Still Here – An Alliance of Care for the SZenne River

Coproduction 2024
© Natural Contract Lab
© Natural Contract Lab

For three years, Natural Contract Lab has been walking-with the Szenne and its people, fishes, stones, clay… to remember its waters and weave an alliance of care for the recognition of its rights. The group organizes river gatherings by acknowledging the whole river from its source in Naast to the bifurcation in the Zennegat of Mechelen. Are you curious? Join a ‘walking-with’ via the registration form.

Natural Contract Lab is a transdisciplinary artistic group and practice that aims to create a systemic dialogue with waters undergoing ecological transformations. As a body of care, NCL invites others to moments of 'walking-with' the river, water mourning circles, collective gestures of care, Agoras, river schools and other actions.

Still Here in Brussels:

  • Saturday 20.04.2024 - 10:00-14:00 - Walking-with the SZenne, in solidarity for the waters
  • Saturday 01.06.2024 - 10:00-14:00 - Walking-with the SZenne, learning from the river
  • Saturday 29.06.2024 - 10:00-13:00 - SZenne Agora


  • The start and end locations will be communicated after registration.
  • The distance of the route is approximately 4 km.
  • Accessibility: The process involves walking, sitting and immersion in the landscape. We walk slowly, paying attention to everyone's pace. Sometimes the subsurface is made of earth and changes with the weather or season. If you would like to receive more information or have specific needs in the field of mobility, do not hesitate to contact us in advance.
  • Age: Everyone is welcome, including children and babies.
  • Any questions? Contact
Initiated by: Maria Lucia Cruz Correia – In ongoing co-creation with a transdisciplinary group, including: the Zenne (ally and companion), vinny jones (sensory scenography / dramaturgy), Brunilda Pali (restorative justice), Lode Vranken (design / philosophy), Margarida Mendes (research / sonic guidance) – SZenne collaborations: Saartje Monden (river guardian pedagogies), Flore Herman (artistic assistant / mediator), Matteo Deblasio (river vessel / clay mediator), Marzia Dalfini (walking-with costume design), Thessa Kruger (Intern) – Production: Hiros - Coproduction: VierNulVier, workspacebrussels, Kanal Centre Pompidou, Sint-Lucas Antwerpen School of Arts KdG, UGent Research Centre S:PAM (Studies in Performing Arts & Media) - Local partners: Gemeenschapscentrum De Rinck, Centre Culturel de Soignies - Supported by: the Flemish Community, Zenne Archives of Rijksarchief Brussels, European Forum for Restorative Justice (EFRJ, Marie Toussaint, Member of the European Parliament / EFA) - Past collaborators: Marine Calmet (rights of nature), Evanne Nowak (ecological grief), the rivers Rhône, Tejo, Zenne, Lieve & Aa, and lake Sejoumi

Event details

20.04.2024 | 10:00 - 14:00 Tickets

240 min

free / registration compulsory




in English

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