In the parade, events from the past come to life, related to a theme and to Brabant. The 16 float-building groups creatively translate these into the present. The result: a passing total theater with original designs and bold techniques, which tells a complete story in just a few minutes.

Closer to Brabant 'Closer to Brabant' is the theme of the Brabant Day 2024. The theme refers both to Brabant poets and poems as well as to the 'typical Brabant feeling'.

The Brabant feeling of the past

For 'Closer to Brabant,' the sixteen float-building groups will use the work of a Brabant poet as a source of inspiration. The poem must not come from contemporary poetry, but must have been published at least fifty years ago by a poet born in the Duchy of Brabant. The task for the float-building groups is to be touched by such a poem and to translate it into a spectacle that is compelling, poetic, and provocative. Above all, the feeling of historical Brabant must be conveyed.

Visit the theater parade on August 25, 2024, in Heeze and get even closer to Brabant!

Stimulating the imagination

Brabant has a rich history in poetry. To make the selection process a bit easier, the groups can draw from a specially compiled anthology of poetry. Frank van Lierop, head of the Theme Committee, explains the choice of theme: "It is certain that poems have contributed to the preservation of art and culture. Traditions, religious prayers, political beliefs; it was all recorded in poetic form. In addition, with poems you can convey emotions, ideas, and experiences in a concise manner, so that they stimulate the imagination. And that is something that the float builders and actors of the Brabant Day can do like no other. We are convinced that it will be another fantastic parade!"