Prostitutes can no longer walk the streets in the Alhambra district, near Lakenstraat and the KVS. If caught, they are now likely to get a fine. This is shown in the new regulation on prostitution issued by the city. The controversial administrative sanctions are gone. The regulations impose restrictions on pimps and clients as well. It remains to be seen whether this will bear fruit.
After extreme-right groups took part in a large-scale demonstration in Charlottesville, partly because of a statue of Confederate General Robert Lee, the debate on controversial historical figures has been relaunched in Belgium as well. Writer Geert van Istendael thinks their statues should not disappear from our streets and squares.
After the attacks on Thursday afternoon and evening in Barcelona and in coastal resort Cambrils, the CIty of Brussels has opened a condolence register. If you want to show your support to the victims and their loved ones, the register is in Brussels Town Hall.
Friterie Fontainas, the famous chip stand at Hallepoort, can count on the support of local residents. They launched a petition to prevent its closure. Friterie Fontainas must make way for planned works at the Jacques Francksquare in Sint-Gillis. It is not yet known whether the stand will be moved or just demolished.
The origin of the fire at art centre Recyclart is still unknown. But the four barracks that made up 'La plus grande kermesse du monde' have been reduced to ashes. They served as fun fair stands at the summer festival Recyclart Holidays. It is possible that the fire was set deliberately.
There have been quite a few festivals this summer in Brussels. To assess the success of these events, it is necessary to know how many people were present. Liese from Elsene wonders how people are counted at major events and manifestations.
The academic year starts in a little over a month. Many students are already looking for their ideal dig. They have to be fast, because the best digs at the best prices will soon be gone. But what remains afterwards and at what price?
This is the second year of the Brussels Equestrian Endurance Masters at Zoniënwoud and Ter Kamerenbos. They Masters consist of heavy endurance races for the best thoroughbreds. This year, the European Championship will also be held there. The Masters start on Thursday, but it's already crowded at Ter Kamerenbos, as such an event requires a lot of preparation.
On Wednesday, the Walloon organist André Brasseur kick-started the closing night of the Brussels Summer Festival. The man and his trusty organ were popular in the 60's. His talent was originally discovered in Brussels and he was the oldest musician at the popular summer music festival Pukkelpop last year.