Over five consecutive Friday nights from 26 July to 23 August, the city’s sky will be filled with dazzling fireworks launched from the foot of Brussels Expo’s Hall 5, opposite the Atomium and next to Mini-Europe.
To make it the highlight of the summer, various activities will be available, with the option to grab a relaxed bite to eat onsite.
From 18:00, local families, Belgians and passing tourists will be able to take part in countless fun activities, enjoy various entertainment and choose from a range of food trucks. Dances, workshops, demonstrations, games, initiations... there will be something for everyone!
On the occasion of 'Laeken Firework Spectacular', Mini-Europe and the Atomium are exceptionally open during the evening! Immerse yourself in the miniature universe that has been transformed into a true light festival or ascend whilst discovering the different expositions at the Atomium as well as its nocturnal panoramic view.
And the cherry on the cake is that every Friday promises to be unique with a different theme:
Fantasy World : 26 July
From 18:00, kids can discover the imaginary world of Peter Pan, explore a twelve-metre adventure course, listen to Native American folklore in a tepee and watch fire jugglers perform to beating drums. This is a chance for kids to develop their imagination and for parents to go back to their childhood by visiting the Land of Unicorns. On the programme: unicorn rodeo, glitter- and fairy-themed crafts, bouncy castle, face painting and temporary tattoos. Monsieur Bulles will also be there to blow magical bubbles. Younger kids can wind their way through the famous Alice in Wonderland maze, play with giant cards and try their hand at XXL chess. Alice, the Madhatter, Queen of Hearts and White Rabbit will all be joining in the fun. Don’t forget your souvenir photo! At 23:00, Arteventia will launch dazzling fireworks in fantasy colours. And a dozen food trucks will be selling sweet and savoury snacks.
Around the World : 2 August
From 18:00, visitors will be able to travel the world. In Europe, sit back and enjoy the Italian dolce vita or gentle pace of life in Provence, sipping a pastis and playing boules. Music and dance will help you relax. The Americas will be represented by Wild West activities and tango demonstrations. Stories will be told in a tepee, like the Amerindians. In the Asian world, which is decorated like Chinatown, visitors can create their own Chinese lantern or try Tai Chi. Stop off in Oceania to enjoy the tiki bar and surf-and-sun atmosphere. Balinese dance demonstrations and temporary tribal tattoos should put a spring in your step. To the sound of djembes and surrounded by totems and safari animals, experience the African sun before cooling down in the Antarctic with an icy blast from an Eskimo igloo. At 23:00, Ambrasia will launch dazzling fireworks in fantasy colours. And a dozen food trucks will be selling sweet and savoury snacks showcasing world cuisine.
Green Feeling : 9 August
From 18:00, minimarket shoppers can create their own hive and try artisan honey. Other natural wonders will be showcased by various groups. Join the workshops to make a tote bag from a t-shirt, a mini planter from a lunchbox, your own cosmetics or cleaning products, bracelets from bike tubes or a kite. Music will also be played all night by The Two of Us cover band and lounge DJ Japhet Nkouayi. At 23:00, Feu et Métal will launch spectacular green and blue fireworks. And food trucks will be selling summery sweet and savoury snacks for every taste.
Watersplash : 16 August
For younger kids (aged two to five), sandcastles, pool filled with multicoloured balls, hook-a-duck and coloured sand workshop. Older kids (aged five to ten) can have a go in a water ball or try to dunk their friend in the water with Aquafun, a game that demands skill and accuracy but always ends in uncontrollable giggles! Then they can burn off any remaining energy on the bouncy castle. Teens (aged ten to fifteen) can slide into summer by hurtling down a giant twenty-metre slip N slide. And then everyone can watch the Eklabul light show and Monsieur Bulles will blow his magic bubbles. Changing rooms will be available for all the evening’s daredevils. At 23:00, fireworks launched by AquaRêve will fill the sky over the Atomium. And a dozen gourmet food trucks will be selling sweet and savoury snacks for every taste.
Musicals : 23 août
There will be singing and dancing to famous show tunes from musicals such as Singin’ in the Rain, Cabaret, West Side Story, Saturday Night Fever, Staying Alive… The Gospel Team choir will recreate the hits from Sister Act. Cover bands will perform the ABBA songs played in Mamma Mia and the best of Queen. A giant flash mob will be organized. At 23:00, Party-Fice will launch dazzling fireworks. And food trucks will be selling delicious sweet and savoury snacks.
Practical Information - Laeken Fireworks
- When : 26 July au 23 August
- Où : Place de Belgique 1 - 1020 Brussels
- What : Animations (6pm) - Fireworks (11pm)
- Infos : page Facebook
Practical Information - Atomium & Mini-Europe
- Atomium: last entrance at 21h30, tickets €15 (ADAM – Brussels Design Museum included, valid for 1 year)
- Mini-Europe: last entrance at 23h00, the park itself closes at midnight. Tickets: €15,80/adult, €11,80/child (< 12 years old)
- 26.07 - « Fantasy World »
- 02.08 - « Around the world »
- 09.08 - « Green Feeling »
- 16.08 - « Les Feux De Laeken »