Carolus V Festival


17/05/2018 - 30/09/2018

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Renaissance Brussels with a historical and festive programme

The Renaissance was a time of significant changes in Europe: innovations in the arts and sciences, a new view of Man and the world... European culture borrowed these new ideas from Italy and the East. The Carolus V Festival brings with it a series of events showcasing Europe's Renaissance heritage and history. The festival highlights the important role Brussels played in this history. The name Carolus V refers to Charles the Fifth, the most powerful sovereign of the 16th century, whose main place of residence was Brussels. This city, where he received his first legacies in 1515, has since become the capital for over 500 million Europeans.

The historical and festive programme is organised within the context of the Cooperation Network of European routes of Emperor Charles V. This tourist history route is recognised by the Council of Europe's European Institute of Cultural Routes. It includes the places that marked the reign of Charles V and the towns he passed through.

The years 2017, –2018– and 2019 are crucial in remembering Brussels' role in this context:

- 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Charles De Coster's Ulenspiegel, a masterful Brussels literary work set in the ancient Netherlands in the time of Charles V and his son;

- in 2018 we celebrate the 450th anniversary of the execution of the Counts of Egmont and Horns in Brussels, a major dramatic event that inspired Voltaire, Goethe, Schiller and Beethoven;

- in 2019 we commemorate the 450th anniversary of the death of Pieter Bruegel the Elder in Brussels, where he painted three quarters of the works attributed to him today.

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