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Folklore And Tradition : Festivities And Folkloric Traditions

The Ommegang, Brussels' oldest pageant

The Ommegang, Brussels' oldest pageant
© Ommegang
  • Opening periods
    • Tuesday 1 July 2014
      • Thursday 3 July 2014
      • Address:

        1000 BRUXELLESBelgium

      • MAPS: Google Maps

      The Ommegang, one of the most magnificent historical re-enactments in Belgium, will take place in July 2014.

      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.

      New for 2013:

      Tenor Sébastien Romignon-Ercolini will enhance the show’s musical features with his talent. Jo Lemaire and Johan Verminen will narrate!

      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.

      Jousting is held on the Grand Sablon square in the afternoon and early evening.


      • website :
      • tel. : +32 (0) 70 66 06 01


      • tel. : +32 (0) 2 512 19 61
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      We are not responsible for any changes in dates and/or programmes. Please contact the organiser prior to departure.