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.

  • 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...

  • 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.