Brussels2030 Summer Assembly 2023
Cultivating a vibrant and sustainable cultural capital: art, culture, and inclusion in Brussels and Europe
Inspiration & Debate
28-06 10.00 – 13.00 Les Halles – Grande Halle
Speakers: Fatima Zibouh & Jan Goossens + Special Guests
Join an exciting debate about the role of art and culture in building an inclusive and sustainable urban community in Brussels and Europe. This is all about how we can bring together the city’s civil society, artists, cultural institutions, universities, businesses, and most importantly, its citizens and young people, in a laboratory for the future. Brussels has set a goal to become the Cultural Capital of Europe in 2030, and we’re only a year and a half away from presenting our bid book. This is a crucial moment to take stock of what we’ve achieved so far, what’s still ahead of us, and how we can use art, culture, civic engagement, and urban development to strengthen each other in the long-term. During this event, you’ll get to hear from our team who will give you an update on where we stand and where we’re headed. They’ll also share opportunities for everyone to get involved and contribute to this exciting process of co-creation. So whether you’re an artist, a student, a community organizer, an entrepreneur, or just someone who cares about the future of Brussels, this is your chance to join the conversation and help shape the city’s cultural future.
Fatima Zibouh (Brussels2030) is co-mission holder for Brussels’ bid to become European Capital of Culture. With a doctorate in political science, Fatima Zibouh is a specialist in inclusion and its cultural dimensions.
Jan Goossens (Brussels2030) was appointed co-mission holder of Brussels2030 in 2021. He studied literature and philosophy in Antwerp, Leuven and London. He was artistic director of KVS in Brussels from 2001 to 2016, and general director of the Festival de Marseille from 2016 to 2022. Since 2015, he has also been co-artistic director of the festival Dream City in Tunis, together with Selma and Sofiane Ouissi. Jan Goossens has been working on the intersection of artistic creation and metropolitan coexistence, in Europe and in the ‘Global South’, for more than two decades.
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