For the fifth year in a row journalist and curator Elien Haentjens (°1983, works in Brussels) brings the best of Belgian design to MADE. As a journalist she specializes since 2006 in the fields of art and design. Since 2012 she uses this knowledge to curate exhibitions about Belgian collectable design in Brazil. While she showed finished pieces during the first three editions, she decided to intensify the Belgian-Brazilian dialogue by inviting Belgian designers to work with Brazilian artisans. For the newest project she asked three Belgian designers to work with the artisans of Santa Isabel in the Delta of Parnaíba in Piauí. By organising these projects Haentjens wants to create bridges between cultures without neglecting their fundamental values. Through design and art she wants to make people confident enough to open up for the other, and to strive for a global dialogue without loosing their own identity and local culture. Doing so, she wants to conquer on one side the destructive power of globalisation and on the other neolocalism and neonationalism.