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On Flanders Day, Brussels is transformed into a dance floor, stage, walking route, etc.

Vlaanderen Feest, Brussel Danst, in the heart of Brussels on 11 July. Let the cool summer sounds guide you on the Grand Place, discover the urban dance scene on Place de la Monnaie, traverse the streets of Brussels together during a guided walk. That and so much more.

Celebrate, sing, dance to the beats. All completely free!

PROGRAM

Afternoon

Evening

Grand Place
13:00 - 20:00

Place de la Monnaie
14:00 - 22:00

Place de la Bourse
16:30 - 19:00

Beursschouwburg
15:00 - 18:30

  • Michael Jackson Ketjesdisco

Grand Place
20:00 - 23:00

Place de la Monnaie
22:00 - 01:00

Beursschouwburg
18:00 - ...

  • Red Bull Bekvechten
  • LeFtO & vrienden

PERFORMANCES

Viva Vlaanderen band

GRand Place | 20:00

Viva Vlaanderen band is a unique special-occasion collective featuring Will Tura, Stijn Meuris, Jo Lemaire, Nicole & Hugo, Free Souffriau and Gene Thomas. Sing, dance and party along to the sounds of their greatest classics!

The Clement Peerens Explosition (CPeX)

GRand Place | 22:00

Clement Peerens and his musical cohorts get the Grand Place rocking with hits like ‘Dikke Lu’ and ‘Vinde gij mijn gat’. Get ready for some heavy guitar riffs and catchy tunes, sprinkled with a saucy serving of humour.

De Vlaamse 100 Live (Radio 2)

Grand Place | 13:00

The deejays of Radio 2 will be broadcasting all afternoon live from the Grand Place. They’ll be presenting De Vlaamse 100 Live, a top 100 countdown of Flemish productions chosen by listeners.

Block Party with TLP

Place de la Monnaie I 22:00           

With 30 years of deejaying under his belt, TLP really knows how to get the party started. Dance into the night with the best urban tunes of the moment, topped off with timeless classics.

Aperitif concert ‘The Last Waltz on the Titanic’

Mirror hall of the Brussels
Parliament I 12:00

Grupetto is an ensemble of violin, viola, piano, clarinet and cello and brings music of the first half of last century back to life. Ever since 1996, this collective has been bringing the original music played on the Titanic to audiences. Now, for the first time, the Titanic programme fills the ‘Spiegelzaal’ of the Brussels Parliament.

Grupetto: Salon music

Mirror hall of the Brussels
Parliament I 14:00 & 15:30

In the afternoon, the musicians will remain on stage in the Hall of Mirrors. The reception tables make way for a sweeping dance floor. Grupetto plays Viennese fin de sciècle music in a beautiful setting.

Brussels Philharmonic

Carrefour de l'Europe I 16:00
Place de la Bourse I 17:30

The Brussels Philharmonic has been at the international pinnacle of music with symphonic works, contemporary classical music and film scores. After touring Japan and other countries, the orchestra, directed by acclaimed conductor Stéphane Denève, will be taking over the steps of La Bourse during Brussel Danst.

Allez, Chantez!

behind la bourse building | 15:30
Carrefour de l'Europe I 16:30
Place de la Bourse I 18:00

Bringing people together to sing; that is the very simple concept behind Allez, Chantez!. Be prepared for pop music from the 50s to today. No holds barred, vocal talent entirely optional!

Gelukkig Zijn Sessies

Place de la Bourse I 16:30

Do you just want to ‘Be Happy’, get rid of all the stress? Come and sing along in Dutch! Everyone who wants to brush up on their Dutch language skills or sing our Flemish classics at the top of their lungs is welcome!

In collaboration with Ancienne Belgique and Allez, Chantez!

Carré Curieux

Carrefour de l'Europe I 14:30

Carré Curieux is a renowned ensemble in the Belgian contemporary circus scene. The recognition for the quartet's magical illusions and wonderfully unusual appearances reaches to well beyond our national borders.

Die Verdammte Spielerei

Carrefour de l'Europe I 17:30

Four saxophone players, a percussionist and a frontman wielding a megaphone together make up Die Verdammte Spielerei. The idea behind this walking orchestra: give a new, playful twist to the traditional Flemish fanfare music we have known for decades.

Circo Ripopolo

Behind la Bourse building I 14:30 & 16:30

Circo Ripopolo has been travelling through Europe since 2003 performing its non-verbal shows. Upholding the greatest respect for the circus and clowning traditions, Circo Ripopolo brings its own authentic acts.

Cirq

Street festivities | From 14:00

Cirq presents four crazy acts at this year's Brussel Danst: thrilling snail races with the Snail Man, a walking carrot fleeing from two hares, four ‘Mockers’ who turn the place upside down and Mr. Autograph, who hands out autographs from your favourite idol. You’ve been warned!

AGO! Benin Brass

Street festivities | From 14:00

This nine-piece brass band brings a mix of authentic grooves from Benin and modern-day musical arrangements from Brussels. Composer Luc Mishalle, who very recently won the Princess Margriet Award (Europe's most prestigious cultural prize), was responsible for the artistic coordination for this project.

La Fanfare Kimbanguiste de la Belgique

Street festivities | From 14:00

This 30-piece brass band is sure to immerse the streets of Brussels in unrivalled Congolese ambience.

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DANCE BATTLES

During this year's Dance Battles on Place de la Monnaie, young, talented dancers will be going toe to toe for honour, fame and prizes. Dancers compete against each other in two battles: All Styles 3 vs 3 and Afro-Carribean 2 vs 2.

After the Dance Battles, TLP - aka Troubleman - takes over the Place de la Monnaie for a real Block Party.

Start: 14:00

All Styles
3 vs 3

Conditions

  • maximum 20 teams
  • deadline registration: 10.07

Afro-Caribbean
2 vs 2

Conditions

  • maximum 20 duo's
  • deadline registration: 10.07

Hosts

  • Elye Flaya (BE)
  • John Agesilas (NL)

Battle DJs

  • Dj Nobunaga (NL)
  • DJ Ramos Sama (BE) / Osei Bantu Crew
  • DJ Veusty (NL) / Xgen Crew

Prizes

Cash prize

  • Winning team All Styles Battle:
    € 750
  • Winning duo Afro-Caribbean Battle:
    € 500

Jury

All Styles 

  • Hip Hop: Alex The Cage (BE)
    The Cage / Legion X
  • Popping: Bruce Ykanji (FR)
    Juste Debout
  • House: Khoudia (SEN)
    Compagnie La Mer Noire / Indahouse Dakar 
  • Break: Link (FR)
    Supreme Legacy / Wynkl
  • Krump: Hendrickx (BE)
    Strange Bangerz (aka B.B.F 2.0) 

 

Afro-Caribbean 

  • Marthe Vangeel (BE)
    Scandalize Crew
  • Maïthé Zinga (BE)
    MDF Studio
  • Hendrickx (BE)
    Strange Bangerz (aka B.B.F 2.0) 

Battle concept by Timiss. Support: Sous Pression Battle, Chase, Freestyle O, Mixity.

GUIDED WALKS

Explore the city centre with the best guides in Brussels. First-time visitor or long-time resident? These guided walks will surprise everyone.

Most guided walks and tours are in Dutch, one will be in English.

Click here for the guided walks in Dutch.


The Dansaert Phenomenon 

The lower city used to be the beating heart of the economy. The quays and docks of the port of Brussels were buzzing with activity. Discover this changing neighbourhood, where nowadays old warehouses and factories provide a home for fashion, art and design.

start and finish: Grand Place
guide: Korei
price: free!

REGISTER

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ABOUT BRUSSEL DANST

What?

Brussel Danst is a free festival, filled with dance and other performances, to mark Flanders Day.

WHEN?

Monday 11th of July 2017

PRICE?

Free of charge!

Where?

In the centre of Brussels (Grand Place, Place de la Monnaie, Mirror Hall at the Brussels Parliament, Place de la Bourse, Beursschouwburg)

Who?

Initiator: the Flemish Government

Organiser: Muntpunt

 


DIRECTIONS

The festivities take place in Brussels city centre (Grand Place, Place de la Monnaie, Mirror Hall at the Brussels Parliament, Place de la Bourse and Beursschouwburg).

Brussels prefers to dance safely. That is why visitors are kindly requested to show the contents of their bag when entering the festival zone. Don’t let that spoil the fun, though!

By metro, tram and bus

Muntplein/Place de la Monnaie is right next to the De Brouckère metro, tram and bus stop.

De Lijn

  • bus 126, 127 and 128

STIB

  • metro 1 and 5
  • tram 3, 4 and 32
  • bus 29, 47, 66, 71 and 88

The Grand Place is close to the Bourse tram and bus stop and the Grand Place bus stop.

STIB

  • tram 3, 4 and 32
  • bus 48, 86 and 95

DE LIJN

  • bus 126, 127 and 128

More info: STIB / De Lijn


BY trAin

 
  • From Antwerpen Centraal station: ± 45 minutes
    (4 trains/hour)
  • From Aalst station: ± 35 minutes (2 trains/hour)
  • From Hasselt station: ± 1 hour 15 minutes (2 trains/hour)
  • From Gent Sint-Pieters station: ± 35 minutes (4 trains/hour)
  • From Leuven station: ± 25 minutes (5 trains/hour)
  • From Mechelen station: ± 25 minutes (7 trains/hour)
  • From Liège-Guillemins station: ± 1 hour (4 train/hour)
  • From Charleroi-Sud station: ± 1 hour (2 trains/hour)
  • From Namur station: ± 1 hour 5 minutes (2 trains/hour)
  • From Mons station: ± 50 minutes (2 trains/hour) 

More info

By bike

There are various bike parking racks and Villo stations around the Grand Place area, such as on Place de la Bourse.


ACCESSIBILITY

Muntpunt will make sure that Flanders Day on 11 July is accessible to people with disabilities:

  • The Grote Markt/Grand Place will be equipped with a raised platform for wheelchair users.
  • Adapted toilets will be available on both the Grote Markt/Grand Place and Muntplein/Place de la Monnaie.

The festivities take place in the centre of Brussels and are therefore easily accessible by public transport. If you are travelling by car, you can park in one of three large car parks (De Munt/La Monnaie, Schildknaapstraat/Rue de l’Ecuyer, and Grote Markt/Grand Place), where some spots are available for people with disabilities. However, we cannot guarantee the availability of these spots.


By car

The festivities will take place in a (largely) car-free zone in Brussels city centre. We recommend that you use the transit car parks on the city fringe with a public transport connection into the city.We recommend you use the car parks on the city’s periphery that are connected to the public transport system.

Planning on driving into the centre? You can reach Place de Brouckèreplein by car, a stone’s throw from the festivities.

There are three paying car parks in the immediate vicinity of the festivities (De Munt/La Monnaie, Schildknaapstraat/Rue de l’Ecuyer, and Grote Markt/Grand Place).


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