May 12, 2000: Frans has completed a Brueghel-type bagpipe which is to be presented to an American piper by a group of friends as a birthday surprise, thus fulfilling a lifelong dream. |
May 27, 2000: A big parade of more than 4000 participants walked the
avenues of Brussels, Belgium.
Brussels is the cultural capital of Europe this year and for that reason
there was a "Zinneke" parade. ("Zinneke" is another word for street-dog.) All types of performances were
gathered, like dancing, djembe, jazz, ethnic music, theatre and 45 bagpipe
and hurdy-gurdy players. The costumes were designed by local artists.
~ F.H. For two photos of the parade, click here.
June 19, 2000: A group of children from the basic school " De Arke" in
Friesland will give a concert for parents and friends. They had a bagpipe course for three months, playing the stars
from the sky. This project was subsidized by the Stichting Draailier en Doedelzak, giving the children the
possibility to discover the bagpipe as a musical instrument. ~ F.H. For a photo of the group and the story in Dutch, click here.