Origami For Life - Charles Kaisin sprl
Project date: March 2020
Origami for Life is a participatory art initiative developed by designer Charles Kaisin. He asked the Belgian population to make origamis out of recycled paper. For each origami received, public and private sponsors committed to donating €5 to the Erasmus Fund to support research into and the fight against COVID-19. In total, more than 20,000 origamis were received, amounting to €101,625 in donations. More than 6,000 people came to the KANAL - Centre Pompidou museum to admire this work of solidarity. The work then travelled to the Cathedral of St Michael and St Gudula and to the Royal Saint-Hubert Galleries before being moved once again to the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, where it will remain until the end of 2021.
Circus in the City – Espace Catastrophe Project date: from November 2020 to March 2021
At the height of the 2nd lockdown, Espace Catastrophe showcased the circus with its Circus in the City project. 29 circus artists brought life to seven bistros that were closed in seven Brussels communes. Based on a random schedule and times that were not advertised – to avoid gatherings – the artists gave brand-new performances, created in situ, offering passers-by a few furtive and ephemeral moments of exchange, off-stage and off-camera. During these three and a half months, Circus in the City gave the city a new lease of life, re-connecting artists with audiences and (re)creating lost links.
Brussels Short Film Festival - Un Soir... Un Grain asbl
Project date: September 2020
For 23 years, the Brussels Short Film Festival has been showcasing short films in all their glory! The festival has constantly developed to become a major event, not only in Belgium but also abroad, both for the public and for professionals across the world (directors, producers, international buyers of short films, distributors and festival organisers). Since 2018, the BSFF has been recognised by the Academy as a qualifier for the Oscars. In 2020, the Brussels Short Film Festival was held with live audiences. 157 short films were shown to the public as part of the competitions and presented in themed slideshows. These including sessions designed especially for young audiences, not to mention a programme of activities organised for professionals.
Brussels Gallery Weekend - Brussels Art Days
Project dates: 3 to 6 September 2020
The Brussels Gallery Weekend is an annual event which celebrates the start of a new season for the Brussels art scene in the beginning of September. 2020 saw a new Brussels Gallery Weekend that had been entirely rethought. 38 galleries opened, with an abundant programme of free events, projects initiated with the charitable sector, a bold new website and the unmissable Generation Brussels exhibition. The exhibition included 12 young talented artists, transformed into an experience through gallery windows. In the presence of big names such as Lionel Estève, Lynda Benglis and Richard Aldrich, the Brussels Gallery Weekend appealed to art lovers and collectors in the capital. As an ambassador for the Brussels art scene and having taken place every year for the past thirteen, this event highlighted the dynamism of the sector more than ever, as well as the know-how and talent that spread their influence far beyond our borders.
Falcons for everyone 2020: nature is not in lockdown! – The Museum of Natural Sciences
Project date: 2020
The lockdown made it impossible to set up the traditional Brussels peregrine falcons observation post on the forecourt of the Cathedral of St Michael and St Gudula. The Museum of Natural Sciences, therefore, enabled the public to follow this saga on the website fauconspelerins.be. The blog described the falcons' everyday life, their nesting cycle and the natural history of peregrine falcons in Brussels and beyond. And the visitors' enthusiasm could not be held back, with hundreds of e-mails received. The surprising spectacle of the Brussels falcons was observed in more than 100 countries, by more than 360,000 visitors. A successful sixteenth edition indeed!