Come and enjoy the traditional dressing ceremony, singing and beer on Friday 30 June !
There will be singing and plenty of beer when Manneken-Pis is dressed in his Hong Kong costume on Friday 30 June 2017.
The Brussels icon will be dressed in his Hong Kong suit to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong's reunification with China and the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) on 1 July 1997.
The brief, but not-to-be-missed, ceremony, a highlight of Brussels folklore, will take place from 11:30 am to 12:00 noon (Please see the full programme below).
The costume, which was donated to the City of Brussels by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Brussels in 2012, aims to convey a positive message about Hong Kong as a modern and connected city with a Chinese heritage. The design encapsulates the East-meets-West aspects of Hong Kong in a way that is instantly recognisable. A black traditional Chinese jacket bearing the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region's flying dragon logo and its coloured ribbons is teamed with a pair of trendy black jeans and red shoes with white laces. A tablet computer, a symbol of technology-driven modern city life, completes the costume.
Hong Kong a cappella choral theatre group Yat Po Singers (一舖清唱), which focuses on developing original theatrical works, will perform three songs at the event, namely "Hong Kong Our Home" (香港・我家), specially composed on the occasion of the 20th anniversary, "Horse Race" (賽馬) and "Man in the mirror".
According to his custom on festive occasions, the fountain statue will produce beer.
This event is supported by our close partner, the Belgium-Hong Kong Society, which has been promoting Belgium-Hong Kong friendship since 1986.
We look forward to seeing you on 30 June !
Welcoming remarks by a representative of the Order of the Friends of Manneken-Pis
Welcoming remarks by a representative of the City of Brussels
Brief remarks by Hong Kong's Special Representative for Economic and Trade Affairs to the European Union, Ms Shirley Lam
Performance by Hong Kong a capella choral theatre group Yat Po Singers
A representative of the Order of the Friends of Manneken-Pis sings the Manneken-Pis anthem
After briefly spraying the crowd with water, Manneken-Pis switches to beer, served to guests and bystanders.