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famillesFolklore And Tradition : Festivities And Folkloric Traditions

The Ommegang, Brussels' oldest historical pageant

The Ommegang, Brussels' oldest historical pageant
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Don't miss the Ommegang, and admire one of the most magnificent historical re-enactments in Belgium.

The Ommegang’s historical parade brings together over 1400 performers to let you relive this historical period.

This pageant, which is an integral part of Brussels folklore, commemorates Charles V’s arrival in Brussels in 1549 to present his son, the future Philip II.

It will take place, for your entertainment, at 9pm in the prestigious surroundings of the illuminated Grand-Place.


The origins of the Ommegang

The tradition of the Ommegang dates back to the 14th century. It was, originally, a procession dedicated to Notre-Dame du Sablon.

It remains today, a magnificent festival, with period costumes and the descendants of the aristocracy playing the parts of the re-enactment and holding their ancestor’s coats of arms.

For the 10th time, the famous director Giles Daoust and his team will take control of the music and the lights throughout this enchantment.

And to guarantee a singing performance, the counter tenor, Dominique Corbiau, the tenor, Sebastien Romignon Ercolini and the mezzo soprano, Isabelle Everarts de Velp will be present, accompanied by music from Ernst W. Meinrath.

The country being honoured this year is Spain, and Ommegang will welcome personalities such as: Francis Huster, Jo Lemaire and Bert Kruismans!

Practical information to prepare for the Ommegang

  • The Ommegang takes place at 9pm.
  • The procession gathers on the Sablon at 8:50pm and heads towards the Grand Place, where the show begins at 9pm.
  • The stands are only located on the Grand Place.

Discover also the Ommegang festivities at Brussels Park


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We are not responsible for any changes in dates and/or programmes. Please contact the organiser prior to departure.