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Located in the Belgian province of Hainaut at about 60 km to the south of Brussels, the small town of Binche is above all known for its famous traditional carnival and its Gilles who have become worldwide symbols of Belgium.


Today the old town centre has just under 10.000 inhabitants. Townwalls, about 2000 metres long, and 22 towers surround the heart of the town which each year, during seven weeks, beats to the rhythm of the carnival drums. Binche is proud of its rich medieval past, of its rank of countytown of Hainaut having welcomed inside of its walls and in its castle a number of illustrious guests.

On the market square, in front of the belfry and the town hall, the setting of one of the most traditional European carnivals, the protagonists of the Binche carnival fraternally dance the “rondeau”. They are accompanied by their families, their friends and all those who cannot resist the captivating rhythm of the Gille’s dance.
 

Undoubtedly, more than anywhere else, the town reminds the visitor at each step of its profound attachment to its carnival tradition which is also reflected by the existence of the international Carnival and Mask Museum.