FOUNDATION OF THE FREE COMMUNE OF ILOT SACRE
On the 3rd of June 1960, the founding act of an folkloristic association initially called "Ilot Sacré number 1" was signed in the rue des Bouchers number 26, where the Van Dijck Tavern was located. The goal of this association was to "ensure a revival of the folkloristic aspects of the quarter, without any profits whatsoever". These courageous pioneers included Jean Van Calck, employed at the newspaper Le Soir, Emile Pauwen, baker, Georges Lempereur, inn-keeper, and Julien Beelen, a provincial functionary. The Mayor of the City of Brussels, Lucien Cooremans, accepted the Honorary Chairmanship of the new association.
Saturday the 3rd of September 1960 will be remembered as the day of the first festivities. It was a historical reconstruction of a visit of the City Council of Brussels, in those days presided over by Emile Demot, in the year 1900. Jean Van Calck was disguised as the Mayor, and he kept this title as a purely folkloristic one. The festivities were a huge success that was not only flooded by beer, but also by a giant downpour that forced the parade to wait on the "Place de la Monnaie" for two hours.
During the year 1964, some members of the association suggested creating
an entity inspired by the "Commune Libre du Vieux
order to establish a more smooth relationship with the various official
instances and to be acknowledged more officially by having the advantages
of a legal personality. The idea was well received and on the general
meeting on the 1st of March 1965, the folkloristic association
"Ilot Sacré number 1" changed its name to "Commune Libre
de l'Ilot Sacré" and thus became a non-profit association of which
the approved statutes were published in the "Moniteur Belge"
(the Belgian law gazette) on the 11th of May 1967.
The signatories of the statutes as associated members and founders were, in alphabetical order: Claude Bucken (La Perle Noire), Serge De Backer (Le Bourgeoys de Broecksele), Albert Defays (La Petite Provence), Georgette Desmet (La Taverne Royale), Paul Vanderkeerssen (Chez Stans), Paul Vanlancker (Chez Léon) et Calixte Veulemans (Aux Armes de Bruxelles).
foundation of the Ilot Sacré has had remarkable results : since the
association was founded, some fifty houses have been restored in the
"italian-flemish" style that has determined the charm and
harmony of our old quarter for ages. Carefully protected from the
architectural anarchy that has substantially distorted the city of
Brussels, our area is now considered as the most typical, picturesque and
lively quarters of the European capital. Moreover, because of its
impressive number and variety of restaurants, the Ilot Sacré has also
acquired the name of "ventre de Bruxelles" ("the belly of
Brussels") through the years.
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