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Connecting digitally on Flanders Day

11 July 2020

General Representative Dr Geraldine Reymenants message on Flanders Day

Dear partners, stakeholders, friends and compatriots in southern Africa

We are saddened that our annual Flanders Day reception cannot take place this year, but we are happy we can reach out to you virtually.

Flanders Day, or the Day of the Flemish Community, goes back to the Battle of the Golden Spurs in 1302. This year we battle again, against a virus which has taken away the possibility of personal social contact. Therefore we cannot meet with you to raise a glass, enjoy some music and reflect on the past year of cooperation and cultural, academic and economic exchanges between Flanders and southern Africa.

But we can share and enjoy those things in another way. Over the past week we have posted a series of five videos on social media that celebrate a number of excellent cooperation projects between Flanders and South Africa.

Pandemic or no pandemic – lockdowns notwithstanding – music, poetry and art will always uplift us, while issues such as climate change continue to challenge us. Life goes on and we must continue to live and work differently. These short films are a testimony to a happy past, and better times ahead.

It is our sincere hope that next year we will be together again. This year, however, we are connecting digitally with you.

Click to view:

Video message Jan Jambon, Minister-President of the Government of Flanders

Video message Geraldine Reymenants, General Representative of the Government of Flanders in southern Africa

Video message Luc Fabry, Trade & Investment Commissioner, Flanders Investment & Trade


Flanders Day Online: Two Brothers From Another Sea

Flanders Day Online: Street Art

Flanders Day Online: Jazz

Flanders Day Online: Literature

Flanders Day Online: Climate Change Adaptation


Representation of the Government of Flanders in Pretoria, South Africa




February/March 2020








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