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Brussels Festival at the weekend

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Brussels Festival at the weekend

Just returned from a weekend in Brussels 18-21 Sept 09. There was a festival going on at the main square but don't know what it was for, although it was great fun. Can anyone tell me what it was about.

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There were several things going on at the same time. For a start it was "open monument" (heritage) weekend in the Brussels region, then on Sunday it was the annual no-car day when they organise different events in the streets, including a foretaste of the Vancouver winter olympics (with an artificial snow "mountain", free concerts, etc. in the Cinquantenaire park); dance lessons in the streets around rue du Marché aux Grains, not far from the Grand' Place; demonstrations by a circus school in Place St. Catherine; and another annual event that is always timed to coincide with this one, called "Bruxelles champêtre", or "the countryside comes to Brussels" in the area in front of the royal palace.

In addition to that, and I suspect this is what you will have seen, it was the 49th annual "Fêtes Traditionnelles de la Commune Libre de l'Ilot Sacré" - festival of the Ilôt Sacré area, which is the area between rue du Marché aux Herbes and the Galeries St. Hubert, very close to the Grand' Place, plus this year they were celebrating the 25th anniversary of being twinned with a similar area in Belgrade AND it was the annual "braderie" (local fête with street market) of the rue du Marché aux Herbes - almost every street in Brussels has one - AND there was a second-hand book fair in the Place de la Monnaie...

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2. Re: Brussels Festival at the weekend

there were also two things at cinqentenaire a celebration of 20 years of the Brussels commune with bobsliegh and dry ski slopes etc and a pineau de charentes fest at merode with oysters chesse and plenty of samples.

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