When the world needs us to sit together, listen and connect
At the book fair in Antwerp you will find until 11 November the book ‘Waar blijf ik met dat licht van mij?’ at the Lannoo stand and an exhibition with photos by Johan Van Steen. Kristin Verellen gave a lecture and the audience could participate in a circle.
On Saturday 6 October a circle with women from all over the world took place at the ‘Giesbaergske Koleuren Gazette‘, an independent, voluntary, multicultural civil movement in Geraardsbergen. Monica wrote: “All circles have something special, but this one stood out, because of the presence of women with 13 different nationalities, while everyone has spoken in Dutch! The connection between women was extremely powerful and uplifting.”
This summer we are invited to a theatre week where 26 youngsters from 4 countries come together to reflect on and debate a social theme. This is the second time that the Destelheide youth centre (Dworp) has organized an international youth exchange. The project is part of an investigation into the possibilities of theatre for educating young people about human rights themes.
In mid-August, under the title “FeMENism”, the group will be working on the theme of gender equality and inclusion. They test their ideas and under the guidance of Lea Traviesa – trainer – they work towards a key moment in which they express their process.
We will accompany a Circle at the beginning and the end of the theatre week: With which intention do you start this week? What do you take with you after this experience?
Kristin Verellen participated at the conference of the Radicalisation Awareness Network in Madrid on 24-25 May around the theme ‘Boosting resilience of pupils by bringing strong voices into the classroom’. How can we use the strong voices of victims and formers to boost resilience of pupils in the classroom, in order to fight extremism and boost the positive forces in society?
Pat Donnez will have an hour-long interview with Kristin Verellen in his Sunday radio show Berg en Dal on May 27 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. (in Dutch)
A nice interview with Kristin Verellen by Rik Van Puymbroek appeared on March 17 in De Tijd. (in Dutch)
You can read and download it here : Kristin Verellen – De Tijd 17 maart 2018
Until June 3 you can visit the exhibition of the 10 Contesr laureates at BOZAR. Their winning submissions will be displayed alongside Johan Van Steen’s photos. At the exhibiltion, visitors are invited to nominate their preferred picture for the Public award, which will be presented at BOZAR during the exhibition’s closing event on June 3rd.
The photos by Johan Van Steen on display at the exhibition are for sale. You can place your order here.
The profits of the sales of photos and of the book Where am I without this light of mine ? will go to the Circles – We have the choice.
Photo: Second laureate Simon De Schepper
Warm embraced by the light
At BOZAR, the awards of the Johan Van Steen Photography Contest were presented at the end of April. The 5-member jury with Mr. Tim Dirven (photographer), Ms. Tamara Berghmans (Photo Museum Antwerp), Ms Viviane Smekens (honorary director of Scholengroep Brussel), Mr. Luckas Vander Taelen (journalist and politician) and Ms Kristin Verellen judged 80 submissions of photography students from 9 Brussels schools .
Benoit Desmet won the first prize with the photo Escaped from the glass bell, HOPE wears a white dress, in which he subtly plays with grays and illusions. The second prize went to Simon De Schepper for the photo Warm embraced by the light on my path. The third prize was given for Thomas Van Den Bergh for his work titled Hope roots.
The Photography Contest is an organized by Scholengroep Brussel and Cvo Coovi, in partnership with Circles – We Have The Choice.
Photo: Winning entry – Benoit Desmet
Escaped from the glass bell, HOPE wears a white dress
Welcome to the first edition of the Photography Price Johan Van Steen, an initiative of Scholengroep Brussel – CVO Coovi and We have the choice. From the 26th of April to the 3rd of June at BOZAR there is an exhibition with the pictures of the winners and a selection of the work of Johan Van Steen.
On the 22nd of March 2018 We have the choice organized a Reconnection Ritual in the Horta Hall at BOZAR, with choreographer Lisbeth Gruwez (Voetvolk) and dervish Osman Catik (Derwish Advisory): an encounter between East and West. It was an invitation to form a ‘We’ which embraces the ‘I’ alongside hundreds of fellow citizens and young dancers from all over the world.
The ritual was streamed live on the facebook page of BOZAR
A short poetic impression below (footage and editing: Laura Zuallaert)