The Ommegang pageant

Wednesday, 24 June and Friday, 6 June 2019

The origins of the Ommegang Pageant are found in the 14th century. When it first took place, it was a procession in honour of Our Lady of the Sablon, organised by the Grand Confraternity (“Serment”) of Crossbowmen. Quite soon thereafter the different guilds and bodies constituting the City joined the processions which then developed into a primarily secular, municipal event. The pageant taking place in 1549 is one of the most famous examples. At that year’s event Emperor Charles V (“Charles Quint”) visited this region of his Empire and officially introduced his son and successor, the future Phillip II. For these types of gala event, cities spared no expense to show themselves off in the very best of lights. And Brussels did just that on this occasion by organising one of the most resplendent of Ommegang processions ever undertaken.

Special Guests 2018

The Herald :
Frédéric Diefenthal

Guest of honour :
Annie Cordy

Our English language Host:
Pierre Kroll

Master of Ceremonies :
Thomas de Bergeyck

Heralds

The Ommegang Pageant has the pleasure of appointing a notable and celebrated personality to serve as the Herald of Arms, the official charged with making all the solemn proclamations and important announcements.

Dignitaries

The Procession route

Speakers

Bert Kruismans
(hosting in English)

A Flemish comedian, he has nonetheless managed to enthral all of Belgium, entertaining audiences across the entire country with his brand of humour. This multi-talented performer will join us to provide the English-language version of the Ommegang Pageant.

Jo Lemaire
(hosting in Dutch)

This fabulous Belgian chanteuse needs no introduction. For several years now, she has entranced us with her presentation of the Ommegang. A welcome fixture, Jo Lemaire will again present this year’s Dutch-language version of the Pageant.

Singers

Sebastien Romignon Ercolini
Tenor

Isabelle Everarts de Velp
Mezzosoprano

Production

Production

For more than 10 years now the Grand Place in Brussels has glowed and sparkled in a lighting fantasy directed by Gilles Daoust and his team. The pyrotechnic effects and music composed especially for the event add yet more breath-taking highlights to this tableau of Brussels from another age.
The public can follow the arrival of the procession on the large screen set up in the Grand Place.

Reservations

Wednesday, 26 July and Friday, 28 June 2019

From 26 June to 29 June 2019 – 12:00 to 02:00

Our Partners

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The historical re-enactment of the gala fête on 2 June 1549, organised by the Magistrate of Brussels, and given in honour of the Emperor Charles V “Quint”, his son Phillipe, Infant of Spain and Duke of Brabant, and his sisters, Maria, Queen of Hungary and Eleanore, Queen Dowager of France (widow of Francis I) at the Grand Place of Brussels. Departure of the procession of the Guilds and Serments of the Sablon.
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1000 Bruxelles