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    Brussels brings out the big guns for the New Year festivities

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    Brussels will welcome in the New Year with a firework display and various events around Place de Brouckère and la Bourse (stock exchange). The New Year’s Eve celebrations will kick off at 8:00pm, with giant screens on Boulevard Anspach coming to life and then street entertainment starting at 9:30pm.

    A DJ and 2 hosts will provide the entertainment for the last hour of 2014, in three languages (French, Dutch, English).  Party-goers will be able to follow the show on several huge screens, including a 60m² one located on Place de Brouckère. The screens will also show social media good will messages and photos posted by the party-goers.

    The 2015 New Year countdown will begin at 11:55pm and culminate in a firework show in the sky over Place de Brouckère on the 12 strokes of midnight. Brussels City confirmed earlier this month there definitely would be a firework display after it had previously considered cancelling it.

    The DJing on Boulevard Anspach will continue until 1:00am and mark the end of the official festivities.

    Brussels is also holding “Bons voeux de Bruxelles” (Greetings from Brussels), a contest where participants are encouraged to submit their New Year wishes in an original way in either an iconic or unusual location in the capital, via the event’s Facebook page. The five winners will win a “cultural package”.

    The police are already reminding the public that, for security reasons, the public are not allowed to bring or light their own fireworks at the event.

    Oscar Schneider (Source: Belga)