The 16th annual Andalusian Feria organised
by EuroFeria Andaluza a.s.b.l. (a
non-profit making organisation), with support from the Region of Brussels-Capital
and the Commune of Brussels, will hold its traditional Andalusian fair
on the 5, 6, 7 and 8 June at the
foot of the Atomium (Brussels).
This festival is now the most important Andalusian cultural event
in Brussels and indeed of Europe in general - each year attracting more
and more visitors. In 2007 they numbered more than 180.000.
Although most of the participants are Spanish and the atmosphere is
definitely Andalusian, many Belgians and people of other nationalities
come and share this special event with us. In 2008 there will be people
representing several European countries including the various regions
of Spain, and Latin American countries - all contributing to enhance
our festive celebration.
The EuroFeria, this year, will take place
at the foot of the Atomium and will be
organised around five large patios:
||Calle del Infierno
Each Patio is
a centre point for dozens of glittering artistic performances and “casetas” offering
a great variety of food and drink.
“La Portada”, (monumental
doorway) welcomes the public. This year it is formed by the Atomium itself
in the majestic setting of the boulevard du Centenaire.
The decoration and organisation of the fairground with its “casetas” follows
the Andalusian tradition: fancy “farolillos” lights, horses
strolling around, people dressed in the Andalusian style - spectacular flamenca dresses
for the ladies and elegant decorated “corto” costumes
for the gentlemen, flamenco singing and dancing - lots of elements that
offer a magnificent spectacle of light and colour so characteristic of
this type of celebration.
and night one can enjoy the traditional food, drink and music in a friendly
atmosphere. Besides typical European dishes one can enjoy a great variety
of Spanish and Mediterranean specialities: ham, shrimps, “pescaito
frito” (fried fish) and “paella” to
name but a few. There will be “churros
with hot chocolate” to end the evening, and, of course, there
will be plenty of “manzanilla” from
Sanlúcar de Barrameda (Cadiz) - a sherry type drink without which
no Andalusian féria would be complete.
EuroFeria is an event for all the
family with activities to suit all ages. The children can play in
the patio created for them - the “calle
del Infierno” (street of Hell) in the style of Andalusian
fairs where they can enjoy all sorts of attractions.
Adults may prefer to sample the various culinary delights available in
the “casetas”, use the opportunity to hear and see the displays
of flamenco and Sevillian dances and attend one of the unforgettable spectacular
horse shows. The whole family, old and young alike, can enjoy the festive
celebrations and the full programme of activities which Euroferia offers.
ENTRY to the fairground is FREE.
- Thursday 5 June 2008: Inaugural
reception (by invitation)
- Friday 6 June 2008 at noon: opening
- Friday 6 June 2008 at 14:30 h: parade
of horses and carriages leaves the site for the Grand' Place.
- Horse shows: Friday evening, Saturday
The Committee of the EuroFeria hopes you will come and enjoy this real
Andalusian celebration in the heart of Europe.
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