The new edition is very promising! Focusing on social engagement issues, it provides a space to express the difficulties young people face in isolation and the solutions they recommend, at a time when the need to restore the social fabric, especially between generations, is particularly strong.

This year, we will take participation a step further: we will invite groups to reflect on the event format, to move beyond the current exhibition form towards more innovative forms, such as a festival, or other participatory events that will take place in May 2021. As part of Studiotopia, we will invite young people to reflect more specifically on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

We cannot resist giving you a brief overview of the six projects that have been selected.

Espaces vers, presented by L’Absolu Théâtre, centres its reflection on speaking out for the feminist struggle. Under the guidance of actress and dancer Charlotte Simon, and poet and director Aurélien Dony, 7th and 8th grade pupils from a Dinant secondary school will present feminist-inspired poetic texts.

D’Broej (Brussels organisation for the Emancipation of Youth) has invited the young association members to express their views on racism, a scourge of contemporary society, and on the difficulties that young people faced during the health crisis. Liza Mathijs will assist them, and present films, performances and photographs.

Artists Delia Remy, Gilles Escoyez and Laurie Perissutti, together with sociologist Maryam Kelly, have brought together young people from Brussels and the Swiss Jura around La Claque!, a socio-theatrical project in tune with current events. The topic? Young people facing an uncertain future and looking to find their place in a post-COVID world. This collaborative work, proposed by the Foyer des jeunes des Marolles, will conclude with a film and a performance.

In establishing a dialogue between young people, refugees and the homeless, Hujo invited Auke Mertens, Fani Batchvarova and Fleur Writz, together with around 20 people from 20 to 26 years of age, to focus reflections and creativity on the theme of isolation. Is it physical or societal? What are its causes and effects? The answer comes with My Space – MY Life in the form of an exhibition/performance.

A project led by two teachers from the Athénée Léonie de Waha (Liège) aims to question our relationship with Africa. Drawing on the recent history of Rwanda, it calls on the pupils to speak in public about genocide and decolonisation, with the artistic support of Bruce Clarke and Patrick Séverin. The project will end with a tour and a performance.

In collaboration with artist Alexandra Vanoussis, the contemporary art centre Wiels opens its doors to young people who actively question their educational institution and by extension the society in which they are actors, offering them a space where they can address the question of the representation of youth and the appropriation of its image in contemporary society. They will conclude their work with films and a workshop.

Our warmest thanks to all the participants who shared their projects with us, and to the new edition’s partners: the P&V foundation, the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, the National Lottery and the Engie foundation.

STUDIOTOPIA is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.


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