2. 1st Urban Playground Festival
The 1st Urban Playground Festival was realised under the framework of the artist in residency The School with the idea and plan to make the neighbourhood around Sint-Jansplein playground in Hasselt a more happier and liveable space.
On 6th April, during the 1st Urban Playground Festival, we put the spotlight on Sint-Jansplein to show what is possible when artists, designers, local residents and the city collaborate to renew the neglected playground.
Initiated by Virginia Lui with Serena Chalker and significant help from Hanne Keirse, Pablo Hannon and Yousra Rifi, the team created fortnightly meetings at the local Cafe Drossaerd together with neighbours and the neighbourhood manager from the city. Meetings took place during the months of Feburary up to April. Initially created to plan the 1st Urban Playground Festival, the community meetings grew into a platform for the neighbours to share their concerns, questions and plans for the future for the neighbourhood. These meetings were also attended by Wijg Manager Ilse Hoogemartens, and over the period approximately 25 individuals participated in the meetings.
︎ Publication: The School Creates an Urban Playground
Virginia Lui, Serena Chalker, Pablo Hannon, Hanna Keirse, Yousra Rifi, Deane Kolencikova, Iris van der Heijden, Ilse Jooken and all the neighbours of Sint Jansplein
Sint Jansplein | 6th April 2018
Read Radio 2 article here
Read Hbvl article here
Watch TVL Limburg news on the festival here