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August in Liège

Drummers of 2015 © Liz Miller

Today we have a guest post from Liz Miller, one of the Europe Galleries Curators, recounting how a recent holiday to Liège called to mind some key features of the project. ———– The Belgian city of Liège lies about an hour by train to the east of Brussels. Even on holiday there is no getting […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.39

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.39 The brutal Tour of Flanders is on this weekend so to celebrate all things Belgian here’s s shop in Covent Garden.   ©Barnaby Barford 2014

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The Brussels Ommegang

‘Triumph of Archduchess Isabella in the Brussels Ommegang of Sunday, 31st May 1615’, oil on canvas, Denys van Alsloot, Southern Netherlands, now Belgium (Brussels), 1616 V&A 5928-1859 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Tonight will see Brussels’ Grand Place packed with spectators for the annual Ommegang, a centuries-old traditional procession that takes place every July in Brussels, Belgium. Ommegang means ‘walking around’ in Old Flemish. Ommegangen were originally religious processions in which relics or venerated images were carried around a prescribed route to mark a particular holy day.  ‘Ommegang’ came to be […]

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