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Zinneke Parade 2024 in Brussels

Every two years, the people of Brussels gather to strengthen community spirit

Dates: June 1, 2024

Zinneke Parade
Zinneke Parade
Zinneke Parade
Zinneke Parade
Zinneke Parade

Brussels is a multicultural and cosmopolitan city: over 150 nationalities live here. The idea behind the Zinneke Parade is to show the diversity of Brussels and build bridges between its residents. This mission is reflected in the name of the parade. Zinneke originates from Zenne, a small river that circles Brussels, and it also means 'stray dog'. Hence, Zinneke symbolizes that all the people of Brussels are united regardless of their background.

The parade is the union of Zinnodes. A Zinnode is a group of people (up to a hundred) that represents one of the 19 municipalities in Brussels or people with a similar background. They work together on the concept of a common artistic project that will be unveiled during the parade. All projects must be based on the theme of the carnival which changes every year. For instance, “Illegal” (2018), “Fragile” (2016), “Temptation” (2014), “Disorder” (2012), etc.

Zinneke Parade 2024 Program

This year's festival starts at 3 pm at Brussels Center and features Zinnode like Ootkwattah, Andantes, Cult'ur, International Saudade Social Club, Machaniek of Flight, Bubbelbek, Tuning, Aquarella, Pixelbeek, It's not me / Ikke nor, Barba Ha Ha, and more. Among the artists who will help Zinnode create a great atmosphere are Abir Gharbi, Alejandro Ardila, Aline Yasmin, Augusto Rego, Bert Bernaerts, Daniele Manno, Danja Cauwberg, Diana Montes, George Comhair, Henry Debay, Julie Michaud, Pierre Delcourt, Thomas Giry, and more. The 2024 theme will be “PlaiZir.”

Zinneke Parade History

The first edition of the parade occurred in 2000 when Brussels was deemed the European Capital of Culture. In Brussels 2000, the Zinneke Parade stands out as one of the few events that have continued to be discussed years later. The event was so inspiring and joyful that it became a biennial event. Usually, several dozen Zinnodes participate in the parade. The main requirement for each team is that they use no mechanical platforms or other vehicles as the parade must remain 100% human: the music is played live and the performance must involve only humans.

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