The three main components were the 3D Comic’s Light Show on the Place Royale, the Balloon’s Day Parade and the Comic’s Festival on the Place des Palais, and each and every one attracted impressive audiences.
On Friday and Saturday evening, the 3D Comic’s Light Show was a real hit. Belgian comic book characters were projected on to the walls of the Place Royale using mapping. The show attracted about 10.000 people.
On Saturday afternoon, the Place des Palais was the venue for the start of the Balloon’s Day Parade, a parade of helium-filled balloons inspired by the American tradition, but Brussels’ version was mainly made up of comic book characters. This year, Kid Paddle, Boule and Spirou were joined by Hergé’s Tintin. Alongside the comic book stars, a number of iconic Brussels landmarks were inflated for the occasion including the Atomium, Manneken Pis and the Region’s iris symbol. Over 55,000 people turned out to witness the Balloon’s Day Parade.
Last but by no means least, the second edition of the Comic Strip Festival on the Place des Palais enchanted young and old alike under a 2,000m² marquee, bringing together Brussels’ bookshops and comic book collectors including Le Centre Belge de la BD, the MOOF, the Village de la BD, Forbidden Zone, the Musée Hergé and 90 different authors. A staggering 50,000 people attended the festival on the Place des Palais.