The year-end events organised for Wednesday on Place de Brouckère, from where a firework display will be launched, mean several streets in the area will be closed to traffic. Boulevard Anspach, where there will be giant screens, Brouckère Square and several adjacent streets will be gradually closed off to traffic from 8:00pm, announced Brussels Capital/Ixelles police in a statement on Monday. The New Year’s Eve celebrations will kick off on the giant screens at 8:00pm 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).
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.
The DJing on Boulevard Anspach will continue until 1:00am and mark the end of the official festivities.
Police encourage revellers to use public transport to access the sites, the STIB network being free from midnight until 5:30am. If it is extremely busy, the police may also limit pedestrian access to some areas.
All relevant information will be made available in real time on Twitter via @zpz_polbru.
Oscar Schneider (Source: Belga)