places of belonging
A community co-creation project for and by newcomer and refugee artists led by the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation
in a few words
This community project which started in 2018 in Brussels, matches newcomer and refugee artists with a staff member of local cultural institution. As a tandem they start for a period of approximately 6 months a co-creative and artistic process with local community groups 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.