Maison des Cultures et de la Cohésion Sociale/Huis van Culturen en Sociale Samenhang

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The Maison des Cultures et de la Cohésion Sociale/Huis van Culturen en Sociale Samenhang (House of Cultures and Social Cohesion) is based in the large eclectic-style building constructed between 1878 and 1880 by architect Joachim Benoît to house the Academy of Drawing. Its aim is to help people get to grips with new means of knowledge and self-expression to enable them to influence their immediate surroundings. This involves a dialogue-based programme that promotes the cultural heritage of all and helps ensure that there is common ground between the values of each participant through listening and openness to others. Nurturing creativity and developing artistic knowledge in others are among the priorities of the centre, which also fosters discussion about popular – traditional – cultures and modern, contemporary thought. Recently, the organisation has completely redesigned the layout and use of its large interior courtyard, which is accessible from the street. This new public space can be adapted flexibly for different activities, and is an ideal place to take a break from the pace of city life, to daydream and engage in discussions. Several relaxation areas made from durable materials are dotted around the courtyard, and there will also be a bar and healthy snack outlet to complete the hospitable vibe. (Listed 18/07/1996)

Creative workshop: “Make up your own art history!”: Sat. & Sun. from 13:00 to 18:00, at Micro-Folie. Using the digital museum’s collections projected onto a giant screen, visitors of all ages will be able to give free rein to their imagination, creating their own unique and playful collages out of the most unlikely combinations of paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, engravings, and so on. Collapse the boundaries of style and time by having the Mona Lisa gatecrash Manet’s Luncheon on the Grass, Ancient Greek statues chat with a work by Rodin, Sleeping Beauty dream surrealist dreams… the possibilities are endless! Reservations can be made by sending an email to

Activity: “Make cinema”: Sat. & Sun., 13:00 to 18:00. Some 15 organisations will host a range of workshops covering all aspects of cinema, including audiovisual practice, introduction to filmmaking, shows and screenings, sound workshops, a radio workshop, stop motion, and filming with a smartphone. For information and reservations, see (website in French).

Practical information

Sat. & Sun., 13:00 to 18:00

Rue Mommaerts/Mommaertsstraat 4, Molenbeek-Saint-Jean/Sint-Jans-Molenbeek

By reservation only

1 5 Comte de Flandre - Graaf Van Vlaanderen
20 89 Merchtem
Accessible with assistance

Accessible with assistance