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#EUinmyregion: a cornucopia of activities in Brussels

Brussels International is participating in the #EUinmyregion campaign. It is inviting the people of Brussels to discover projects that were set up or developed in the Brussels-Capital Region with European support.

From exhibitions to architectural renovations, #EUinmyregion offers people an opportunity to take part in a series of free activities and events, in Brussels, in September and October 2021. The Europe-wide campaign, which is organised simultaneously in various regions that received European structural funding, is designed to bring Europe closer to its citizens.

Here are some examples of projects in the Brussels-Capital Region.


The repurposing of the Boitsfort Hippodrome

In the margin of the Day of the Sonian Forest, the guided tour which starts from the Boitsfort Hippodrome is also an excellent opportunity to present the new plans for the repurposing of the site by Bruxelles Environnement with European support. The Boitsfort Hippodrome received assistance through the 2014-2020 Operational Programme of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The rehabilitation of the site will help to improve the environmental quality of urban public spaces in Brussels.

Facade of the building and tree under a bright blue sky.
The Grandstand of the Hippodrome in Boitsfort – ©

TRIAXES, support for SMEs in the fashion and design industries

TRIAXES, which is overseen by MAD, Home of Creator and the Université libre de Bruxelles, is ending its project, which was put in place with ERDF support. The project, which was selected for the 2014-2020 Operational Programme of the ERDF, was established to offer entrepreneurial support to SMEs in the fashion and design industries. To conclude the project, TRIAXES is organising a small retrospective, giving visitors an opportunity to discover the projects that they coached as part of this programme with European support.

The protagonists pose standing
The TRIAXES team – © Alexandra Bertel

Workshop and visit of the COOP site along the Canal

During a free workshop in the historic COOP building along the Canal, visitors can create their own bag, around the theme of European values. The project for the renovation of the COOP site was selected as part of the 2007-2013 Operational Programme of the ERDF. The purpose was to offer support to SMEs by creating new spaces which they could use. The building is also home to the Canal Discovery Centre, a must-see for visitors who are interested in a fresh, new perspective on the history of Brussels.


Urban farming at LagUM

Finally, urban agriculture enthusiasts can also take part in a free urban gardening workshop. The workshop is organised at LagUM, a unique 800-m² rooftop gardening project. This research/action project, which received financing as part of the 2014-2020 Operational Programme of the ERDF, studies different agroecological practices for rooftop farms. The project was developed and co-financed by the municipality of Ixelles, within the framework of the Maelbeek district contract, and includes the actual development of the vegetable garden. As the project’s scientific partner, the Université libre de Bruxelles is exploring the multiple facets of urban agriculture. Refresh-xl, the project’s third partner, is in charge of growing the vegetables and implementing the project’s social and educational dimensions.

rooftop greenhouses and container vegetable gardens
The LagUM project, on the roof of the Colruyt building, in rue Gray in Ixelles – © Yannick Coppens

The full calendar of activities is available on the campaign website.  Enjoy!