Antiheroes confirmed the venue for LOTE5: it will be the head office of the European cooperative for creative professionals SMartBE http://smartbe.be/.
This is great news especially for the creative/cultural industries track! SMartBE simplifies the lives of artists and cultural workers (their main solution: a mutual invoicing system) and supports them in their professional path with information, trainings, legal advice, van rentals, subsidies, etc. They seem to unfail the system pretty well since in 15 years they managed to engaged 70,000 members in 8 different countries and count on a 155 staff working from 10 offices across Belgium. They're very often cited as an example of the best practice in the sector: they offer a solution between employment and entrepreneurship that can inspire also the refugee track.
Pierre and Lieza (our contact people) are enthusiast about hosting LOTE5, it seems that their board of directors engaged incredibly fast after taking a look at the LOTE4 video. They would like to extend their partnership and help with reaching out their community and communicating for us, organize side/night activities in Brussels Art Factory and LaVallée (co-working spaces for creatives) and some logistics.
This Friday they’re having their Christmas dinner in some of the rooms that we might use for LOTE5 in February, the Brussels-based fellows are invited to chip in at 7:30 for a short visit.
For those of you that missed today's community call you can read a recap and call to action curated by Nadia here.