Some 600 people, out of 628 registered, took part on Monday afternoon in the first summer ball for seniors organised by the City of Brussels. The event was held from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Vaux-Hall in the royal park.
Tables with umbrellas were set up in front of the stage, and participants also had a space to dance. The event was free and accessible to people with reduced mobility. Drinks and sweet and savory snacks were offered at low prices, while there was access to drinking water. The seniors were welcomed with music.
Shows were organised from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. A tribute was then paid on stage to singer Johnny Hallyday with his look-alike Jo Davidson and his rock band. The summer ball ended with karaoke.
“It’s true that for two years, like all Belgians, but even more than the others, seniors lived particularly isolated and it’s not because you’re a senior that you don’t feel like partying,” said Brussels Mayor Philippe Close (PS), who was present at the event. “We responded to this, and we chose an exceptional place, the Vaux-Hall in the royal park, which is also very easily accessible,” he added.
The City has been organising winter balls for its seniors for many years now at interesting venues in the capital. The last one was in Bozar, before the health crisis. The summer edition will be repeated on 15 August next year.