Historical background :
"Liking, no, more ! Loving Venice I had to show my love.
Considering the fact that there was nothing much being done for the Serenissima in Belgium yet, I decided
together with a few friends to create veneziaviva.be.
veneziaviva.be, the first and until now one and only Belgian association “for Venice”.
veneziaviva.be, or as we call her among us, simply “vv.be”.
“V” stands for our own volition to help “V”, Venice.
“V” stands for the vigour and strength of our commitment to “V”, our Venice.
Venezianamente. Yes, venitianly J"
From December the 22nd, 2006, the Administrative Board has been broadened and reshuffled as
- Carine Claeys, chairwoman
- Tania Wolski, vice chairwoman
- Michel Praet, founder
- François Roelants du Vivier, honorary president
- Claudia Corvi Mora, Marieke Debeuckelaere, Giulio Barbolani di Montauto, Paul Dujardin,
Carine Claeys, who was formerly veneziaviva.be's secretary general, is Belgian and works for
the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union.
The Patronage Committee consists of :
- Massimo Cacciari, mayor of Venice
- Luc Coene, minister of State
- Elisabeth Crouzet-Pavan, mediavalist, professor at the Sorbonne
- Viscount Etienne Davignon, minister of State
- Umberto Eco, semiotician
- Krzysztof Pomian, historian
- Sandro Saggia, ambassador of Italy in Belgium
- Marquis Olivier de Trazegnies, Europa Nostra
- Umberto Vattani, ambassador
- Marino Zorzi, director of the Marciana Library in Venice
veneziaviva.be, the aim of which is cultural, philanthropic and scientific, has as its
objective to work, through concerted actions of its members, to preserve, restore and
enhance the value of Venice’s heritage, and to promote an environmentally friendly
development of the city of Venice.
veneziaviva.be is a non-profit making association under Belgian law.
Our statutes can be consulted on this site.