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TURNING COAL INTO GOLD: A conversation with creatives in Genk

Genk is a city with many faces, literally. The second biggest city of Limburg counts 64.118 inhabitants and about 106 nationalities. More than half of its inhabitants have a foreign origin, which puts Genk first in Flanders. Meanwhile, 1 in 4 children is born into a family struggling with poverty and 1 in 5 quits school before getting a secondary diploma.

Article by Melissa Awouters, Video by Delali Ocloo & Melissa Awouters

While the youth may experience some difficulties growing up, many turn their experiences into creative energy. We're taking a closer look at some of the local creatives in this first part of our two-part mini-documentary.

a conversation with creatives

This project was made possible thanks to the financial support of Vlaams Journalistiek Fonds (Flemish Journalism Fund). Keep your eyes open for part two, which is about hip hop and Goeie Jongens!

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