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    Festive new year passes off smoothly in Brussels

    The Saint-Sylvestre festivities including the traditional fireworks took place in a festive family atmosphere in the centre of Brussels. Olivier Mees, the Director of Brussels Major Events, responsible for organising the entertainment, stated this.

    Although the total made during the festivities is as yet unknown, its organisers consider that it was a huge success. Their gamble has paid off: to bring to life the boulevards of the centre of the capital and unite the public around a convivial event throughout the evening.

    The local police has not so far mentioned any incidents.

    The new year entertainment began at 8 a.m. in Brussels in the pedestrian area, taking the form of Dundu; giant sparkling puppets with flexible and transparent body motions, strolling between the Bourse (the Stock Exchange) and the Place De Brouckère.

    A DJ then warmed up the crowd with dancing.

    As the clock struck midnight, the Brussels skyline was lit up in a burst of colour by the traditional new year fireworks. These were cancelled last year owing to the terrorist threat.

    Olivier Mees told Belga, “The evening was a success and our objective to unite people in the centre of Brussels around a festive family atmosphere, a triumph. The Place De Brouckère was bustling with people and throngs of people were present around the Bourse. The atmosphere was highly relaxing and it was amazing to see Brussels dancing and alive once again.”

    A security mechanism, adapted to the event was implemented. From 7 a.m. systematic checks and searches were carried out. As indicated, the local police said that there were no incidents to speak of.

    Lars Andersen
    The Brussels Times