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When the world needs us to sit together, listen and connect


In addition to the Circles, “We have the choice” also develops other kinds of educational, sensitizing and public-oriented activities, rituals and collaborations to support the overarching mission and goals. These activities focus on social, cultural, creative, therapeutic or meditative aspects, or on mediation and restorative justice. These activities are managed in-house, on behalf of or in partnership with other organizations, governments or services.

In 2018

The focus will be on vulnerable target groups, such as young people in multicultural communities. More than anyone else, they are faced with the intransigence of society, polarization racism and extremism, and they have a need to come together to engage in dialogue and connection….

In addition, we will continue our collaboration with organizations from the Muslim communities to organize intercultural Circles during Ramadan.

In March, a book is published by Lannoo (in Dutch and French) with photos made by Johan Van Steen and poems by Kristin Verellen. Parallel to this, the first Johan Van Steen Photography Award will be given. It is an initiative of the Brussels School Group.

Upcoming projects

Past projects

24Aug '18

Open Circle at ‘Sufi Tales – Round Table’

  • When Friday august 24th 20h
  • Where DE FOYER – ATELIER M, Werkhuizenstraat 17, 1080 Sint-Jans-Molenbeek
  • What Sufi Tales – Round Table‘ is a round table discussion with Dr. Nour Kabbani, a renowned Sufi teacher from the USA. The purpose of this event is a cross-fertilization between organizations acting from the heart. It will be an opportunity to connect and research mankind and the new social paradigm that wants to emerge. You can participate in an open circle of We have the choice at 20h. The event starts at 18h.
  • Entrance Free
  • Registration Obligatory
13Aug '18

Network Circle with FeMENism II – theater voor gelijkheid

  • When 13 and 18 August 2018
  • Where Destelheide Dworp
  • What FeMENism II – theater voor gelijkheid’ is an international youth exchange and is the continuation of ‘FeMENism’, a project organized by La Ligue de l’enseignement in Marseille in the autumn of 2017. The aim is to examine the relationships between men and women and to work together towards gender equality and inclusion. Through a theatre workshop, gender identity and gender stereotypes are investigated by 24 young people between the ages of 18 and 25, from 4 countries. We organize a circle at the beginning and at the end of the work process.
  • Participation On invitation only
22Mar '18

Reconnection Ritual with choreographer Lisbeth Gruwez and dervish Osman Catik

  • Whenr? 22 March 8 p.m.
  • Where? BOZAR, Rue Ravensteinstraat 23, 1000 Brussels
  • What? Two years ago Kristin Verellen lost her life partner in the terror attack at Maelbeek station. Circles – We have the choice is her response to this and other forms of hardening, polarising and extreme violence. A citizen’s initiative that uses an age-old ritual – the Circle – in new ways, in places where there is a need for people to stop, listen and connect. In places where cultures come into contact with one another, for example. This Reconnection Ritual, with choreographer Lisbeth Gruwez (Voetvolk) and dervish Osman Catik (Derwish Advisory), is also an encounter between East and West. It is an invitation to form a ‘We’ which embraces the ‘I’ alongside hundreds of fellow citizens and young dancers from all over the world.
  • Entrance? Free entrance
  • Booking? Booking compulsory
5Nov '16

Hart boven Hard

  • When? 5 november 2016 – 16:00h
  • Where? Brussels