Belgium in Brief: Why Would Thousands Gather In Bois de la Cambre?
Wednesday, 07 April 2021
Some questions in life are difficult.
What is the meaning of Life, the Universe and Everything?
How many roads must a man walk down?
What’s love got to do with it?
Why are over 10,000 people interested in a new party in Brussels de la Cambre?
Pop culture has answered a few of them, but to try and tackle the final question, we need a little context. Let’s do that.
This new event follows an April Fools’ party which drew thousands of people to Brussels’ Bois de la Cambre last week and ended in riots. That party – and the current coronavirus situation – prompted an open letter to Belgium’s youth written by Federal Interior Minister Annelies Verlinden calling on young people to “hang in there a little longer.”
“Think of something that will make the last few weeks weigh less. Be creative and motivate each other,” she said. “Think of a challenge and share it – and let us know how we can help.”
L’Abîme, the organisers of the new event, took up this challenge and called on Belgium’s youth to gather in the park again, and people seem interested.
“We have found an occupation for our young people who are experiencing a lack of freedom, parties, love and hugs,” the collective wrote. “We suggest that they help think up and organise La Boum 2 in the Bois de la Cambre.”
So… Why are over 10,000 interested in a new party in Brussels de la Cambre?
Honestly, I’m not entirely sure yet, but I’m sure we’ll find out if the event goes ahead.
What’s your take? Should it get government approval so there is some control? Will it inevitably end in chaos? Is the whole thing a meta event? Does that matter? 42?
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