In 2002, in reaction to a growing ambient racism, Esperanzah! festival was created to fight back and promote acceptance and comprehension between people from different horizons. The festival has, since the beginning, wanted these engagements to be rooted in concrete actions, as well as in the way this event was organized. This is why, little by little, Esperanzah! gathered some NGOs and different associations in order to carry thematics that have, since the beginning, been focused on the North-South justice.
Since 2009, these actions have turned to permanent education with the help volunteer workers in what we call « le village des possibles » (The Village of possibles). This team is composed of many volunteers engaged in local public-spirited collectives who try to provide an alternative to the dominant models of consumerism, production and culture. Gradually, the philosophy has been integrated into an annual sociocultural campaign promoting education and awareness for citizens.
In 2017, taking advantage of its unique position that made it evolve into a project where culture puts itself at the service of the world’s ecologic, social and economic transition, the asbl Z! have been officially granted the title of permanent education association.