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Flemish author Dimitri Verhulst at Vryfees in Bloemfontein


Flemish author Dimitri Verhulst will attend the Vryfees arts festival in Bloemfontein from 10 to 13 July, where he will be a panellist in a number of talks in the framework of the literature festival. After the screening of the film Problemski Hotel, based on the book by Verhulst, he will discuss the process of turning a book into a screenplay.


Government of Flanders, the Netherlands and NATI bring state of the art youth theatre to Vryfees

Most generational experts are still busy profiling Gen Z. However, the upcoming generation after them is truly the first millennial generation born into the 21st century. It is most likely that the new generation will be known as Alpha. How will the world remember them? With support from the Government of Flanders, NATi and the Kingdom of the Netherlands a creative team of South African and international artists explore these questions with South African teens. What new inventions can we expect from them?

World Choir Games in Tshwane


The World Choir Games take place in Pretoria from 4 to 14 July. The 'Voices of the World' gather to sing in the world's largest choir celebration. Bearing songs and a dazzling display of cultural diversity, each of the choirs offer their vocal best in this keenly fought contest. But besides competition, the World Choir Games are all about harmony, respect, unity and most of all global friendship.

Two choirs from Flanders will be participating in the World Choir Games. Make sure not to miss Show Choir Rise Up from Neerpelt and Youth Choir Waelrant from Borgerhout.



Joint Committee for Cooperation between Flanders and South Africa


On 4 December, the eighth Joint Committee for Cooperation between Flanders and South Africa took place in Pretoria. The governments of Flanders and South Africa have enjoyed a fruitful relationship over the past twenty years. The meeting provided room for a mutual discussion on political, social and economic trends and for an extensive overview of these longstanding bilateral relations. Several common interests and topics for future cooperation were identified, including innovation, research, blue and circular economy, youth, and culture.

€ 5 million for agricultural projects in Malawi

On 16 November, the Government of Flanders approved a grant of 5 million Euro for agricultural projects in Malawi. A total of 300,000 families in rural areas will benefit. “The majority of the population consists of smallholder farmers. By increasing their productivity and improving market access for crops, Flanders chooses to contribute towards an efficient agricultural policy in Malawi,” according to Minister-president Geert Bourgeois.

Flemish street art in Cape Town


Harrington Street in Cape Town has acquired a whole new look, thanks to Flemish street artist Smates. With the support of the Government of Flanders in collaboration with Baz-Art, Smates (Bart Smeets), has created a 400 m2 public art work - the largest mural in Cape Town. Capetonians and visitors were able to watch the artist at work from 5 to 11 November. 





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