Free erotica books at 'Pornotopia'
19 July 2006, BRUSSELS — Despite its failure to attract swathes of visitors, the recent open air erotica festival Imagination 69 is still causing a stir.
19 July 2006
BRUSSELS — Despite its failure to attract swathes of visitors, the recent open air erotica festival Imagination 69 is still causing a stir.
In the past few days, droves of Geraardsbergen youth and even a large number of elderly residents have been seen at the field where the festival was held.
No, they didn't get their dates wrong: instead visitors to the field can rummage around for free in thousands of sex books left behind by the festival.
The field has become a dumping ground filled with boxes of sex and erotica books.
"The news has spread like a fire," nearby resident 17-year-old Matthias Roggeman said.
Confirmation came from his mother Marianne: "I have seen MSN chats where the place is described as Pornotopia".
"The visitors rush here and can immediately start a collection with DVDs and magazines with scarcely veiled names such as 'Foxy' and 'Lust'.
"Some of them even want to start a business. I had immediately reported my concerns to police."
Poor visitor turnout is said to be the reason why so many books were left behind.
Earlier, the festival had become embroiled in a mud fight between organiser Didier Verduyn and Mayor Guido De Padt.
The dispute centered on a contract in which Verduyn agreed with De Padt to pay EUR 50,000 to have police maintain public order at the festival. The contact was unique in Belgium.
Verduyn later refused to pay the bill and published a photo on 14 July showing a police officer posing between two topless women. "This is the naked truth that the police did not do its work," he said.
He said the photo shows how the officers did not take their job seriously.
De Padt said Verduyn had left a voicemail message asking the mayor to call him back, leaving a warning that failure to do so would result in the publication of the photo.
When the photo appeared in a newspaper the next day, De Padt contacted federal police complaining of blackmail.
De Padt said Verduyn was pleased with the police contract up until night of 9 July, the last day of the weekend festival.
He said instead of 30,000 paying visitors, there were just 6,000 to 8,000 visitors, claiming further that Verduyn then tried to renege on the police contract.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news