Ganshoren lies calm and rural between the hum of Brussels and the din of the ring-road that encircles it. It is a modern district, and all that remains of its old centre is Guido Gezelleplein, the busiest part with shops and cafés. In between the busy Keizer-Karellaan and the Koekelberg basilica there are quieter residential areas, some with high-rise, and green zones. The impressive De Rivieren mansion stands out proudly in the middle of a park with a fairytale lake. A brisk walk takes you to Ganshoren marsh, a nature reserve with a wide variety of birds.

In November 2006 the poet Paulo Teixeira and artist Filip Van Dingenen visited Ganshoren together. They were both struck by the transition from city to countryside and the presence of the past in today's stories. Teixeira wrote the poem 'Drasland en Herinnering' (Marshland and Memory), which Van Dingenen incorporated into a news scroller, in addition to a video installation on the local custom of the St Martin Procession. On top of that, Van Dingenen constructed an oak bridge over the Molenbeek. Poetry workshops were also organised for pupils of Dutch-and French-language primary schools on the theme of ‘at home / at home in Ganshoren'. The results were shown at De Zeyp Community Centre.

In this instance Het beschrijf cooperated with Ganshoren Council, GC De Zeyp, CC La Villa, Brussel behoort ons toe, BSGO De Goudenregen, Ecole primaire de la Communauté française, Collège du Sacré-Coeur, Les Villas.





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