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- Starts: 12/09/2019 6:00 pm
- Ends: 29/09/2019 10:00 pm
The Grote Rappèl ² is an unforgettable musical spectacle, performed by more than 400 actors, singers, dancers, musicians and other artists. The previous edition – De Groote Rappèl – was such an overwhelming success in 2016 that we had to play extra performances. Overall, more than 10,000 spectators came to Leopoldsburg.
September 1944. The Second World War. The eyes of the whole world are focused on the small Belgian garrison town of Leopoldsburg. The allied liberation of Europe has started following the successful landing in Normandy and the blazing advance in France and Belgium. The Germans are desperately resisting. To end the war before Christmas, Field Marshal Montgomery takes a spectacular gamble. He launches Operation Market Garden, one of the most ambitious operations in history. The starting point was Leopoldsburg.
The show starts with a delicious meal in the atmosphere of the time and a walking theater through the Royal Park and the Dreef der 7 Zuchten. Afterwards, visitors can enjoy the stunning open-air spectacle in the authentic setting of the old IJzer Quarter.
The musical spectacle De Grote Rappèl ² takes you to the turbulent wartime of WWII, introducing you to a family trying to survive. The liberation and Operation Market Garden naturally play a leading role in the story. The Chinese Pavilion – where the municipality of Leopoldsburg will open the liberation museum Liberation Garden in 2020 – will also occupy a prominent place.
The direction of this event is in the hands of Luc Stevens, who already organised spectacles such as Zoo of Life, Mol in scene, GheelaMania, the Merodes, Marie-Antoinette and Rubens.
Operation Market Garden was one of the largest Allied operations of the Second World War. It aimed to secure the bridges over the rivers Maas (Meuse), Waal and Rhine in the Netherlands in order to outflank the heavy German defences of the Siegfried Line and to insure a swift advance towards Berlin.
Two military parades starting at Leopoldsburg (Belgium) to Veghel (Netherlands), and from Veghel to Nijmegen (Netherlands). In Veghel there will be two camps open for visitors with a variety of activities. The event is organised by the Foundation Operation Market Garden.
Located in eastern Belgium on the border with the Netherlands and at a short distance from Germany, the municipality of Leopoldsburg became, in September 1944, the headquarters in advance of Operation Market Garden. Today Leopoldsburg’s Liberation Trail presents all the important WWII heritage sites in the vicinity. In addition, a brand new World War II museum is currently being developed: the Liberation Garden Museum should open its doors in May 2020.