1,400 extras for the Ommegang 2017

05 July 2017 - 08 July 2017

The Ommegang is an event offering a look back into the history of Brussels, and is recognised as part of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The term Ommegang comes from Dutch and means "walking around". Its origins date back to 1348. At that time, it consisted of a lustral procession in honour of Our Blessed Lady of the Sablon, the powerful protector of Brussels. The French Revolution heralded its end. In 1930, for the centenary of Belgium independence, it was replaced with a historical procession that reproduced and copied the sumptuous Ommegang of 1549 offered to Charles V and his son Philip II by the city of Brussels.

The Ommegang's current route through the city, in an effort to reconnect with its roots, has once again taken the form of a traditional procession that first circles the church at the Place du Sablon and ends with a show on the Grand-Place. This year, the procession on the Grand-Place will take place on Wednesday 5 July and Friday 7 July at 8:45 pm. The Historical procession, starting at the Grand Sablon, will feature more than 1,400 extras in the form of traditional groups, horses, giants, flag-bearers, etc. It is also worth noting that from 5 to 8 July, Brussels Park will allow visitors to experience the Middle Ages thanks to crossbowmen, knights, etc.

For further information, visit www.ommegang.be.