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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

28Oct '18

Expo and book ‘Waar blijf ik met dat licht van mij’ at the Boekenbeurs

  • When From the 28th October to the 11 November. See opening hours here.
  • Where Expo Antwerp, Jan Van Rijswijcklaan 191, 2020 Antwerp
  • What At the book expo, at the stand of Lannoo, there are several photo’s of Johan Van Steen on display. You’ll also find  the book ‘Waar blijf ik met dat licht van mij’ with poems by Kristin Verellen and photo’s by Johan. 

Past projects

4Oct '18

Photo Exhibition Johan Van Steen at Odisee

  • When 4 October – 24 October 2018, on weekdays from 8.30 am to 5 pm
  • Where Odisee, Huart Hamoirlaan 136, 1030 Brussels
  • What The photo exhibition of Johan Van Steen will be visitable on the beautiful campus of Odisee College. The school counts almost thousand students and is also accessible for visitors. In October, a lunch lecture with Kristin Verellen will be planned for the students.
28Sep '18

Photo-Expo Johan Van Steen at ‘Leven en/of Dood – Polariteiten ontmoeten elkaar’ in Ghent

  • When september 28-30
  • Where SINT-BAAFSABDIJ, Voorhoutkaai 43 (entrance Coyendanspark), Ghent
  • What Johan Van Steen was a passionate photographer. His dream to come out with his photography was abruptly interrupted by the attack of March 22, 2016. Light and Shadow is a tribute to a man who was able to embrace light and shadow in his life and art. Where do Waar blijf ik met dat licht van mij? (Lannoo), a book with photography by Johan Van Steen and poems by Kristin Verellen, is an ode to love, the fragile beauty of life and the deeper connection between people. The book is for sale during the expo.
  • Entrance free
  • More info www.levenenofdood.be
3Sep '18

Photo exhibition Johan Van Steen – lecture Kristin Verellen at Expo18

  • When from Monday 3 September to Friday 21 September (opening hours on the website kunstinoostende.be)
  • Where EXPO18, Ijzerstraat 18, Ostend
  • What EXPO18 is an exhibition space in Ostend and is managed by Geert Meeschaert. At the request of Geert, the photo exhibition of Johan Van Steen will be on display for 3 weeks. On Friday 7 September at 19h, Kristin Verellen will give a lecture in the exhibition, followed by a drink.
1Mar '18


  • When? 1 march 2018 – 20.00
  • Where? KVS_Box | Arduinkaai 7 – 1000 Brussels | (metro IJzer/Yser)
  • What? Book presentation by Kristin Verellen with Stien Michiels, Mohamed El Bachiri & Steven Vrancken, Tutu Puoane & Ewout Pierreux, Helen Borremans, Peter Jacquemyn, Simen Van Mechelen.
23Sep '17

In the context of Silence for Peace

  • When? 23 September 2017 – 14h00
  • Where? KDG Hogeschool, Nationalestraat 5
  • Supervisors? Kristin, Karen & Stien, in collaboration with VOEM vzw
10Sep '17


  • When? 10 September 2017 – 10h00
  • Where? Voldersveldhoeve, Kruisstraat 14, Kerkhove
  • Supervisors? Kristin, Dora, Lieven & Hilde
26May '17

Fête du Ramadan

  • When? 26 May 2017 – 17h00
  • Where? Hospitality Festival, Parc Elisabeth
  • Supervisors? Kristin, Fatima, Igor, Karen
18Mar '17

Photo Expo Johan Van Steen & Circles – We have the choice @ BOZAR

  • When? 18 March– 18 April ’17
  • Where? Ravenstein Galerij 49
  • What? Johan Van Steen was a passionate photographer. His dream of presenting his photography to a wider world was broken by the attack of 22 March 2016. The exhibition “Light and Shadow” pays homage to a man able to unite light and shadow in his life and in his art.
    In the same spirit Circles – We have the choice saw the light.  It’s an initiative by his partner Kristin Verellen and a circle of friends, inviting people to come together and connect as an answer to intolerance, blind violence and collective trauma. Everyone touched by or witness to what extremism and terror can do to us as people and as a society is welcome. In ‘Circles’ sharing with others, in the ‘Listening Room’ with a psychotherapist or at the ‘Listening Wall’ where you can leave a testimony.
  • Opening hours? Tuesday – Sunday 12:00 – 18:00, On Thursdays until 21:00
18Feb '17

La petite Fabriek

  • When? 18 February 2017 – 16h00
  • Where? Doornik/Tournai
  • What and supervisors? Kristin, Stien, Jean + Photo Expo Johan Van Steen – Light & Shadow
5Nov '16

Hart boven Hard

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