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ook Melville was the basis for a multidimensional spectacle in 2016 in Havana, presenting a combination of comic books, music and visual projection. Dance is another traditional part of the Belgian week. Some of the Belgian choreographers such as Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Wim Vandekeybus or Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker are well known in Cuba. The avant garde performance by the dance company of Irène K. during the last Belgian week captured the Cuban audience both during an indoor performance as a performance on a Cuban market place on a Saturday evening. It goes without saying that the traditional Cuban dances remain highly appreciated in Belgium. The classical plastic arts like paintings remain a focal point. During the Belgian week of 2017 the Belgian painter Piet Raemdonck exposed his work in the cultural centre Wifredo Lam in Havana, which was named after one of the most famous Cuban painters of the 20th century. Sculptures will most likely be part of the Belgian week of 2018. Photography was also present during the Belgian week in 2017 with among others a photo exhibition of both Belgian and Cuban comic book illustrators. The Belgian week always looks for new art forms. In 2017 “design” was introduced for the first time among the activities. The Thomas More University College in Belgium sent a group of 5 professors and 22 design students, who created interior design scale models, along with Cuban design students. The reference to professors and teachers brings me to the next point, which is the relationship between the cultural and academic exchange. Several Belgian professors shared information on the history of Belgian cinema and photography with a Cuban audience. This exchange is part of an effort to demonstrate the impact of the academic cooperation on the cities of the universities involved. Cultural heritage is one of the subjects among the topics of the bilateral academic cooperation. A Belgian week not only fosters relationships between Belgian and Cuban artists. Contacts between Belgian artists, students and academics receive an incentive as well. It’s ironic that Belgian artists have to cross the Ocean to interact. At the same time, it’s reassuring to see that these contacts lead to new projects and cooperation. Therefore, the future of the Belgian week in Cuba seems guaranteed. 164 Semana Belga en Cuba, Havana, November 2017

© Rovier Mesa PATRICK VAN GHEEL Professional Experience From 31 August 2015 - …: Ambassador of Belgium in Cuba Address: Embassy of Belgium in Cuba, Calle 8 No. 309, entre 3ra y 5ta, Miramar Playa, La Habana Tel: + 53 7 204 24 10 E –mail: patrick.vangheel@diplobel.fed.be Born in Schoten (Belgium) on 16.05.1973 Married Two children http://www.diplomatie.belgium.be/ 08.2012 – 8.2015: Federal Public Service of Foreign Affairs, Director for multilateral trade within the Directorate General of European Affairs 08.2008 – 08.2012: First Secretary in the Permanent Representation of Belgium with the United Nations in Geneva 11.2004 – 07.2008: First Secretary in the Permanent Representation of Belgium with the OECD in Paris 10.2003 – 10.2004: Diplomatic advisor to the Minister of Home Affairs 10.2000 – 10.2003: Attaché in the Permanent Representation of Belgium with the European Union in Brussels 02.1999 – 08.1999: Attaché in the Embassy of Belgium in Ottawa Started his career at Foreign Affairs on 01.10.1998 Academic background Master of Law 165