Sint-Katherina-Lombeek is preparing for MidWinter. The free village festival in winter has been around for fifteen years and is going wild again for the first time after corona. A real folk festival awaits on Saturday evening with numerous performances by local talent.
MidWinter actually started in the summer of 2009 between pot and pint. A group of enthusiasts wanted to revive the defunct Christmas market in Sint-Katherina-Lombeek. That didn’t work, but with MidWinter a new village festival in the middle of winter was born.
“In addition to organizing a fun village party, it was also the intention from the beginning to donate part of the proceeds to a good cause,” says chairman Geert Swaelens. First it supported research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy, later the proceeds went to inclusive, local charities. “We were recently able to donate 6,000 euros to charities. What we started fifteen years ago was an immediate success, but also pioneering work.”
In recent years, the party could not take place in the winter due to the corona restrictions, so the organization came up with a summer alternative, GieleGansLos. But this year it is time for MidWinter again on Saturday February 3 in the center of Sint-Katherina-Lombeek. “There is a lot of enthusiasm,” says Geert Swaelens.
“It is the day that old and new Lombeek residents meet again or return to their roots. We consciously keep everything free and we aim for a local story.” From 5 p.m. there will be performances by dance studio Flöw, Ribbedebeats, Veingeing6, The Pick Hardo Bros and Metropolitans, and there will also be various performances in the champagne tent.
After fifteen years, Geert (55) is keeping an eye on things as chairman of MidWinter. “I’m still having fun but it’s been nice. I’m the only one who was there from the beginning,” he says. He wants to dispel the rumor that daughter Margot (28) is taking over his role. “Margot is indeed new to the organization, but she will not become chairwoman. She still has to find her place, although I am happy that young people are joining the organizational core of ten members. She grew up with MidWinter. Being chairman is just a role, MidWinter is above all teamwork.”
The full MidWinter program: www.midwinter.be