20th Anniversary Year
from EVU News, Issue 1, 1996
After a modest start in 1976 we felt strong enough to organise - since
1980 - a yearly Vegetarian WorldDay. Under the good leadership of our
President Jan Dries, who is an excellent organiser, we opted for the formula
of a colloquium. Every year we choose a different topic. During the morning
session, the public (members & visitors) is listening to 3 lectures, followed
by question time.
In the afternoon, there are workshops and simultaneous activities to choose
- 1980: "Vegetarian for Love of Animals"
- 1981: "Living Food" Kristina Nolfi, at 100 years.
- 1982: "Vegetarianism and Peace"
- 1983: "Food for all"
- 1984: "Vegetarianism and Tolerance"
- 1985: "Herbs" Commemoration of Flemish botanist Dodonaeus (1585).
- 1986: "Man and Nature"
- 1987: EVU Congress Ostend: "Friendship among all Vegetarians"
- 1988: "Vegetarianism and Stress"
- 1989: "Vegetarianism and Allergies"
- 1990: "Vegetarianism and Environment"
- 1991: "Health in our own Hands"
- 1992: "Vegetarianism and Rheumatism"
- 1993: "Vegetarianism: a Nutrition Trend"
- 1994: "Vegetarianism and Cancer"
- 1995: "Vegetarianism = Health, Environment and Animal friendly"
- 1996: ?
A great attraction is the exhibition hall, with its many stands and booths
with brochures, books, produce from 3rd world farmers, tropical fruit, non-leather-shoes
- Visiting historic cultural site or museum
- Film, slide or video-session
- Nature walks: dunes, forest, park, herb garden ...
- Miscellaneous workshops e.g.: Raw food / Food combination rules /
Sleeping problems / Allergies / Organic gardening and composting / Civilisation
illness / Tooth-hygiene / Immunity / Pregnancy / Positive mind / Fundamentals
of acid-alkali balance / Slimming / Ecological kitchen and household
/ Vegetarian meals in collectivities / Healthy construction materials
/ Man and animals ... And many more.
- Kitchen demonstrations: preparing salads, desserts, fruit meal, sprouts,
natural food, herb remedies.
People are so eager to learn about vegetarianism!
In order not to become too predictable for 'regulars' we always have a different
surprise element like a lottery, a special guest reciting appropriate poetry,
a musical performance, a nature quiz, a homage of Senior V. members, 5 o'clock
herbal tea ...
Diane Hebbelinck is active in the Vegetarian
Association Belgium, Marcel
(Prof. at the University of Brüssels) is former
Deputy President of IVU and together with
his wife auditor in EVU.
In order to permit young parents to participate, we arrange for volunteers
to play with the children.
We usually rent a part of a 'Cultural Centre' and make arrangements
with the restaurant owners for a festive meal for up to 400 people: quite
a sight in the large dining hall!
The last few years this traditional World Vegetarian Day has become
famous and TV-cameramen drop in for interviews.
We have come a long way with our initially small group, but certainly
it is rewarding!
- Diane Hebbelinck