A Brussels-based organization with a
Zoart, created in 2009, produces and promotes art projects mainly focusing on world music and hybrid-jazz. The association gives prominence to artists coming from the euro-mediterranean area who often experience difficulties to make themselves known, perform and/or meet professionals of the sector. Zoart encourages as well the convergence of diverse audiences.
In 2015, Zoart opens a suitable venue in which artists are hosted and have the opportunity to enhance their artistic program, develop local roots and acquire greater visibility.
Today, Zoart is a unique cultural space where Brussels residents have the opportunity to meet « differently » beyond their cultural background
Our goals :
- Implementing the creation of a professioinal frame for artists
- Developing expertise in mobility and supporting artists' status
- Creating an environment-stimulating dialogue between artists coming from difference cultural traditions with a view to organise events, conferences and debates
- Stimulating awareness of present societal issues such as cultural diversity, gender, youth
- Taking part in the new utopias leading to a different «leaving together»
About the founder Bouchra Hbali
Bouchra Hbali began playing the saxophone at the age of 17 at the Music Academy of the City of Brussels.
"I decided to study a musical instrument and not just any instrument: a wind instrument! Not far from my home, there was a music academy. Here I was going to register and it was the trumpet class that interested me.
But I had not planned the meeting with my future teacher Christian Van Geyt, saxophone teacher, who quickly mad me changed my mind. Choice that I have never regretted.
We follow courses, rehearsals in Tubize, then our famous tours of the "Three Bells" in Brabant. Yes, the federal state in Belgium did not exist yet. We were in the early 80s.
This whole period was prolific. Music fascinated me as well as the non-profit sector. As a consequence, I joined as a volunteer the "Jeunesse Maghrebine" association where I taught music theory, was member of a dance group which later became the first pillar of the mythical group "Nass Al Ghiwane" during their tour in Belgium. And yes..., you read correctly. "
And why this interest for the Arab world?
Having parents of Moroccan origin is not enough.
Some follow a psychoanalysis, I decided instead to register at the university to discover where I came from. That's how I found myself inrolled in the first year of philology and oriental history: Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, and in classes of civilization and history at the ULB.