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Expat History Talk

Tuesday 30 May | 19h00 - 21h30
The Louise Centre
, Avenue Louise 279,

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Includes:
coffee and tea, drinks and snacks, lecture, lecture
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Registration means we expect you to come (on time). Please unregister if you cannot come anymore., Members please log in before registering., For more (last-minute) information don't hesitate to mail us at info@expatclub.org or call 0495-345144.
Public transportation:
Trams 93/94 stop Vleurgat, tram 81 stop Bailli/Louise, buses 38/60 stop Vleurgat/Louise, bus 54 stop Bailli/Louise, tram 7 Louise/Legrand (followed by tram 93/94)

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Tonight’s Expat History Talk topic

The Belgian constitution from 1830 until today:
the federal state of Belgium explained

Gustave Wappers, Episodes from September Days 1830 on the Grand Place in Brussels, oil on canvas, 660×444 cm, 1834 (Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium).

It’s never a good idea to ask a company of Belgians how many governments and parliaments Belgium actually has. Chances are you will have as many different answers as there are participants in the discussion. All that confusion adds to the ‘charm’ of this inexplicably surreal country according to some, according to others it’s downright irritating. To be honest, after six constitutional reforms, it does become a tad difficult to keep track of things.

The Belgian Founding Fathers: Provisional Government of Belgium, 1830.

The thing is, a country’s constitution also has a cultural component. The complete history, struggles and cultural characteristics, and yes also the identity of a people, can be found by adding some historical perspective to an otherwise (quite boring) legal text.

The Belgian Royal Palace in Brussels, © Mirella Marini 2017.

The story of the Belgian constitution is an exciting tale of modern revolutions, medieval customs, freedom struggles and the typical Belgian compromise. And after this lecture, you will not just be able to answer the question about Belgium’s many parliaments and governments, you will also understand why Belgians don’t really care about the answer.

About Mirella Marini
Mirella is a historical consultant and researcher on a mission to help people reconnect with their cultural surroundings. Through the Belgian Academy of Culture and History she helps people feel at home in this wonderfully surreal country we live in. As a former expat, she understands the struggle of fitting in and the importance of understanding your new country of residence. Mirella has a Masters in History from the Catholic University of Leuven and was a doctoral researcher at the Free University of Amsterdam.

How to register?
The entrance fee for this event is €25, including coffee/tea and drinks afterwards. We welcome you from 19h00 and start the lecture at 19h30.

Members: Please login first and click on the RSVP button. If you can’t come anymore, please come back to this page, log in and unregister yourself.

Non-members: Maybe you would like to register first as a member? It’s for free! If you would rather not join us (yet), please insert your name and email in the section above. If you register we would kindly like to request to actually show up, or to cancel in advance. To cancel simply come back to this page and enter the email you registered with.

How to get there?
The Louise Center is on the intersection Avenue Louise / Chaussée de Vleurgat, right above the small Carrefour supermarket. The entrance is about 50 meters to the right.

* Trams 93/94 stop Vleurgat
* Tram 81 stop Bailli/Louise (+ 5 minutes walk)
* Tram 7 Louise/Legrand (followed by tram 93/94, or a 10 m minute walk)
* Buses 38/60 stop Vleurgat/Louise
* Bus 54 stop Bailli/Louise

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  1. Profile photo of Claudia Iudica
    Claudia

    Hi Edgar, is this event taking place on the 28th or the 30th of May? The email dates says 28 but here it says 30.

    Thanks, Claudia.




    1. Profile photo of Edgar Hütte
      Edgar Post author

      Thanks Claudia. How stupid from me. IT is 30 May for sure. Beste regards, Edgar

      Sent from my mobile. Please excuse the brevity, spelling and punctuation.




  2. Profile photo of Claudia Iudica
    Claudia

    Hi Edgar, no problem. Glad it’s fixed. 🙂 I will think about joining. Have a good weekend, Claudia.




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  1. Profile photo of Claudia Iudica
    Claudia

    Hi Edgar, is this event taking place on the 28th or the 30th of May? The email dates says 28 but here it says 30.

    Thanks, Claudia.




    1. Profile photo of Edgar Hütte
      Edgar Post author

      Thanks Claudia. How stupid from me. IT is 30 May for sure. Beste regards, Edgar

      Sent from my mobile. Please excuse the brevity, spelling and punctuation.




  2. Profile photo of Claudia Iudica
    Claudia

    Hi Edgar, no problem. Glad it’s fixed. 🙂 I will think about joining. Have a good weekend, Claudia.




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  1. Profile photo of Claudia Iudica
    Claudia

    Hi Edgar, is this event taking place on the 28th or the 30th of May? The email dates says 28 but here it says 30.

    Thanks, Claudia.




    1. Profile photo of Edgar Hütte
      Edgar Post author

      Thanks Claudia. How stupid from me. IT is 30 May for sure. Beste regards, Edgar

      Sent from my mobile. Please excuse the brevity, spelling and punctuation.




  2. Profile photo of Claudia Iudica
    Claudia

    Hi Edgar, no problem. Glad it’s fixed. 🙂 I will think about joining. Have a good weekend, Claudia.