400 years Manneken-Pis

A special guest 400 years young!

This year Winter Wonders has a very special guest!
Symbolizing the local sense of humour and independence, the 55-cm Manneken-Pis has been watching over the capital since 1619.

What better way to celebrate his 400th birthday than inviting him to join Brussels’s biggest event for five weeks?

Brussels’s favourite son has an incredible wardrobe reflecting the universality of childhood and its endless possibilities. That might explain the city’s fondness for its little peeing boy and his popularity amongst the international visitors who flock to see him (over 30,000 every day), making him the capital’s second most-visited attraction. Proving that you don’t have to be big in size to be big in stature!

That’s one of the stories that the Manneken-Pis tells us. More importantly, our first citizen mirrors the fate of the people of Brussels who, from the Spanish to the Austrian, French and Dutch eras, were able to remain independent and write their own history.

Brussels’s Manneken-Pis and his thousand and one costumes reflect the cosmopolitanism of urban life in what’s now a multiethnic and multicultural city.

XMAS PARTY @ GRAND-PLACE – special guest: Manneken-Pis

On 19 December, a local DJ with international fame will get Grand-Place moving to the beat of current or timeless hits: Daddy K, a pioneer and leading figure in the Belgian hip-hop movement, will bring his decks to the prestigious City Hall balcony to celebrate his 30-year career and 400 years of another, very different Brussels icon with the crowd.
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Last February, Daddy K became the first urban artist to be awarded the City of Brussels Medal of Recognition for promoting the capital around the world.
Following several successes, including the famous catchphrase “Vous êtes Fous!”, the DJ is chalking up global hits and mixing in clubs across the globe.
He also presents Belgium’s biggest hip-hop/RNB radio show on Radio Contact, the street party’s official francophone partner.

MNM will also be joining the fun: one of the talents revealed by the Start to DJ programme will be on the decks before Daddy K and getting the party started on Grand-Place.

Informations

19:30 to 21:00 Thursday 19.12, Grand-Place.

A Black-Gold-Red Christmas tree for the birthday of Brussels’s favourite son

To celebrate the Manneken-Pis, the tree is decorated in the colours of the Belgian flag. As well as 120 baubles and 1.5 km of fairy lights, 50 Manneken-Pis wooden figurines and baubles containing the little peeing boy are also hung here and there.

Chasse aux trésors

Looking for the Manneken-Pis in the heart of Winter Wonders.

Visitors can try to spot the little man as several of his pictures are hidden along the Winter Wonders route. The big treasure hunt is organized via a geolocation app that players of all ages can use to find clues, solve puzzles and possibly win a replica of Brussels’s famous symbol. The fun route gives players the opportunity to (re)discover areas of interest in the centre of Brussels, some of which go unnoticed by the general public.

Design a costume for the Manneken-Pis’s 400th birthday!

Brussels’s museums and schools are asking local youngsters to design a new outfit for the ketje. Every primary school in the city can submit a drawing or prototype. Time to let that imagination run wild!
The chosen project will be turned into a costume by the official tailor, date stamped 400 years and added to the prestigious GardeRobe collection following a ceremony on 7 May 2020.
An exhibition will also present all the school projects.

“Manneken-Pis 400 years” commemorative coin.

The Belgian Royal Mint and Dutch Royal Mint have designed a new 2.5-euro Belgian coin to celebrate the Manneken-Pis’s special birthday. It’s presented in a colourful coin card and is already legal tender in Belgium.
The coin is available from www.herdenkingsmunten.be