In 2013, for the second time in their history, the Ommegang and the Coudenberg are joining forces to devise a tourism programme that will give a boost to Brussels' reputation and national and international visibility in the field of culture and heritage around the theme of Charles V and his age.
The aim is to build on the cooperation around this theme from one year to the next to cater to the demands of history buffs and heritage lovers.
Why Charles V?
Many consider this emperor as a precursor of European unity. But let's not exaggerate: he waged war three times on François I, the King of France, and his relationship with Henry VIII, the King of England, was no less stormy. But we can be sure of one thing at least, it was under the reign of François I, Henry VIII and Charles V that Medieval Europe stepped into the Modern Age and, of these three sovereigns, Charles V wielded most power.
The era of Charles V changed the destiny of the city for ever. During his 40-year reign, between 1515 and 1555, he spent most of his time in Brussels, making the city a power hub for his vast empire "where the sun never sets". It was also in the great ceremonial hall of his palace in Brussels that he chose to abdicate in favour of his son, Philippe II.
Carolus V Festival: Program
The Ommegang and Coudenberg present you all about Charles V and the program of the festival in Brussels :
On sunday 9 June 2013: The Coudenberg celbrates Charles V. The programme includes an introduction to Renaissance dancing, a meeting with the Ommegang characters, guided tours, games dating from Breughel's time, creation of heraldry, a costume workshop, etc.
From 23 May to 1 September 2013 : Ommegang Exhibition at the Coudenberg. an exhibition will bring to light all the facets of this prestigious event...
From 2 to 4 July 2013 : Ommegang 2013. The Ommegang remains the oldest historical ceremony of the immaterial inheritance of Brussels. Created during the 14th century, this ceremony was devoted to the miraculous statue of Our-Lady on the Branch which was transferred from Antwerp to Brussels at that time.