What?

Zinneke is a living city project!

Zinneke*is a project that creates opportunities for meeting, collaboration, cooperation and creation, that generates an artistic and social dynamic between residents, associations, schools and artists from different districts in Brussels and elsewhere.
A multitude of artistic projects are developed based on the ideas, suggestions and imagination of the participants in our workshops. The workshops themselves are as much meeting places for people whose paths would never cross in everyday life as havens of creativity where new methods and forms of collective acts of solidarity are forever being reinvented.
Every two years, the Parade is the lively, resounding, festive expression of this desire to live and produce original creations together.
The theme of the Parade on Saturday 19 May 2012 was Disorder. This theme was chosen by the people of Brussels in January 2011.
2000 participants, 22 Zinnodes**, 215 artists and 163 organisations from 34 municipalities paraded through the streets of Brussels in front of 85,000 spectators.

For the 2013-2014 edtion the theme was «Tentation / Bekoring».

For the 2015-2016 edtion the theme was «FRAGIL».

The 10th Zinneke Parade will be on Saturday 12 May 2018 and will have as theme “Illegal”


* Historically, Zinneke was a parade project conceived as part of Brussels 2000, European City of Culture. Made up of residents and artists it highlights the rich culture of Brussels, which is by definition cosmopolitan and pluralistic, and is the expression of a desire to build bridges between the 18 municipalities and the city centre, between the people of Brussels, Flanders and Wallonia, by mobilising the (socio) cultural associations.
** A Zinnode is a group composed of an artistic team, several partners and dozens of inhabitants who develop together, through a participative creation process of at least a year, a joint artistic project relating to the theme of the Parade.

Why “Zinneke”?

Zinneke is the name Brussels people give to the small Senne/Zenne river that circles Brussels, protecting it against flooding. Zinneke is also used to refer to a stray dog or mutt… some of which end up in the river. And so we get Zinneke: meaning one of multiple origin and symbol of the cosmopolitan and multicultural nature of Brussels.