Tervuren’s summer festivals continue

Tervuren is gearing up for another music festival with 't Hof Tervuren starting on Friday 12 July, offering three days of free music ranging from funk, reggae, Jamaican ska, disco, pop, and more, including a performance by Mydonna. And there's more to come over the summer from a music and foodtruck festival, Duisburg and Vossem festivals. There's even the shooting of the film 'How to Kill Your Sister' in Vossem.

Tervuren is gearing up for another music festival with ‘t Hof Tervuren starting on Friday 12 July, offering three days of free music ranging from funk, reggae, Jamaican ska, disco, pop, and more, including a performance by Mydonna. And there’s more to come over the summer from a music and foodtruck festival, Duisburg and Vossem festivals. There’s even the shooting of the film ‘How to Kill Your Sister’ in Vossem.

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The lineup for the musical festival ‘t Hof Tervuren caters to a wide range of Tervuren tastes, even featuring bouncy castles on Saturday and Sunday. The Friday kick-off is Flemish themed, celebrating Flanders’ national day with exclusively Dutch-language music. For Belgium’s many English and French-language pop hits, De Flandriens caters for translation into Dutch.

Festival Dates

“‘t Hof Tervuren was one of the first festivals during the corona years and has since grown into a cozy weekend full of music. It is a free festival with a beautiful lineup and a stunning location, ideal for kicking off the local summer,” says N-VA mayor Marc Charlier about the fourth edition of ‘t Hof Tervuren.

Flemish liberal candidate for mayor Thomas Geyns is very critical of the mayor and alderpersons for not organizing music festivals on the Markt. Geyns’ first festival experiences were as a 15-year-old in 2012. “That was then also on the Markt,” he told town council. “When I was 14, my mum wouldn’t let me out.”

Despite the positive festival turnouts, concerns have been raised about elevated costs for the town’s taxpayers for cleaning up, police, electricity, and more. Blocking off and charging for entry to De Markt in May for a private music festival on 10-11 May, was controversial. Noise levels till 3 am were another issue, especially for those living on or near the Markt, some of whom did not receive compensatory free tickets.

Peak noise levels reach around 130 decibels — the sound of a departing airplane and over Flanders' permitted level of 100 decibels. But the stage for 't Festival Tervuren was set up so that most of the noise was directed towards Brussels, Stokkel, Kraainem, and Wezembeek.

“If we look at the peak levels, we’re almost constantly around 130 decibels. That’s the sound of a departing airplane. That’s extremely loud,” said opposition councillor Geoffroy de Visscher of Tervuren Unie.

Tervuren’s tourism and youth alderwoman Sofie Lombaert (Groen+) pointed out that noise levels mostly remained under Flanders’ permitted level of 100 decibels. She adds that consultations with policy on security led to the stage being set up so that most of the noise was directed towards Brussels, Stokkel, Kraainem, and Wezembeek.

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