Brussels Debaters aims to make our society more inclusive by empowering individuals to exchange views with people of different backgrounds. Every week, we debate a controversial topic in a format originating in the British Parliament. You can join and observe or practice your persuasive skills under the motto ‘learning by doing’.
What is debating?
Debating is more than public speaking. Aristotle put forth the persuasive ideals of ETHOS – an establishment of one’s own credibility, LOGOS – an appeal to reason, and PATHOS – an appeal to emotion. With this is mind, a successful speech must be delivered in a credible, clear and captivating manner.
In which language do you debate, and about what?
We debate in English, often about political topics and current events. However, some of most successful past debates have covered such diverse topics as ‘As cavemen, this house believes it is time to abandon our hunter-gatherer lifestyle’. and ‘This House believes Trump will make America great!’
Besides the Grand Debate nights, the host announces the exact motion on the night, with 15 minutes preparation time.
Can I join?
Yes! Whether a first timer or a seasoned debater, you are welcome to join. There is no need to prepare anything… but following the news does not hurt.
Inclusion is at the heart of everything we do, and we encourage people with disabilities, non-binary and people of colour to attend.
Can I spectate?
Of course, but sooner or later, everyone should take the plunge! The debate nights give you an opportunity to practice in a friendly environment.
How much is it?
It’s free. However, there is a donation box which helps us covering the MeetUp fee. We want to keep Brussels Debaters open to everyone.
Also during Covid-19 we stay active online. Would you like to donate, please reach out to Iris Jiang (co-organiser).
Where does it take place?
We debate every Wednesday in the centre of Brussels at The Sister Café, Rue Chair et Pain 3.