Programme

Family scavenger hunt

Parc du Cinquantenaire/Jubelpark: a repository of colonial memory (fully booked)

Wim ROBBERECHTS©urban.brussels

Parc du Cinquantenaire/Jubelpark is an iconic location in the context of Belgium’s colonial history. It provided the setting for the 1897 International Exhibition, whose colonial section in Tervuren was accessed via a broad avenue built at the behest of King Leopold II. In the park itself, the Congo monument, the statue of Albert Thys and other items of heritage provide an opportunity to consider and recontextualise people and issues with a direct link to the Congo. Meanwhile, the Cinquantenaire Arcade is particularly illustrative of the urban design vision of the ‘Builder King’, funded in part by his Congolese ‘project’. This guided scavenger hunt for families will take a fun and interactive approach to a piece of our rich and complex history, addressing a few traditional misconceptions along the way.

In cooperation with Atelier de Recherche et d’Action Urbaines (ARAU).

Practical information

Sat. & Sun. at 10:00 and 14:00 (FR) (duration: 1 hour 30 minutes)

Starting point: under the Cinquantenaire Arcade, Parc du Cinquantenaire/Jubelpark, Brussels-Extensions

Advance booking required. Up to 25 people per tour.