Valentin Bianchi

Rush to Sweden
Location: Liège
Nationality: Belgian
Biography: Valentin Bianchi is a Freelance Photojournalist based in Liege, Belgium. Not far from the borders with Germany, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and France. He started his career as a Freelance Photographer in 2009. His journalistic work focuses on... read on
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Rush to Sweden
Credits: valentin bianchi
Updated: 05/11/20
Location: Hognoul
Following the spread of the Covid19 Coronavirus in Belgium and in order to fight effectively against it, Belgium has been placed under lockdown since 18 March 2020. Since then, non-essential stores have been closed. 
Following the latest announcements of the National Security Council, deconfinement has been in progress since May 4th. We are talking about a progressive end of containment. The first shops to reopen were haberdashers and other businesses for which teleworking was impossible. 
May 11th marks the beginning of the reopening of all shops except for the Horeca. 
Long before the opening of the Ikea store in Hognoul near Liège, hundreds of customers came to wait in line on the car park. Braving the wind and the cool morning. 
Meanwhile, the store's teams are preparing this massive arrival. Strict measures of social distancing must be respected and the respect of sanitary instructions as well. Not all services will be available at this reopening. 
It is 10 o'clock... Opening and reception of the first customer! 


By Valentin Bianchi —


Mont Legia, a transfer under Covid19 pandemic

By Valentin Bianchi / Liège — Liege, Belgium. March 20th, 2020. While the country is being hit hard by the Covid19 Coronavirus pandemic,..

Tokyo, a step into the future

By Valentin Bianchi / Ginza — Japan is often perceived as a country where technology is omnipresent. For a long time now, technological..

Setsubun Festival at Zojoji Temple in Tokyo

By Valentin Bianchi / Tokyo — Tokyo, Japan. February 3, 2020. Every year this festival, celebrated by thousands of Japanese people, aims..

Flee for Her

By Valentin Bianchi / Liège — Whether they are already mothers or not, whether they are from Guinea, Somalia or Djibouti, these women have..

Humanity is not pity

By Valentin Bianchi / Liège, Belgium — Since the dismantling of the Calais Jungle on February 29th, 2016, no European plan has been created to..

Inside The Red Zone

By Valentin Bianchi / Bra-sur-Lienne — February 3rd, 2011. Team of the Heliported Medical Center (CMH) from Bra-Sur-Lienne is called for an..

Human chain in Brussels

By Valentin Bianchi / Brussels — Citizen action at the initiative of the "Citizen Refugee Support Platform" managed to channel more than..

Anti-Islam Protest in Rotterdam, Netherlands

By Valentin Bianchi / Rotterdam, Netherlands — On January 20th, 2018, at the initiative of Geert Wilders, member of the extremist party PVV, an anti-Islam..

The Hope to Exist

By Valentin Bianchi / Gaza — A few weeks after the last bombardments on Gaza, life trying to recover. The destroyed buildings are almost..

The Final Step

By Valentin Bianchi / Grande Synthe — 2015 was undoubtedly the most difficult year in Europe’s on-going migration crisis. The latest estimations..

Stars & Rain

By Valentin Bianchi / Beijing — In April 2010, when I start my story about Victoire, a young autistic woman living in Belgium, questions..

Victoire, shared moments with a wonderful person

By Valentin Bianchi — Victoire is a 30 year-old young woman, living in Belgium. Raised in an artistic environment, her parents..
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