Kick Off “Homelands, places of belonging”

Homelands, places of belonging started strong with a 5-day residency in Mohiville with 3 IYMF artists ambassadors as trainers: Andor Timar (HU), Ilse Wijnen (BE) and Raul Iaiza (IT).

“Homelands, places of belonging” is a community co-creation project for and by newcomer artists. Paired up with a socio-cultural partner, they will have to lead a co-creation workshop with a local community.

This year we have 7 artists and 6 socio-cultural partners in Brussels, Leuven and Namur.

In Brussels:

  • Ali Sabri, a multidisciplinary artist from Iraq who participated in Homelands 2019, will give workshops at GC Ten Weyngaert. 
  • Kamand Razavi, Iranian photographer/videographer has been matched with someone Frome Résidences Art and will work at Kanal Centre-Pompidou. 
  • Frederico Araujo, a Brazilian actor currently studying at RITS as a director will work with Wolubilis.   
  • Ahmad Al Saadi, a young Syrian photographer who has already participated in Homelands 2019, is back in the municipality of Ixelles.

In Namur: 

  • Babacar Diop, a Senegalese musician, will give djembe workshops at the Abattoirs de Bommel (Cultural center of Namur).

In Leuven:

  • Hanane El Farissi, a multidisciplinary artist from Morocco, and Poya Sadeqi, an actor from Afghanistan, will form a trio with KNEPH and will work with the students of UCLL.


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How to start a co-creative process? How to turn creative ideas into action? How to involve everyone in the group? How to work in an interdisciplinary way ? These are some of the issues that have been addressed during this first training in order to start in an enthusiastic and dynamic way their project.


During the first day they learned how to create a group feeling and build trust between each other. 

On Tuesday, we had two teachers from the intercultural courses from UCLL, Liesbeth Spanjers and Katrien Mertens, give a workshop on how to make people from a different background, comfortable enough to share their story.

Wednesday was focused on how to give feedback to someone in a constructive way and as of Thursday, the different pairs really dove in the co-creative process by giving themselves mini-workshops.

From October 2021 until March 2022, they will have to apply these learnings during the co-creative workshops that they will have to lead. 

Follow Homelands, places of belonging to accompany them on their journey.