ABOUT THE COMMUNITY CENTRES

N22: THE 22 COMMUNITY CENTRES IN BRUSSELS

N22 is the network of 22 Dutch-speaking community centres in the Brussels Capital Region. There are 19 municipalities in Brussels, each of which has its own a community centre. In the City of Brussels itself there is one in the ‘pentagon’, Laeken, Neder-Over-Heembeek and Haren – so 22 in total.

All the community centres are committed to bringing the people of Brussels closer together by creating opportunities for them to meet. A wide range of activities and projects are organised at these centres, such as tango lessons, creative weeks for children, alternative films, theatre performances by local young artists, neighbourhood breakfasts and family festivals.

In 2018, more than 10,000 activities were organised at or by the centres. More than 430,000 people took part in those activities, which was a 7% increase compared to 2017.

In particular, N22 focuses on children and young people. In 2018, the centres’ school programme reached almost 53,000 students with more than 1,000 activities: theatre and dance performances, art and environmental lessons, music and film, etc. N22 also focuses on the development of talent and there is a wide range of activities for young people.

THE CENTRES ARE THERE FOR YOU

Tell us what’s important to you. That way, you can have your say in what the centres do and how they do it. You can do this as a member of the board of directors, joining the general assembly, taking part in working groups and discussion panels or simply by talking to a (reception) employee about your ideas. The centres are there for you. They are able to keep going thanks to the many committed volunteers.

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A SPACE? THEN LOOK NO FURTHER!

N22’s 22 buildings offer a total of more than 46,000 m² of space. That’s almost 12 times the size of the Grand-Place. That space is also there for you to use. Each centre operates in its own way, but you can also use the rooms for your own initiatives – for private use or with your association, organisation, citizens’ collective, etc. Check out all the rooms that the 22 centres have to offer.

INFORMATION ABOUT DUTCH-LANGUAGE ACTIVITIES

Are you looking for a holiday activity for your children? Do you want to know how to register them for school? Or which Dutch-language sports initiatives there are in your municipality? The information leaflets in each centre will point you in the right direction. Feel free to ask for an explanation or help from someone at the reception desk. Also make sure you read these frequently asked questions about the community centres.

LEARN AND PRACTISE DUTCH

The N in N22 stands for Nederlands – Dutch. Dutch is the main language used at the centres. Do you speak another language and are you curious about the Dutch-language activities? You are more than welcome! Several centres offer Dutch lessons and conversation tables. During the activities you can practice your Dutch. And if you help as a volunteer, your language skills will get a boost, too!

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