MAASTRICHT. Where students and locals meet. This would be the perfect slogan for the Brusselslook Festival, held on Thursday next week at the Orleansplein for the fourth year. There will be music, drinks and a ‘clip your crib’ contest. The idea is to promote the integration between Maastrichtenaren and the attending students (most of whom are foreign). Brusselsepoort-Oost roughly covers the area between the Brusselsepoort shopping mall and the Emmaplein roundabout. A lot of students live around the Orleansplein in particular, for example in the Franquinetstraat. The cohabitation hasn’t always been happy: local residents complaining about noisy student houses late into the night, disruptive behaviour, the lack of rules. More than once the police have been called in. The festival at the Orleansplein aims to improve communication between the two groups. You have to keep on searching for a dialogue, according to the organisers.
There will be music by Fin de Siècle (folk, ambient and pop), Sparrow Falls (post-punk/rock) and Leeways (reggae, funk/rock). In the crib clip contest, students submit short films they have made of their ‘cribs’, the student houses in the neighbourhood. The goal is to showcase their habits and living circumstances. The clips will be shown on a continuous loop and the best video will receive a prize.
Brusselslook Festival, Orleansplein, Thursday 27 June, 16.30–22.00