Heleen Debeuckelaere is a historian, writer and organizer based in Brussels.

She regularly contributes to Belgian and international media and was involved in the birth of the non-profit organization "Metissen van België" and the video channel Black speak Back. She often works for the Brussels news outlet BRUZZ, where you can find her articles about the cosmopolitan capital on the website and in the magazine. Her monthly column appears in the Belgian magazine on cultural affairs Rekto: Verso. She curated a special collection for the Muntpunt library on the theme of "decolonization". She also listens to Afrobeat daily and answers her e-mails at the earliest after two days of reflection.

Basic information

Heleen Debeuckelaere
colonial history, Afrophobia, discrimination, decolonization and Brussels

Supported projects

Black Neighbourhoods

  • Culture
  • Equality

BRUSSELS - The 'Black Neighbourhoods' project is a result of the writing residence of the Flemish-Dutch organisation deBuren. While the authors were walking through Paris, they were both attracted to Château Rouge, an African neighbourhood immediately behind Montmartre. The positive sides but also the struggles of the neighborhood with gentrification and crime, reminded them of that other African neighbourhood, much closer to home: Matonge in Brussels. That was the start of a long search for the history, identity and future of black neighbourhoods in Europe.