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Give Music a Chance: Family-friendly charity festival in Waterloo on 26 May
An eclectic line-up of musicians from Belgium and abroad are set to perform their hearts out at a one-day benefit in the grassy setting of Campus d’Argenteuil.
Bands include Pale Grey, Balimurphy,, Great Mountain Fire, Piano Club, Alex Lucas, Samir Barris, David Leo, Le 8e Groupe, Romy Conzen, musicians from the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, and many more.
Give Music a Chance’s fun-filled programme has been designed to entertain all ages, with a kid’s corner offering fun activities, including a show by musical storytellers Oli and Lo, street performances by Le Lundi Bouffon, laser tag, funball. Quality food trucks will provide tasty bites and a great selection of beer and wine.
Giving young people a voice through music
And it’s raising money for a fantastic cause. For the second year running, non-profit Waterloo sessions has teamed up with Belgian NGO Music Fund, this time to help youngsters in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Waterloo Sessions is a team of Scandinavians and locals who are committed to giving children in developing countries an opportunity to discover music. It has partnered with Music Fund, which has been collecting used musical instruments and donating them to music schools for children in conflict zones since 2005.
To kick-start this year’s cause, students at schools in Brabant Walloon donated instruments in a collection campaign in April. And there will be a chance to hand over previously-loved instruments on the day of the festival. Organisers hope to beat last year’s collection of 56 instruments when funds raised supported two projects in Vietnam and Myanmar run by Norwegian NGO Hedda Foundation.
Man with a musical mission
The event’s organiser is Christian Lund, a Norwegian-born, Brussels-based music lover, who is an economist at EFTA Surveillance Authority ESA by day and festival director by night. “I had been wanting to organise a music festival for years, and when Christian Bertram who fixes my guitar every year told me about his work with Music Fund, it just clicked”, he explains, adding: “All I was missing was a cause.”
And Lund is optimistic about the event’s second edition. “We have high ambitions and have in my opinion some very nice bands lined-up. I imagine a big garden party, with lots of fun for the kids and a variety of different music for people to enjoy.”
Give Music a Chance
The event is free for under 12s, tickets €15-€50
26 May, from 12.00
5 Square d‘Argenteuil, 1410 Waterloo