The Europeade is an event based on the idealistic concept of the late Mon De Clopper (1922-1998), a Fleming, who believed that bringing young people together to celebrate culture, dance, and music, was something that could save the Western world after the disasters of two world wars. The first edition was organized in 1964 in Antwerp. The festival brought together Flemings, Dutch, English, French, and Germans, as well as Ukrainian, Yugoslav, and Polish exiles to perform their traditional songs and dances in traditional costume. Displaying the differences in front of each other created the ambience of mutual understanding and appreciation.
Over the years it became a traditional event held in a different city every year and, at the same time, it is the largest European traditional costume and folklore festival, attracting around 6,000 participants annually from all regions of Europe.
The festival is a rare opportunity to meet old friends and get to know new groups beyond national borders. The site is usually transformed into a dancing parade over the five days of the festival, as dances are performed on several stages at the most important places in the respective city. The various groups in their national costumes can be admired singing and making music day and night, and it warms up the atmosphere in the city. The Europeade is a platform for supporting and developing international understanding and dialogue through culture and common values, not only economy and common market. The famous idea “unity in diversity” of all European regions is thus manifested on an annual basis. The Europade is a way to represent all 28 members states and over 600 million people living in the European Union through their cultural identity and tradition.
The next city hosting the Europeade is Klaipéda, Lithuania, from August 5-9, 2020.