Vluchtelingenwerk exists 30 years! Join our party!


On the 2th of December we unite young and old with workshops for children, a Syrian meal by Dine With us, comedy, inspirational speeches, music and an after party! Together with our volunteers, partners, families and everybody who holds Vluchtelingenwerk dear, we will make this an unforgettable evening!

With our party we want to thank everybody who helped us over the last 30 years to protect and defend the rights of refugees and asylum seekers. We also look forward to the future where more than ever, we have to guarantee a safe and secure environment for asylum seekers and refugees!

Together we stand strong!

Where: La Tricoterie, Théodore Verhaegenstraat 158, 1060 Brussels. At 10 minutes’ walk from the train station Brussel-South (Bruxelles-Midi).
When: Saturday 2 December, from 16h until 02h
Subscribe: registration is necessary and possible until the 30th November. You can subscribe here
Price: the workshops and evening program are free. You pay for the dinner upon arrival. Adults pay 10 euros p.p., children until 12 years pay 5 euros p.p. People who receive financial support from the OCMW/CPAS pay 5 euros per adult and 2,50 euros per child. 
Asylum seekers do not pay.



16h      Doors open

16h30 Workshops for children. You can choose one of the following options:

  • The story of Lappelien (4-8 years old)
    A little girl, called Lenthe, had to flee her country. She has a really hard time finding her feet in her new country. Luckily, her doll Lappelien is there to help her. Author Myriam Roelandt reads her new children's book, together with an Arabic translator. You can make your own Lappelien too!  

  • Making a cartoon about refugees (10-14 years old) (fully booked)
    Roman Klochkov is a graphic designer and producer of animation movies. He draws on his own experiences producing animation. In this workshop you will write a story about refugees on paper and together with Ramon, magically turn it into a short animation movie!

  • Empathy games on ‘fleeing’ (pour les 6-16 ans)
    Step into the shoes of a refugee by playing empathy games and a board game called ‘’This is not a game’’. 

    In the meantime we invite children from 14 years and adults to:

  • Expo Be.land: an inspirational and surprising exhibition about the reception of refugees in Flanders and Brussels over the last 65 years. More info  here.
  • A conversation with photojournalist and Vranckx-editor Yassine Atari. He is a photojournalist and editor who works with Rudi Vranckx, a Belgian war correspondent. Using his pictures he shares his experiences in refugee camps and conflict zones, and explains how he tries to entice people to become active members of society. He recently captured the crisis in Myanmar.

17h30  Syrian diner by Dine With us (fully booked)

  • Dine With Us matches locals with newcomers in Belgium by letting them share a meal. When you subscribe for the dinner, we will match you with a local or a newcomer. Whilst enjoying delicious Syrian food, you'll get to know one another!

19h    Speeches, comedy and music

  • ‘Al-Tochtoon of the future' Param Kapoor
     performs Banghra Dance with his group Jhalik Punjab Di.
  • Catherine Woollard, secretary-general of the European umbrella for refugee movements, shines light on the challenges Europe needs to tackle. The need for protection for people fleeing and the role of organizations and civilians in all of this .
  • Standup comedian Lies Lefever will join us and explain why we cannot stop defending our rights in the coming 30 years.
  • Mec Yek will play extremely danceable Balkan Motown and Gipsy Hip from their newest album Super Diver City

21h    Dance party with DYooth

02h    We're going home

We can celebrate our anniversary in cooperation with:

   Dine With Us   Met de steun van de Belgische Ontwikkelingssamenwerking


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