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We Are Europe by Lieve Blancquaert

16/03/24 → 30/06/24 — Cultuurcentrum Mechelen

Photographer Lieve Blancquaert, one of Belgium’s finest, travelled across Europe during spring 2023 with her friend Marije. Slow travel made for spontaneous encounters in no fewer than 27 member states, with Europeans from all over the continent. Lieve came back with disarming portraits and life stories that give us insight into today’s Europe. Both big issues and small personal stories are covered. Lieve’s work adresses the current challenges in the European Union yet also tries to unearth what Europeans can be proud of. As was the case in Lieve’s previous projects, the focus here is on people.

‘We Are Europe’ is an informative and emotional journey, from March 16 till June 30 in Mechelen. Follow Lieve’s journey in the documentary for VRT MAX & VRT CANVAS.

Hannibal Books developed the beautiful photo and text book, that can be purchased at the exhibition desk, or online here.

‘We Are Europe’ is a coproduction of Kunsthal Mechelen en Construct Europe, and is located in the Mechelen Cultuucentrum (Minderbroederstraat 5)


Tickets for sale in the Cultuurcentrum, the office of Visit Mechelen and online here!

People with reduced mobility can access the exhibition rooms with an elevator. The whole exhibition is bilingual: DU/ENG.

Opening hours:
16 March to 30 June 2024 – Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm (last entrance 17:30pm)
On holidays, the expo opens according to regular opening hours: Wednesdays to Sundays, with regular closing hours applying.

Ticket fares:
€ 12 general fare
€ 8 -26 yo, groups from 10p, students, unemployed, European Disability Card Groups under 10p can use this fare upon booking a guide!
€ 5 for local schools (fare per student)
€ 2 ‘Mechelen UiTpas’
€ 0 Press / owners Lerarenkaart / members ICOM / assistants to pwd
€ 90 guide (max 15 p)
€ 40 guide for local school groups

Visiting as a group or class? Here you can order your group visit or guided visit.


By telephone to 0032 15 29 76 54 (UiT in Mechelen) or by e-mail to kunsthal@mechelen.be


Please contact constructeurope@mechelen.be


Lieve’s journey was made possible thanks to VRT & De Chinezen and with the support of KBC, Vinci Energies & SD Worx.

The exhibition in Mechelen could not have been possible without the support of the players of the Nationale Loterij, CANON Fotografie and the Represention of the European Commission in Belgium.