• Folklore and Tradition

This amazing carnival is known for the quality of its costumes. Expect to be wowed!

Origins

A descendant of the famous "Polichinelle" and its famous cousin "Pulcinella" of the Commedia dell'Arte, the Chinel de Fosses owes its fame to their refined, shimmering outfit, made of silk and satin. The tunic is characterized by two tapered bumps: one on the thorax, inclined downwards, and the other in the back, inclined upwards.

Dancing and music

Every year, 200 to 300 Chinels fill the streets, dancing wildly on the four special "Chinel tunes". Add to this drums, Pierrots playing music, stilt walkers and other traditional characters. Quite a show!

Program

  • The procession starts at 2 pm from the Salle de l'Orbey (Rue d'Orbey, Fosses-la-Ville)
  • Many costumed groups parade until 6 pm.
  • The groups gather on the Place du Marché at 6 pm for traditional dances (or Rondeau). The Chinels will regroup based on the colour of their costume and compete to see who the best dancers are.

 

COVID-19 : We do our best to inform you with the latest updates... Best, though, to check with the operator or lodging you have made a booking with before getting on the road. Please note that the Covid Safe Ticket (or health passport) is mandatory in Wallonia.  Infos

Before getting on the road, do contact the closest tourist office to your destination. If you are going to the Hautes Fagnes, please remember the number of visitors is limited each day. The Hautes Fagnes Tourist Office will give you the latest details. The Luxembourg and East Cantons Tourist Office will give you the ski slopes opening times. For additional skiing and winter sports information in Belgium, you can contact the East Contons Tourist Office.

This information is given for indication purposes only, best to check with the site you hope to visit before heading there - by phone, email, social media or simply by visiting their website.

Event planned for the month of March 2022 (1)


(1) Dates and programme may be subject to change.

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