

OPEN DAY - FREE Event 17 March 2018 

Plenty of activities, workshops, booksales, parking, raffle and prizes (summer stages, free lessons, subscriptions to, etc.), Food trucks and drinks, networking opportunity, sharing of best practices and freebies. Join us for a fun afternoon!

Too few workers continue their education, says National Bank

Very few workers in Belgium follow lessons or get additional training outside of the workplace, according to the National Bank in its annual report. This has a detrimental effect on the economy, it says. Some 6.8% of working adults take classes outside of work in Belgium. This is half the average...

Brussels could get natural swimming pond

11 new destinations from Brussels Airport this summer

Hong Kong, the Georgian capital Tbilisi and Curaçao in the Caribbean are among the new destinations accessible from Brussels Airport this summer for the first time. The airport has unveiled its summer timetable from 25 March, with 11 new destinations and two new airlines. Cathay Pacific will fly...

3,500 police reinforcements needed for Nato summit

Local police forces in Ghent and Vilvoorde have refused to send officers to Brussels for this summer's Nato summit, which will be attended by Donald Trump. Some 3,500 extra police are needed, according to the Belgian federal police force, and local units have been asked to assign 10% of their...

VUB professor’s health is fast deteriorating in Iranian prison

Despite repeatedly refusing to rescind the death sentence handed down to Dr Ahmadreza Djalali, judicial officials in Iran have not carried out the sentence. Djalali, a visiting professor at the Free University of Brussels (VUB), was sentenced to death by a court in Tehran last October. Djalali (...

Brussels could get natural swimming pond

Brussels environment minister Céline Fremault (CDH) has ordered a study into the possibility of a natural swimming pond in the capital. The study will look at existing bodies of water to see if a natural swimming pool can be created from one of them. Brussels is lacking in open-air swimming options...