FAQ English

I have questions about the congress. (Frequently asked questions)

Who is this congress for?

This congress is meant for adults with a mental disability. Accompanying people are also welcome and should also register and pay the participation fee.

What is the program of this congress?

Specific information about the workshops will follow.

Each day starts at 09h30 in the BOZAR with an opening focusing on “Creating Social Art”

There is a wide variety of workshops each morning: Artistic workshops- painting, making music, dancing; exploring the city; interactive tours in the exhibition of the beautiful Art Deco building: conversation groups round social themes.

In the afternoons there will be excursions: city tours, a visit to the European Parliament, the Atomium and Mini Europe.

There will be a cultural program each evening: concert, choir, theatre or dance performances.

By participating in these activities together, we can transform work and play into a social art.

What is the participation fee?

500 euro per person

What is included in the price?

The whole program of the congress including all workshops, excursions and cultural activities in the evenings.

Accommodation for 3 nights, from Wednesday till Saturday in one of the Youth Hostels.

All meals and beverages during the congress:

Breakfast in the Youth Hostels on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Lunch in the BOZAR on Thursday, Friday and a lunch parcel on Saturday.

Diner in the BOZAR on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Morning refreshments in the BOZAR on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Public transport for excursions to and from BOZAR.

What is not included in the price?

Transport to and from Brussels from your home.

You must organize and pay for your own lunch on the first day, Wednesday.

Personal purchases in Brussels, such as souvenirs and post cards.

Extra beverages and snacks beside what is offered.

Extension of stay in Brussels.

How can I register and pay for the congress?

Register well in advance as the congresses are always fully booked!

Register via the website www.ontmoetenisleven.be Choose the language which suits you.

You can register via the red button – Buy ticket.

Group registration: please fill in the email address and telephone number of one contact person as well as the name of the group (this could be the name of the institution) next to the names of each participant. This is necessary to ensure that all members of a group share the same accommodation.

Your participation ticket and payment details will be mailed to you. Payment can be done via internet banking or a bank transfer.

Account details: IBAN: BE56 5230 8055 0188


Telephone: 0032 494 5119 25

Adress: Congress 2015

Vremdesesteenweg 237

2531 Boechout – Vremde


Are you registering as a group?

Any number of participants can register as a group. Please fill in the email address and telephone number of one contact person as well as the name of the group (this could be the name of the institution) next to the names of each participant. This is necessary to ensure that all members of a group share the same accommodation.

How do I register for a workshop?

A list of all the workshops will be available shortly before the congress.
The workshops take place on Thursday and Friday between 11h and 13h and you stay in the same workshop for the duration of the congress. It is advisable to make a first and second choice in case your workshop is full.

Registration for workshops takes place on Wednesday 6 May between 13h and 16h30 at BOZAR.

How do I register for an excursion?

A list of all the excursions will be available shortly before the congress. You should choose two excursions: One for Thursday afternoon and one for Friday afternoon. It is advisable to choose an alternative excursion in case your first choice is full.

Registration for excursions takes place on Wednesday 6 May between 13h and 16h30 at BOZAR. 

Travel arrangements to and from Brussels

You must make your own travel arrangements. BOZAR is situated close to Central Railway Station of Brussels.

Look at www.brussel.irisnet.be /Mobility and transport/Arriving in Brussels

When is the congress counter in the BOZAR open?

Wednesday 6 May   13h – Registration

16h – Press Conference

17h – Official opening of Congress

Thursday 7 May         09h – doors open

and Friday 7 May       09h30 – opening Henri Le Boeuf Hall

Which Youth Hostel do I stay at?

This information will follow.

The addresses of the Youth Hostels:

Les Auberges de jeunesse Génération Europe

Rue de l’Eléphant 4

1080 Bruxelles


Youth Hostel Van Gogh

Rue Traversière 8

1210 Bruxelles


Jacques Brel

Rue de la Sablonnière 30

1000 Bruxelles


Sleep Well Youth hostel

Rue du Damier 23

1000 Bruxelles


Jeugdherberg De Blauwput

Martelarenlaan 11a

3010 Leuven


Leuven City Hostel

Ravenstraat 37

3000 Leuven

When can we check in at the Youth Hostels?

This information will follow

How do we get from the Youth Hostels to the BOZAR?

This information will follow

 What meals do we have?

Breakfast will be served at the Youth Hostels

Meals at the BOZAR will be prepared by BIO organic Factory. This means that the meals will be organic.

When you register on the website www.ontmoetenisleven.be you can indicate whether you are vegetarian or not.

During the morning break coffee, tea and water will be served.

No alcohol will be served at the congress.

I use a wheelchair

Please mention this on the website www.ontmoetenisleven.be when registering. This will be taken into consideration when allocating accommodation.

What is BOZAR?

BOZAR is a beautiful old building but unfortunately not all rooms are accessible for wheelchairs. This means that not all workshops will be available for wheelchair participants. Those that are accessible will be indicated on the choice list. You will be assisted to the available rooms and toilets.

Who is responsible for me?

Each participant is responsible for himself. Accompanying people are responsible for members of their group. They know each other and know when and where support is needed.

Remember to take adequate medication.

The organization of the Congress is not responsible for participants.

Health – medical

The European medical insurance card is accepted in Belgium. In emergencies phone Hôpital Saint Pierre, Rue Haute, free of charge.

Doctors – after hours: 02 479 18 18

Dentists – after hours: 02 426 10 26


There will be participants from all over Europe speaking different languages.

There will be people at the information desk in the BOZAR who speak several languages.

The official languages of the congress are Dutch, French, German and English.

Other languages will be offered during excursions.

What do I do if I have a problem in Brussels?

There will be an emergency number given to all participants on registration at the BOZAR on Wednesday 6 May. There will be a person available at the information desk in the BOZAR to cope with possible problems.

What is the BOZAR?

The BOZAR, the Palace for Fine Arts, is a building in Art Deco style. It opened its doors in 1928. The architect was Victor Horta. It is considered to be an architectural gem.

The BOZAR is mainly used for exhibitions and concerts, but slide shows, theatre productions, literary events, film shows and congresses take place there as well.

The name comes from French “BEAUX ARTS” which means “Fine Arts.” BOZAR is also called “Palace of Fine Arts.” It is one of the main centers of culture in Brussels. It is situated between the Central Station of Brussels and the Royal Palace.




Rue Ravenstein 23

1000 Brussels


Who organized this congress?

The initiative group is represented by people from Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany.

Michaelis vzw, The Society for the Promotion of Anthroposophical Curative Education and Social Therapy in Belgium, is responsible for the organization.

Where are other conferences held?

The idea for this type of congress emerged in Berlin, where the first congress “Creating Social Art” was organized in 1998. Subsequently similar congresses with the same theme have been held in Dornach, Prague, Den Haag and Vienna. This congress in Brussels with the theme “Creating Social Art” will be the 6th of its kind in Europe. In this way it weaves its way through Europe.

Lately, congresses for people with a disability have been organized all over the world, especially in South America, Asia and Russia. Hopefully this will happen all over the world in future.

More information is available on the website:


All these congresses are open for all adults with a disability, of any nationality, religious or cultural background.

The organizers are volunteers.

I have more questions

Should you have any more questions, contact the office of Congress 2015.

Email: info@ontmoetenisleven.be

Telephone: +32 494 511 925