BOOK PRESENTATION: Molenbeek/Maalbeek – A Brussels Tale


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Vesalius College is pleased to invite you to the book presentation ‘Molenbeek/Maalbeek – A Brussels Tale’ written by Mr. Sven Gatz, Flemish minister for Culture, Media, Youth and Brussels Affairs.

  • Date:
    Wednesday, 20 March, 2019
  • Time:
    18:00 – 19:00
  • Location:
    Vesalius College (Lisbon/Rome Room), Plainlaan 5, 1050 Brussels


The attacks of 22 March 2016 were a shock to our capital. Not just for those living in Brussels but also for policymakers in charge of the city, from various backgrounds and policy fields. Equally so for the Flemish Minister for Brussels Affairs, Sven Gatz (Flemish Liberal Party, Open Vld), the attacks left a deep impression. So deep, he shared his thoughts in a book: Molenbeek/Maelbeek.

Narrating from the perspectives of seven characters, Gatz relives the attacks at Zaventem airport and Maelbeek metro station. Through the eyes of fictional characters Hamida, Clive, Nina, Claude, Ghazi, Erik, and Francoise, Gatz introduces us to a traumatised, yet hopeful Brussels. He allows the reader to get a better sense of Brussels and a feel for the city, ultimately becoming a companion in this story. Wandering from Molenbeek to Maelbeek, Sven Gatz uncovers the soul of Brussels.


Sven Gatz was born and raised in Brussels, allowing him to experience cultural diversity from a young age. His political career commenced in the early nineties when he was elected to office. For twelve years he held office as a member to the Flemish Parliament, focussing on urban development, integration, education, youth, culture and Brussels affairs. From 2007 onwards he led the liberal group in parliament. In 2011 he took a political hiatus in order to become director of the Belgian Beer Brewers. In 2014 he returned to politics as Flemish minister for Culture, Media, Youth and Brussels Affairs. In 2018 he also became the Vice-Minister-President of the Government of Flanders.

This lecture is also open to the public.
Attendance is free but registration is required. Please register HERE.