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Events in Bruges

1st May 2014

Red Rock Rally

This free rock concert in the Astridpark, is an event to celebrate Belgium's Labor Day, on the 1st of May.

www.redrockrally.be


29th of May 2014

Procession of the Holy Blood

This impressive religious event celebrates the most sacred relic in Bruges. It has been taking place since 1150, when the Count of Flanders appeared with a stained cloth, allegedly used to wipe Christ's wounds.

Once a year, the holy relic is paraded around the town with great ceremony in a very impressive procession re-enacting religious and historical moments. The return of the Count of Flanders is performed to commemorate the importance of the Holy Blood in Bruges' heritage. The procession is on the Unesco World Heritage list.

www.holyblood.com


12th until the 14th of July 2014

Cactus Festival

The Cactus Festival takes place in the Minnewaterpark. This festival hosts rock, reggae, dance and world music. This electric outdoor concert is a multicultural treat for all senses: Hear, see and feel the world.

www.cactusfestival.be


26th of July until 10th of August 2014

Klinkers

City festival Klinkers will inject Bruges' summer with a solid and surprising cultural offering. This event stands for a festive and adventurous journey through Bruges' city centre, which is mostly free of charge for visitors. It has become an overall total experience with tentacles stretching to all corners and cultural layers of the city centre.

www.klinkers-brugge.be


August 2014

MA Festival

Already since 1964, the Flanders Festival Bruges, also called “MA festival”, wants to be a guiding, critical and contemporary festival, specialized in early music. It constantly searches for new developments and launches new developments through creation, presentation. Held at venues throughout the city, watch out for the many free concerts which pepper the festival's programme.

www.mafestival.be


August 2014

Benenwerk - Bruges Ballroom

Every year the festival Klinkers is being closed off in style by “Benenwerk – Ballroom Brugeoise.” It transforms Bruges into one giant ballroom with 10 stages for Foxtrot, Tango, Zumba, Bollywood, Hip Hop, … This free dance festival is the biggest dance event in Flanders.

www.benenwerk.be


21st until the 30th of November 2014

Magical Winter Moments Christmas Happening

Formerly known as “The Grand Christmas Happening Bruges”, this is a stylish and festive event, which features all the newest trends in home and floral decoration. Located in the heart of the city, be inspired by “Magical Winter Moments” with flowers at the Oud Sint Jan. Under the influence of the flower arranging enthusiasts' publication 'Fleur créatif', master florists and decorators will be displaying brilliant Christmas floral arrangements. There will be plenty of opportunity to buy souvenirs at this first class Christmas event, which is guaranteed to provide fresh ideas and inspiration for the floral enthusiast.

www.happenings.be


December 2014

Bruges Christmas Market

Take yourself off for a unique shopping experience to the Bruges’ Christmas market. There can't be many settings more beautiful at Christmas than this medieval town, with its cobbled streets, historic buildings and horses and carts plodding by. Colourful lights illuminate festive stalls crammed with Christmas goodies.


December 2014

Ice Skating Rink

During the Christmas period the Bruges’ market square looks like a winter wonderland. Spin around and turn pirouettes on Bruges' Market Square Ice Rink. It wouldn’t be winter without this fantastic experience. The Christmas market on the main square forms a ring around the open-air ice rink.


December 2014

Ice Sculpture Festival

Every year, Bruges proudly presents the Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival hosted at the railway station. It is a must-see and very unique winter experience in Europe. Three hundred thousand kilos of ice and 400 tons of snow are shipped in and professional ice sculptors work hard to carve the most beautiful glacial creations. After your adventure through the ice you can enjoy a heart-warming glass “in the rocks” at the ice bar or warm up in the nostalgic tent of mirrors

www.icesculpture.be


December 2014

December Dance

December Dance is an international dance festival and the latest addition to Bruges' festival landscape. Every year this event is being curated by a different choreographer. Most of the performances are live where new and old pieces are being mixed.

www.decemberdance.be


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