Mons

Mons (2): Once upon a time

Mons, Belgium. ‘Il était une fois’ (‘Once upon a time’), a mesmerizing light installation by Cédric Verdure in the Belfry Gardens, with wire figures gradually changing colour and fading ghostlike in and out of the darkness, below the town’s UNESCO-listed Baroque belfry. Shot last weekend during the inauguration of Mons as European Capital of Culture …

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Mons (1): Song lines

Mons, Belgium. ‘Song Lines’, a beautifully moving sound installation in Rue de la Poterie, with the words of the song Tombe la niege (a 1960s hit by French-Italian singer Salvatore Adamo) chanted in a faint a capella, and portraits of the singers projected onto sheets and other pieces of cloth suspended above the street. Shot …

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Doudou, Mons (2)

Later this month the city of Mons in Belgium will take the title European Capital of Culture 2015, but the single greatest event in its annual calendar is undoubtedly the ‘Doudou’ (Ducasse du Mons) – the ritual combat with and ‘slaying’ of a giant processional dragon in the town square, frankly one of the wildest …

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Doudou, Mons (1)

Doudou (Ducasse de Mons), Mons, Belgium (14 June 2014). The Doudou is a traditional festival held in the town of Mons, on the weekend of Trinity Sunday, in which a large, elaborately decorated gold casket said to contain the relics of St Waudru is paraded through the town, and culminating in the ritual combat with, …

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