Belgian’s celebrate their festivals with much rejoice and fun, as they wait for the next celebration to make merry. Food and drinks are a common factor in all festivals as the residents are known for their good and relaxed lifestyle. At all these festivals along with merry making, one can also get to observe Belgian culture.
During the Antwerp Summer Festival held every year from June to August, various production houses stage their performances, movies, plays, dance shows and musical concerts. It is a treat for the spectators as they get to listen to world famous music concerts and watch movies in an outdoor environment with the Scheldt River serving as a backdrop.
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Every year during the Christmas season, the city council provides an ice skating rink, outside the city hall of Grote Market. This annual event is open for all. After an enjoyable skating experience, they head towards the city cafes for a hot cuppa of hot chocolate or coffee.
Address: Grote Market, Antwerpen, Belgium
Exhibitors from all around Europe gather together at the Eurantica Antwerp Antiques Fair where they display various antique pieces of furniture, jewellery, paintings and artefacts. The judges at the fair ensure that the exhibits displayed are of high quality and genuine.
Address: Bouwcentrum, Antwerpen, Belgium
Especially for the kids, spending time at the Winterfoor Funfair will be their most thrilling and enjoyable experience of the lifetime. Various rides, swings, circus acts, food stalls serving delicious snacks make the festival worth a visit for the whole family. It is held every year during the months of December and January.
The Jazz Middelheim is held every year in August, to promote jazz music to a wider audience in the form of jazz musical concerts. A number of known bands participate in this music festival, and therefore a large number of young crowd as well as jazz lovers.
Flander’s region is known to produce the most authentic and traditional malts, hops and barley in Belgium. Various stalls and tents are spread across Antwerp's Groenplaats, selling over 150 types of different beers.
During the months of August and September, at the Laus Polyphoniae festival, you will get to know what French renaissance music sounded like. The festival through its programs tries to portray the progress of French music from early era till the 1600’s. Along with music concerts there are other activities happening around like discussions, classes in music, lectures and a contest in search of a musical talent.
The Sfinks World Music Festival is a Belgian music festival celebrating world music. Annually, it is held in the last week of July. Along with lovely sound of music there are various tents selling food titbits and drinks. It is a truly multi cultural atmosphere as different bands from various countries participate in the festival.