On its tenth anniversary, what was once known as Festival Carolus V is now called the Brussels Renaissance Festival (BRF).
The Festival Carolus V is reinventing itself. Coinciding with its tenth anniversary, it is now called the Brussels Renaissance Festival (BRF). For three weeks, from 19 June to 11 July, several iconic sites in the capital will host guided tours, lectures, exhibitions, life-size games and much more at various landmarks in the European capital.
The heritage and history of 16th century Europe will be highlighted through a series of festive, cultural and family activities organised at various locations in the Brussels-Capital Region.
Through visits, activities and walks, you will be able to relive various key moments of life in the time of Charles V and rediscover the rich architectural heritage of the period, as well as the Brussels vestiges of the Renaissance period.
A wide range of activities will be on offer: from guided tours to exhibitions and life-size games, there will be something for all tastes and ages.
New for 2021 is the addition of the Royal Library of Belgium (KBR), a rich source of documentary heritage from the period thanks to its collection of written material. In addition to offering tours of its popular permanent collection, the museum will organise, among other things, quilt-writing workshops to familiarise the public with this ancient technique.
On the occasion of the Urban Archaeology Days, urban.brussels will invite visitors to discover this fascinating discipline and the rich heritage of the Brussels-Capital Region.
Not forgetting the monumental and emblematic Brussels City Hall on the Grand-Place in Brussels, which you can discover on guided tours, and you will also have the opportunity to solve a crime committed 500 years ago in the Coudenberg Palace.
To round off the festival, the Renaissance Weekend offers the public the opportunity to step back in time at the Maison du Roi by wearing some of the most beautiful garments of the period and discovering its customs and habits through stories of all kinds.
Rudi Vervoort, Minister-President of the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region, expressed his optimism at discovering the new look of the former Festival Carolus V. "The Brussels Renaissance Festival makes our European historical heritage accessible to the public. People of all ages will be able to discover this fascinating period through a series of activities organised in various locations in our region. I congratulate visit.brussels for this new project that immerses visitors in the wonderful world of this rich and fascinating period.
Similarly, for Pascal Smet, Secretary of State of the Brussels-Capital Region, in charge of Urbanism and Heritage, "Interest in our heritage and our history is resurgent among the general public. Giving a new impetus to an event like this shows how we can make it attractive, intriguing and captivating for local residents and visitors. The people of Brussels are naturally curious, so we open the doors of usually inaccessible places, such as the spires of the Cathedral of Saints Michael and Gudula, and contextualise the visits by combining them with the Archaeology Days."
More information: Visit Brussels