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02.08.2016 - Procession 2018: Sunday the 06th of May 2018


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Here we have a tradition that dates back to 1273. But for a tradition to stay alive, it must constantly rediscover itself, look more profoundly, discover more.

Hanswijk Procession 2018: Dynamic. Sound and colour, dance, spoken word and beauty. Come and experience it on 21 May and say "yes": "Yes" to life, "Yes" to God. Discover the response through the ages to the question: as people, where are we heading?


Sunday the 06th of May 2018


Mechelen city centre


11:00 - 12:00: Solemn Mass in the Hanswijk Basilica celebrated by Cardinal Jozef DE KESEL.
15:00 - 17:00: Hanswijk Procession with closing ceremony in the Hanswijk Basilica.


Keizerstraat – Veemarkt – Befferstraat – Grote Markt – IJzerenleen – Guldenstraat – Onze-Lieve-Vrouwstraat – Vijfhoek – Hanswijkstraat.


Spectators' stands: Veemarkt - Grote Markt - IJzerenleen

Programme booklet:

3 euros, on sale along the route of the procession Sunday, or obtainable beforehand from Frieda Van Vaeck.


Places in the stands:
- Veemarkt: 5 euros *    4 euros
- Grote Markt: 7 euros * 5 euros
- IJzerenleen: 5 euros *  4 euros 

* prices for groups of a minimum of 20 people.

Ticket sales:

From the Hanswijk Procession Office:
Augustijnenstraat 74 - 2800 Mechelen
tel.: 015/42.01.40

Via the Archdiocese' Public Office:
every working day, 9 – 12.30 and 13.30 – 17.00.
Wollemarkt 15 - 2800 Mechelen
tel. 015/29.26.11