11 July - a celebration of Flanders

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11 July 2005, BRUSSELS — A day of celebrations was held on Monday as the Flemish Community Holiday was observed across the Dutch-speaking region of Belgium.

11 July 2005

BRUSSELS — A day of celebrations was held on Monday as the Flemish Community Holiday was observed across the Dutch-speaking region of Belgium.

Flanders celebrates on 11 July every year the Battle of the Golden Spur in 1302. The day is also the climax to 11 days of celebration in Brussels, where festivities centre around the famous Grand Place.

Events ranged from large-scale concerts to local street parties. The Flemish government helped sponsor local events.

Celebrations were being held in every major Flemish city and municipality, with barbeques, tea dances and street parties on offer. Orchestras and popular Flemish singers were also scheduled to entertain audiences.

Antwerp is staging two major open air concerts, to be held on the Groenplaats and the Market Place, Flemish broadcaster VRT reported.

Officially, Flemish Prime Minister Yves Leterme invited various leading politicians to a celebratory lunch.

Flemish and Francophone politicians hoped the event would increase solidarity between the Belgian Dutch and French-speaking regions.

The Walloon Community Holiday will be celebrated on 27 September.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Belgian news

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