Antoing over the Time
Antoing au fil du Temps
Next edition: to be announced (the event was last held in 2016)
Antoing (Wallonia region)
Geographical, cultural and historical context
Antoing municipality, located in the Hainaut province of the Belgian region of Wallonia, consists today of the former municipalities of Antoing, Maubray, Péronnes-lez-Antoing, Bruyelle, Calonne and Fontenoy. The area is famous for the Battle of Fontenoy, which was fought just near Fontenoy on May 11, 1745, and was a major battle in the War of Austrian Succession (1740-1748 AD), that involved most of the powers of Europe disputing the succession to the Habsburg Monarchy and the rights to the throne of Queen Maria Theresa of Austria (1717-1780 AD), the only female ruler of the Habsburg dominions and the last of the House of Habsburg.
The very landmark of the town is surely the Antoing Castle, also known as the Castle of Princes de Ligne by the noble Belgian family who has owned it since the 17th century. The Antoing Castle, one of Belgium's most original and well-known castles, dates back to the 12th century and was restored and redesigned in Neo-Gothic style in the 19th century by Eugène Viollet-le-Duc (1814-1879 AD), a French architect and author who restored several medieval architectures.
Event description and programme
Each year the citizens and guests of Antoing commune host a great historical event providing the visitors with the chance of an interesting time travel through history from the Middle Ages to the Late Modern History. The rich programme, with a main theme changing year by year, includes many interactive experiences designed for adults and children in a family-friendly, charming natural and cultural setting. The visitors can take a stroll through the craft market set around the Castle, or join archery workshops and contests, enjoy medieval jousting and falconry displays. entertainment with skilled jugglers, acrobats, fire-eaters and musicians, as well as 18th and 19th century dance and music shows, historical military camps, and a wealth of other initiatives involving the guests in an unforgettable journey into history.
Please contact the Organizers for confirmation and further details.
Info & Contact
Location: Park of the Château des Princes de Ligne, Place Bara - 7640 Antoing, Belgium
Association/organization name: Le Comité des Fêtes de la Ville d'Antoing
Address: Château d'Antoing, Place Bara - 7640 Antoing, Belgium
Tel.: +32 (0)69 441729, 69 446913, 69 446914
Antoing Town Council / Ville d’Antoing
Address: Chemin de Saint-Druon, 1 - 7640 Antoing, Belgium
Tel.: +32 (0)69 332911 | Fax: +32 (0)69 332906
Office du Tourisme d’Antoing
Address: Place Bara, 18 - 7640 Antoing, Belgium
Tel.: +32 (0)69 441729 | Fax: +32 (0)69 445497
Image: Le Comité des Fêtes de la Ville d'Antoing
Text sources: Le Comité des Fêtes de la Ville d'Antoing, Wikipedia, Antoing Town Council
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