<p>From 18 to 21 August 2016, Antwerp will be celebrating the tenth edition of the Bollekes Festival. What began in 2007 as a culinary festival has grown into a fully-fledged town festival that showcases all of Antwerp’s assets, past and present. Enjoy four days of the best the city has to offer: regional products such as beer and chocolate, combined with music by Antwerp artists and a pleasant summer atmosphere. Below, we have listed ten highlights from the programme for you:</p>
Enjoy the local treats from the local produce market. Taste an Antwerp beer, local top-class wine or a cooled drink. Or try one of our typical Antwerp dishes! You can come every day to enjoy all those goodies on the large, green terrace on the Groenplaats and Suikerrui.
Every day, several local artists add extra cheer to the Bollekes Festival with famous – and sometimes infamous – sing-alongs. Come along to the Market Square on Thursdays from 7 p.m., on Friday from 4 p.m., on Saturday from 6:15 p.m. and on Sunday from 2 p.m. On Saturday, the whole family is invited to the Market Square for the children's disco from 2.30 p.m.
On Steenplein, you can smell the sea and that is not just down to the nearby Scheldt. While you tuck into your purchases from the fish and shellfish market, children have fun on the Steenplein beach. On Friday and Saturday, you can come and share in the fun from 1 p.m. to 12 a.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Ten years of Bollekes Festival cannot go unnoticed. Come and celebrate with family and friends. The Bollekes are on ice on Friday evening between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. on the Market Square.
Traditions are there to be upheld. That is how the Antwerp Bakery Federation is sharing out no fewer than 15,000 chocolate hands. Catch as many as you can (eat)! So hurry on down to the Market Square at 7.30 p.m. on Friday evening.
At the Antwerp flea market ‘BrocAntwerpen’, you are bound to discover unusual objects that have sentimental value, ranging from furniture, dolls, movie posters, clothing, handbags, matchboxes, stamps and much more. For this, we use the Vrijdagmarkt on the Saturday from 12.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.
Ten years of Bollekes Festival, that deserves a proper bang. At 10.30 p.m. on Saturday evening, when dusk falls, Steenplein is the backdrop to a magical fireworks.
The Antwerp bakers are burning the midnight oil on Saturday night to prepare the ideal Antwerp breakfast. All you have to do is turn up on Sunday morning and enjoy. The breakfast takes place at the Suikerrui from 10 a.m. until stocks last.
A piñata is a brightly coloured figure of paper in which surprises are hidden. Especially in Latin American countries, it is a tradition at festivals. What is hidden in the Bollekes piñata? Come and find out at the Market Square at 12 a.m. on Sunday.
Between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday, Ernest Van Dijck quay turns into Boulevard 175. Here, several Antwerp communities entice you with the strangest, most colourful and delicious dishes from all over the world.
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Winter in Antwerp is the ultimate winter holiday and so much more! Between 10 December and 8 January, the entire city centre is enveloped in a cosy atmosphere on squares and shopping streets, with an outdoor ice rink, a winter bar, original and fun shops, additional retail Sundays and lots of surprises.
This museum is the continuation of the Of the Officina Plantiniana, founded by Christoffel Plantijn in 1555, as the first industrial printing works in history. Granted by Unesco in 2005, the museum demonstrates the entire book production process from the 15th to the 18th century.
The Botanical Garden along Leopoldstraat is a unique green haven in the city centre. It is a world in one garden, exceptional trees and shrubs, 2000 herbs, cactuses and foreign plants will inspire the plant fundi.
The most beautiful pieces from the collection of the Silver Museum are exhibited here with the help of Umicore. Umicore is also known to the inhabitants of Antwerp by the name “De Zilver”. In the past, silver was a byproduct from the extraction of other minerals. Today, it mostly comes from recycling. Umicore has become the number one in the world for the refining and recycling of precious metals. Mobile telephones, laptops and autocatalysts from all over the world are all given a second life. You can visit the Silver Pavilion at the MAS for free from Tuesday to Sunday.
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