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Open call for participation to “A knocking bird” an alternative exploration of Sint-Niklaas with noTours

Open call for participation to A knocking bird / an alternative exploration of Sint-Niklaas with

May 3 to May 10, 2013 – Sint-Niklaas (Belgium)


Within the framework of the project, A knocking bird, residents and European visitors to
Sint-Niklaas are invited to explore the city in a search for nature, together with sound artists
of notours.org and WIT Urban Team (www.wit-urbanteam.com) during a stay in Sint-
Niklaas (Belgium).

Anybody interested can apply for free travel, accommodation and meals for one week to
participate to this residency and for this event.

This alternative tour of the city, experimenting with new media and a cultural programme, are
the ingredients of this stay, including free time and time to meet the people of Sint-Niklaas.

The event offers surprising, enriching and unexpected encounters with the city of Sint-Niklaas,
its history and its inhabitants and encourages participants to reflect upon European urban
realities and the contemporary human condition in a broader sense.

Together with local inhabitants visitors will get the chance to embark on an alternative
exploration of Sint-Niklaas and learn to use the techniques and technologies of sound
recording. Memories and feelings about their respective own towns will be exchanged
between local people and visitors, exploring the local area and experiencing everyday life in
the city. Walking is perceived as an essential part of the visit and as a way to learn about the

We aim to achieve together with European visitors a collective sound walk, conceived as an
alternative and non-touristic gps-audio-guide with narratives about the city, about nature
in the city and about living together, with soundscapes and the personal stories of the

No previous knowledge is required. The international event is open to everybody with
an interest in sound and the city to share memories and ideas, regardless of educational
background, knowledge, etc. The workshop is based on an exchange of experiences from the
participants’ the daily life.

The workshop, travel and accommodation expenses are covered entirely by Grundtvig,
Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union.

You may request your application form
by contacting themilenaprinciple@gmail.com

Those who are 50 years and over are particularly encouraged to apply. Preference goes to
candidates who are not students, teachers or experts in this field.

Organised by Milena principle / WIT Urban Team together with noTours for the Cultural Centre
of the City of Sint-Niklaas

Supported by of Grundtvig, Lifelong Learning Programme, Education and Culture, European