Crowd at the Grand-Place in Brussels to attend the FWB Festival concerts

The Wallonia-Brussels Federation, which celebrates its half-century this year, was at the party on Friday evening, with free concerts on the Grand-Place in Brussels provided by stars of the Francophonie such as Bigflo & Oli, Benjamin Biolay, Christophe Willem, Zap Mama or even Stephan Eicher. The police had to close all access to the Grand-Place shortly before 9 p.m., around 6,000 spectators being present there. The crowd moved en masse to the emblematic Grand-Place to enjoy the show offered by fourteen French-speaking artists from 8:20 p.m. Friday. The French duo Bigflo & Oli opened the ball and received a warm welcome from the public despite the rain, which however dissipated. The artists from the Wallonia-Brussels Federation (FWB) on the bill were, among others, Rori, Lous and the Yakuza, Zap Mama, and even Mentissa and Pierre de Maere. Shortly before 9 p.m., the police in the Brussels-Ixelles area announced, via a message posted on Twitter, that all access to the Grand-Place was closed, the maximum capacity having been reached, i.e. around 6,000 people, according to the service. police press officer contacted by Belga. Two entrances were then able to be reopened, and around 10 p.m. the public left the Grand-Place calmly, again according to the press service. Speaking on behalf of the organizer of the event, Brussels Major Events asbl, Marina Bresciani welcomed a “sold out” event which took place quietly and in a “nice atmosphere”. The concerts were broadcast live on RTBF platforms (La Une on television, Vivacit√© on radio, and Auvio in streaming). Hosts Maureen Louys and Walid presented the musical evening on the Brussels stage for this “Rendez-vous Grand-Place” broadcast. (Belga)

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