ROYAL PARK, GRAND SABLON SQUARE, STREETS OF BRUSSELS AND GRAND PLACE, FROM 20:15: OMMEGANG PROCESSION
On WEDNESDAY 1st July and FRIDAY 3rd July 2020, relive the procession organised by the city of Brussels in 1549 for Charles V and his son, who would become Philip II!
1400 participants have made it their mission to recreate a historic moment in the streets of Brussels. Musicians, singers, dancers, horse riders, guards in uniform, flag-bearers and more will all help create a Renaissance atmosphere in our local area. Charles V's carriage will leave at around 20:15 from his former Brussels Palace in the Place Royale. The historical groups will leave from Brussels Park at around 20:45 to join the guilds of crossbowmen, archers, harquebusiers and fencers at the Sablon. Once the historical procession is complete, with the carriage at the front, it will start from the Sablon at 20:50 and will parade through the streets of Brussels, ending up at the Grand Place, where the show will have been going since 20:45.
Brussels Park – Sablon - Place des Palais – 1000 Brussels
On route: FREE
Grand Place - places en tribune – CHARGEABLE: www.ommegang.be
SABLON, WEDNESDAY 1st AND FRIDAY 3rd JULY 2020, AT 19:20: CROSSBOW SHOOTING
On WEDNESDAY 1st July and FRIDAY 3rd July 2019, the Ommegang festivities will present a shooting competition between the two guilds of crossbowmen in Brussels in the forecourt of the church of Notre Dame du Sablon.
Upon his arrival from the Place Royale, Charles V will enter the church at around 20:25. Visitors can then attend the historical reconstruction of the guildsmen bringing the Virgin out.
BRUSSELS PARK FROM WEDNESDAY 1st JULY TO SATURDAY 4th JULY 2020, FROM 12:00:
RENAISSANCE VILLAGE / JOUSTS / ROYAL BREAK The pathways of Brussels Park will be transformed into a real village. This Renaissance recreation will involve many activities, including ‘passage of arms’ and horseback fighting. Young and old alike will also marvel at the jousting.
Opposite the Palais Royal, in Brussels Park, there will be a temporary terrace beneath an elegant marquee. A place to relax, ideal for lunch or post-work drinks!
Jousts, Renaissance village: FREE.
Royal Break, CHARGEABLE: www.ommegang.be