Yearly historical live show created in 1930
Directed by Giles Daoust since 2006
Prod: Ommegang Brussels Events
Location: Brussels Grand Place
2 shows per year, 150 minutes, featuring 1,400 artists and extras
In 2019, the Ommegang was inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Guest Stars: Natacha Régnier, Dany, Frédéric Diefenthal, Pierre Kroll, Annie Cordy, Pascal Duquenne, Stéphane Bern, Ozark Henry, Patrick Poivre d'Arvor, Thomas de Bergeyck, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, Francis Huster, Jacques Weber, Bert Kruismans, Stéphane Bern, Jean-Pierre Castaldi, Marijn Devalck, Jo Lemaire, Johan Verminnen, Dominique Corbiau, Sébastien Romignon Ercolini, Isabelle Everarts de Velp...
The Ommegang is a world-famous historical live show, which takes place yearly on Brussels Grand Place, featuring 1,500 artists and extras. The Ommegang recreates Emperor Charles V’s venue to Brussels in 1549. The first “modern” Ommegang was created in 1930 for the 100th Anniversary of Belgium. It has happened twice each year since that time.
In 2006, Giles Daoust was hired to completely revamp the show, and bring a modern touch to it. The script was rewritten, and new scenes were added. Giles created a whole new light and smoke environment for the show, as well as a new musical score, including three new original songs. Since 2006, Giles remains the show’s director, adding new elements each year. In 2015, Giles became a Board Member of Ommegang Brussels Events, the show’s producing organization.