4 June until midnight Sunday 7 June, the biggest European “Feria”,
apart from those held in Spain, will take place with all its flamboyant
folklore and cultural festivities and wide range of speciality dishes
Four days of “Fiesta” at the
foot of the Atomium
seventeenth annual Spanish and International festival, EuroFeria,
will be celebrated, for the third time at the foot of the Atomium.
We are expecting around 200.000 visitors in four days of “fiesta”.
The organizer will supervise very carefully the continuity and programming
of the installation work for the sites allocated to the participants. A
lack of adequate planning for this at EUROFERIA 2008, which was complicated
by being held in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of EXPO ’58,
created a certain amount of confusion in some Patios.
The 2009 EuroFeria will have three main themes : Horse shows, Live
cultural and artistic performances in the large Casetas (marquees), Catering,
Arts and crafts and Children’s amusements. These will be shared around
the 5 large ‘Patios’ : Andalucía,
España, Atomium, Bruselas and Infierno.
Each Patio is a place where people can meet each other and enjoy a programme
of music, song and dance as well as diverse animated activities and a variety
of typical foods in the “casetas”.
La “Portada”, (monumental doorway) welcomes the public and
this year it is formed by the Atomium itself in the majestic setting of
the boulevard du Centenaire.
The décor and set-up of the fairground and casetas are in the
authentic tradition of Andalusian Férias: a magical setting with
lanterns in the casetas, strolling horses, performances by the magnificent
Pure-Bred Spanish horses, people dressed in pure Andalusian costumes (“flamenca” dresses
for the ladies and “de corto” for
the men), flamenco singing and dancing and lots of other elements which
all combine to offer the sparkling spectacle of light and colour characteristic
of these celebrations.
Day 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” and “Fino” sherry
type drinks from Cadiz (Spain) without
which no Andalusian féria would be complete. Much of the cuisine
will be seafood dishes.
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.
- Thursday 4 June 2009 at 20 h: Inaugural
reception (by invitation)
- Friday 5 June 2008 at noon: opening
- Friday 5 June 2008 at 14:30 h:
parade of horses and carriages leaves the site for the Grand' Place.
- Horse shows: Friday evening, Saturday
Each Caseta has its own programme of entertainments and artistic performances.
The website will keep you up to date with what is happening where and when.
The Committee of the EuroFeria hopes you will come and enjoy this real
Andalusian celebration in the heart of Europe.
Some interesting facts:
- More than
in 4 days
, tram and metro as well as ample parking space.