Beautiful Ommegang!


Every year, Brussels celebrates the anniversary of the welcome procession of Charles V (known as Charles Quint) . Fire jugglers, acrobats, tale-tellers, dancers, flagthrowers are all in for a spectacular show on the most beautiful square of the world ( All right, confession time, my belgian ancestors helped rebuilding the square after it was bombed by french troops in 1695. Something I’m quite proud of)

This year was kind of special because Belgian national football team played Brazil and all the city was on football mode…even reenactors were watching the game on not-so-16th century smartphones in backstages. The show was even interrupted when Belgium scored against Brazil to announce the score 🙂

If you’re in Brussels that time of the year,you should definitively check it out!

Challenge AZ 2017 : O comme…

Ommegang ! Si j’ai déja utilisé mon « O » les autres challenges pour montrer mon attachement à la ville de Bruxelles ( et à mes ancêtres bruxellois 😉 ) , cette année est un peu spéciale : Demande a , en effet , été faite par la région Bruxelloise à l’UNESCO pour reconnaitre la procession de l’Ommegang comme Patrimoine Immatériel de l’humanité. On croise les doigts !

« A la base, l’Ommegang est une procession religieuse, créée à Bruxelles en 1348. On la connaît aujourd’hui dans sa version moderne, inaugurée en 1930: 1400 figurants costumés retracent le règne de Charles Quint, qui avait assisté à l’Ommegang de 1549. Cette procession est la plus ancienne représentation historique de Bruxelles. Et chaque année, le premier jeudi du mois de juillet et le mardi qui le précède, les forces vives de la société bruxelloise défilent pour l’Ommegang. ( RTBF )


It’s Ommegang time!

This colorful cortege start tonight with only two shows to remember the historical procession dating from the 14th century but reborn in the early 20th and now especially focusing on the 1549 edition when the burgers and the « nations » of Brussels were presented to  Emperor Charles Quint and his son Philippe II.

Definitively worth seeing if you’re in Brussels these days!

The 2015 Ommegang

In 1549 , Charles V, presented his son to the joyous AND boisterous people of Brussels. Philip II made his « Joyeuse Entrée » in the city. This ceremony had a double goal : For the new leader to present himself and for the people of Brussels, and most notably the high classes, to recognize the new sovereign power in other words to promise they will obey and remain calm 😉

In rememberance of this major event for the city, the public is invited to witness a reenactment of the event. Horses, flag throwers, jugglers and most importantly, a cortege of descendants of the nine »nations » of the city make their way to the Grand Place, enlightened by a light and sound show.  The cortege first leaves the Royal Park where free events are organised for the Grand Place where paying guests can witness a magnificient show!

This year’s Ommegang will take place tonight and on the 2d of July in a new car-freed center of Brussels. Just like each year, there are special guests invited to explain the whole story  and do a bit of a  « who’s who  » for the audience (This year Brussels-based writer Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, Humorist Bert Kruismans and singer Jo Lemaire)

(c) Emmanuel Bosteels (c) Frederic Andrieu.

Besides those animations in the Park and on the Grand Place, there are cooking events organised with famous belgian chefs, visits of the Coudenberg old palace ruins in the context of the Carolus V festival, a balloon christening and much much more for the whole family so be sure not to miss this event if you’re in town! It’s definitively worth seeing! All infos are to be found on and if you have Brussels ancestors be sure to get in touch so that we can talk about it!

(c) Emmanuel Bosteels (c) Frederic Andrieu.