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Last summer Toestand left for Tetovo, a city in the north-west of Macedonia. Over there a abandoned radiostation was turned into a social-cultural center and a desolate bus station was transformed into a skate park. Volunteers from Kosovo and Switserland joined forces. Just like many enthousiastic locals. The result? Social Cultural Space Tetova!
Just like the impact of the project, the storyline of the documentary was unpredictable. But one thing instantly became clear: women with grinding wheels, screws and hammers, where rather unseen in Tetova. Suddenly, our film had an unexpected storyline. Because perhaps we were not only constructing a socio-cultural center, but also a new perspective?
Together with: Termokiss & Democracy Lab
We are not profitable. We even cost money to society. But we use it to generate the greatest added value possible to our society, every day, with heart, soul and let’s not forget ‘respect’.
What kind of approach do you want for Saint-Vide-Leegbeek?
Allee du Kaai: Skate Café
After having to empty ‘La Zinzinerie’, the biggest hangar of Allée du Kaai, we’ve created a new free indoor skate park inside the RAG (main entrance). Boys, girls, grown-ups, kids… Everybody is welcome on Monday/Wednesday/Sunday to skate. And don’t worry if you’re not a pro (yet): we’re all here to help and learn from each other. On Sundays there are free initiation lessons. Follow the ‘Skate Café’ (Facebook) and @skatecafebxl (Instagram) to stay informed of all events..
Monday 19:00 – 21:30
Wednesday19:00 – 21:30
Sunday15:00 – 21:30
Toestand: GRAINES DE BAZAAR ( 3 & 4 May)
Many youngsters have a lot of good ideas but don’t always know how to turn them into reality. That’s why Toestand, Lasso, À Fondsand Growfunding are joining forces for Graines de Bazaar. This two-day festival puts young local talents in the spotlight and informs them about the existing tools for developing a socio-cultural project. Where to find financial support? What are the do’s and don’ts? Find out all about it during two days full of interesting debates, concerts, dance battles, film screenings, open mics, …
Friday 03.05 (9:30 – 23:00) @ BiestebroekBis
Saturday 04.05 (15:00 – 20:00) @ Allée du Kaai
Marie Moskou: Radio Moskou is back!
Last Tuesday Radio Moskou kicked off its third season. Luckily they are making radio in open air If not the roof would have been burned by all the young talented rappers giving them all. Come over and bring your ordinary Tuesday to an unforgettable end. Do you like to practice your rhymes or tell a story? The mic is yours! YOU are the program!
Every Tuesday @ Marie Moskou
Fb: Radio Moskou – S03.02
Marie Moskou: Building Days #1
During the Easter holidays we will transform our pavilion into a green house and a temporary summer bar. Not an easy job and that’s why we need your help. Together we will create planters, a bar, cupboards… Lend us a helping hand and soon you will be able to order a drink at a bar built by you!
Tuesday 9.04 – Thursday 11.04 @ Marie Moskou
Fb: Marie Moskou Building Days
Journée Allée du Kaai Dag
We’re counting down until Journée Allée du Kaai Dag, the biggest and most colourful Toestand event of the year. On the program: workshops, concerts, animations, expositions, good food, a cloths & plants market… It will be impossible to get bored! We hope to see you all on Saturday!
Saturday 06.04 @ Allée du Kaai
14:00 – 22:00
Fb: Journée Allée du Kaai Dag
We’re looking for someone who knows how to handle administrative tasks and financial responsibilities. Someone extremely efficient and incredibly orderly. Does this sound like you? Or someone you know?
Questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us!
Conférence Gesticulées: Chroniques d’une ex-banquière.
Through a lively and atypical lecture that looks more like a theatre play, Aline Farès shares her point of view on the banking system. How do banks work and what are their limits? How are they related to the government? How did they got into a financial crisis? In a world where environmental catastrophes are lying ahead, can we let the banks decide on what we invest in? Important questions that are difficult to unravel on your own. That’s why we invite you to come and reflect together during this conference gesticulées.
Friday 26.04 @ Allée du Kaai
Fb: Chroniques d’une ex-banquière | Conférence gesticulée
BiestebroekBis: Crazy mini golf
Last weekend we built our own crazy indoor mini golf course at BiestebroekBis (and we’re very proud of it) Come over to test it during the DIN. MAR. Tuesdays at BiestebroekBis. We’ll continue to create some more holes so crazy ideas and helping hands are always welcome!
ps: If you have some old golf clubs and golf balls that are gathering dust… we’d be more than happy to adopt them. They will be used properly, we promise!
Allée du Kaai: Singa Blabla
Allée du Kaai has a new partner! On Thursday evening everybody is welcome to join a Singa BlaBla gathering. Singa Blabla brings new citizens in contact with other citizens, so they can meet new people and practice French/Dutch in an informal way. This activity is free and open for all. You don’t have to register in advance. Just pass by!
Toestand International: Tetova, Macedonia 2018
On August 6th, we took off for Tetova with a group of about thirty Belgian volunteers. Our objective? To transform two abandoned spaces (indoor/outdoor) into a socio-cultural centre. In Tetova about ten Kosovar volunteers of Termokiss joined us, along with some friends from Switzerland and our local partner Democracy Lab. The result of one week of hard labour? A brand new space complete with a small library, a music room and a cosy skate park where you can also play chess and relax on the ‘hill to chill’. From the moment we left, locals started to add finishing touches while some youngsters were preparing graffiti drawings… It feels good to know that the socio-cultural space & skate park we created together are in good hands. Thanks to everyone involved for the hard work and the good energy!
For more pictures have a look at our Fb-page
Toestand: Get your own copy of Leegstond!
From now on, Leegstond is for sale in several bookshops. Among them is Passa Porta in Brussels, Copyright Bookshop in Ghent, De Groene Waterman in Antwerp and Amok in Aalst. Leegstond will also be available at the bar of Allee du Kaai, where you can have a drink, a great chat and, if you’re lucky, a signature by the author.
More info at www.leegstond.be
De Wereld Morgen, mei 2018
Van leegstand naar leegstond, maar dan letterlijk
Canvas, Culture Club, mei 2018
VZW Toestand: Masterclass Kraken
Apache, Lola Dirkx, mei 2018
Pleidooi voor zinvolle invulling van leegstaande ruimte
De Standaard, september 2017
Niet anti, wel anders
Ultimas, summer 2016
Toestand speech at Ultimas
Les Mecs, summer 2016
Toestand Mâche Pristina
Recto verso, december 2016 – januari 2017
Hoeveel samenwerkingen kan architectuur verdragen
De Standaard, 22.11.2016
Voor zolang het duurt
The Word Magazine, 03.05.2016
The Guardian, 01.04.2016
Hip-hop and rabbits: the youth group transforming Brussels’ vacant buildings.
Koppen, één, 16.03.2016
Creatief met leegstand.
Free style O, 27.02.2016
Aftermovie, Lara Fromont.
Allee du lapin, 2015
Konijn Rabbit Conejo Kanninchen Coelho at Allee du kaai.
Climate Express, 2015
Weekend in Brussels at Allee du kaai.
Recto Verso, 10.2015
Kraken, bewaken en benutten
New Europe, 06.05.2015
Pioneering temporary use in Brussels
De Morgen, 14.04.2015
Sociaal project Allee du kaai geeft Brusselse jongens ruimte in hoofdstad
Pakhuis De Zwijger, 28.03.2016
Allee du kaai, A place for spontaneity