Ce que vous allez faire
Meet outside the Schuman metro, at the foot of the Berlaymont - the European Commission's HQ. We will quickly leave the quarter of EU institutions and plunge into the neighborhood with the highest population density and national diversity in Belgium: Saint-Josse-ten-Noode. After seeing the jazz-themed street art representing the neighbourhood's unique identity we will walk back across the EU district and into Matongé - the 'Congolese district' of Brussels, named after a market in Kinshasa. It still harbors strong political and cultural ties to the former Belgian colony and the way this historical past is represented in public space remains deeply contested. We follow the money trail of this colonial past to the Supreme Court overlooking what was the working class part of the city. From here we will take a glass-panned elevator down into the 'Marolles' district - a site of popular revolt with hidden internal parks - one of which we will go into. We will then walk across the canal to Molenbeek and have a local beer or mint tea in Brass'Art - a cultural center founded by two artists from the neighborhood who wanted the world to know that it will not be reduced to terrorism and crime.
Fascinated by the social and cultural 'layers' composing a city, I spent six years studying these dynamics at universities in Durham (UK), Rome, Copenhagen, Vienna, Madrid and Brussels. Invited to speak at an international conference on the 'Urban Commons', I love showing people how the history of city neighborhoods gives them a unique identity. Having lived in Brussels for 12 years, I invite visitors and residents to discover the hidden underbelly of the city: Saint-Josse, Matongé, Anderlecht, Molenbeek; places of incredible cultural diversity key to understanding Brussels' past and present.
Ce qui est inclus
A Brussels-brewed beer or traditional Moroccan mint tea.
This discovery of Brussels' underbelly will take place the streets of Saint-Josse and the interior shopping arcades of Matongé - neighborhoods little know by most expats and Belgians. Included we will take a panoramic elevator down into the lower part of the city and visit a hidden park. We will end with a local beer or mint tea in the Brass'Art cultural center at the heart of Molenbeek.
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Critères requis pour les voyageurs
Un maximum de 8 voyageurs âgés de 18 ou plus peuvent participer.
De l'alcool sera consommé pendant cette expérience. Seuls les voyageurs ayant l'âge minimum légal pour consommer de l'alcool pourront en consommer.
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Since we will be walking much of the time and Brussels' weather is known for being unpredictable bringing a small umbrella is a good bad idea!
Discover Brussels' hidden districts