Laeken Firework Spectacular 2018

Fireworks will light up the sky of the capital city for five nights on the Fridays of 27 July, and 3, 10, 17 and 24 August. The Laeken Firework will be held on the Heysel Plateau at the foot of the Palais 5. 

Last summer, the City of Brussels launched five new convivial events on the Heysel Plateau: Laeken Firework Spectacular.

On Friday 27 July, plus 3, 10 , 17 and 24 August, a small village will be installed around the Atomium. Various activities will be organized, giving Laeken families, the people of Brussels and tourists the opportunity to take part, be entertained and enjoy delicious food and drinks from the many food trucks.

  • 27/07: The circus, with “ATOM’CIRCUS”;
  • 03/08: a creative “DO IT YOURSELF” workshop village;
  • 10/08: a “JUNGLE FUN” adventure circuit with entertaining contests;
  • 17/08: “URBAN COLORS” for a colourful “street art” atmosphere;
  • 24/08: a musical journey from the 1940s to the present era: “BACK IN TIME”.

Dance and street performances, workshops, demonstrations, games, introductory sessions… Both young and old will find plenty to their liking!

And every night at 11 pm, a talented pyrotechnician will stage a dazzling firework display from the foot of Palais 5.

These five events will add even more luster to the summer programme already in place at the Heysel Plateau: Mini Europe, Océade…, as well as tours of the Atomium, the celebrations and exhibitions organized to mark the monument’s sixtieth birthday.

Diversity, warmth and interaction, our capital’s biggest strengths, will be the main ingredients for Laeken Firework Spectacular.

Once more this year, summer in Brussels will start with a bang!

  • Discover the full programme:

  • Friday 27.07 : « ATOM’CIRCUS »

    The programme will kick off on Friday 27 July with the “ATOM’CIRCUS” village. It will bring an aura of magic to the Atomium in homage to the year of the circus. From 6.00 to 9.00 pm, there will be clowns, balloon artists, stilt-walkers, giant soap bubbles, face-painting workshops and a bouncy castle for littluns. A marquee will house workshops to teach balancing acts and magic. Original street art walkabouts and distorting mirrors will add to “Feux de Laeken” fun. Then from 9.00 to 11.00 pm, the atmosphere will warm up with fire artists, acrobats and fortune tellers. At all times, gluttons and gourmets will be able to enjoy pizzas, pasta boxes, cold meat platters, paella, candy floss, popcorn, churros, toffee apples etc. There will be gypsy music to entertain visitors as they discover all that’s on offer.

  • Friday 03.08 : « DO IT YOURSELF»

    The “DO IT YOURSELF” concept will be given a new twist on Friday 3 August with a host of workshops on a back-to-nature simplicity theme for DIY enthusiasts. Against a gently playful backdrop of haystacks, pallet furniture, check tablecloths and lanterns, visitors can try making things with their own two hands: recycling salvaged objects, making their own cosmetics and cleaning products, learning the basics of vegetable gardening, putting together a bouquet or wreath of flowers. The workshops will take place from 6.00 to 9.00 pm. Food trucks will be open until 11.00 pm, serving piadina flatbreads, veggie dishes, sweet and savoury pancakes and a glutton-friendly BBQ!

  • Friday 10.08 : « JUNGLE FUN »

    From 6.00 pm to 11.00 pm on Friday 10 August, visitors will be greeted by bamboos, sand, barrels and a jeep worthy of Indiana Jones for a taste of adventure. The “JUNGLE FUN” village will lay on all sorts of physical activities and fun contests in the form of a discovery trail. Children can learn to climb on a specially set up climbing wall, test their sense of balance and motor skills on masts and climbing ropes, and maybe win a lovely prize. Adventure film soundtracks and exciting foreign dishes will also add to the exotic atmosphere.

  • Friday 17.08 : « URBAN COLORS »

    On Friday 17 August, it’ll be graffiti time with “URBAN COLORS” and its “street art” atmosphere. This participatory event for all ages will combine art and sports. A host of giant white canvases will come to life thanks to the inspiration of both seasoned artists and visitors interested in learning to “tag”, on an ever-changing trail. Visitors can learn the various techniques used in street art at workshops where they can be taught to write their own names in tagger style. Young budding artists can give free rein to their creative streak in a colouring area. “Live painting” performances will provide entertainment, with scrapheap cars, tyres and jerry cans turning into a playground for several artists. Those with energy to spare can go to a skate park for seasoned skaters and beginners. There will be several skate ramps for those who want to learn and demonstrations by seasoned skaters. Live Rap and Hip Hop sessions will provide the soundtrack for these artists throughout the evening. Hotdogs, bagels, Thai and Greek dishes, iced yoghurt and fruit juice will be available to stave off hunger and quench thirst.

  • Friday 24.08 : « BACK IN TIME »

    Last but not least, on Friday 24.08, a musical journey through time will transport visitors “BACK IN TIME” to enjoy music from the 1940s to the present! From 6.00 to 11.00 pm, eight eras will be featured, from swing and jazz to the latest in electronic music. Each decade will be represented with live musical performances, dance shows and “look alike” appearances. The décor will illustrate each era, with pastel colours and neon signs for the Fifties; a hippie and flared trouser look for the Seventies and an underground touch for the Eighties and Nineties. Time for oldies’ nostalgia as you revisit your favourite era! Visitors can take photos in a booth donning disguises typical of each era as a souvenir to share with friends. Food trucks will be serving burgers, pasta, Thai and Greek food, ice cream and popcorn.

  • Practical Information

    • When: 27 July, and 3, 10, 17 and 24 August 
    • Where: Place de Belgique 1 - 1020 Brussels
    • What: Animations (6 p.m.) - Fireworks (11 p.m.)
    • Info: Facebook page

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  • Photos & video 2017