The Bag of Discontent

Around 2000, a new shopping centre was built right beside the Hoogstraat, the original shopping street in Vlaardingen. Customers stayed away, developers left buildings empty for an unnecessarily long time and inhabitants hung their heads. The discussion of whose fault the downfall of the Hoogstraat was went on for years (inhabitants blame the town council, the town council blames developers, developers blame the market and the market played deaf). This long downward spiral ended during the summer of 2003.

THE BAG OF DISCONTENT is a project by Circus Engelbregt at the invitation of Marieke Vriend and Sabine Zwikker as part of the Hoogstraatmaker.