Vier Winden Basisschool & Ecole Sainte-Ursule

The Vier Winden Primary School in Sint-Jans-Molenbeek and the Kunstenfestivaldesarts have been working together for six years. This began in 2011 when the students of the 5th & 6th grades participated in a children’s jury for The Children’s Choice Awards, a project by Canadian company Mammalian Diving Reflex. In 2012 and 2013, the pupils of the 5th & 6th grades worked with Brussels theatre maker Inne Goris. Following a visit behind the scenes of the production Hoog Gras (Tall Grass) they paired up to make the performance Ergens Hier (Somewhere Here) at La Rafinnerie. In 2014, the teachers worked with Kate McInstosh on Worktable. The following year, the Vier Winden became an official partner of the festival, casting local women in the dance performance Corbeaux (Crows) by Bouchra Ouizguen. The piece was performed in the playground, a place shared with Sainte-Ursule School. It was during the previous edition of the festival that both schools began working together: the students from the 1st grade at Sainte-Ursule & the 3rd grade at Vier Winden joined forces to work around the Aurora performance by Alessandro Sciarroni. It’s a solid collaboration that, having been strengthened structurally since 2014 by arts education organisation De Veerman, is set to continue well into the future.

Chicago project

Accompanied by members of the Kunstenfestivaldesarts and youth centre Chicago, a small group of youngsters attends several festival performances with their cameras in hand. They record each other’s expectations and reactions, edit the material into video clips, and share these on Facebook. But the heated discussions about the performances continue long after the cameras have been stuffed back into their backpacks. This is a project about broadening perspectives, valuing the expression of opinions, and having a fun night out!

With the support of the Bernheim Foundation