Exhibition ‘Witches’ - Exhibition ‘Witches’
Project dates: from 27 October 2021 to 16 January 2022
Persecuted since the end of the Middle Ages, witches are making a comeback as a symbol of feminist affirmation and transgression. As objects of fear or fascination, they have crossed imaginations and eras, from demonic figures to the group W.I.T.C.H in 1968 and its contemporary reinterpretation by the queer and feminist movements. To understand this evolution, the exhibition plunges the visitor into the heart of witchcraft trials, fairy tales, painting and cinema. A captivating scenography, designed by the students of La Cambre, highlights nearly 400 old and current works from 40 museums in Belgium and beyond. For a year, students from the Interior Architecture and Visual and Graphic Communication workshops worked as a team to create the exhibition. The ‘Witches’ exhibition was developed by the ULB cultural service in collaboration with the City of Brussels, the KBR Museum (exhibition ‘Witches Before the Letter’) and ENSAV (La Cambre), and hosted by Espace Vanderborght.
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.
Ground Floor Festival - Association des Commerçants du Carrefour Jean Monnet (ACCJM asbl)
Project dates: 20 to 25 September 2021
The ACCJM, in collaboration with the non-profit association TAVU, organised a street art festival on the ground in the European district: the Ground Festival. Thanks to the financial support of the City of Brussels and the excellent partnership with TAVU, which took care of the whole artistic dimension of the operation, the project was innovative and inspiring for the district. What did the project involve? Six European street artists, each coming from one of the six founding countries of the European Union, depicted their vision of “Fauna and Flora in the future” on the pavements running alongside the European Commission on the Rue Archimède and Rue Stévin sides. These urban artworks will be visible until around May 2022 when they will have been eroded by time, the passing of pedestrians and bad weather.
Brussels Planetarium Poetry Fest (BPPF) - Planetarium Brussels
Project dates: 10 to 11 September 2021
The Brussels Planetarium Poetry Fest (BPPF) is a poetry festival but also more than that. Under the magnificent dome of the planetarium, words, images and sounds merged harmoniously without language barriers. The festival opened up the world of poetry and made it accessible, through the interaction of words with images of the cosmos. Visitors were able to enjoy the artistic talent of the performers, enhanced with amazing images. The aim was to offer a new approach to poetry. The BPPF is a co-creation by Willemsfonds vzw, Philip Meersman and Planetarium Brussels. The co-creation enabled each of the three partners to contribute their unique expertise, such that the whole was more than the sum of its parts.
Día de Muertos in the Marolles - MetX vzw & Centre Culturel Bruegel
Project dates: 1 to 6 November 2021
In Brussels, there is nowhere outside the religious sphere where people can come together to remember and celebrate their deceased loved ones. For this reason, artists, residents and organisations in the Marolles took the initiative to together create a modern and “zinneke” version of the Mexican Day of the Dead or Día de Muertos. It all began in 2018, when the Mexican musician Israel Alonso wished to share his native culture by honouring the dead with the residents of the Marolles district. A large group of artists, supporters and associations then decided to organise a real annual festival. With a participative component and multidisciplinary performances in public spaces, Día de Muertos takes Mexican traditions as a starting point and adds new elements supplied by the different communities in the city. The result? A new collective ceremony, that is colourful and totally “zinneke”.