Christian Nielsen is a journalist and keen tourism industry watcher based in Brussels. He writes pretty much anything that takes his fancy, from  the woes of travelling with kids to the latest ‘impact investing’ developments in Europe. But most of his output these days is in EU affairs, sci-tech writing and marcoms.

31 August 2023

Myths, facts and a closer look at Melbourne’s Greek diaspora

An oft-quoted thing about Australian multiculturalism is that Melbourne has the third-biggest Greek-speaking population after Athens and Thessaloniki. If true, it would be quite a claim. […]
30 August 2023

The Edinburgh Military Tattoo comes to Belgium in September

The Edinburgh Military is an event performed annually by British Armed Forces, Commonwealth and international military bands, and artistic performance teams in the Scottish capital. Not […]
28 August 2023

Bozar reopens rooftop terrace with added urban initiatives

Brussels’ Centre for Fine Arts, Bozar, has reopened its famed rooftop terrace for the 2023-2024 season, called On Top of That, with an added programme of […]
22 August 2023

Reiefestival proves that Bruges is not precious but punk

Bruges welcomed the Reiefestival from 18-20 August, an eclectic mix of players and artists and audiences bringing radical life to the ancient spaces and artworks of […]
18 August 2023

Did you know the ukulele has its origins in Portugal?

The cavaquinho is a small string instrument that has a rich history and cultural significance in various regions of the world. Its origins can be traced […]
17 August 2023

Surreal Flowertime festival brings thousands of visitors to central Brussels

Flowertime – a festival in Brussels centre – brought around 18,000 visitors to the city’s Grand Place and city hall over the mid-August Bank Holiday weekend, […]
16 August 2023

Be moved by the moving image this autumn at Mechelen’s Contour Biennial

Film, art lovers, and audiophiles take note: this fall Mechelen will be celebrating 10 years of the Contour Biennial of Moving Images, with a programme lasting […]
15 August 2023

The best city to learn French is surprisingly not in France, new study finds

Taking a language bath is a learning method many of those who want to learn a new language are keen on. You stay in a city, […]
10 August 2023

Riyadh eager to host Expo 2030

This summer the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia unveiled its plan for Riyadh Expo 2030 during an official reception organized by the Royal Commission for Riyadh City […]
10 August 2023

How Uzbekistan’s rich cultural heritage influences our world today

Uzbekistan has a rich cultural heritage whose influence can be seen in civilisations all over the world. Long before the adventurer, Marco Polo, travelled there in […]
10 August 2023

10 of the best films about vacations

1. Before Sunrise (1995) It took nine months of searching before Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy were cast in this romantic drama co-written by director Richard […]
9 August 2023

Brussels Gallery Weekend comes back to Brussels this autumn

From 7th to 10th September, 45 art galleries around Brussels will be open to the public as part of the Brussels Gallery Weekend (BGW). For its […]
7 August 2023

Eurasian Film Market to be launched in Kazakhstan this autumn

A new project aiming to connect the film industries of the CIS countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) with Europe […]
4 August 2023

Lisbon hosts writers from across the world at Disquiet Literary Program

His eyes are set in the horizon. Atop the pedestal he can see the mouth of the river Tagus, the ships in full sail and toward […]
4 August 2023

Why are camels important in Saudi Arabia?

If there’s an image that symbolizes both modern and ancient life in Saudi Arabia it’s the camel. The animal is native to the Arabian Peninsula and […]
3 August 2023

Scientists shed light on the intricacies of music’s grip on our brains

Music. That almost-unearthly force that possesses the remarkable ability to transcend physical boundaries and transport us to realms beyond the mundane. It holds the unique capacity […]