The 15th of September is known as the International Day of the Democracy, the 2016 edition however, had a very special touch to it. The municipality of Breda asked the creatives of PakhuisB to organize an exceptional festival that revolves around the theme democracy, and explores possible alternatives. Not only alderman, but especially the people of Breda were invited to come along and share how they felt they could be more involved in local politics. A multitude of speeches were very informative, raising awareness and encouraging us to think of social problems and ecological solutions in a co-creative manner. The festival served as a platform to address issues and initiate changes for the local Breda democratic model of decision making and debating.
The Creative Lab was asked to make sure this would stay a very memorable moment we could relive again. Our intern Michelle, together with IMEM students Ray Tran and Bas Berendse headed out early to the event to set up and capture the full atmosphere the day would bring. Setting up a GoPro to record a time lapse, and multiple camera’s moving around the city hall and square to interview multiple stakeholders and capture the best moments. PakhuisB had set up a few installations and sessions for the visitors to join and share their ideas. For example, anyone was free to write up their thoughts on the Klaagmuur (the wall of complaints) at which freedom of expression was key.
After interviewing the main speakers who shared their insight and future plans for the city, we interviewed the mayor of Breda himself who also expressed the need for democracy and public opinion. Throughout the day there were workshops, performances, great food and many through-provoking speeches. The final footage was edited into different short videos as well as a longer after movie, which you can find online!