“De Vort’n Vis” is a local West-Flemish dialect for “The Rotten Fish”, which is a pretty striking name as the venue used to be located at the fish market in Ypres. Furthermore “Vort’n Vis” is used to define scum around here… pretty funny, right?
Money can't be ignored in the society we live in today, but it doesn’t need to be a motivation and DIY sets the priorities straight!
We’re a DIY-venue where almost anyone can organize almost anything. From small gigs to people’s kitchens, benefits, presentations, workshops and what not.
It’s all about creating, sharing and learning in local communities. These communities are emerging, finding each other and forming a much larger informal network, united by a common organic idea: that anything can be achieved by grassroots means!.
Completely run by volunteers in a non-hierarchical structure. We support Ngo’s & Action Groups working for a positive change.
De Vort’n Vis (The Rotten Fish) is: A legal Autonomous Centre / Youth Centre AND a place to share ideas for a better world through music, art, workshops and conversation.
We furthermore take care of everything involved in running a legal Autonomous Centre (and that’s a lot!)
It all started in 1989 and there’s an amazing history behind Vort’n Vis. Feel the pretty good vibe of the early days and a lot more info on http://90svortnvis.wordpress.com.
If you like the thought of autonomous spaces or the general idea that people can achieve great things and work for a positive change in this world if they find the right tools… you’re very welcome! Think globally, act locally!
Do get in touch if you like but keep in mind that we’re in a transitional phase right now (and we actually need your help!).
Through Ieperfest we're involved in DEMO, which is a project around durability & ecology within the music scene. We are collaborating with 10 other partners (4AD, Wilde Westen, Imog, Centre Culturel René Magritte, Les 4 Ecluses, Le Grand Mix, Cabaret Vert Festival, Extracité, IDEA, Dour Festival) to make this world a better place. http://demo-europe.eu/
Despite what you may think, there’s more than just music!
De Vort’n Vis is a free space for free thinking and discussion, for debate and creativity in changing our world for the better. We believe that music can make a difference, that it has the power to make people think, talk, reflect and/or act or at least do something… Where music on stage fails to bring the message across, we try to fill the void. How? We occassionally organise non-musical activities, making people think, talk and act in a positive way.
Underneath you'll find some interesting links we’d like to share. Copy & paste aight?
Bos+ www.bosplus.be Earth First www.groenfront.nl JNM www.jnm.be Sea Shepherd www.seashepherd.be Stop The Crop www.stopthecrop.org Transitie www.transitie.be
Bite Back www.biteback.org
Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/ Copyleft http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyleft & http://www.copyleft.be Copyfree http://copyfree.org/
DeWereldMorgen www.dewereldmorgen.be MO.be www.mo.be
Vrede www.vrede.be Vredesactie www.vredesactie.be
Book your own fucking life www.byofl.org Oxfam www.oxfam.be
VORT’N VIS supports Ngo’s & Action Groups working for a positive change in this world. We strife for total Liberation through music, art, workshop and conversation in a legal Autonomous Space / Youth Centre. These ngo’s get a monthly Vort'n Vis donation:
ARTZEN ZONDER GRENZEN www.msf-azg.be ATD VIERDE WERELD www.atd-vierdewereld.be JNM www.jnm.be OXFAM www.oxfam.be VREDESACTIE www.vredesactie.be ZONNEARC www.zonnearc.be
We still need loads of energy and a good amount of money to complete (y)our favourite DIY venue & the place where ieperfest got started… We figured we need € 25.500 to finish the whole project. We started with the main building and will build a multifunctional (Concert) hall in the back. We’re DIY so we're completely finishing basic building construction ourselves.
We urge you to get your friends, family, band, organisation or whatever to join in with a donation and help us out, so that we can help you out (full circle!) Let's secure the future of the Vort’n Vis as one of the catalysts for the DIY movement here in Belgium.
If you're able to do bricklaying, plastering, carpentry, roof building, plumbing, construct central heating,... then please do holler.
Suitable materials / working tools are welcome too!
Reach out via ( info[at]vortnvis[dot]net )
Wire some money towards IBAN BE53 7512 0329 3953 BIC AXABBE22 Autonoom Regionaal Trefcentrum vzw Sint-Jacobsstraat 3 8900 Ieper, Belgium
message “‘t Is Gank! / Go for it!/ YOUR (BAND)NAME OR ORGANISATION + E-MAIL ADDRESS” (or any other message you find encouraging – be creative!).
Thank you and/or roll up your sleeves and get involved!
The Vortn Vis & IEPERFEST Crew
We’re putting the (band)names / organisations involved on the walls of the new building. (cfr the 54.000 names inscribed on the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres). SO DO INCLUDE YOUR (BAND)NAME OR ORGANISATION + E-MAIL ADDRESS TO YOUR DONATION.
Bands or people willing to help out by organising a free show can put themselves up for a Benefit Show and we’re very open to every genre (as always).
Same goes for any other event you'd be thinking of to organise in our favour. Get in touch!