The Province of Liège co-organizes and supports prestigious events with the dual goal of creating significant economic benefits and improving the province's image internationally. Its involvement in this area varies depending on whether these events are sporting, cultural, touristic, folkloric or historical.
The Province sometimes co-manages or provides key support to organizers, such as for the “Grand Starts” of the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia, during the Ardennes classics Liège - Bastogne - Liège and the Flèche Wallonne, for the Euro 2000 in the Province of Liège, and of course the great international event “Wallonie 2003, Simenon Year in the Pays de Liège”. On the programme in recent years, there was the Centenary of the Great War in 2014, the Tour de France in 2015 and “Debout Citoyen” in 2016. In August 2017, Liège will have the honour of hosting and organizing the first World Humanities Conference (UNESCO and CIPSH).
Photos: Centenaire de la Première Guerre mondiale (2014) / "Debout Citoyen" (2016) © ProvincedeLiège
In other events, the Province of Liège is the sole organizer, as, for example, for the Fête de la Famille Provinciale, the Domaine de Wégimont, and the “Year of Saint-Lambert”. It is also important to note the provincial institution's ongoing commitment to the 84 municipalities for the Fêtes de Wallonie in the Province of Liège, held every year in September.
In order to ensure the vital coordination of the provincial services involved in the preparation and running of these events, co-organized or supported by the Institution Provinciale, the Province of Liège can draw on the help of, amongst other bodies, the Cellule de Coordination des Grands Evénements de la Province.
Other large events organized in partnership with the Province of Liège include:
Euro-Fête in the Pays de Liège 2000
In 2000, Belgium and the Netherlands organized the 11th edition of the European Football Championship, held every four years.
The Province of Liège decided to seize this opportunity to offer a rich programme of events entitled “Euro-Fête in the Pays de Liège”. More than 130 sporting, cultural and touristic events were held as part of this programme.
Photo: Euro 2000 de football - Eurofête au Pays de Liège © ProvincedeLiège
Davis Tennis World Cup
Liège Country Hall
The annual international men's team tennis competition, the Davis Cup, has on various occasions passed through the Province of Liège, with the Province helping organizing the event on these occasions.
This led to the Province of Liège playing host to:
- the Belgium-Morocco play-off match from 21 to 23 September 2001;
- the Belgium-Greece match from 5 to 7 April 2002;
- the 8th Belgium-Australian final from 9 to 11 February 2007;
- the 2nd round of the Europe/Africa zone: Belgium-Poland from 6 to 8 March 2009;
- the 1st round of the world group: Belgium-Switzerland from 6 to 8 March 2015.
Photo: Coupe Davis 2015 © ProvincedeLiège
Liège Country Hall
This women's tennis world tournament, played by national teams, the Fed Cup, has been held every year since 1963. It was held in the province of Liège on 22 and 23 April 2006, with the Belgium-Russia quarter-finals, organized with the support of the Province of Liège.
Men's Singles Table Tennis World Cup
Liège Country Hall
The table tennis world championship, created in 1926, is a competition that brings together the best male and female table tennis players from all over the world. It has been held every year since 1957.
It was as part of the men's singles that the table tennis world cup was held in the Liège region, with the Province of Liège taking part in its organization, in 2005 and 2008.
The Giro d'Italia, the Tour of Italy, is an annual multiple-stage bicycle race and one of the three most prestigious cycling tours in the world, alongside the Tour de France and La Vuelta. It was established in 1909.
With organizational support from the Province of Liège, the Giro has travelled through our region twice:
In 2002, with:
- the 2nd stage, Cologne-Ans, on 13 May. Winner of the stage: Stefano Garzelli
- the 3rd stage, Verviers-Esch-sur-Alzette, on 14 May. Winner of the stage: Mario Cipollini
In 2006, with:
- the 1st stage, Seraing-Seraing, on 6 May. Winner of the stage: Paolo Savoldelli
- the 2nd stage, Mons-Charleroi, on 7 May. Winner of the stage: Robbie McEwen
- the 3rd stage, Perwez-Namur, on 8 May. Winner of the stage: Stefan Schumacher
- the 4th stage, Wanze-Hotton, on 9 May. Winner of the stage: Robbie McEwen
Photo: Giro 2006 - © ProvincedeLiège
La Vuelta a España
La Vuelta, the Tour of Spain, is an annual multiple-stage bicycle race and one of the three most prestigious cycling tours in the world, alongside the Tour de France and the Giro.
It travelled through the Liège region, with organizational support from the Province of Liège, during the 4th stage, Venlo-Liège, held on 1 September 2009 (winner of the stage: André Greipel).
Photo: Vuelta 2009 - © ProvincedeLiège
Simenon Year 2003
To celebrate the birth of Georges Simenon in Liège in 1903, some hundred projects were organized with five running themes: exhibitions, music, theatre, literary events and a wide variety of other events where held throughout the year.
Photo: Année Simenon 2003 - © ProvincedeLiège
Notger Year 2008
The year 2008 marked the thousandth anniversary of the death of Prince-Bishop Notger (Notker), on 10 April 2008. To mark the occasion, the Province of Liège organized various events throughout the year to commemorate the founder of the Liège Principality.
Photo: Année Notger 2008 - © ProvincedeLiège
The Liège-Bastogne-Liège bicycle race was created in 1892 and is one of the oldest races still held, leading to its nickname as the “Doyenne” (elder) of the Classics. It is one of the most challenging and prestigious Ardennes classics and is now part of the UCI world calendar.
Photo: Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2011 - © ProvincedeLiège
Created in 1936, the Flèche Wallone is a bicycle race held in Belgium (Wallonia) in the spring. This Ardennes classic, held every year in April, also travels through the Liège region, with organizational support from the Province of Liège.
Photo: la Flèche Wallonne dans le Mur de Huy © ProvincedeLiège
Meeting International d'Athlétisme
Held every year since 2002, the Meeting International d'Athlétisme is a trial event held in the Complexe provincial de Naimette-Xhovémont (Liège).
The aim is to hold a high-quality sporting event, with at least twelve trials (men's and women's mixed), inviting Belgium's best male and female athletes, as well as international athletes to compete.
The 2012 Meeting - the 11th edition - was also a qualifying event for the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Photo: Nafi Thiam au Meeting international de Naimette (Liège) - © ProvincedeLiège
Jumping International de Liège
The Jumping International de Liège is a huge equestrian festival, attracting the best horseriders in the world and thousands of visitors. It offers a dense programme of international competitions for horses and ponies, with national and local competitions, horse fairs, VIP villages and attractions.
This event is held every year at the Halles des Foires de Liège.
Photo: le Jumping International de la Province de Liège - © ProvincedeLiège
Les Retrouvailles des Jumelages Franco-Liégeois
This event, held by the Province of Liège, pays tribute to the fruitfall connections created by the twinning of French and Liège municipalities, with a varied 4-day programme that brings together Liège municipalities and their twin municipalities in France. The last edition took place in June 2011 and followed three extremely successful editions in 1992, 1999 and 2003.
The Annual Day of Gastronomic Fellowships in Wallonia and Brussels
This event, initiated and led by the Grand Conseil Wallonie-Bruxelles, which brings together the five provinces of Wallonia, has been held in turn in each of the five provinces for 28 years. It offers a huge number of shows, as well as the Village des Confréries, the event's main attraction. The event held in the province of Liège has its own unique feature, as the event is always held in the same Liège municipalities hosting the official opening of the Fêtes de Wallonie that year: Esneux in 2011, Verviers in 2001 and Seraing in 2006.