Every year, during United Music of Brussels, visitors can attend concerts in a relaxed atmosphere at the four corners of the city. Such a unique experience is only possible with the help of extraordinary volunteers. Nelly, who has already participated in several editions, talks to us about her commitment. 

Hello Nelly, could you briefly introduce yourself?

Nelly: “I work for the European Commission and I am the president of the staff music circle. It is a way to share our passion for music amongst colleagues.”

And why did you decide to join United Music of Brussels as a volunteer?

Nelly: “I often go to BOZAR or la Monnaie, but classical concerts and opera remain a rather formal experience. By volunteering, I get to see behind the scenes and be more active. I believe it is important to participate in the life of the city and to show that we Eurocrats don’t just stay locked up in our ivory towers.”

What was your role in previous edition?

Nelly: “I was in charge of welcoming the public at one of the stops on the United Music of Brussels itinerary. Last year, I was stationed in a movie theatre basement; the year before that, I was in a luxury boutique on Dansaert Street. It is quite an intense job, because there are a lot of people, everyone asks questions at once, you have to speak several languages at the same time… But it always goes well!”

What do you remember from last year’s edition?

Nelly: “The most striking thing for me at each United Music of Brussels event is the particular atmosphere in the city. People walk from one place to another and simply enjoy participating in an original artistic activity. I also admire the artists who propose original performances out of the usual concert halls!”

Last question: What should United Music of Brussels volunteers ideally experience?

Nelly: “Feeling useful, being part of a great team and attending performances. And that is usually the case.”

Thank you Nelly and have fun on 7 September!

In fact, Nelly is not the only one who is happy to lend a hand. About forty of her colleagues from the European Commission will participate as volunteers in the event, which aims to make classical music and the city’s well-known places more accessible. This is part of “Volunteer for a Change”, the Commission’s internal volunteer programme. For many years, BOZAR has been maintaining a volunteering partnership with the Directorate-General of Human Resources and Security (DG HR) of the European Commission.