downtown brussels, dansaert district

The centre of Brussels was for decades subject to population decline and neglect. In the 1990s the tide started to turn, and this took place in the area around Dansaertstraat, which runs from the Stock Exchange to the canal. The young, well-off middle-classes began to find the area attractive. This led to an unstoppable gentrification. You will find council flats alongside trendy lofts, cheap telephone stores next to design shops, the homeless next to fashion-conscious Bobos. The contrasts make this a lively and captivating neighbourhood. The literary organisation Het beschrijf has its offices here, at the Passa Porta international house of literature.

In autumn 2008 the Italian poet Fabio Scotto met the Brussels artist Richard Venlet. The Dansaert neighbourhood inspired Scotto to write a series of poems. With his fellow-artist Sophie Nys, Venlet exhibited the sleeves of poetry LPs in the Passa Porta house of literature and himself also made a vinyl record on which Scotto's poems are read by Italians who live in the neighbourhood. In the course of several workshops, other residents also made a contribution to the ‘poetry injection' in the Dansaert neighbourhood. Scotto's poems were recited by actors at numerous events.
Since January 2012, Scotto's poems have been buried with an LP and a record player in a time capsule on Begijnhofplein. They have also been given a final resting place in the Brussels City Archives, where it is possible to listen to them.
(Brussels City Archives: Huidevettersstraat 65, 1000 Brussels, 02 279 53 20)

In this area Het beschrijf cooperated with Brussels City Archives, GC De Markten, Le Chant des Rues - asbl Interpôle, Modo Bruxellae, Dienstencentrum Het Anker, Puerto - begeleid wonen, het Klein Kasteeltje, Pacheco Instituut - Pact ateliers, Centre Don Bosco - Tele Service, Maison des Enfants Saint-André, Antenne Sociale Stéphanie - OCMW Brussel.





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