agency for intra-community tourism
From September to December 2022, POPOLARE will host at Pianofabriek, L’Agence Saint-Gilloise, which will collect stories, memories, anecdotes and moods about the commune of Saint-Gilles.
From September to January 2022, Laboratorio Popolare will be running L'Agence Saint-Gilloise from the Pianofabriek, collecting stories, initiatives, memories, anecdotes and moods about the commune of Saint-Gilles. While the tourism industry usually exploits the most beautiful places and activities of a place for the pleasure of external visitors, we will examine what would happen if, for once, we let this unique heritage be valued by - and for - the local residents. To do this, we will highlight the people who live, work and make Saint-Gilles, and their stories, experiences and initiatives within the commune.
After having walked the streets of Saint-Gilles and collected encounters and testimonies, L’Agence will publish a "Gazette Saint-Gilloise" at the end of November, which will report on the progress of the research and will be displayed on the walls of the commune. It will focus, among other things, on the actors of the district, on certain initiatives and will already share some stories, big and small, about Saint-Gilles. In December, we will organise three workshops where the inhabitants of Saint-Gilles will be able to help us define, from the stories collected, a series of thematic walking routes in the commune. The walks will take place as guided tours in January and will offer local residents the opportunity to learn more about the place where they live and to experience the many stories that coexist there. A final newspaper documenting the project will be distributed and displayed in several places in the commune.
*This project is the result of the call for projects Kunst in co-creatie, aiming to respond to the increasing polarisation in Sint-Gillis, and is realised with the support of Pianofabriek and the Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie.