An Inter-cultural Centre
In 1998, Leopold Sedar Senghor personally inaugurated the new Centre that was going to bare his name. A great poet and statesman, the first President of Senegal whose name is synonymous with an ideal of democracy, respect for all and artistic talent, Senghor could only encourage us to embrace multiculturality.
This is indeed the main feature of the Cultural Centre of Etterbeek which takes into account the multicultural aspects of the constituency. Therefore, an intercultural programme is developed in order to facilitate exchanges between all communities and give the means necessary for artistic creation. This will permit everyone to discover the cultural and artistic life of other communities. The program is carried out in collaboration with local and regional associations.
Moreover, the Senghor is a stepping stone for young performing arts artists and has become a reference in the contemporary and world music genres.
Other than a developed artistic programme, the Cultural Centre also offers a range of educational activities: school homework aid for local children or support groups for the secondary school students, creative workshops for children and adults with a link to local life (Zinneke project, Ducasse aux gosses, …), as well as French language workshops. More than a mirror of life, the Senghor is a world in itself.
The Coordination of Cultural Centres in Brussels went to meet Bernadette Van Gameren, former director of the Centre, and Thierry Noville, coordinator of the World and Jazz music.