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MAI NEWS n° 3 - 2016
Filling the space... organising public debates at MAI!
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Filling the space... organising public debates at MAI! 
In the evening of Monday 29 August 2016 (18.30 – 20.30) the Maison des Associations Internationales in collaboration with the Municipality of Ixelles hosted a public debate - BREXIT and what future for European Citizenship? The panelists were Andrew Duff (Visiting Fellow at European Policy Centre), Philippe Cayla (President of Européens sans frontières) and Monica Frassoni (Co-chair of the European Green Party). The debate was moderated by Delphine Bourgeois (President of the Consultative Council on European Affairs of Ixelles). The public debate was part of a three-day Summer University on European Citizenship (http://ecit-foundation.eu/ecit-initiatives/summer-university/). The large audience filled the Magistrat Room which really lends itself to this type of “town-hall” event. Participants commented very favourably on the quality of the panel and the discussion with the public. The debate was recorded and there will be a report shortly. We do hope to be able to repeat this type of event either on our own initiative or in cooperation with others.

 
It's the first time that I take part in an event organised here, MAI has been really a good surprise: warm welcoming, wide and bright room and absorbing debate!
(V. S. participant at the event)
From left to right: Philippe Cayla, Tony Venables, Delphine Bourgeois, Andrew Duff and Monica Frassoni

The debate showed that our promotional efforts are working and that MAI is able to attract a large number of visitors to the building. Seeing on the spot what we have to offer is the best way to get people interested. We received a number of follow-up enquires about office and conference facilities.

On Tuesday 4 October in the evening there was another public event which is even more important for the MAI. Korei, an association of architects, has uncovered the value of the building as an example of modernistic architecture. This will be discussed at their big event “Brussels Biennale of Modern Architecture” and this is followed on Saturday 8 October by three guided visits for the public to go around the office space and the conference facilities. Naturally we are hoping that this cooperation will continue and that the association will be able to provide us with advice about how to make improvements in the building in order to preserve and enhance its architectural value.
    
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