Kelly Brook - A model of British beauty
Brosella, a summer music festival known for being a little more relaxed than some of its cohorts, will offer jazz and folk performances at Théâtre de la Verdure (that's the outdoor theater in Parc d'Osseghem, near the Atomium) during the weekend of July 11-12. The city of Brussels coordinates and pays for the event, so any visitor hoping to de-stress or discover new favorite artists can stop in to enjoy the music for free — however, those who wish to support the festival can purchase a €5 entry bracelet and use it to get a €1 discount on all drinks served within. (Those, sadly, are not free.) For a full list of acts and other information, visit the festival's official website!
About 2 million people attend this ten-day music and theater festival in Ghent each year, making it one of the largest city-based festivals in all of Europe. This year's program includes old-school rock acts like The Scabs, the theatrical cover band Les Truttes and a special selection of performances for families with young children.
Since its creation in 1893 and subsequent revitalization in 1969, Gentse Feesten has become the center of multiple late July events in the city: visitors who stop by may also enjoy investigating the Ghent Jazz Festival, which will this year feature Lady Gaga and Van Morrison, the International Street Theater Festival (also called MiramirO) and Boomtown, an alternative music festival held in the historic Kouter square. Most of these events are in Dutch, but the Ghent Comedy Festival features a few acts in English each year. We'll keep you updated on specific acts and ticket prices as official venues release more information!
Antipodes Voyages, the 25-year specialist of Australia in Belgium, will be hosting an exclusive trip in September 2015 to Australia. The trip will be guided by Antipodes Voyages owner Marc Lambert, who will show Australian areas only he knows about. One of the highlights of the trip will be journeying to a rainforest to meet koala bears and cassowaries.
Antipodes Voyages also hosts trips in Fiji, New Caledonia, New Zealand and Tahiti. The company was founded in 1989 on the basis of a love for Australia and a love for discovery. The company is composed of 9 experts who have all lived and adventured in Australia. The tour company visits such large urban cities as Brisbane, Darwin, Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney.
For more information on the September trip or the company, visit its website at www.antipodes.travel.
Together Magazine tracked down actress and model Kelly Brook to find out what she’s been doing in Belgium and where she’s planning to go next
Kelly Brook’s choice of designers for a night out are Bruce Oldfield or Marchesa for red carpet events; when she’s sitting in the front row at fashion events she says she would opt for Isabel Marant, and for every day she wears J Brand jeans and the American Vintage label. But the designer names and up-market labels this British actress and model normally sports haven’t prevented her from promoting a range of glamorous party clothes for the high street chain New Look – she’s been working with them since 2007 - featured here in some of our photos.
Constantly photographed wherever she goes, Brook suggests investing in good shoes and handbags: “They always make an outfit look more expensive,” she explains. She tends not to follow fashion trends herself, but says she dresses for her shape. “I love the 1950s, so always try to find outfits that nip me in at the waist,” she says.
CLASSIC BUT SEXY
“I like to think my style is classic, but sexy,” she says – a bit of an understatement from someone who has graced the cover of the American edition of Playboy. “Being on the cover of Playboy was a career high point - everyone from Cindy Crawford to Naomi Campbell has done it.”
Having studied at London’s Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, Brook started modelling professionally when she was 16 and swiftly rose to national prominence, followed by international recognition. With numerous films and TV acting and presenting roles to her credit, as well as several stage plays, and currently shooting for both television and cinema, Brook claims to prefer modelling to acting.
“I enjoy being on location,” she explains. “Modelling has taken me all over the world and I have worked with everyone from David Bailey to Ellen Von Unwerth, who shot the American Playboy cover. I am into clothes and style and I just love great photography.” Brook is also somewhat of an entrepreneur, with perfume and clothing among the lines that carry her name.
"REMAIN POSITIVE AND DON’T LOSE FAITH IN YOURSELF"
Clutching her treasured Hermes Birkin bag – contents: Chanel lipsticks, iPhone and credit card – Brook advises anyone aiming for a similar career to “rise above the critics and keep moving forward”. The secret, she says, is to “remain positive and don’t lose faith in yourself”.
With the eyes of just about everyone in the world on her figure, Brook concedes it is important for her to stay in shape and says she believes a balanced diet and exercise are vital, working out when she can with partner Thom Evans, a former Scotland International rugby player who is currently sprint training for the next Commonwealth Games.
“We have a fab recreation ground near where we live in London,” says Brook. “We go to the track and he gives me drills and exercises to do - I usually can’t walk for days afterwards, but I always see great results.”
Brook says she tries to eat regularly and never diets. “I love dancing and loathe going to the gym, so I have to enjoy exercise. I like walking my dog, riding my bike and Pilates.”
She partners Boris Johnson to promote the Mayor of London’s Sky Ride, part of a national campaign to get one million people cycling regularly by 2013. She is also employed by Reebok to front workout videos. But admits she remains partial to cups of tea and biscuits – the British HobNobs brand, to be precise.
Brook has recently been in Belgium’s Waterloo shooting part of an upcoming live action series for French television of Metal Hurlant based on the French cult comic books. “My episode is Masters of Destiny and I co-star with Joe Flanigan of Stargate Atlantis fame,” she explains. “We have eaten some great meals and drunk far too much, but are having a great time.”
Next stop is Belfast to play the femme fatale in a comedy with British comedian Leigh Francis, based on his alter ego Keith Lemon, to be released in the summer of 2012 – called Keith Lemon: The Film, it sees Lemon following his dreams of becoming a successful entrepreneur, just like his hero Richard Branson.
Brook divides her time between London and Los Angeles, and says she’s planning to spend more time working in LA during 2012. She also owns a farmhouse in Kent where she’s intending to spend Christmas.
“I will be with my family in Kent building log fires and wearing silly Christmas jumpers. I am hoping to go somewhere warm for New Year, so maybe St Barths,” she muses, planning in any case to see in the New Year wherever she is in with Thom Evans.
All photos by Ben Riggott for New Look