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Cycles 2024 Spring

Discover our programme!


Here you will find all the cycles of activities
To see the single events, please go to our agenda

Sharpen your brain in the afternoon with hot topics and a hot bowl of soup. Engaging speakers dissect topical issues with a Brussels angle. Difficult issues are explained in a more accessible way. Afterwards, there is time for questions and reflections from the audience. Food for body and soul, every first Tuesday of the month!

‘Tussen de Soep en de Feiten’ responds to current events. This is why speakers are only announced several weeks in advance. Keep an eye on our communication channels and already book your lunch breaks at Muntpunt on Tuesdays  06.02, 05.03, 16.04, 07.05 and 04.06.

Rewind, Fast Forward: Unravelling the Historical Layers and Meanings of Our Built Environment

This year’s series delves into the intricate process of constructing the built environment, highlighting how meaning is embodied in the various layers that have been added over time. Through a multidisciplinary lens, experts in architecture, urban planning, archaeology, landscape architecture, heritage and history explore how the physical spaces we inhabit reflect the (building) culture, values, and norms of the societies that created them and, inversely, how our surroundings shape our experiences and identities.

By looking at the city fabric as an accumulated concentration of material, political, economic, ecological, technological and cultural history, we unravel how power dynamics and social inequalities are ingrained in our built heritage, how the city relates to its surrounding landscapes, but also how we can prospectively relate to the built environment as a combination of ‘embodied energy’ and ‘embodied culture’.

Series of lunch talks and city walks

A significant portion of the Brussels population lives in poverty, posing a tremendous challenge for the city. In recent years, there has been a notable increase in the number of people experiencing homelessness. What can we, as a society, do?

Together with persons in poverty or the so-called « giants » (Gifted Individuals, Although Needy and Troubled), field organizations and researchers, we explore paths that lead to a society where homelessness is not considered inevitable but rather as a challenge we can collectively overcome.
Is there a way out?


Data & the city: What to do with data in Brussels” will take an in-depth look at the issues and challenges linked to the production, processing and visualization of data, particularly in the context of Brussels’ urban transformation.

Emphasis will be placed on the need to better understand how urban space has become, over the years, a place for data production, and how and by whom this data is used.

In what ways do these data play a part in urban policy-making, and what limits do they raise in terms of living together, social cohesion and the preservation of individual freedoms?


An evening of exchanges and ideas to imagine Brussels as the true capital of a diverse and Brussels-based Europe.


Do you think you already know all there is to know about Brussels? Are you ready to discover Brussels from a new angle?

Take part in 3 workshops for young people aged 16 to 30 and rediscover your city!

This unique experience will enable you to explore the exciting issues shaping our city and actively participate in stimulating discussions on how to build our urban future together.