Beyond Manifesta 9

When you go to Manifest 9 at Winterslag, one of three coal mines in Genk you also should take some time to visit the former mining site Genk’s star attraction C-Mine. The “C” now stands not for coal but for creativity, the theme that unites such diverse enterprises as a multi-screen cinema, the MAD-faculty (Media, Arts and Design school) and the studio and
showroom of famous ceramicist Piet Stockmans.

Things to visit:

  1. The original “garden city” built by the mining company for its workers, many of whom were newly arrived immigrants, between 1911 and 1930.
  2. Around the site in Waterschei you shall be able to find beautiful houses.
    Nederlands: Kasteel van Bokrijk in Genk

    Nederlands: Kasteel van Bokrijk in Genk (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


  3. The Open-air museum Bokrijk with historic buildings from all over Flanders grouped to recreate typical villages and farms.
    This year, Bokrijk introduced a major new attraction, effectively bringing the park into the 20th century. A new neighbourhood recreates a more recent past: the swingin’ sixties. Each visitor is given a passport with the identity of a typical Genk resident in the 1960s, which determines how they experience the attraction.
  4. Kattevennen, one of the gateways to the Hoge Kempen National Park, the largest nature reserve in Flanders.
    The main attraction here is the Cosmodrome, a spectacular planetarium and observatory offering diverse programmes about space and the natural world. After each planetarium show, visitors can look through the three-metre telescope and observe the heavens.
  5. Nature Domain Kiewit with the largest authentic Japanese Garden in Europe.
  6. Also worth visiting the Herkenrode’s herb garden or the Garden of Dina Deferme.
  7. In the Park Nature and Culture Hasselt you can admire over 100 kinds of boxwood and numerous shape clippings.
  8. Hasselt it self, was a real disappointment.
    For the younger generation which prefer more the coolness, it perhaps can offer more, but for those who want to find some rustic and warm places, not much shall appeal to them.
    Not much of historic buildings or small cosy streets.
    Only a handful of interesting old buildings, one of which was damaged so much by having the ground-floor made in a modern shop.
    We passed the Fashion museum when it was closed and found an entrance which looked more like a prison and not an inviting space for fashion.
    For shopping you could say this is a place to be. For those with enough money they for sure shall find anything they fancy.
    To our taste we did not find more than three restaurants were we would like to sit for some time, and one looking very nice inside, too pricey for our budget.
  9. Besides the centre of Hasselt, you can also visit Herkenrode Abbey.
    Hasselt Reflection Centre where you can find your inner peace in the silence of the abbey.


Find additional comments to Manifesta 9, C-mine and its environment in:

  1. Winterslag nu als Creatief Centrum
  2. C-Mine and Manifesta 9
  3. A second look at Manifesta 9
  4. Pictorial view of Manifesta 9


Please do find:

Going out in Genk: Uit in Genk

Going out in Hasselt: Home for Tourist Information about Hasselt and surroundings: Hasselt Uit



  • Where To Go In Hasselt – part two (
    In part one, I showed you Hasselt’s one and only vintage shop, this time we’re getting some culture and something to eat!
  • Manifesta 9 – The Age of Coal (
    Genk is a city almost entirely devoid of any grace but it is also the site of the 9th edition of Manifesta, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art. And who needs grace and glamour when you have an exhibition as sensational as as the one that Cuauhtémoc Medina curated in a disused coal mine at the outskirt of the city?
  • Manifesta 9: a rich seam of art in a disused mine (
    The mine ceased work in 1987; the building itself was completed in 1924, a handsome example of art deco industrial architecture.The smell in the corridor, says the artist Oswaldo Maciá, who worked with perfumer Ricardo Moya, is meant to evoke failure. Like many of the works here, Martinete (Maciá’s “audio olfactory composition”) is a kind of elegy. The legacies of the industrial revolution, the migration of labour and the geopolitics of Europe and beyond are Manifesta’s theme: the world as it was and what it is becoming.
    Manifesta 9 is on until 30 September, click here for details
  • Only human (
    In venues across Mechelen, Newtopia: The State of Human Rights explores various artistic responses to the subject. Taking the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) as its starting point, Newtopia features the work of more than 70 international artists, ranging from big names like Andy Warhol and Pablo Picasso to emerging stars such as Egyptian Arab Spring iconographer Ganzeer to forgotten heroes like the Flemish anarchist Wilchar.
    Because of the Mechelen’s extensive rail links, the Nazis chose the city to house a transit camp during the Second World War. Nearly 25,500 Jews (more than half of the country’s Jewish population) and more than 350 Gypsies were interned at the Dossin Barracks in Mechelen before being transported to the death camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland. This November, the Kazerne Dossin Museum will open on the site, serving as a Holocaust memorial and an education/documentation centre on contemporary human rights.
  • Portable Verbandkammer container offers a modular space for creative artists (
    Artists or designers usually wish for a calm and collected space to help them visualize and produce innovative works without any disturbance. Designed to bring all the amenities under a single roof, the “Verbandkammer” by architects Nilsson Pflugfelder is a modular space that offers a workspace, residence and archive or meeting area for modern artists looking to give wings to their ideas.  Backed by the FLACC Workplace for Visual Artists, the mobile container is currently on display in Genk, Belgium, as part of contemporary art biennial Manifesta 9 Parallel Events.

About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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