8:00 AM08:00

Professional Development Workshop for Teachers -- The Changing Face of Alabama's Schools Spotlight on Belgium

April 30th A one day workshop featuring experts from Belgium along with regional and national presenters on Belgium history and culture. All sessions are grade-level specific and feature hands-on activities that can be immediately taken back and used in the classroom. Teachers earn state-approved professional development credit hours and take away resource materials, including lesson plans and CDs.

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5:00 PM17:00

“To Belgium and Back” – an artist exchange mini show between Birmingham and Belgium

 The Naked Art Gallery is participating in an artist exchange mini show from April 15th to May 7th. This exhibit will feature several Belgian artists here in The Naked Gallery, while the work of several  Birmingham artists will be displayed in L'Art d'En Brasser in Brussels, Belgium.

April 15th, these Belgian artists will be featured:

Anne B

Kathy Lecocq

Pascal Delsaute

Vinciane Cambier

Event info:

Opening reception in sync with Third Friday in Forest Park and Tour de Loo*
Friday, April 15th: 5 – 8 pm.

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7:00 PM19:00

Ambassador's Dinner - Belgium

Ambassador's Dinner Honoring
His Excellency
Johan Verbeke
Ambassador of Belgium to the United States

Black-tie event

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Individual Tickets: $175

Gold Table (8 tickets): $1,250
(includes program recognition)

Platinum Table (8 tickets): $2,500
(includes preferred seating & program recognition)


His Excellency, Johan Verbeke was born July 9, 1951, in Ghent, Belgium. Verbeke had his first diplomatic posting to the United States in 1994, when he was named deputy chief of mission in Belgium’s Washington embassy. In 2000 Verbeke was named chef de cabinet, or chief of staff, for Belgium’s minister of European Affairs, and in 2002 he took a similar job for the minister of Foreign Affairs. He was appointed as ambassador of Belgium to the United States in 2014.

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US-Belgium Business Roundtable
8:30 AM08:30

US-Belgium Business Roundtable

Gateway to Europe

In an effort to identify shared opportunities and assist increasing trade and investment between Alabama and Belgium, The International Center, as part of its Spotlight on Belgium, is planning a half-day conference. Senior executives, business leaders, government officials, and community leaders from Alabama and Belgium will discuss common issues, networking, and agenda setting for future business exchanges.


Invited Guest Speakers Include:
1. Johan Verbeke, Belgian Ambassador to the United States
2. Greg Canfield, Secretary, AL Department of Commerce
3. Yves Dubus, Belgian Trade and Investment Commissioner, Wallonia-Brussels Regions Foreign Trade and Investment Agency
4. Bill Hightower, Alabama State Senator, Co-Chairman of the Spotlight on Belgium
5. Anton Mertons, President-American Belgium Chamber of the South.

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Entire Event: $100.00

Lunch Only: $55.00

Check-In/Registration at 8:30am
Conference at 9:00am
Lunch at 12:00pm

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