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Mauricio Ruiz is a writer and journalist who has lived in the US, Belgium, Mexico and Norway. His work has appeared in Words Without Borders, CatapultThe CommonThe RumpusElectric LiteratureJMWWRiver TeethLiteral Magazine, among others. He's been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and Myriad Editions Competition in the UK, as well as the Fish Short Story Prize in Ireland. He has received fellowships from OMI writers (NY), Société des auteurs (Belgium), Jakob Sande (Norway), Can Serrat (Spain), and the Three Seas' Council (Rhodes). His second book, Silencios al sur, was published in early 2017, and his work has partially been translated into Dutch and French. Mauricio Ruiz can be followed on Twitter and Instagram.

7 December 2022

Brussels to become the capital of Art Nouveau in 2023

The Brussels Region has announced that next year will be the Art Nouveau Year as an important anniversary will be celebrated in the Capital of Europe. […]
5 December 2022

UNESCO inscribes 47 new elements as intangible cultural heritage

UNESCO, as the United Nations Organization in charge of culture, ensures the safeguarding and transmission of intangible cultural heritage, represented by traditional knowledge, arts and skills. […]
5 December 2022

Belgian parade dropped from UNESCO heritage list due to racism complaints

Every August the sleepy Belgian town of Ath is invaded by giants. Huge paper-maché creations are paraded through the streets as part of the ‘Ducasse d’Ath,’ […]
1 December 2022

The countries with the most historical hiking routes for tourists

All too often, we tend to distinguish tourists according to their interests. We speak about the sporty spices, the history fanatics and the party animals. And […]
1 December 2022

What is the oldest tourist attraction in the USA?

Here is the real story of Plymouth Rock—America’s most famous piece of granite and the oldest tourist attraction in the USA. Located in Pilgrim Memorial State […]
30 November 2022

Top 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in China

China currently ranks second on the list of countries with the highest number of UNESCO heritage-listed attractions, only second to Italy. With a total of 56 […]
30 November 2022

A new skyscraper is set to redefine Austin’s urban landscape

A large construction project is set to change the urban landscape of Austin. At 1,035 feet (315 meters), the Wilson Tower is expected to become the […]
29 November 2022

Which countries have the most UNESCO World Heritage sites?

Italy is now home to the largest number of UNESCO world heritage sites in the world, as reported by the World Economic Forum (WEF). After the […]
25 November 2022

5 best art cities in Flanders

Flanders, one of Belgium’s three official regions, has been leading European society since the Middle Ages. Important medieval cities and ports contributed to its refined culture, […]
24 November 2022

Former Nazi airport turned into leisure hotspot in Berlin

Berlin’s Tempelhof airport has been closed since 2007, but the contrast between its tumultuous history and current use is like a metaphor for the entire city, […]
24 November 2022

Singapore’s Hell’s Museum invites visitors to demystify death

Haw Par Villa, Singapore’s longest-running cultural theme park relaunched on Thursday, 28 October 2021, with the opening of Hell’s Museum, the only attraction in the world […]
23 November 2022

The history of Thanksgiving

It’s that time of the year when the air is filled with the aroma of pumpkin spice. The fourth Thursday in November has become one of […]
23 November 2022

Which European countries are best at English as a second language?

Education First (EF) has released its 2022 English Proficiency Index revealing that nine out of the top ten countries with very high proficiency in English are […]
22 November 2022

Germany to introduce €200 culture pass for 18-year-olds

Next year, Germany will introduce a culture pass for people turning 18 to spend on cultural activities in their local communities. The Kulturpass will be like […]
22 November 2022

World’s tallest residential building will have a crown of diamonds

Binghatti and Jacob & Co have partnered for the construction of the world’s tallest residential building, which will embellish Dubai’s skyline with a crown of diamonds. […]
18 November 2022

Brussels adds explanatory QR codes to controversial murals

Belgium is famous for its comic books, or comic strips, with beloved characters like the Smurfs and Tin Tin even being featured on the Belgian passport. […]
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