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Rubens is the stage designer of Tomorrowland avant la lettre

Tomorrowland is undoubtedly the most famous festival in Flanders. Visitors from all over the world do the craziest things to get tickets.

Antwerp

Back in the 17th century, 'festivals' were generally of a political or religious nature. They were accompanied by music, performances and art. Some were already internationally renowned back then. The ""stage designer"" of one of these festivals, the Joyous Entry of Ferdinand in Antwerp in 1635, was none other than Peter Paul Rubens. He was responsible for the design along the route of the Joyous Entry, which included triumphal arches and a gigantic imperial arcade spanning the entire Meirbrug. Unfortunately, nothing is left of these decor pieces.

However, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp still has two oil sketches of the Muntboog, which stood in the Kloosterstraat opposite the Muntgebouw, and a panel or crowning from the triumphal arch of Philip, which was erected at the intersection of the Meir and the Huidevettersstraat. 

Today, Flanders remains the place par excellence for taking in the festival atmosphere during the summer. With over 280 festivals, 16,500 km² of festival grounds, the biggest names, the most original scenery and the best festivals in the world, Flanders is truly a top location for music. 
If you want to immerse yourself completely in the time of Rubens, plan a visit to the Early Music Festival Laus Polyphonia.

Come visit one of the many summer festivals

Come visit one of the many summer festivals - © Instagram tomorrowland - Source

KMSKA

Visit the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp - Leopold de Waelplaats, Antwerp - © Antwerpen Toerisme en Congres

Antwerp

Contemporary festivals

Tomorrowland, Jazz Middelheim, Laundry day

Charles Lloyd at Jazz Middelheim

Charles Lloyd at Jazz Middelheim - © Instagram jazzmiddelheim - Source

Leuven

Enjoy Rock Werchter together

Enjoy Rock Werchter together - © Instagram rockwerchterfestival - Source

Hasselt

Always be yourself at Pukkelpop

Always be yourself at Pukkelpop - © Instagram pukkelpop - Source

Ghent

Fun and laughter at Ghent Jazz

Fun and laughter at Ghent Jazz - © Instagram gentjazzfestival - Source

Zeebrugge

Dress to impress at We can dance

"Dress to impress" at We can dance - © Instagram wecandancefest - Source

Dessel

For metal fans

For metal fans - © Instagram graspopmetalmeeting - Source

The Cactus festival in Bruges

The Cactus festival in Bruges - © Instagram cactusfestival - Source

Brussels Summer Festival, a festival in a historic setting

Brussels Summer Festival, a festival in a historic setting - © Instagram konstantinosntelikos - Source

Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland - © Tomorrowland

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