PARC ROYAL, PLACE DU GRAND SABLON, STREETS OF BRUSSELS AND GRAND PLACE, STARTING AT 20:15: OMMEGANG PROCESSION
WEDNESDAY 4 July and FRIDAY 6 July 2018. Relive the procession organised in 1549 for Charles V and his son, the future Philip II!
1400 paraders will help you to relive a historic moment on the streets of Brussels: musicians, singers, dancers, horsemen, uniformed guards and flag-carriers will all contribute to recreating the Renaissance atmosphere of the region. Charles V's carriage will set off from his former palace in Brussels on Place Royal at 20:15 The historical groups will start from the Brussels Park around 20:40 to join the members of the guilds of crossbowmen, archers, arquebusiers and fencers at the Sablon. The full historical procession, led by the carriage, will set out from the Sablon at 20:50 and parade through the streets of Brussels to the Grand-Place where the festivities will have been warming up since 20:45.
SABLON, WEDNESDAY 4 AND FRIDAY 6 JULY, AT AROUND 19:20: CROSSBOW SHOOTING
WEDNESDAY 4 July and FRIDAY 6 July 2018. The Ommegang festivities present a shooting competition between the two Brussels guilds of crossbowmen in front of the church of Notre Dame in the Sablon.
Around 20:25, arriving from Place Royale, Emperor Charles V will make his entrance into the church. Visitors can then attend a historical reconstruction of the Virgin being taken out by the guilds.
PARC ROYAL FROM WEDNESDAY 4 JULY TO SATURDAY 7 JULY 2018, STARTING AT 12:00:
RENAISSANCE VILLAGE /JOUSTS/ROYAL BREAK. The paths of Brussels Park will be transformed into a real village. A host of activities will enliven this reminder of the Renaissance, including armed combat and jousting. The jousting knights will put on a thrilling show for young and old alike.
Opposite the Palais Royal, in Brussels Park, a temporary patio will be set up beneath an elegant open marquee. A place of relaxation, ideal for lunch or drinks after work!
AGORA and BOURSE, FROM WEDNESDAY 4 JULY TO SATURDAY 07 JULY 2018, STARTING AT 12:00
RENAISSANCE MARKET: Two sites not far from the Grand-Place where merchants and artisans offer products from another time.