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Sheep-walking project brings residents closer in Woluwe
The organisers of a community-building trial project that saw sheep and residents fraternise in Woluwe-Saint-Pierre say the project has succeeded in its aim of bringing the neighbourhood closer.
The trial project was organised at the initiative of the local Gemeenschapscentrum Kontakt community centre, where the sheep were resident guests of sorts. The six sheep have stayed on a plot situated next to the Meertalig Atheneum, a multilingual secondary school, since the end of August.
“We launched the project because we want to set up a couple of participatory projects,” project coordinator Ewout D’Hoore told Bruzz. “We are bringing a piece of country into the city and we’ll see what happens. When you go on a walk with the sheep, you are bringing people in touch with one another and you can connect different neighbourhoods.”
D’Hoore, a theatremaker by training, walked the sheep three times a week for the duration of the project. He said that drivers responded courteously when they saw the sheep coming. “You might think that most car drivers would start yelling, but the responses were always positive,” he said.
Photo courtesy Gemeenschapscentrum Kontakt
Written by Linda A. Thompson