On Sunday, September 11, 2022, the fifth edition of the international children's rights festival the Day of the Cosmogolem will take place. The theme of the family day is "What do you think? Qué Piensas? Visitors are challenged to philosophize about the world of today and tomorrow challenged by the Cosmogolem.
The Cosmogolem, a work of art by Koen Vanmechelen is a 4m high wooden giant. In about 40 places in the world, the sculpture reaches out to local communities in their pursuit of more and better children's rights. The day of the Cosmogolem, the children's rights fundraiser, will be held on 11 September at LABIOMISTA in Genk. The proceeds will go to the new Cosmogolem project in Sri Lanka and to a local project.
Between 10 am and 5 pm there will be continuous activities in the park. Inspired by Vanmechelen's CosmoGolem, children and young people are invited to think about their rights and responsibilities in the world they help to create tomorrow. Five mini-Cosmogolems and as many works of art will encourage them to reflect on 'What's in your mind? Partner in the projects is the Filosofieschool Doen!Denken! in Sint-Truiden.
For the Day of the Cosmogolem you can book a regular entrance ticket for LABIOMISTA. During your visit you get extra information about the Cosmogolem project at different places. On Nomadland children are welcome to share their dreams and wishes with the Cosmogolem. Local foodies will provide tasty drinks & food.
The project is coordinated by Cosmogolem vzw and OpUnDi Genk, the Genk branch of Vanmechelen's Open University of Diversity (OpUnDi); a think-and-do tank where new ideas and initiatives for the neighbourhood can arise through art.