Flower Carpet 2018
“Guanajuato, cultural pride of Mexico”
That is the theme of the 21st edition of the Flower Carpet. Just like Brussels, this colourful state in Central Mexico has a rich tradition in tapestry. The annual highlight is “La Octava Noche” in the southern city of Uriangato, where the locals decorate kilometres of streets with carpets of coloured sawdust. It is the most important event for ephemeral art in the centre of Mexico.
Moreover, Guanajuato is also a region of untold cultural treasures and the home of many indigenous civilizations renowned for their precious craftwork and rich culture. In short, providing an abundant source of inspiration for the first Latin American carpet on Belgian soil. From the City Hall balcony, you will have a splendid view of this ephemeral masterpiece.
And there’s another reason to celebrate …
This year, it is twenty years exactly since the Grand-Place in Brussels was recognised as a Unesco World Heritage site. What better way to celebrate this than ... yes, with flowers! During the Flower Carpet, dozens of carpet artists from all over the world will gather in the Belgian capital for a floral Unesco exhibition at Brussels’ Bourse square. A tour along eight flower carpets will take you by some of the world’s top tourist attractions.
Flower Carpet “Guanajuato, cultural pride of Mexico” on the Grand-Place
- Construction of the Flower Carpet: 16 August, 8.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon
- Official opening with sound and light show: 16 August, 10.00 p.m.
- Visit to the City Hall balcony: 16 August, 1.00-6.00 p.m. (last admission: 5.30 p.m.); 17-19 August, 10.00 a.m.-10.00 p.m. (last admission: 9.30 p.m.)
- Sound and light show: 16-19 August, 9.30-11.00 p.m.
“Monuments of Unesco in Flowers” exhibition at Brussels’ Bourse square
- Construction of the Unesco flower carpets: 17 August, 8.00 a.m.–3.00 p.m.
- Official inauguration: 17 August, 5.00–6.00 p.m.
- Visit to the exhibition: 17-19 August, all day
- Panoramic view from the City Hall balcony: € 6.00 at the entrance of the City Hall on the day of your visit (free for children under 10)
- Presale tickets have sold out.
- The Grand-Place and Unesco exhibition are accessible during the entire event.
- Brussels’ Grand Place is easily accessible by public transportation, by bike or by car.
For visitors with reduced mobility:
- Please contact us for more information.
- Please contact Visit Brussels for further information about your stay in Brussels.