BRUSSELS/AMSTERDAM - In June 2020, following protests in the United States, colonial heritage in Belgium became fiercely debated. The main Flemish cities entered into discussions with activists, experts and citizens to decolonize the public space. Four years later, this research examines the promises that were made by policy makers and compares it to the interventions that ultimately took place. 

The research shows that in 2024 many Flemish cities still have a lot of colonial heritage, much to the frustration of civil society and activists.

Arno Van Rensbergen

Arno Van Rensbergen is a Belgian freelance journalist.

Sofyan El Bouchtili

Sofyan El Bouchtili is een Belgisch freelance journalist en werkt vanuit Amsterdam.