Stilt walkers’ joust. Since 1411.
Since 1411, two stilt walkers’ teams of Namur (Belgium) have confronted one another relentlessly. On the one side, the ‘Mélans’ from the old city with their yellow and black stilts. On the other, the ‘Avresses’ coming from beyond the walls on their red and white stilts.
Their spectacular fights have pleased Emperors and Kings. Charles the Fifth, Louis XIV, Peter the Great from Russia, Napoleon… all of them attended a stilt walkers’ fight given by the Stilt walkers of Namur.
Nowadays,the two teams still fight on stilts and take part in a lot of events and processions in Namur, in Belgium and in the entire world.
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Photos : Pol Englebert, Christian Delwiche, Alain Nassogne, Captation Aérienne.
Since our first international journey in 1937, we have travelled around the world presenting our tradition in a lot of carnivals, festivals and parades. Discover our main international performances thanks to the interactive map.