Taiwan Resilient Democracy

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Photo by Lisanto 李奕良 on Unsplash Taiwan’s elections in January demonstrated the “resilience” of a democratic society. That was one of the messages to emerge from an event in the European Parliament on Friday. The hearing in Brussels was organised by the Taipei Representative Office in the EU and Belgium along with three cross-party MEPs. They were:Petras Auštrevičius (Renew Europe), Vladimír Bilčík (EPP), and Markéta Gregorová(Greens/EFA). They…

Top award for blind football fan

Blind Dave

A blind football fan has been voted “supporter of the season” in a top awards ceremony in the UK. Dave Heeley was recognised at Sunday’s 2024 EFL Awards ceremony in London. The award seeks to “provide recognition and praise for a passionate and loyal supporter, who has demonstrated their support, dedication and commitment to their…

First Banana Concert by Puppet Phenomenon

Randy Felt Face

He (or should it be ‘it’) has been described as “truly unique”. As seen on Netflix, Randy Feltface has spent the past two decades winning awards and garnering critical praise while amassing a huge and devoted following across the globe. So an audience in Belgium is in for a real treat this summer because Randy…

Candlelight Concerts Promise to Hit High Note

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Photo by Andrew Ebrahim on Unsplash They span different eras but are undoubtedly two of the biggest names in the history of popular music. Adele and ABBA – they are so big they are instantly recognisable just by a single word. Both come, of course, from quite different eras: one from the glam rock period of the 1970s,…

Sushi “train” transports diners to best of Asian cuisine

There are an estimated 2,000 Taiwanese citizens resident in Belgium, making it one of the smallest ethnic minorities in the country. Usually, the only time we hear about Taiwan in the news is when it relate to geo-politics. But there is one Taiwanese-born citizen in Belgium who is valiantly flying the flag for his homeland….

Taiwan Earthquake: EU Response

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Photo by Bernd 📷 Dittrich on Unsplash The EU has offered to provide aid to Taiwan after the island suffered a major earthquake. The powerful 7.4 magnitude tremor shook the island’s east coast, hitting on Wednesday morning, some 18 kilometers south of Hualien city and at a depth of 34.8 kilometers. This is the strongest quake to hit…

Francois Coorens Exhibits at Hilton Brussels

Francois Coorens

A Belgian artist has launched a one-year “residency” at a Brussels hotel. Francois Coorens will have his artwork displayed on walls throughout the Hilton Brussels Grand Place for the coming year. It is a part of a project organised by the hotel chain which allows artists to gain added “visibility” by showcasing their work. Coorens…

Introducing Winevizer

A young Belgian businessman has come up with a novel new device to help both wine professionals in Benelux and beyond. Sébastien Demoustiez and his team say the wine app they have created will provide potentially invaluable support for professionals and, albeit indirectly, consumers too. Called the called “Winevizer” the device comes with a simple…

Freedom is Not a Word in China

A Brussels Conference has been told there is allegedly “no freedom of assembly, no freedom to protest, no freedom of religion in China.” Speaking at the event veteran rights campaigner Willy Fautre also warned that “the path forward is uncertain.” Fautre opened the conference “Unveiling Authoritarianism: Assessing China’s Governance and Human Rights Landscape”, at the Press…