Month: August 2014

watch it from home

If you are Netflix addicts, it’s time to discover – or re-discover the 12-part thriller Salamander, a series from Belgium!   Season 1 of this suspense-filled hit show opens with a daring night-time raid on the private Jonkhere bank in Brussels, and the subsequent murder, suicide or disappearance of the 66 people whose safety deposit boxes were broken into.

Salamander’s writer, Ward Hulselmans, who is now writing a second series, describes his drama as an exploration of “vanity and greed, how power and money corrupts, and what people do when their secrets are about to be made public”.  “It’s the story of one man, one cop, against the establishment,” says its director, Frank Van Mechelen.

Filming began in Brussels in May 2011 with locations including  Brussels Park, Egmont Park, the exterior of the Belgian Federal Parliament, Cinquantenaire, Law Courts of Brussels, Brussels-South railway station and Hotel Metropole.

Other movies with a Belgian flair available on Netflix:

  • Tied with Benoit Poelvoorde (2013)
  • Bullhead with Schoenaerts (2012)
  • In Bruges (2008)
  • A Secret with Cecile de France (2007)
  • HereI Am Slave, Coriolanus or Occupation with Lubna Azabal
  • The kid with a bike from the Dardenne Brothers with Cecile de France, Thomas Doret and Jérémie Renier (2011)
  • Home with Olivier Gourmet (2008)
  • When the sea rises with Olivier Gourmet and Wim Willaert (2004)
  • Populaire with Déborah François
  • Mr. Nobody from Director Jaco Van Dormael
  • RenoirIn BrugesA Heavenly Vintage, Blue Is the Warmest Color with Jérémie Renier
  • In Defense of a Married Man with Johnny Galecki … yes he was born in Bree, while his dad was stationed while serving in the U.S. Air Force…
  • and of course the Jean-Claude Van Damme movies …  “The Muscles from Brussels”


tomorrowworld, the return

TomorrowWorld … Yesterday is History, Today is a Gift, Tomorrow is Mystery…

The 3-day music electronic music festival is back in Atlanta for its second year.   And it looks like they’re here to stay: according to the media, the festival has signed a ten year contract with Chattahoochee Hills. Lodged on +/- 500 acres within the 8,000-acre of the Bouckaert Farm, an equestrian paradise owned by one of our Belgian citizens, the artists will perform among eight uniquely designed stages.  Be ready for innovative and immersive experiences with mind-blowing décor, enchanting acts and animation, A-class camping, eccentric VIP areas and gourmet food..

TomorrowWorld is the daughter festival of the Belgian Tomorrowland, which celebrated its 10-year anniversary this July.   And in 2015, TomorrowLand will party in Brasil, on the mythical grounds of Itu…

Before the festival starts, the Belgian American Chamber of the South (BACoS) invites you Behind the Scenes at TomorrowWorld on September 25th, 2014 (exact time to be announced).  During this exclusive members-only event, guests get the opportunity to take a sneak peek behind the scenes of the world-renowned electronic music festival: tour of the beautifully themed TomorrowWorld stages and the mind-blowing decor.  And to top that off, they will experience “The Gathering”, the warming up party for the TomorrowWorld campers!

For more details and registrations about this BACoS event, visit their website.

Meet some of the Belgian artists expected on stage:

  • Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike (Willebroek) are a Greek-Belgian electronic DJ duo composed of two brothers Dimitri Thivaios and Michael Thivaios. They currently hold the 6th spot on DJ Magazine’s annual Top 100 DJs poll.
  • Yves V (Antwerp) is the artist name of the Belgian DJ Yves Van Geertsom. He is mainly known for his record “CloudBreaker” which he made in collaboration with the Belgian producer Basto.
  • Romeo Blanco (Antwerp) – Christened as future talent by CR2 Records, Romeo Blanco has continued to prove himself a worthy new member of Electronic Music Aristocracy.  Listen to his performance with Yves V.
  • Koen Bauweraerts, more commonly known as Coone, is a Belgian jumpstyle and hardstyle producer, and DJ. He has been producing since the year 2002, when he started with hard house productions
  • DJ Licious (Antwerp) – Belgium-based but beaming the love of house all over the world with a blend of funky rhythms, groovy sax and smooth vocals: Dj Licious knows good vibes come from nothing but house music.

And finally, the details for the festival:

  • Dates: September 26-27-28, 2014
  • Where: Chattahoochee Hills, GA
  • Parking: Parking Passes are required for all vehicles entering site
  • Restrictions: strict 21+ age requirement. Anyone born on or after September 26, 1993 will not be permitted entrance, even if accompanied by an adult.
  • More info: visit the website

what about a movie?

Mood Indigo – L’écume des jours (2013) –   from Michel Gondry is now showing at the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.  Don’t be fooled by the brochette of French actors … beATL discovered that Belgian actors Jean-Pierre Denuit (Concierge conférence) and Frederic Etherlinck (born Frédéric Van Goitsenhoven-Maeterlinck – Interviewer Partre) are amongst the cast.   In addition, co-producer Genevieve Lemal and Alexia De Coster (coordinator in charge of production) belong to the Belgians behind the scenes… Not to mention they filmed for 2 weeks in Saint-Gilles (Brussels) and at the KIK-IRPA (Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage – Cinquantenaire) where its remarkable helical suspended stairwell running over 5 floors plays a role in the movie.   Maybe it’s a little stretch since the Belgian rooted actors don’t have the most exciting roles but they give us enough reason to declare it a Belgian-related movie!

So before it disappears from this screen – as typically they don’t stay that long, let’s go to the movies:

Join Queen beATL Patricia on  for a movie night on Wednesday August 13th,  for a seance at 7.20 pm.  After the movie, we can have a drink at the close by ‘Après Diem’.


  • Landmark Midtown Art Cinema | 931 Monroe Dr NE – C212, Atlanta, GA 30308 (located in the Midtown Promenade Center)
  • Cost: $11 for general admission; $8 Senior (62+); $8  child (-12); $8.75 Student (Mon-Thurs only).  Buy online to skip the lines but note that there will be a non-refundable service charge of $1 per ticket.
  • Meeting Point: inside the theater, around the door of the auditorium (theater 5) where the movie will be played.
  • Movie: 94 mins – subtitled – NR (non rated but 15+ advised – check the trailers to see if this movie is suitable for your child)
  • Parking & Directions: free within the Midtown Promenade Center
  • The nearest MARTA train station is the Midtown Station (on the RED and GOLD lines), located on 10th Street 1.5 miles from the theater. From there, both the #36 and the #99 MARTA buses stop near the Midtown Promenade which is located at the intersection of 8th Street and Monroe Drive.

Mood Indigo

first beATL cafe today

What a remarkable entrance!  Since beATL’s launch on July 7th, five (5) different Belgian-related activities (for Atlanta and its surroundings alone!) were posted: 2 concerts, 1 dinner, 1 exhibit and the first Belgian Café …

During the month of July, the blog was viewed 1331 times and it welcomed 425 visitors averaging 53 views per day!   In addition, the blog has now 81 groupies.  beATL has also infested Facebook (group), LinkedIn (group), Google+ and Twitter(@be_atl)…

Be part of this healthy beATL outbreak:

  • rush over today starting at 6.30 pm at F&B (RSVP & details) for our first Belgian Café
  • save the date : Monday September 8th for our first Belgian Mondays(replaces the First Thursday)
  • save the date: Sunday September 21st for the first beATL-Time (Beetle Time)
  • take the short easy survey
  • and follow the blog for crusty news

Spread the word and help your beATL grow!

Cheers, proost, santé!  See y’ll tomorrow!

last minute – Belgian Sarah Bettens of K’s Choice

Thanks to Steven, here is your concert for tonight … Yes, some people have nothing else to do on a Saturday evening and depend on last minute decisions.  So here is your good fortune: the lead singer of the Belgian band K’s Choice, Sarah Bettens, will perform alongside Sarah Peacock at the Red Clay Theatre in Duluth @ 8pm tonight.  Doors open 7 pm.  Purchase your tickets here.

K’s Choice, originally formed in the early ‘90s by the brother-sister tandem of guitarist/singer Gert and Sarah Bettens (from Kapellen), split after 10 years of musical adventures to do ‘their own thing’.  After a period of swapping song files via email (Sarah now lives in Johnson City, TN, while Gert remains in Belgium), the group reconvened for rehearsals with a line-up featuring both former members (bassist Eric Grossman and drummer Koen Lieckens) and new members (guitarist Thomas Vanelslander and keyboardist Reinout Swinnen).

Sarah, Gert and band are excitedly working on the next K’s Choice album. To be more specific, they just finished recording the first demos in Belgium.  A bunch of new songs are ready to be finalized and several others are in the pipeline. The album’s working title is “Phantom Cowboy”.

A taste of Sarah’s songs – ‘Come Over Here’