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.
With the passing of years, the event gradually lost its spiritual dimension to be transformed into a procession intended to show the wealth of the middle-class and the notables of Brussels.
Nowadays, the tradition has persisted and the event is a strong moment of the cultural and historical life of the capital. The procession will be starting at the Sablon to end on the Grand Place with 1400 participants dressed in costumes marching to medieval music.
The Tenor Sebastien Romignon Ercolini and the Countertenor Dominique Corbiau will perform live at the spectacle accompanied by music composed by Ernst W. Meinrath. Roel Jacobs will provide the narrative in English, Jo Lemaire in French and Johan Verminnen in Flemish.
Much more to do
On 2, 3 and 4 July, you can participate to Medieval activities from 2.30 PM on the parking of Place du Grand Sablon and to the Medieval Market on the Place Agora (between the Agora Gallery and the Galerie de la Reine).