Everyone an activist!

Welcome to the event on 15 March at Centre Culturel Bruegel!

(Version française ici!) This event is free of charge.

Welcome to a work presentation, a conversation and to a reception with some food and drink

Time schedule:

Opening: work presentation, photographies and projection (can be seen all evening)
moderated debate and conversation: What can we do to increase the quality of the environment in the neighbourhood?
Exchange around some food and drinks. The buffet is prepared by Entr’Aide des Marolles.
End of the evening

More information is to follow shortly!


Here everyone is an activist, everyone is empowered to change.

This is a project with Swedish artist Patrik Qvist in collaboration with Arts Lab Brussels and ifa laboratory. In November 2017 the team visited five locations in the Marolles in Brussels. In a simple photo studio we invited people to share views, thoughts and feelings about about environment, climate and how it is to be a human being in this neighbourhood. We talked to hundreds of persons, and photographed 280. Some wrote their own messages on cardboards, others chose statements that were already written. During five days we visited streets, squares, a swimming hall, and a school.
The discussions and conversations we took part of are reflected in the video file on this page.


Share your views, thoughts and feelings about environment, climate and how it is to be a human being in the neighbourhood “Les Marolles/Marollen". This forum will lead to a live meeting and conversation taking place on 15 March at Centre Culturel Bruegel moderated by Laila Ghozzi from the European Observatory for Democracy and Peace who also follows the forum on this page.


  • A great idea, my congratulations to the whole team!

  • Patrik Qvist says:

    hello everybody and so exciting to see this coming together- and to see all of you wonderful participants come together here with your signs and statements. Since I came back from Brussels I have thought a great deal about what it is that makes change possible. How do we change things that seem overwhelming and impossible to change? I was reminded of the power of conversation and of how important it is to recognize that most major changes and revolutions happen little by little, over time. One friend talking to another. One word on a cardboard sign that catches your eye. Fellow locals teaming up to resolve a neighbourhood issue. If we start talking about the possibility of change (particularly when things look dark) , then change has already begun. I am really excited to see what will happen when we come together for more conversations ( and some food and drinks!!:) on March 15 – hope to see you there!° Patrik

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The project is supported by the City of Brussels (cabinet of the alderman Karine Lalieux and the cabinet of the alderman Mohamed Ouriaghli), by he Swedish Arts Grants Committee and by the Embassy of Sweden Brussels. Thank you to Entr’aide des Marolles and to all our partners!