30 June 2017 Dressing-up ceremony of Mannekenpis
In cooperation with the City of Brussels and folklore organisation the Order of the Friends of Manneken-Pis, the city’s favourite son was dressed in his Hong Kong costume for a traditional “Salute to Manneken-Pis” ceremony on 30 June. After speeches by Special Representative for Hong Kong Economic and Trade Affairs to the EU, Ms Shirley Lam and a representative of the Council of the City of Brussels, the Yat Po Singers performed to an eager crowd of guests, tourists and passers-by. Members of the Order of the Friends of Manneken-Pis then sang the Manneken-Pis song, after which the little fellow playfully sprayed the crowd with water. Water was then turned into the typical Brussels beer Faro, for guests and bystanders to enjoy which was sponsored by the Belgium-Hong Kong Society. This was the third time the famous little boy wore the costume, which the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Brussels (HKETO, Brussels) donated to the City of Brussels in 2012 on the occasion of the HKSAR’s 15th anniversary. The costume is kept in the new, dedicated Manneken-Pis annex of the City of Brussels Museum, round the corner in rue du Chêne/Eikstraat.