• 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.

 

You may have heard Belgium has recently faced torrential rain, causing dramatic floods. Many regions have been touched by this natural catastrophe. We are doing our best to help all travellers coming to Wallonia. Some sites are, as you can understand, not accessible for the time being. Please contact them or check their website/social media platforms before getting on the road. Be assured we are all trying to get things back to order as soon as possible. Travel advice
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Event planned for the month of March 2022 (1)


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

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