This weekend, for two days people who visit the magnificent fortress of La Roche-en-Ardenne towering over the town are catapulted to medieval times. And then we are talking about twelve, thirteen, fourteen century to be more specific. But, don’t be misguided. Till ‘now’ we are still dealing with this time period.
Leather, wood, metal, stones… are used in the European, prehispanic jewellery designs of Raul Perdomo Vincent and his brother. ‘Art sans Frontières, Perdomo Vincent Martin’ is a family workshop in Brussels. Father Omar, an artist himself, taught his sons the traditional techniques of jewellery making. In the jewellery of Raul and his brother old methods are transformed. They use forging techniques, objects are made by heating, beating or hammering,….as medieval craftsmen did. The work of the brothers you can only find at traditional markets.
In the Middle Ages, falconry played an important role and symbolized status. Falconry is still practiced in many countries. In our country falconry is more used for reviving medieval celebrations. The Belgium ‘Andy Van den Dries’ is since last year the falconer in the castle. This year thirteen birds can be observed. Fifty percent are participating during three performances. The others are in training. Andy gives already nine years professional demonstrations with birds of prey. Trust between the falconer and the bird is most important. To win the bird’s confidence you have to work on it. And then Andy talks about putting the bird as much as possible on your hand, taking the bird out for walks… The bird has to consider you as a partner. Dogs and horses for example need a boss. Birds don’t know this hierarchy. Laws for legally keeping birds of prey in captivity are strict but fair and necessary as they are a highly protected species.