THE PIGEON RACING

 

The pigeon racing is a matter of the northern residents. This tradition has in Belgium, in the Borinage, a particular history.

The art of raising racing pigeons and making them compete were widely encouraged by the coal mines companies in the early 20th century. This hobby was a way to guarantee the social peace and to facilitate the assimilation of a large number of people from Poland and Eastern Europe.

Nowadays, this passion continues and some descendants of miners have taken over. The meetings often take  place in the "Maison du Peuple", the spirit of the solidarity is still actual. The currency has remained : "get over or die".

The economics issues and the arrival of the Chinese in the sector have slightly modified the issue. A feeling of disenchantment is felt...

 

This series accompanies the show Pigeons with Kevin Defossez and Thierry Lefèvre for the staging.