HOMELANDS, PLACES OF BELONGING
is a community
co-creation project for and by newcomer artists, led by the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation and its partners.
After a first edition in 2019, "Homelands, places of belonging" is developing in the long-term and launches a second phase in 3 Belgian cities: Antwerp, Brussels and Namur.
Newcomer/refugee artists collaborate with partners from the socio-cultural sector and engage in a process of artistic co-creation with the local community. A colourful mix of projects will arise in the 3 regions with the notion of "HOMELANDS" as a common thread: an artistic research on what it means to feel at home, to belong to a place, a city or a community.
The Homelands project promotes social inclusion by creating a sustainable dialogue between Belgian citizens and newcomers/refugees through one of the most powerful tools of each culture: ART.
Throughout the project, the artists and their partners will receive intensive training and advice from the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation's Artist Ambassadors and experts.
Our mission: to give newcomer/refugee artists the opportunity to take their place as artists in society, to co-create and share their knowledge with the host community and to become the intercultural mediators of tomorrow.
The project is aimed at a much wider audience than the artists directly involved in the project, and reaches out to very diverse groups in society, including newcomers, refugees and young people with an immigrant background. In this way, we hope to foster a sense of empowerment and belonging for these artists and create a tangible benefit for the community.
"Homelands, places of belonging" is a long-term project that will be implemented over several editions.