Partycipation in Leuven

From 15th March until 21st March 2011, Leuven will celebrate PARTYcipation WEEK. This week is designed to highlight diversity and will emphasise the open and international character of the city of Leuven.

PARTYcipation WEEK is organised by the Student Council LOKO, the city of Leuven, the K.U.Leuven, the university colleges of Leuven and Leuven’s secondary schools.

Partycipation week is an exciting mix of film, music, lectures and workshops for and by the diverse people of Leuven.

Everyone is different, and the same goes for the people of Leuven. This is what makes Leuven such a fascinating city, a city on the move. By putting together a programme that emphasises common ground between people, the organisers want to bring the residents of Leuven, and students, from all backgrounds, together in the same space. We want Leuven to celebrate its diversity, which not only means 154 nationalities and different cultures, but also other forms of diversity such as living and studying with a disability, (homo)sexuality, and people of all ages.

Through the activities available during Partycipation Week, we want everyone to experience the fascinating combination of people’s different backgrounds and the richness of diversity to be found in our city. We want this to be a positive and friendly encounter that eliminates the ‘us and them’ mentality. Leuven aims to be a ‘room with a view’; a place where we can experience and touch the world. This international perspective will give the residents, as well as the students, a unique habitat in the globalising world. Of course, this kind of perspective requires an open mind. And with this openness as a starting point, we are looking for what connects us, for a symbiosis formed through an open dialogue, through coming together, and through cooperation.

Partycipation Week is more than a show of Leuven’s diversity. It is also the launch of a cooperative relationship between Leuven’s institutions and the city, where all partners shall develop a collective approach with relation to diversity in the student city of Leuven. Leuven aims to be an open city where every pupil, every student, and every inhabitant feels equally at home.

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