The term Ommegang comes from Dutch and means "walking around". Its origins date back to 1348.

08 May 2017 - 03 June 2017

Classical music lovers are bound to be delighted over the coming days, with the start of the Queen Elisabeth competition on 8 May.

07 May 2017

On 7 May 2017 the Wings for Life World Run will take place once again. Tens of thousands of people will be running simultaneously at different locations across the world.

06 May 2017 - 07 May 2017

On Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 May 2017, all of Flemish Brabant will celebrate the tradition of Belgian beer, also known as our 'liquid gold'.

28 April 2017 - 01 May 2017

The eleventh edition of the culinary festival 'Antwerpen Proeft' will be held from Friday 28 April to Monday 1 May.

27 April 2017 - 07 May 2017

The “Brussels Short Film Festival” programme features more than 300 short films. This year the festival celebrates its 20th edition.


There's always something going on in Belgium!

Often portrayed as sociable party-goers and very welcoming, Belgians like to come together and share festive and recreational experiences. Festivals, carnivals, exhibitions... in Belgium there is always something to see or do!

Since the beginning of the year, many folk groups have been preparing for the carnival season which is a true institution in some cities and particularly Binche, where it is even recognised as UNESCO Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

History lovers will delight in the historical or religious processions such as the Saint-Sang Procession in Bruges, the Ommegang in Brussels or the Napoleonic Marches of Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse.

Summer heralds the start of the music festival season, frequented by young people from all over Europe. It has to be said that with a rock festival like Werchter, five-time winner of the "World's Best Festival" award or the quirky originality of the electronic music festival, Tomorrowland, lovers of good sounds will be more than satisfied!

With the falling leaves comes the season of major museum exhibitions, trade fairs and shows. Dance, opera, theatre, the dynamic and innovative Belgian scene frequently produces internationally-renowned artists.

But alongside this hectic cultural life, daily life in Belgium also encompasses the village fête with its open-air café or marquee, its bars, skittles and card contests, its traditional dances, carnivals, craft markets, sporting games... so many opportunities for Belgians to enjoy.