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EXHIBITION - Brussels, welcoming city?

Starting October 13, the Jewish Museum of Belgium will host the exhibition 'Brussels: welcoming city?'. Co-organised by the Jewish Museum and the Belgian State Archives, this exhibition recalls nearly two centuries (from 1830 until today) of migration history, focusing on the life stories of newcomers who either passed through the Belgian capital, or settled there forever. The historical narrative is complemented by a presentation of recent work by immigrant artists, devoted to the cultural diversity of present-day Brussels.

Today, more than 180 nationalities live together in Brussels. This number reflects the presence of numerous immigrants, who each carry their personal life story and hopes for the future.

 Since the beginning of Belgian independence (1830), various waves of immigration have followed one another. Why did these newcomers leave their home countries? Was Brussels a welcoming refuge for them?

Brussels: Welcoming City? recalls how the Belgian capital gradually transformed itself into a multicultural microcosm. Through family photographs, testimonies, and a variety of objects brought by foreigners, the exhibition outlines two centuries of immigration history.

Next to this historical part, Brussels: Welcoming City? presents the work of Brussels-based emerging artists. Indeed, in recent years, photographers, street artists, sculptors, and video producers have (re)presented issues related to urban immigration and cultural diversity.

Films, interactive artistic performances, conferences, and workshops will take place within the framework of this exhibition, which is a co-production of the Jewish Museum of Belgium and the Belgian State Archives. The event, which has also benefitted from the assistance of the Judeo-Moroccan Cultural Centre, will be accompanied by a theme issue of Intercultural Agenda (edited by the Brussels Intercultural Action Centre).

Practical information Where? At the Jewish Museum of Belgium (21 rue des Minimes, 1000 Brussels)
When? From October 13, 2017 to March 18, 2018
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Information: 02 500 88 37; georgia@jmb.org
Optional guided tours in French, Dutch or English (max. 25 persons): 60 euros
Entrance fee: 10 euros (reduced rate: 7 euros)
More details: http://www.mjb-jmb.org