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Molenbeek for Brussels 2030 will be in spring

Brussels Brussels Photo by EcocNews

After two successful editions, the Brussels2030 Summer Assembly is back in its spring and Molenbeek version.

As they gear up for the final stage of the Molenbeek for Brussels 2030 bid to become the European Capital of Culture in 2030, they invite all to join their in envisioning the future of Molenbeek and Brussels in 2030. The Brussels2030 Summer Assembly is a key pillar in preparation for the Brussels’ candidacy as European Capital of Culture. The second edition took place from the 28th of June to 2nd July 2023 and was based at the Halles de Schaerbeek, Maison Des Arts and GC De Kriekelaar.

The week offered a dynamic programme with international keynotes, panel debates, co-creation labs, talks, site visits, walkshops, installations, performances, and artistic contributions. The aim was to test the initial ambitions, findings and realisations of Brussels2030 against a diversity of experiences and expectations. The aim was also to share and discuss knowledge about the Brussels of today, the cultural practices of tomorrow and the heritage of previous European Capitals of Culture (ECOC).

The Brussels2030 Summer Assembly was organized by Brussels2030, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels University Alliance, Réseau des Arts Bruxelles-Brussels Kunsten Overleg, OpenLab.brussels, Brussels Studies Institute, Brussels Academy and weKONEKT.brussels.

This report provides a synthesis of the activities and discussions that took place during this one-week event. A number of questions and suggestions are formulated that should be considered in the preparation of the Brussels candidature and the continuation of the preparatory process.

The Summer Assembly was structured around three building blocks: inspiration & debate, labs & walks, installations & performances. A different topic was explored each day :

1 Cultivating an authentic and vibrant cultural capital
2 Building bridges for a sustainable and inclusive Brussels
3 Designing a European capital for 500 million citizens
4 Brussels as a cultural laboratory for the right to the city

Over 1000 people took part in the one-week event. Together, they represent a rich snapshot of the Brussels’ population and a diverse range of socio-cultural organizations, associations, coalitions and institutions.

Other info here.

The Molenbeek for Brussels 2030 Spring Assembly will be on 18 – 20 April 2024.

How have past editions contributed to building reflection on the future of Molenbeek for Brussels? How will the city involve and engage Molenbeek and Brussels residents through a ‘bottom-up’ approach? How can they move beyond the status of the Capital of Culture and work towards a genuine urban project that benefits Brussels, its residents and visitors for the future? These questions represent just a fraction of the topics they aim to address in the upcoming Spring Assembly, and they look forward to your active participation and insights.

Registrations for the Molenbeek for Brussels Spring Assembly are opening soon.

 Info here.