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Esperanzah! World Music Festival 2019

Three days of dancing at the abbey on the picturesque banks of the Sambre River

Every year, thousands of festival-goers gather in the Floreffe Abbey near Namur, Wallonia to attend Esperanzah! It is an unusual festival as it does not place a focus on world-famous names. The majority of those who perform at the festival belong to the local scene. It does not mean that there are no foreign musicians at Esperanzah!—the festival introduces plenty of new names in the international community of musicians.

Esperanzah! unites diverse styles of music: you can hear reggae and techno, jazz and hip-hop. During three days, the artists perform on three stages. Aside from concerts and DJ-sets, there are other activities that take place at the festival. Plenty of street artists gather at Esperanzah! meaning you can take in dancing, fire shows, theatre performances, acrobatic performances, clowns, etc. Also, lectures, discussions, and film screenings are on the schedule every day, and a special program for children is prepared.

The festival takes place near the 12th-century abbey. As Esperanzah! has occurred annually since 2002, its infrastructure is well-planned and convenient. There are plenty of stands offering varied food—from Belgian fries to eco-friendly vegan dishes. Meanwhile, you may also taste the “Floreffe” beer that is brewed in the abbey.