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The noTours project in Sint-Niklaas is selected by the EU as one of the finalists for the European Prize for Tourism and the Environment, rewarding original touristical initiatives bringing together the city and ecology (with the European meeting, alternative city walks in Sint-Niklaas by WIT and a noTours-walk).  On July 23th an European jury comes to Sint-Niklaas to experience noTours and to listen to a presentation of the project. 



A Knocking bird is an urban and e-culture project with an ecological engagement, organized by Cultuurcentrum Sint-Niklaas, WIT Urban Team ( and noTours ( in collaboration with the Colour U, several international sound artists and environmental and ecological organizations. Curator: Geert Vermeire.
The pilot of this project happens between March and September and invites the residents and visitors of the city to a new urban experience with participation and with locative media.
Points of departure are a series of creative meetings with residents and artistic urban interventions by WIT Urban Team, next to an European event with fifteen residents from different European cities to explore nature in the city of Sint-Niklaas during a residency of a week. Their visit will be transformed in artistic results and in personal contributions about nature and city.


A “city sounds”-concert on the Day of Europe May 9th in the City Museum of Sint-Niklaas will present the Colour U. They will translate Sint-Niklaas and other European cities into sound with urban soundscapes.
Via participation of the residents and contributions of the European visitors the project will focus on an aural experience of the city and on the creation of a soundwalk with an alternative and creative tour of the city. The soundscapes are loaded into an audioguide with gps and activated when you approach certain locations. Once you switch on the audioguide you only need to walk. You are surrounded by soundscapes which come and go according to your movement through the city. Available from the 15th of June till 15th of September.
A project by  the Cultuurcentrum City Sint-Niklaas with support of Grundtvig, Lifelong Learning Programme, Education and Culture, European Union.


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 WIT Urban Team ( and with sound artists ( during a stay in Sint-Niklaas.





Friday May 3
At 7 pm – 9 pm: Welcome and informal dinner prepared by residents of Sint-Niklaas, members of the organization Volxkeuken . Location: Lobby IBIS Hotel (departure) and Volxkeuken. 

Saturday May 4
10 am - 12.30 am: Acquaintance with all participants and experts, overview of the week, short introduction to the methodology, walking as an instrument of learning and new media as tools for city exploration.  Location: Castle Walburg.
2 pm – 5 pm: Spaziergangwissenschaft (the science of walking), WIT Urban Team. A guided walk with members of WIT Urban Team and noTours.  en  Location: Castle Walburg (departure) and city center.
7 pm – 9 pm: : Cases of city participation projects with new media, webprojects and  webmaps:  Lodz and  -  Luistervinken/a Knocking Bird Sint-Niklaas . Location: Vrije Ateliers.

Sunday May 5
10 am – 11 am: Cases from the home cities of the participants: Topografie Lodz (organization that brings together people who believe in Lodz and want to work for their city) and their open media- and web projects about the memory and residents of the city, created by the residents themselves. Location : Castle Walburg.
11.30 am  – 12.30 am: Welcome and opening event for the European guests. “Spaces Between - Le Chant des Oyseaulx”, urban sound intervention for eight voices,  inspired by a composition of Clément Janequin with WIT Urban Team, musicians Pieter Stas and Els Spanhove.  Location : STeM (City Museum). 
2 pm – 5.30 pm: Cases from the home cities of the participants:  Atenistas Athens  (citizen´s organization that brings together people who believe in Athens and want to work for their city),  TRES Barcelona (Silent actions : approaches to silence in the city of  Barcelona), Vigo (the use of sound and new media as a tool for participation, collective memory and cultural identity). Proposal to collaboration between the participants and the residents of Sint-Niklaas , divided in three workgroups, based on the cases.  Location: Castle Walburg.




Monday May 6
10 – 12.30 am:  Reception by the Mayor of Sint-Niklaas. Location : Town Hall.
2 pm – 5 pm: Presentation “the Dürer connection”, a media project about travelling in Europe and urban actions in various European cities. Workgroups.


Tuesday May 7
10 – 12.30 am: New media in the city, techniques and technologies of sound recording. Location: Castle Walburg.
2 – 5 pm:  Guided walk in the Silence Area Sinaai.  Sound recording. Location: Castle Walburg (departure) and Sinaai  (by bus).
8 pm – 10 pm: Public presentation of Atenistas and meeting with members of the citizen´s organizations Transitie and Solied vzw. .  Location : Masereelhuis.

Wednesday May 8
10 – 12.30 am: Guided touristic walk in the city of Sint-Niklaas. Sound recording. Location: City Hall (departure) and  city center.
2 – 5 pm: Guided visit to the new Mercatormuseum, museum about life and works of the cartographer Gerardus Mercator (1512-1592). Introduction to urban soundmapping.  Location : Mercatormuseum.
7 – 9 pm: Presentation about and visit to WARP, organization that promotes contemporary art and culture in the Waasland region in an international perspective. Location: Restaurant Eigenwijs and Huis Buytaert.

Thursday May 9
10 – 12.30 am: New media, editing sound and creating soundscapes.  Workgroups.
2 – 5 pm: Collaboration with residents of the Westerbuurt area in an urban intervention together with WIT Urban Team and with Atenistas, in collaboration with Solied vzw. Location: Buurthuis Herleving, Westerplein 5 (meeting point) and Westerbuurt.
8 pm: Closing event and Europe Day concert “the listening city” by the Colour U, an European city sounds concert, with contributions of the European participants, and Blackout # 26, a performance that switches off the building of the City Museum, by the Spanish artist TRES, assisted by participants of the workshop. Location: STeM (City Museum).

Friday May 10



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