We are proud to present the winner of Imagine Belgium edition 2021!
Ventus will represent Belgium during the international Imagine final on Saturday 4 September 2021 in the Botanique, Brussels and will compete against the winners from Brazil, France, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden and Zimbabwe!
Rune De Groote
Duo Emma Demoor (vocals) and Gonzalo Temmermans (vocals, piano) bring catchy pop songs with a message, wrapped in intoxicating melodies and compelling voices. Recently, the duo has been joined by drummer Rune De Groote and guitarist Tijl Coorevits, which makes for a punchier - but still typical Ventus - sound. Ventus wants to touch their audience! Also noticed by Luminous Dash and Dansende Beren.
On Friday 25 June 2021, all finalists received coaching sessions from Alice Vande Voorde (multi-instrumentalist & composer), Pascale Snoeck (sound engineer), Nora Helali (singer & sophrologist) and Aram Santy (musician & producer).
On Saturday 26 June 2021, we welcomed a modest audience in the Orangerie of the Botanique and all finalists played a short set in front of a jury consisting of Loubna
Gaich (House of Cultures and Social Cohesion of Molenbeek), Milo Meskens (musician & ex-winner Imagine), Marianne Binard (organiser La Semaine du Son), Caroline Bertolini & Pablo Fleury (Court-Circuit) and Christophe Loyen (director Centre Culturel de Chenée). The final can soon be watched or re-watched in full on social media and on BX1.
In addition to the Imagine Belgium award, many other great prizes were handed out:
Sabam for Culture award: Ventus - Cash prize worth € 1000
Good Vibes award: Gloria Diana Maria & Jen & Millennial All-Style Collective - Stage opportunity as part of the Good Vibes concert series in the House of Cultures and Social Cohesion of Molenbeek during the 2021-2022 season
CC Chenée award: ShiroKuro - A residency in the cultural centre of Chenée
Court-Circuit award: ShiroKuro - Coaching and follow-up during the residency in CC Chenée
Semaine du Son award: Marie Mawet & Ventus & Jens en Isabel - Stage opportunity during La Semaine du Son in September 2022
Gaume Jazz award: Marie Mawet - Residential jazz camp within the framework of the Gaume Jazz Festival during the summer in Tintigny-Rossignol
JM Luxembourg BE award: Jens en Isabel - Supporting act for a Christmas concert in December 2022 in Tintigny
Le Monde est un Village award: Jen & Marie Mawet - Acoustic session during the radio broadcast Le Monde est un Village (RTBF/La Premiére)