Flower Carpet 2016

Save the date, from 13 to 15 August 2016 – A 20th Flower Carpet on the theme of Japan to celebrate 150 years of Belgo-Japanese friendship!  
Every two years, in the month of August, the Brussels Grand-Place is adorned with its most beautiful attire and becomes a gigantic ocean of flowers. This year will be even more special, as the famous carpet of flowers will be celebrating its 20th anniversary! 
In 2016, Belgium and Japan will be celebrating 150 years of diplomatic and friendly relations. It is therefore perfectly natural that the organisers have chosen to let the colours of Japan inspire the design of the carpet. 

The general public will be invited to come and admire this Japanese creation on 13, 14 and 15 August 2016, from 10 am to 10 pm, on the Brussels Grand-Place. The traditional inaugural evening will be held on 12 August at 10 pm, by invitation only. 


The flower carpet will be exposed on the Grand-Place in Brussels 13-14-15 August 2016
Mounting Friday, August 12, 2016 5 AM  until 12 AM (press day)
Access to the BALCONY to the PUBLIC August 12 from 1 PM  to 6 PM
Access to the BALCONY to the PUBLIC 13-14-15 August 2016 from 10AM to 10PM  (last entrance 21.30)
Official inaugural Friday 12 August at 22 h (on invitation only)
GROUPS FROM: August 12 from 1PM until 6 PM With a special entrance
August 13, 14, 15, from 8 AM until 7 PM With a special entrance
Reservation and payment from February 2016
Option from October 1 2015


Dear ,
We thank you for your interest in the Flower Carpet 2016! 
No prebooking available anymore but no problem to buy tickets at your best convenience the day and hour of your choice at the entrance

If you want to have a view from the balcony of the Town hall, it will cost 5 Euros per person (free for children under 10) .
You can access the balcony from Friday  12 th August from 1 AM until 6PM  , Saturday Sunday and Monday from 10 AM to 10PM  (last entrance at 9.30 PM).
Flower carpet construction started at 5 am on Friday 12 and must be finished at noon.

Opening night

There will be ONE live concert with fireworks on Friday August 12 at 10 PM.
There will be a light and music show that evening at 10.30 PM and 11 PM and every evening until 15/08/2016.
Enjoy the Flower Carpet!

A walk through the history of the Flower Carpet 

On the occasion of its twentieth edition, the public can “plunge” into the story of the Flower Carpet. A retrospective exhibition in the splendid Royal Galleries St-Hubert in Brussels will bring the beautiful ephemeral tapestries back to life. Giant photographs of the nineteenth Flower Carpets and the drawing of the 2016 Flower Carpet will be displayed from July 15 to August 15 2016.

If you are not able to visit the exhibition, you can always discover the history of the Flower Carpet with a book dedicated to the beautiful ephemeral tapestries. You can order this book online at the special price of €8 until August 5th 2016 (excl. shipping costs Belgium 2,37€ Europe 7,38€ World 8,70€). After August 5th you can still buy the book via this website or during the event for €10. To order the book online, please send an email with your postal address to a.katz@visit.brussels. The delivery will be carried out after receiving the payment at “Flower Carpet” account BE37 7320 1397 54 28 Swift CREGBEBB.

Press File 2016

The 20th Flower Carpet, set up in Brussels' Grand Place, will be adorned in a Japanese designed to celebrate 150 years of Belgo-Japanese friendship. This ephemeral tapestry will be made up of 1,800 m² of begonias, drawing inspiration from Japanese representations of flowers, birds, the wind and the moon to depict the beauty of nature. Visitors will be able to admire this stunning creation from 12 to 15 August 2016 in its every detail, whether from floor level or from up high on the balcony of the Brussels Town Hall.
Download the press file