SUSTAINABLE INITIATIVE 2019

  • Festival Jam'in Jette Outdoor 2019 - 9th edition

    A free event that has taken place in the Parc de la Jeunesse in Jette since 2008, the Jam’in Jette Outdoor Festival has developed a strong identity and attracts a multicultural, multigenerational crowd to come and enjoy its artistically eclectic and rich entertainment programme.
    As well as a festival of world music performed by bands from everywhere and from every genre, it also offers a host of extra artistic activities (art in the street, creative and interactive workshops,...) for everyone.
    The Jam’in Jette Outdoor brings many cultures together, with the help of staff, the public and artists. Multiculturalism doesn’t express itself through individuals, but it certainly enriches communities. If there’s a big mix of music on offer, the public is even more diverse. The 2019 edition was a huge success and brought more than 15,000 people together over two days.
    So, the team behind the organisation is ramping up for 2020 and is determined to make the Jam’in Jette Outdoor festival a success once more. L'asbl Kwa! believes fervently in this project and, above all, in the importance of developing this type of event in Brussels! In 2020, Jam’in Jette will celebrate its tenth anniversary!
    Jam’in Jette Outdoor is a group of projects delivered by very different people, who have all come together in a global and collective project. As the years have passed, different teams have formed. They have got stronger with each year and haven’t stopped evolving. So, every team and every partner at the event develops a little bit of the festival.
    We encourage this melting pot of styles, cultures and generations. Giving everyone access to culture is hugely important to us. That’s why the Jam’in Jette festival is, and will always be, free!! On the other hand, we are also suggesting that the public becomes a partner before becoming a consumer.

  • Des Blocs - La Cité Modèle

    Every summer, the non-profit making associations “Les Meutes” and “Cityzen” organise creative and interactive workshops (music, film, photography, theatre, radio, calligraphy...) at the Cité Modèle in Laeken, with residents from the district. It targets and inspires different members of the public: from children and young people, to pensioners...Then, during the “Festival of the Blocks” in September, these creations are prominently displayed in the district’s various nooks and crannies, alongside works by internationally renowned and emerging artists. Finally, in the months after the festival, the workshop creations leave for the “Tour of the Blocks” around different cultural locations outside the Cité Modèle, to Brussels and abroad.

    The project has three goals: to contribute to social cohesion, to promote the talent pool and bring the architectural heritage of the Cité Modèle to an international audience.

  • Ferme urbaine

    Maximilien Park Farm is a place that’s largely ignored by the public and provides an unusual and rural atmosphere in the centre of town. Actually, very few people know of its existence: ponies, donkeys, goats, sheep, rabbits, chickens, peacocks, geese and ducks live together in harmony in a little rural corner at the very north tip of the Pentagon (Brussels’ historic centre) and not far from the blue-toned towers of the Northern Quarter...
    The farm dates from 1988 and organises urban activities for educational purposes. Managed as a non-profit association; Yves Wauters has been the director since 2015, and the alderwoman of the City of Brussels, Mme Zoubida Jellab, has been the president since 2019.

    Its purpose: to teach about life on the farm to young people, adults, schools and associations nearby, who sometimes have no concept of country, or farm, life.
    To encourage an awareness of ecology, the teachers prepare observations of the farm animals. Once there, the children visit the farm, feed and look after the animals, discover the vegetable garden and its produce, wonder at the spiral and the bug hotel...

    This learning about nature leads to an awareness of the environment: recycled paper, waste disposal, composting, discovering natural or semi-natural ecosystems by observing the flora and fauna. They also learn about biodiversity, solar energy, the waste water treatment plant, the world of bees and making honey, building nesting boxes, preparing and baking bread in our wood-fired oven...

  • BE-HERE

    BE-HERE is the new activity hub a stone’s throw away from Tour& Taxi.

    The building welcomes businesses that are active in the sustainable and organic food sector and the circular economy, as well as cultural, social economy and wellbeing projects.

    Open to the public, BE-HERE is the new place to be, where you can taste different beers in La Source brewery, Kombucha from Goutzi, chocolate from Nao, granolas from Lily’s Granola and biscuits from MadLab. Here, you can get your groceries from the organic Market and then enjoy an organic and locally-sourced brunch made by Fermenthings, or a tailor-made lunch by My Healthy Box. You can even have your bike repaired by Bike Your Planet while taking part in a Skyfarms workshop, and let’s not forget all the other services, cultural or wellbeing projects that can also be found in this amazing, iconic, industrial building.

    In short, you can enjoy unique and sustainable experiences here!

  • Valérie Berckmans / SuperGreen Me

    Valérie Berckmans, in her « boutique-atelier » in the Dansaert neighbourhood, designs a line of clothing in a graphic and minimalist style, evoking an airy femininity often brightened up with particular détails.
    Each piece that leaves her workshop is crafted with fair trade, ecological or alternative materials (organic cotton, deadstock of fabrics, upcycled second-hand pieces). Furthermore, since the opening of the shop in 2006, together with her associate Meyrueis De Bruyn, they have chosen for an exclusively local production in Belgian and French workshops, perpetuating the artisanal atmosphere of yesteryear.

    SuperGreen Me, the adjacent shop, is their second project and participates to the same sustainable and local philosophy. This ecological concept store offers collections of ecological clothing and lingerie for the whole family, zero-waste cosmetics and a lot of everyday items in their ecological version.
    Valérie and Meyrueis’s zero waste project was born from this same philosophy. The fabric leftovers of Valérie Berckmans 's clothing production are used to create a whole series of new pièces, offering new stylistic, practical and circular perspectives. This is how are born, from “waste” traditionally destined for the garbage, a collection for children from 2 to 10 years old, a line of lingerie for men and women, make-up removal pads and washable sanitary napkins. All this is, of course, produced locally. The end of the chain is also of interest, because the smallest bits of unusable fabric are used to fill cushions.

    In their twin shops in the centrum of Brussels, nothing is lost, nothing is created, everything is transformed into ethical and ecological creations!

  • Green-In Town

    The sustainability of the events industry is under pressure. Each year, 23,500 tonnes of CO2 and 20,000 tonnes of CO2 are produced and 5,000,000,000 litres of fuel are consumed by festivals, in the United Kingdom alone. What’s more, electronic music events miss out on opportunities when they only offer music and food experiences. In this context, Green -In is a non-profit organisation that promotes electronic music events with the aim of making the public aware of climate issues. It helps them change their habits towards consuming more sustainably. In doing this, the association is proposing a review of the purpose of musical events with all kinds of participants. On 15 September 2019, Green in House organised an electronic music festival at Tour & Taxis, right in the heart of Brussels, entitled “Green in Town”. 4 DJs mixed the music, which ranged from House to Techno (Dense & Pika, Belben, Second Mood, VVVVV). Dense & Pika is an internationally renowned DJ (with millions of YouTube views and more than 60,000 followers on social media). By insisting on this, we want to make it clear that an event can be both sustainable and attractive, if you want to reach a public who is unaware of this. What’s more, it’s important to note that having such a famous artist in the centre of town, and with free entry, is very unusual. The bar only stocked local and Fairtrade drinks with brands such as Oxfam, Vodka Van Hoo, Sko’tiche, Gin Filliers and SPA. The food offer was exclusively vegetarian and/or vegan (As bean). Finally, we tried to reduce waste by only having reusable cups and limiting our use of cars. In addition to this environmentally responsible musical experience, we proposed a Green Village, made up of around ten stands run by social entrepreneurs who used this opportunity to present their products and/or services to our public.

  • Un Autre Bruxelles, le Bruxelles des Autres

    This is the creation of an alternative tourism guide to the districts of Brussels, in collaboration with 20 Brussels’ social cohesion associations who are proactive in the French language learning sector, in both literacy and FLE (French as a Foreign Language). It forms part of the storytelling workshops led in parallel by AlterBrussels in Brussels, and by other partners from the European network Migrantour in 10 other cities on the continent, as part of the European project Migrantour New Roots. Here, tourism plays the role of a vehicle for active exploration of the living environment and the appreciation of the students’ informal skills. The aim of this guide is to contribute to Brussels’ influence as an international city, while promoting its neighbourhoods, their special features and charm. It is equally about letting the people of Brussels speak, since they are the true ambassadors of the Brussels-Capital Region, and to reflect on another form of tourism that is inclusive and aimed at overall accessibility. Last but not least, this guide aims to reinforce the attractions of the Brussels’ neighbourhoods and to contribute to decongesting the very centre of town.

  • Bucolic Brussels

    Bucolic Brussels is the biggest festival of the car-free day. On 22 September 2019, the place royale, place des palais and Brussels Park were decked out like a festival in the countryside. On entering the park, numerous “villages” welcomed you and offered both entertainment and delicacies to try. Why not enjoy a concert, while sipping a local beer, in front of the palace? Have a chat with the farm animals...or preferably with friends, under a tree, in a hammock?  Zen spaces, foodtrucks, a village of local micro-breweries, open-air games, musical entertainment, topical awareness stands, different workshops...There was something for all tastes and ages at the 2019 edition of Bucolic Brussels!

  • Start small first: inspire the followers!

    This is a sustainable tourism pilot project entitled Start small first: inspire the followers. Its objective is to share the green philosophy of Dasos Kynthos Guest House, by encouraging guests and other B&B owners in the Brussels-Capital Region to undertake concrete actions, linked to the policies and strategies of the European Union - New Green Deal post 2020 - and the United Nations - 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the Agenda 2030. It is based on the principle that effective application of these policies improves knowledge of them and helps to develop collective awareness and commitment to sustainable development in everyday life. In this sense, the ambition of the project Start small first: inspire the followers is to develop, from the Brussels-Capital Region, an Eco-LAB cluster of bed and breakfasts, using the same sustainable management model and the same communication material.

  • Maker Faire Brussels 2019

    Maker Faire, the global festival of innovation, creativity and do-it-yourself, had its Brussels premiere on 6th and 7th December 2019 at SeeU in Ixelles. It was organised by the non-profit making association Brussels Creative and VO Citizen. 4,200 visitors discovered innovative projects and put new, digital era “do-it-yourself” practices to the test (invention, recycling, crafts, robotics, prototyping, 3D printing, laser cutting, etc). Over two days, the capital welcomed inventors, artists, creators, dreamers... Everything that Brussels, Belgium, Europe (France, the Netherlands, Germany, England...) can offer as passionate Makers, innovators, or citizens’ initiatives. Some Makers even came from the United States! Get together for the 2nd Brussels Maker Faire in the autumn of 2020!