musikaa

“A good neighbour is better than a distant friend.” With this in mind, Klarafestival and BOZAR aim to reconnect with the people of Brussels and their habitat. One step in that direction is MUSIKAA: a collaboration with the Municipality of Molenbeek and some of the many cultural partners in the area. We are organising one big feast of music with the encounter as its central theme. Encounters with people who don’t live in Molenbeek but would like to get to know the district better, and among the people who live in Molenbeek themselves. What’s the purpose of all this? To create a sustainable and inclusive route that inspires on both sides. 

Why Molenbeek? Molenbeek is a prime example of a diverse, cosmopolitan community brimming with creative talent. This is borne out by the many successful projects run by the cultural partners who are joining forces in MUSIKAA. Their experiences inspired us to work together to create a festival for all music lovers, of all ages. 

In 2015, several of the Paris attackers made Molenbeek internationally famous for all the wrong reasons. Despite this, so many positive projects have been created in Molenbeek since then. Klarafestival hopes to contribute to the energetic resilience and positivity of Sint-Jans-Molenbeek as a neighbourhood, a municipality and a part of Brussels. Ultimately, MUSIKAA is a learning process in which Klarafestival, BOZAR and all the partners involved reflect on themselves and the role and impact of music in society. And where better to start this collective exercise in contemplation than in Molenbeek?  

In 2015, several of the Paris attackers made Molenbeek internationally famous for all the wrong reasons. Despite this, so many positive projects have been created in Molenbeek since then. Klarafestival hopes to contribute to the energetic resilience and positivity of Sint-Jans-Molenbeek as a neighbourhood, a municipality and a part of Brussels. Ultimately, MUSIKAA is a learning process in which Klarafestival, BOZAR and all the partners involved reflect on themselves and the role and impact of music in society. And where better to start this collective exercise in contemplation than in Molenbeek?  

This year, five organisations in Molenbeek invited local talent to take part in five artistic projects. Young people from # IMAGINE 1080 (photo and film studio, House of Cultures and Social Cohesion in Sint-Jans-Molenbeek) and Molenzine (Citizen Motion, LaVallée) recorded these projects in five video portraits and five portrait photos, which will be used to brighten the streets of Molenbeek from March 21. Visitors can plan their own routes using these photos as a guide. For example, if you scan the QR codes you can immediately watch the video portraits. In this way, MUSIKAA not only hopes to tempt the loyal visitors to Klarafestival and BOZAR to explore Molenbeek; this edition is also an invitation to Molenbeek residents to discover local musicians and help shape MUSIKAA for the future. 


Further information will be provided on the Klarafestival website regarding locations, artists and partner organisations.

DE VAARTKAPOEN

De Vaartkapoen community centre has been active in Molenbeek for over 35 years. It has evolved from an iconic music venue into a broader musical organisation. Co-creation with local residents, a safe space for vulnerable groups and opportunities for new talent: the VK’s engagement has a wide scope. Alex Deforce discovered Molenbeek on foot at the invitation of De Vaartkapoen. As a word artist, he translates his experiences and wonder into words. Following the example of the Secretes Sessions project, Deforce locked himself into De Vaartkapoen with a diverse group of local musicians: reed player Jordi Grognard, oud player Abid Bahri and producer DJ ATHOME (Front de Cadeaux) have written music to accompany the word artist’s experiences transformed into words. The young video makers of Molenbeek then take you on a stroll around the true gems in their Molenbeek.

 

discover the full performance (audio) here

FOYER / MIGRATIon MUSEUM

Just over a year ago, the MigratieMuseumMigration opened its doors in Molenbeek, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Foyer. Foyer is an organisation that started in the 1970s as a youth club that even had its own small zoo - including a lion - at the Noordstation. After relocating to Molenbeek, it developed into a vast organisation working towards an inclusive society, with a positive approach to diversity and striving for full participation for all.


In the museum, the collection of memories, photos and souvenirs tells the story of the many migrants who have made Brussels the city it is today: colourful, cosmopolitan and dynamic. With the aid of individual and themed dioramas, the visitor can explore the city, his or her own history and the lives of others. From March, the museum will dedicate one of its themed dioramas to music and instruments that came to Brussels with migrants and helped colour the multifaceted culture of Brussels. The Iraqi oud player Hussein Rassim and the French cellist Juliette Lacroix present the MigratieMuseumMigration in music.

 

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bonnevie / metx

Bonnevie Park has been a meeting place in the densely-populated heart of Molenbeek since 1981. Following the compulsory purchases and demolition works required in order to lay a metro line, a first playground was created with the aid of the King Baudouin Foundation and the Bonnevie community centre. Recently, members of the community and local teenagers and children were given a say in the redevelopment of the park. The result is a refreshed leisure zone for young and old with petanque courts, Panna soccer pitches and more.

Remork & Karkaba will celebrate this lively place.* Karkaba is a group of musicians, largely from Molenbeek with Moroccan roots, who play traditional Moroccan music (Gnawa, dance and music) which they also like to combine with other genres. They perform with a group of wind instrument players as Remork & Karkaba. Remork & Karkaba is one of the projects of MetX, a production house that embraces the various cultures of Brussels and creates original repertoires and ensembles with artists from diverse backgrounds. 


*Due to the current health and safety measures, it has been decided that this video will be filmed on the Manchesterstraat industrial site where De Vaartkapoen and Recyclart are situated.

 

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lavallée

Since 2014, LaVallée has provided a home for more than 150 diverse organisations and artists in an old Molenbeek laundry. The creative hub is an initiative by Smart, a cooperative offering self-employed people advice, training and tools to aid their professional development. The place has also attracted policymakers: on the invitation of King Filip, LaVallée welcomed President Macron of France in 2018, to talk to the people of Molenbeek and to introduce France to the real Molenbeek. After all, Molenbeek’s international reputation had suffered as a result of the 2015 Paris attacks. Since its founding, LaVallée has developed an expertise in the presentation of electronic music and contemporary art exhibitions. For MUSIKAA, LaVallée has invited Otto Lindholm, one of the first artists booked by LaVallée. The producer mixes electronic sounds with acoustic double bass to create a beautiful soundscape for the old industrial laundry. 

 

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House of Cultures and Social Cohesion

Local residents present an interesting composition at Het Huis van Culturen en Sociale Samenhang Sint-Jans-Molenbeek [House of Cultures and Social Cohesion]. Guy Danel and the Dónisi quartet from the nearby Chamber Music for Europe are working with young people, under the supervision of Samir Bendimered in the Molenberlin studio. These young people are taking their first steps in spoken word - with slam, rap, singing etc. - to create an exciting contemporary cross-pollination. Young video makers in training at the photo and film studio link the musical results to the old girls’ school that has accommodated the House of Cultures and Social Cohesion since 2006. Through workshops, the House is building on its ambition to be an accessible, public art space with a vast local network: the people of Molenbeek, their local groups and associations, schools etc. In a nutshell, anything that’s artistic in Molenbeek.

 

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discover the full performance of respire floyd here


Discover the full of text of respire floyd here

discover the full text of asfour here

 

Would you like to know more about this project? Please contact Bert, our project manager.