29th FEPTO Annual Meeting
Liège, Belgium, 7th to 11th of May, 2023
Spontaneity and Creativity in the Transforming World
30 years of FEPTO and beyond
LIEGE, CITY OF PASSION AND ENTHUSIASM
Liège s a major city in Wallonia, the southern, French–speaking part of Belgium. The municipality of Liège has a total population of about 200,000 and its metropolitan area includes 750,000 inhabitants. The city is situated in the valley of the Meuse, in the east of Belgium, not far from borders with the Netherlands and Germany.
Liège is the principal economic and cultural center of the region. The city is part of the sillon industriel, the former industrial backbone of Wallonia where the iron and steel industry where extensively developed. Liège has also been an important center for gunsmithing since the Middle Ages. The economy of the region is now diversified and includes mechanical industries, space technology, information technology, biotechnology and the production of water, beer and chocolate. The city is a major educational hub in Belgium. The University of Liège, founded in 1817, has 20,000 students.
The city of Liège has without a doubt the most southerly temperament in Belgium. The Liègeois are welcoming, warm, and like to party through the night. Is it not said that Liège is a city of passion?
Liège, the passionate city, is naturally welcoming, and full of joie de vivre. The beer is cheap, and the eating scene is authentically local. It delights lovers of good food with its celebrated Liège waffles with flavors of cinnamon, caramel and vanilla, or its meatballs with Liègeoise rabbit sauce accompanied by homemade fries. Pèkèt, originally a white alcohol made of juniper, is available today in a variety of flavors.
Georges Simenon, the celebrated and prolific author who published nearly 500 novels and is best known as the creator of the fictional detective Jules Maigret was born in Liège. In spring, the city hosts the start and finish of the annual Liège–Bastogne–Liège cycling race, the oldest of the five monuments of cycling.
Liège never ceases to modernize and evolve. Guillemins railway station, designed by the Spanish
architect Santiago Calatrava, stands out with its dramatic, aerial structure, as Liège, more than ever, opens its doors to visitors who come out of curiosity and return for the warm welcome and personality of the place.
Liège is like a living architectural “onion” with layer upon layer of history lying just beneath the surface.
The tradition and charm of the past can be found in the Place du Marché, at the foot of the steps, a symbol of the freedom of the city. Dead ends, alleys and old buildings crisscross the main streets and neighborhoods. Wonderful religious buildings are part of the scene, such as the fabulous Cathedral of
Saint–Paul of Liège, the Collegiate Church of Saint–Denis, the Saint Jacques Church, the baptismal fonts of the Collegiate Church of Saint–Bartholomew, the Palace of the Princes–Bishops which overlooks the Place Saint–Lambert, the popular district of Rue Pierreuse, the Bueren staircases and the verdant hillsides.
In the fiery city, all is passion and enthusiasm.
The conference will be held at: Youth Hostel, Rue Georges Simenon 2, 4020 Liege, Belgium.
The Liège Youth Hostel, a 10-minute walk from the city center, is in tune with Liège’s party mentality and ecotourism fans.
FEES AND ACCOMMODATION
The registration fee includes all meals, the AM program with refreshments on breaks, music evening program on Mondays and Tuesdays. The excursion in Liège includes: special dinner at La Société Littéraire de Liège. For accompanying persons registration fee includes all meals, coffees, social events and the excursion in Liège.
Early bird fees, until March, the 13th: 200€, accompanying person 175€
Late bird fees, until April, the 10th: 220€, accompanying person 195€
Very late bird fees, after April, the 10th: 250€, accompanying person 230€
Room for 3 or 4 people 116€ per person for 4 nights
Room for 2 people 140€ per person for 4 nights
Warning: to book at the Youth Hostel fill in the online registration. The first registered will be the first served. Please add at the registration fee the price for the chosen accommodation. For Youth Hostel the LOC will do it for you.
Room for 1 person for 4 nights 293.60€
Room for 2 person for 4 nights 333.60€ / 166.80€ for each person
Warning: to book an Ibis room, please make your choice for the room, mentioned in the online registration; we will send you the registration form for the Ibis Hotel, and you will have to do it by yourself. firstname.lastname@example.org
The number of rooms in the Youth Hostel and the Ibis Hotel at the indicated price is limited. We are looking for alternatives in other hotels. You can also find your own accommodation. There is more information about accommodation at Registration for Annual Meeting
Our catering team aims to offer you quality meals, varied and balanced, in favouring products from organic farming and/or local producers. To allow all the members of your group to eat in a friendly atmosphere, we will be attentive to the information on specific diets (allergies, nutritional constraints, etc.)
Please complete the naming tables and put an x on the foods to avoid.
We are going to prepare an afternoon for you to visit the most important places in the city of Liège such as the Saint Barthélemy church, the Palace of the Prince-Bishops, the Bueren stairs. … there are so many places to visit that we will communicate the program to you later.
The Bueren stairs: impressive, that is the only word for these steep stairs. From afar, they seem impossible to conquer. But once there, looking up, he challenge is irresistible.
The Montagne de Bueren: 374 steps, a 30% incline, listed in the top 10 of memorable stairs in the world. The site, open to all 24 hours a day, is a real star in Liège: it is lit with candles for the “Nocturne des Coteaux de la Citadelle” and covered with flowers for the “Bueren en fleur“.
One of the most iconic sights in Liège, to say the least!
The excursion in Liège includes: special dinner at La Société Littéraire de Liège.
In 1786, the former Saint-Mathieu-à-la-Chaîne hospital, a 13th century charitable foundation that had been used as an episcopal seminary since 1592, was demolished. On its site, in front of the Place aux Chevaux (now the République Française), which was bathed by the waters of the Sauvenière, five hotels were built by the architects Jacques-Barthélemy Renoz and François-Barthélemy Renoz. The only remaining building, the headquarters of the Littéraire, was burnt down in 1859. The salon decorations, of which only the designs by Joseph van Marcke are preserved, were lost in the fire. Fortunately, the harmonious white stone facade, dating from 1787, was spared and was retained during the reconstruction. It is classically sober, with two levels of large bays topped by an attic and topped by a triangular pediment. The interior, rebuilt by Laurent Demany shortly after 1859, includes beautiful salons decorated by Joseph Carpay, to whom the Société Littéraire has just published a first monograph. The large rooms on the first floor are classified as exceptional heritage by the Walloon Region and several other parts, including the façade, are also classified. November 2012 saw the inauguration of the end of the renovation work on the Société Littéraire’s Hôtel de Maître.
HOW TO GET TO LIEGE
From Brussels-Zaventem Airport > Train to Liège-Guillemins with a change in Leuven, every hour > Arrived in Liège for the Georges Simenon Youth Hostel, take bus no. 4, stop at Place du Congrès station,
For the Ibis Hotel located at Place de la République Française 41, take bus no. 1 or 48, stop at Opéra station > 3 minutes walk from the hotel.
From Brussels South-Charleroi Airport, fastest is the bus, duration 1 hour 40 minutes > arrival Guillemins station.
TRAVELING TO BELGIUM
Visa: you do not need one for countries in the Schengen area. For others, inquire and if you need an invitation, and let us know. Currency: Euro €
LOC coordinator: Nadine and Chantal Nève Hanquet
Tel: +477 85 01 03
Secretary of the Annual Meeting: Nadine Hanquet
Tel : +475 81 24 05