Once again an Afterwork Party will be held at Abattoir on Thursday the 13th March. A Carnival themed ‘Boeremet‘ for our last winter edition ! So put on your masks and your most becoming costumes on this special occasion. The weekly editions will restart from 17 April onwards. Join us on Thursday, no doubt it will be a highly colourful party. Doors opened @ 5 p.m.
The constuction works for the new Foodhall are at full speed now. Two huge tower cranes have been installed in the meantime. The last concrete foundations have been installed and soon the sewerage works will be started up. The concrete ground plate should become visible in April. Then, we will quickly move for greater heights. Once the heavy works will be finished, the shape of the 45 shops and fridges will become visible. It must be said that the weather has been very favourable! Thanks to a mild winter, the works were never brought to a standstill.
After having been honoured earlier this month by the visit of Flemish Minister-President Peeters, Abattoir had the pleasure to receive some other Flemish political heavyweights. Two Ministers, Geert Bourgeois and Filip Muyters, both belonging to the NV-A, had put Brussels on their visiting agenda, and after having paid a visit to a local crèche, they came all their way to Anderlecht. At Abattoir’s, they joined a group of NV-A colleagues-politicians to listen attentively to our Masterplan developments.
Compared to the supermarkets, the public markets are far behind when it comes to using plastic bags or not. At Abattoir, we have made great progress in the area of waste management on our site, particularly in comparison with other market organizers. We are currently looking into ways of avoiding the use of plastic bags on all Brussels public markets. Eventually, this may lead to a sustainable solution on the condition that it is being introduced gradually and that all markets in the Brussels Region follow this example.
Yamila Idrissi, sp.a politician, initiated the "Museum aan het Kanaal" (Canal Museum), as the name explains a museum along the Brussels Canal dedicated to modern art. Moreover, she has a special link with Abattoir. Still a child, she has been visiting the Abattoir markets with her parents coming all the way from Mechelen. At the occasion of the "50 years of migration" events, her book will appear later this year, in which she explains so beautifully what the Abattoir markets meant for her. We are pleased to publish a short passage out of her book here.