City of Arrival
Molenbeek is, traditionally, known as a ‘city of arrival’. Now, the whole of Brussels can be considered as such. Each of the 19 cities constituting the capital of Belgium absorbs their migrants: expats, refugees and artists from all corners of the world. Meanwhile, populist sentiments serve to highlight tension between localised realities and the nation state. Can (or should) the arts be involved in urban integration policies? Can municipalities and artists support each other in creating open and cosmopolitan citizenships? Starting from a series of case studies, we will explore arts’ practices addressing the topics of newcomers, migration and forced mobility.