New Year’s Eve: entertainment including fireworks in the pedestrian area
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    New Year’s Eve: entertainment including fireworks in the pedestrian area

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    The New Year's Eve celebrations in the centre of Brussels are set to go with a bang this year!
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    The New Year’s Eve entertainment will begin at 8 p.m. in the pedestrian area between the Bourse and the Place De Brouckère, indeed lasting until 1 a.m. This was announced yesterday (Tuesday) by the company responsible for organising large-scale events in the Brussels City Council area. The traditional Saint-Sylvestre firework display, cancelled last year owing to the terrorist threat, will actually take place this year, Brussels Major Events has stated.

    There will be street theatre, as well as a DJ to amuse the crowds, whilst there is a Sound and Light show, including fireworks, planned for midnight in the Place De Brouckère.

    Security checks tailored to the event will be implemented. From 7 p.m., the event site will only be accessible via Boulevard Anspach (when coming from the Gare du Midi), the Rue des Teinturiers, the Rue des Pierres, the Rue des Riches Claires, the Rue Jules Van Praet and the Rue Auguste Orts.

    By that time, the other roads adjacent to Boulevard Anspach, located close to Place De Brouckère, will be closed.

    There will be access controls at entrances. Spectators are asked not to overload bags and glass bottles are prohibited on the site.

    Likewise, the use of firecrackers and fireworks by spectators is also prohibited.

    In 2014, 100,000 people attended the first New Year’s Eve celebrations in the Place de Brouckère. Previously, the firework display had taken place in the Mont des Arts.

    Christopher Vincent
    The Brussels Times