Je t’invite – culture for everyone

I often write about cultural and artistic events taking place around Brussels. For a city of under 2 million, there is so much going on from gallery openings, to concerts to various artistic performances. While it’s great to be able to attend such happenings, it’s also easy to forget that not everyone has the means to buy tickets for a concert, a play or even the movies.

But now you can “invite” someone to a cultural event!

The Belgian charity Article 27 has come up with a great project to help those less fortunate also enjoy the arts through the campaign “Je t’invite” (I invite you) running until the end of November.

Actress Isabelle Paternotte and Roland Mahauden, director of the Theatre de Poche, created Article 27 in 1999 to help everyone, regardless of their economic or social conditions, access cultural events. The initiative works to lower ticket prices for events and find partners to help provide access to the arts based on Article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states that “everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.”

Click on the photo below to watch a short video clip.

For a small donation of €5, you can offer a cultural outing to a person in a difficult situation, helping make culture a right for all. Just simply make a bank transfer to account number: BE48 5230 8123 2727. You can also donate a larger amount or buy an artwork during a special eBay auction from 17 to 27 November (see here and here for more details).

The campaign is supported by the RTBF, Le Soir, the Federation Wallonia-Brussels, the Abbey of Orval and Article 27’s cultural partners. For more information about Article 27 and the campaign, visit their Facebook page.

Images via Article 27.

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