Programme for Belgian National Day in Brussels
As every year, Brussels will deck itself out in black, yellow and red to celebrate Belgian National Day. The fun will begin on the evening of Monday 20 July with a concert and ball, but the bulk of the events will take place on Tuesday 21 July, including folk groups, tours and visits, a parade and fireworks!
Prelude to National Day concert - Monday 20 July, 8 p.m.
On the eve of National Day, a free concert will be held at the Brussels Centre for Fine Arts (Bozar), attended by the Royal Family. Conducted by Hans Graf, the National Orchestra of Belgium will play pieces including Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2, in which the soloist will be Mateusz Borowiak, the third winner of the 2013 Queen Elisabeth Competition. See the Bozar website for more details.
National Ball - Monday 20 July, from 7:30 p.m.
The 13th National Ball will take place on Place du Jeu de Balle in the Marolles quarter, starting at 7:30 p.m. Enjoy free concerts and take part in the dancing at Belgium's biggest popular ball. Among those performing this year are Nicole and Hugo, Le Grand Jojo, Lou & The Hollywood Bananas and The Planes. For more details visit theNational Ball website (French/Dutch only).
Te Deum- Tuesday 21 July, 10 a.m.
The traditional Te Deum service of 21 July will be held in the presence of the Royal Family and senior officials at the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula at 10 a.m.
Party in the Park - Tuesday 21 July, from 10 a.m.
From 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., the Party in the Park will take over the city fromthe Palais de Justice to the Palais de la Nation (seat of the Federal Parliament), including numerous free events and entertainment in Rue de la Régence, the Sablon, Place Royale and Brussels Park. Museums and churches in this part of town will be open to the public and folk groups will be stoking up the party atmosphere. The Ministry of Defence, Police, European Commission and various federal public services will be present, while Brussels Park will host live music throughout the day. For more details see theS.I. Brussels Promotion website (French/Dutch only).
Tour of 16 Rue de la Loi - Tuesday 21 July, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A special guided tour of16 Rue de la Loi is being organised this year. The tour will include behind-the-scenes anecdotes about No. 16 and will allow visitors to see inside the Prime Minister's office and the Council of Ministers' room. Places on the tour must be pre-booked and registrations are now closed, but you can find out more in the leaflet about 16 Rue de la Loi.
Federal Parliament open day - Tuesday 21 July, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Federal Parliament will also open its doors to the public. Follow the arrows to visit the Chamber of Representatives and Senate as well as committee rooms and other conference and lecture rooms. See the Chamber of Representatives website for more details (French/Dutch only).
Military and civilian parade, Tuesday 21 July - 4 p.m.
The traditional military and civilian parade will take place on Place des Palais. This year's theme is "Cooperation". For more details see theMinistry of Defence website (French/Dutch only).
National Resto Dinner, Tuesday 21 July - from 6 p.m.
The perfect complement to the National Ball held the previous evening, the 4th edition of the National Resto Dinner will set up tables on Place du Jeu de Balle for a feast of mussels and chips, with entertainment provided by majorettes, brass bands and accordions. See theNational Resto website for more details (French/Dutch only).
Fireworks, Tuesday 21 July - 11 p.m.
Musical fireworks from theAcademy Palace gardens will bring theday's festivities to a close. The public will be able to view the fireworks from Place des Palais.