omg: this is one of the most fabulous festivals ever! Ten days of music, magic, and street performances with 100's of 1000's of your nearest and dearest Belgian friends (well, a few other Europeans and a smattering of Americans, too). I visited last year for one day (just to sample) and returned in 2009 for five days of incredible good times. I stayed at the Marriott: right on the main canal, near the main stage, and walking distance to some delicious restaurants which featured world-class cuisine. (The hotel staff was wonderful: they offered a "quiet room" because they assumed that an "old guy" like me -- 60? old? no way! -- would not enjoy the party atmosphere right outside. I insisted on a canal side room: great views! But I never returned to my room before 3 am anyway, so ...)
The people are friendly, the restaurants are gracious, the beer and rum (lots of rum in Belgium -- who knew?) was flowing, the music was eclectic, infectious, and Alive! Everything from Afro-Haitian to Big Band to Acid Jazz to Salsa -- and more. The entire city centre closes down for pedestrian traffic only, every street corner and plaza becomes another music venue.
I will return!More
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