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The very first Maker Faire in Brussels - putting DIY in the spotlight by Héloïse

23 January 2020
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More than 4,000 visitors attended the very first Maker Faire in Brussels, a creative and innovative festival, organised and steered by VO Citizen. Held on the 6th and 7th of December at SeeU, Brussels (the former barracks in Ixelle), the event featured around a hundred stands and workshops.

The Maker Faire has a presence in 200 cities and 40 countries and has established itself as one of the DIY events. That the first edition took place in Brussels was no surprise. This was down to a spirit of collaboration.

At the instigation of Brussels Creative and VO Citizen and supported on this wonderful journey by various public and private partners, this event was 100% created and steered by the teams of VO Citizen, a VO agency renowned for its expertise in event organising.

For two whole days, around a hundred exhibitors from the world of online crafts, university research, fab labs, invention, DIY, repair or re-use, circular economy and many more, shared their passion for creativity and innovation with businesses and the general public. And people were there for it!

“Let’s make industry small again!”

VO Citizen was able to turn this DIY fair into a success, because it shares similar values with the public communication agency. “These are the values we convey every day in connection with our work towards awareness of a new, responsible citizenship,” Laurence Leloup, Project Leader at VO Citizen, explains. “Maker Faire helps encourage the public to follow the same direction. In this respect, Brussels has enormous potential.”

Maker Faire Brussels is the first in-house event, 100% created and steered by the teams of the public communication agency of the VO group. And the stands reverberated with a beautiful feeling - that of doing something useful to change people’s mentalities and inspire our visitors.

Added public value

Hot on the heels of this first Maker Faire event in Brussels, Alain Heureux and Michel Culot (respective bosses of Brussels Creative and VO) already have their sights on edition 2020. And they hope to expand the event even further, thanks to new public and private support.

VO is proud that its agencies have been able to promote the values of the group through these events and looks forward to seeing you in 2020. This year’s event will be held at the start of the autumn and will offer more creativity and innovation with added public value.

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