Lasso & EHB | Report | Research on the cultural experience of young people from the Brussels Canal Zone

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The Erasmus University College Brussels - Social Work conducted, within the framework of the bilingual urban project Move It Kanal, and from the beginning of 2016 until spring 2017, a qualitative research on the cultural experience of young people from the Brussels Canal Zone. The most important results from this research were collected in a report. Click here to view the pdf-version.

In the first research phase, researcher Hanne Stevens interviewed 55 young people aged between 11 and 22 who live in the Brussels Canal Zone or spend a great deal of their time there. Different qualitative research methods were used such as observation, focus-group interviews and in-depth interviews, both in the street, at school and in culture and youth work organizations. We wanted to know how these young people experience culture, both active participation (meaning young people creating art themselves) and passive participation (meaning consuming culture created by others).

Secondly, also cultural workers, youth workers and teachers were interviewed by means of individual in-depth interviews and focus groups. We wanted to know how they introduce culture in their work with young people. Finally, we asked all of them about the opportunities and difficulties regarding cultural participation by young people.

In this report, Hanne Stevens and Dr. Bart Claes, researchers Erasmus University College Brussels - Social Work, collected the results from the interviews with the young people, cultural and youth works and teachers. They formulate concrete tips and tricks for professionals who want to introduce culture in their work with young people.

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