Jan Kohlbacher (Austrian, Museum of the Miner's House)
"While growing up I had the chance to get acquainted with many different
cultures and to mix them with my Moroccan roots. My father worked
underground for 25 years, for which I admire him very much. Through his
choice to come to Belgium, he has created the opportunities for me to start
my own business."
Fabiola Zahir (Moroccan, entrepreneur)
"My lyrics reflect the brave journey of the Italian miners to the Hoge Kempen,
leaving their families behind in search for a better future. Together they have
built the extraordinary community we live in today, characterized by pride,
respect, and coherence."
Gianluca Nobile (Italian, rapper and youth worker)
"It gives me so much pleasure to preserve the heathlands as it has been
done for hundreds of years. My sheep and I make people enjoy the purple
landscape every summer."
Kris Bertels (Belgian, herdsman)
Project Office Hoge Kempen Rural - Industrial Transition Landscape
Regionaal Landschap Kempen en Maasland vzw | Winterslagstraat 87, 3600 Genk | Belgium
Contact: Johan Van Den Bosch
T: +32 89 65 56 50