In April 2017, Cinemaximiliaan moved to a large back house in the Manchesterstraat in the canal zone of Molenbeek. In a short time, this house has become the beating heart of the dynamics around Cinemaximiliaan. Volunteers and visitors spend the night around events, share meals and work together, people meet and collaborations take place. It also houses the office of Cinemaximiliaan, where the team assisted by many newcomers, volunteers, interns, are working behind the screens.
In the project house musicians come together for rehearsals, people meet eachother to discuss projects, film screenings, small concerts or exhibitions can be held in a homely atmosphere. The house also transforms itself into a film set during the production of the short films.
The openness and inviting nature of our activities and projects makes Cinemaximiliaan not only a warm place but also a platform to support people with ideas and initiatives. Projects take place in the intimacy of a living and breathing house and create a unique experience in time and space.
The social fragility of a new existence offers newcomers little support in building a future. At Cinemaximiliaan people can find a place where to be home, to regain strength, to be appreciated for who you are, creativity is awakened and the rich cultural background can blossom.
In recent times the Manchesterstraat has undergone a profound transformation: not only Charleroi Danse, but also Recyclart, VK and Decoratelier have settled into the street. It seems that the neighborhood is transforming rapidly and becoming a cultural hub in Brussels, a dynamic for which we’re very grateful.