Dragon Boat Festival in Antwerp (2018)

The Belgium-Hong Kong Society and the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Brussels (HKETO, Brussels) are delighted to present the wonderful Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday, 15th September, from 10h-16h at Zaha Hadidplein and Kattendijkdok Oostkaai near het Eilandje in Antwerp (in front of the new Port House).

In Hong Kong, the Dragon Boat Festival (Tuen Ng Jit in Cantonese) occurs on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month and is the Chinese festival with the longest history, going back 2,000 years.  Dragon Boat racing is also a prominent sport in Hong Kong at other times of year, with an estimated 30,000 active paddlers.  The sport is becoming increasingly popular around the world and has ten official competition teams in the Netherlands alone.  Belgium caught the bug in 2011, when the Festival was held in Antwerp for the first time at the initiative of Antwerp Rotary West.

This colourful and exciting festival is one of the biggest summer happenings in Antwerp, and a great day out for all the family.  Entrance is completely free. Come cheer on the numerous racing teams as they paddle their way to victory, and enjoy the festive atmosphere, day-long entertainment, as well as a large assortment of foods and drinks.

Additional information can be found on the official Dragon Boat webpage:https://www.drakenbootfestival.be/