Awards results 2022

On Thursday 21 April, seven creative initiatives from Brussels that left their mark on 2021 were honoured at the visit.brussels Awards ceremony. This year's winners were chosen by the general public and by a jury made up of members of the various professional associations of the tourism sector, the academic world and the press.

Discover the winners for each category !

  • BEST CREATIVE ALTERNATIVE

    Brussels Jazz Weekend Balcony Edition - vzw Jazz Projects asbl
    Project dates: 29 May to 30 November 2021
    To follow the current health measures, Brussels Jazz Weekend revised the formula of its famous festival by organising semi-acoustic open air concerts from a balcony that is emblematic of the various Brussels municipalities. Each concert could be heard by 50 seated music lovers. Cycle routes even guided the most sporty listeners from one municipality to another. All Brussels musicians were also invited to give a mini-concert from their own window or balcony on Saturday 29 Many between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m.  In this way, live music could be heard throughout the Brussels-Capital Region as a sign of hope. Brussels Jazz Weekend – Balcony Edition was not a real festival, but rather a journey of musical discovery.

  • BRUSSELS ON STAGE

    Chose Qui Bouge – VOLTA
    Project date: 26 April to 30 December 2021
    Chose Qui Bouge is a Belgian digital festival that presents emerging musicians in an intimate and exclusive setting. The concerts are professionally filmed with subtle lighting and studio-quality sound. The aim of this project is to reach a few important players in the musical landscape, in addition to the audience. Chose Qui Bouge was born following the closure of concerts venues. VOLTA had to adapt to the new regulations. The original idea of having a limited audience to watch performances was dropped, but this pushed the film crew to film them as faithfully as possible to recreate the experience of a live performance for the audience and the musician(s). Thanks to their collaboration with Decoratelier, they were able to recreate magical moments on the screen. The videos were first broadcast by VICE.BE.  It is one of the most ambitious projects produced by VOLTA to date.

  • AUDACIOUS NEW PROJECT

    Pay What You Can - Kaaitheater asbl
    Project dates: 9 June to 19 December 2021
    In line with their new motto ‘How to be Many’, the Kaaitheater is trying to make tickets accessible to as many people as possible. This is why it has chosen an à la carte payment system. Each show has a suggested price, which used to be the standard price. It's up to the public to decide whether this ticket price suits their current financial situation... or not. If a lower price enables them to come to the theatre more easily, they are free to choose this price. You can also pay a higher price to enable others to pay less. The traditional discount system does not therefore apply in this new system. The Paspartoe & Article27 prices remain valid for those entitled to them.

  • CO-CREATION

    Grand Hospice x Jardin - Pali Pali
    Project date: since 1 July 2021
    Pali Pali, an accelerator of cultural, social and solidarity projects, is managing the temporary occupation of the Pacheco site until December 2023 under the name Grand Hospice. The programme includes a cultural and social third place offering a variety of collective services and activities to inhabitants of the surrounding neighbourhoods, and beyond. Following a call for projects to occupy the spaces, over 150 applications were received to turn this historic site into a meeting and drop-in point in the district. The goal is to group together several complementary activities, to provide a mediation and drop-in centre and to use social innovation. Pali Pali is partnerinng with Jardin to manage the gardens and the open-air café. Jardin transforms spaces into breathtaking place where the emphasis is always on the experience.

  • SUSTAINABLE INITIATIVE

    Hearth Project : Rethinking food for all - H.EART.H PROJECT
    Project date: throughout 2021
    Hearth Project is a non-profit association created in December 2019 by the chef Elliott Van de Velde and Adeline Barras, with the goal of raising awareness of food wastage and giving vulnerable people access to good quality meals. The non-profit association collects unsold goods from large retailers and transforms them on a daily basis with the help of volunteers into complete and nutritional meals that are sold to associations. Heart Project has a strong network of partnerships with both companies in the food industry and charities that purchase meals at low prices. Alongside this and in order to finance its activities, the non-profit association has for 2 years been organising awareness-raising gastronomic events using unsold food products. In 2022, it will open its fine-dining restaurant where the reuse of the products collected is the order of the day and the profits of which will be used entirely to finance the distribution of meals during charity events.

  • SOLIDARITY INITIATIVE

    J'appelle un étudiant - ASBL 1Toit2Ages
    Project dates: 1 January to 30 May 2021
    The non-profit organisation 1Toit2Ages aims to promote intergenerational relationships by putting students looking for accommodation in touch with seniors who have a spare room, and vice versa. In 2021, in order to combat everyone’s loneliness during lockdown, the non-profit organisation launched its project ‘Solidarité Covid’ (Covid Solidarity). Numerous actions were set up. On the student side, young people were faced with major financial difficulties in paying their rent or simply feeding themselves. 1ToitAges therefore organised the delivery of food parcels. Following the ‘Call a senior’ campaign launched in April 2020, the organisation set up the major ‘Call a student’ campaign, in order to support students who had lost motivation. On the senior side, the most disadvantaged also received a parcel. The whole team planned regular calls to the elderly to ensure that they were not suffering from the ongoing situation. Finally, New Year’s gifts were delivered door to door. That was the perfect opportunity for a get-together or a chat on the doorstep, with the necessary social distancing.

  • BEST B2B CONGRESS/EVENT

    IAH Congress 2021- MCI Benelux S.A.
    Project dates: 6 to 10 September 2021
    IAH2021 "Inspiring Groundwater" is the 2021 edition of the annual conference of the International Association of Hydrogeologists, organised by its Belgian branch (association CBH-BCH). Water is a basic product, even though it is essential to life. IAH2021 was an opportunity to discuss all the issues from ground water, climate change, the pollution of resources, the chemistry of water, geothermal and mineral springs, cross-border aquifers and the artificial recharge of aquifers. In total, 17 topics were put forward for one week to scientists in the global community of hydrogeologists.