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Staycation XL 2021 - overview of the projects

From 21 June to 19 September 2021, 15 projects supported by the Commune of Ixelles were realised.


The offer was rich in creative workshops, initiations, performances and exhibitions around different artistic disciplines (drawing, photography, literature, theatre, cyanotype). There were many moments of play and shared pleasure. Participation and co-creation were always the basis of the activities.


All 15 projects took place in public spaces and/or were easily accessible. The activities were spread over the whole of Ixelles: Boondaal, Étangs d’Ixelles, Flagey, Matongé, University Quarter, Fernand Cocq, Parc du Viaduc, etc.


Thanks to the efforts of 15 project leaders and more than 110 employees, volunteers and artists, more than 3,200 people were able to take part in participative and co-creative activities in the framework of Staycation XL. There were 32 different activities, spread over 54 sessions and performances and more than 70 days of exhibitions.

Petit Puppet Garden

Date : 27 June 2021

Place : Parc du Viaduc

Activities: Puppet theatre performance on intergenerational issues and creative workshop with a sustainable approach.

Tango F-Estival

Dates : 16-18 June 2021

Place : Avenue du Bois de la Cambre 53

Activities: dance initiation and demonstrations, dance, cinema and live music.

1050 Histoires

Dates : 16, 17 et 18 juin 2021

Place : Rue du Levant (pedestrian area)

Activity: Improvisation theatre based on stories collected from the people of Ixelles.

Parle Moi XL

Dates : 21-29 August 2021

Place : Rue Fritz Toussaint 8 (See U)

Activity: Exhibition based on proverbs and idioms from around the world

Patchwork Estival

Dates : 3, 10, 17, 24 July 2021

Place : Avenue des Quatre Saisons 4

Activity: Creative workshops on patchwork and closing party with music.

Charivari Hullabaloo

Dates : 2-4, 9-11 July 2021 (workshops) + 10 July – 15 September (expo)

Place : Rue de Dublin 13 + storefronts of Ixelles

Activity: Creative workshops using recycled materials + exhibition route along the store windows of Ixelles

Les Mots dans les yeux

Date : 24 June 2021

Place : Place Fernand Cocq

Activity: Poetic co-creation resulting from a fortuitous meeting between passers-by who do not know each other.


Dates : 27 July and 24 August

Place : Rue de l’Arbre-Bénit 102 (chapel and garden)

Activity: Homemade lunch prepared with ingredients from the vegetable garden, shared between the residents of the Sint-Alexius Psycho-social Centre, neighbours and other interested people, with musical performances and an interactive show.

Tous ensemble

Dates : 2-4, 13, 19 August and 18 September 2021

Place : Chaussée de Boondael 34 (Espace Lumen), Rue Gray 171 (La Serre), Rue Mercelis 19 (Biblio XL), Rue de la Cuve 1 (Centre de Service Social de Bruxelles Sud-Est) and Place Flagey.

Activity : Co-creation workshops for young and old at different locations in Ixelles, ending with a presentation of the final result.

Speakers Corner XL

Dates : 27 June, 18 July, 29 August and 26 September 2021

Place : Parc du Viaduc and Avenue de la Couronne 12 (GC Elzenhof)

Activity: free podium for passers-by and interested people who want to share their opinions or their best poetry with the public, moderated by poet Jan Ducheyne.

CODISCO. A day in and around a house in XL

Date : 10 July 2021

Place : Rue des Liégeois 2 (Radical House)

Activity: Workshops for and by citizens (well-being, literature, graphic art) with a focus on multilingualism

Ateliers Manga XL!

Dates : 28 August, 4, 11 and 18 September 2021

Place : Petite Rue Malibran 16 (MJ Malinard), Rue Gray 171 (La Serre)

Activity: creative workshops (12 – 16 years) around the creation of a manga comic book

Bleu des vacances

Dates : 10-12 August 2021

Place : Rue du Viaduc 133 (Maison de la Solidarité and Parc du Viaduc)

Activity: Co-creative workshops on cyanotype (8-12 years) and creation of a giant fresco.

Bingo Escabelle

Dates: 11 July and 22 August 2021

Place : Rue Fritz Toussaint 8 (See U)

Activity: fun bingo for young and old with unique prizes consisting of works of art by young Brussels artists.

XL 21

Dates : 3-4 July 2021

Place : various locations in Ixelles (Chaussée d’Ixelles, Flagey, Rue Gray, Boondael, Châtelain)

Activity: a group of amateur photographers from Brussels transform passers-by in the street into models at various locations in Ixelles.