Herman Van Rompuy – former Prime Minister of Belgium and first President of the European Council. Speech during the inauguration of Koenraad Tinel’s new work of art ‘Embrace’ , Friday, October 26 – in Ganshoren , Brussels , Belgium.
EMBRACE is a translation of the remarkable friendship between the artist Koenraad Tinel and lawyer Simon Gronowski, who both carry a heavy war history with them.
Embrace is a realization of the De Zeyp community center on the occasion of the 40th anniversary, and is part of the Grundtvig project ‘2WARdS-Europe’ .
EMBRACE – Speech Herman Van Rompuy (20181027) film by Michel van der Burg – Miracles.Media | michelvanderburg.com
This new work of art ‘Embrace’ was inaugurated today – Friday, October 26 – in Ganshoren , Brussels , Belgium. At the foot of the Basilica Koekelberg, at the beginning of the Van Overbekelaan, the corten steel sculpture was placed last monday and filmed in this panoramic view from the Basilica. This work is a translation of the remarkable friendship between artist Koenraad Tinel and lawyer Simon Gronowski, who both carry a heavy war history with them.
Embrace is a realization of the De Zeyp community center on the occasion of the 40th anniversary, and is part of the Grundtvig project ‘2WARdS-Europe’
Embrace (20181026) artwork panoramic view by Michel van der Burg – Miracles.Media | michelvanderburg.com
① memo 20180319 ~ PUSH Coming to Brussels Opera House Monnaie | Munt ~
Good news ! The community opera PUSH (written by composer Howard Moody) inspired by the true story of Simon Gronowski , a boy whose mother pushed him off the ‘Transport XX’ train heading to Auschwitz in 1943 – an action that saved his life and gave the opera its name – is now programmed in Simon’s hometown in March 2019 in the De Munt | La Monnaie opera house of Brussels .
Howard had met Simon, now in his 80s, in Brussels and promised to write an opera based on his life. PUSH tells this story but also deals with much broader themes of persecution.
After the world premiere of PUSH in 2016 in the UK , and a recent second performance in , Howard Moody once again brings together professional musicians and amateur performers – both adults and children – from the UK and Belgium in a unique theatrical experience.
Push your child off the edge!
My mother gave birth to me twice
Pushing me towards freedom and life
More info / links
Ma vie n’est que miracles. My life is only miracles
A full documentary on Simon’s life , the film Miracles is in production now – more soon on Miracles.Media
① memo 20171120 ~ Afghan Sans Papiers in Kazerne Dossin ~ Some 30 young Afghans , undocumented (‘sans papiers’) , and Belgians together* went to the Kazerne Dossin in Mechelen – note : some Afghans were not able to stay because of trauma’s experienced in their homeland – communiqué in french in this video at the finish of the silent solidarity march for the Afghan community of “Sans Papier” in Belgium, by Belgians and Afghan refugees in Brussels , Nov 20th 2013 – in front of the Federal Justice Building (FPS) in Brussels , Belgium
* Organized by the UPJB and the ‘comité de soutien aux 450 Afghans sans statuts’ , and supported by Solidarcité , and SCI – visit saturday Nov 16th 2013 in Kazerne Dossin , Mechelen , Belgium ( SCI “Des rencontres qui questionnent“)
More video work on the Belgian Afghan community here :
① memo 20170818 ~ Couture Courage Congo ~ Couture Courage Congo ~ (FR dessous / below) – The courage of african women – Congolese Fashion Parade « Dignity by creating couture » at the Atelier Marcel Hastir – Brussels – August 3, 2015 – with Anne-Sophie Maier, Aurélie Ferriere, Caroline Hack, Ewa Malinowska, Florette Mavunda, Isabelle Asguet, Katia Fournier, Maria Palatine et Michaëla Ngindu wa Nzengu. For the Young Congolese Women’s Group – DJFC , Kikwit , DR Congo & the Robert Maistriau Foundation. A short film by Michel van der Burg (August 7 2015 / updates : August 16 , 2015 / August 18 , 2017)
FR – Le courage des femmes africaines – Défilé de robes « La dignité par la création couturière » à l’Atelier Marcel Hastir – Bruxelles , 3 août 2015 – avec Anne-Sophie Maier, Aurélie Ferriere, Caroline Hack, Ewa Malinowska, Florette Mavunda, Isabelle Asguet, Katia Fournier, Maria Palatine et Michaëla Ngindu wa Nzengu. Pour la « Dynamique de la Jeunesse Féminine Congolaise ASBL » DJFC , Kikwit , DR Congo & la « Fondation Robert Maistriau ASBL » . Un court-métrage de Michel van der Burg (7 août 2015 / mise à jour : 16 août 2015 / 18 août 2017)
Film tech note : filmed with Canon Legria mini X – unfortunately with ‘interview’ audio settings for an interview I did earlier that day.
① memo 20170427 ~ Heroic Hands ~ Friend , as you pass by , Honour these hands whose heroic gesture saved those whom the forces of evil had destined for hell .
This corten steel work of Etienne Desmet is a tribute to the heroic attack in Boortmeerbeek by the three young men Youra Livschitz, Robert Maistriau and Jean Franklemon , on the ‘Transport XX’ deportation train – a cattle car train crammed with 1631 Jewish passengers, heading for Auschwitz. They were able to open one of the cattle cars and liberated 17 men and women. Another more than 200 prisoners escape from the train before the German border. The story is told in the documentary film “Transport XX to Auschwitz” – https://michelvanderburg.com/2013/04/19/transport-xx-to-auschwitz/
Filmed last Sunday at the Transport XX commemoration April 23 , 2017 in Boortmeerbeek , Belgium
① memo 20170131 ~ L’Atelier ~ Short personal impression of last year’s International Holocaust Remembrance Day in the Atelier Marcel Hastir. ‘L’Atelier’ hosted the special screening (and Belgium premiere) of the documentary “Transport XX to Auschwitz” Jan 31, 2015 – Brussels, Belgium