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Today’s pictures were taken during the festival IJzerwake. The radical Flemish minded orgainsation VZW IJzerwake organises this event to remember the soldiers who died in the frontline of the 1st World War. They also strive for an independant republic of Flanders in stead of the Kingdom of Belgium. The Flemish lion is the symbol of there reasoning. The lion appears on flags, umbrellas, scarfs, etc. These believers pass on their way of thinking to their kids. So on the event you have children with a very scary face. They are drilled to perform perfect in the music band.

Last year was the first time I went there and I was really scared to see this part of the society. I was shocked by hearing and seeing them singing extreme songs. You, as a foreigner, will never be able to see this part of the Belgian (euh, Flemish) culture. So I post some pictures to give you an inside view.

IJzerwake flags

IJzerwake music band

IJzerwake child

IJzerwake flag

IJzerwake children


8 responses

  1. Nice images Evy. Well done!

    August 20, 2007 at 11:22 am

  2. Via Jimmy hier terechtgekomen. Ook hier knappe en veelzeggende foto’s!

    August 21, 2007 at 6:59 pm

  3. vallalar

    Great pictures. I’m certainly passing the link to this blog on to some expats (will save me some time explaining 🙂

    August 22, 2007 at 5:24 am

  4. maarten

    Als er “bange kindergezichten” waren, kon je dan vrij rondlopen =?

    August 22, 2007 at 12:01 pm

  5. Strong work! I like this kind of photography. I’m wondering if they let you photograph everything. Did you encounter any problems?

    August 30, 2007 at 3:19 pm

  6. Evy

    @Serge: Great to hear you like the pictures. No, I did not have any problems to take pictures. These people are proud on their Flemish roots, so they are keen to show this. My friend Jimmy Kets also went and he had someone who got a little bit aggressive. You can check out his blog with pictures on:

    September 3, 2007 at 8:06 am

  7. Bert

    nice pictures but I think you’re opinion in the commentary is very subjective! On the IJzerwake is everybody welcome who’s standing behind the ideals of a independant Flanders (or a re-united Netherlands). Even coloured people!!!
    what is right is the radical atitude of those people but you have to see that in perspective. Those people went first to the IJzerbedevaart at Diksmuide where right-winged, left-winged, … people were accepted with the same ideals as the IJzerwake. The IJzerbedevaart developed to a less radical way (with Belgium if we can and without when it’s necessary) and started to promote a multicultural Flanders in Belgium. right-winged nationalists were not keen with that idea because the primary lost his importance (INDEPENDANCE OF FLANDERS and NEVER WAR AGAIN!) and started their own IJzerbedevaart called the IJzerwake. Not all those people are racist, radical right,….
    I hope one day the IJzerwake and IJzerbedevaart are re-united and the struggles in the Flemish Movement are over!!! Left or right… WE HAVE THE SAME IDEALS!
    By the way: those children didn’t look very scared 🙂 Those children are member of the Flemisch scout and there they learn to play the instruments.

    September 4, 2007 at 10:45 pm

  8. Evy

    @Bert: Thanks for your input. It is good you give another view of this event, most of the media only focus on the racist and radical aspect.

    September 5, 2007 at 10:55 am

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