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Social Programme

Opening Ceremony and Welcome Reception

The Welcome reception will take place after the Opening Ceremony at the Congress Centre (The Square, Glass Entrance, Rue Mont des Arts, B-1000, Brussels) on Wednesday 13th September. The opening ceremony will take place in Gold hall at 18:00. The welcome reception will follow the opening Ceremony at approx. 18:30 – 20:00 in the exhibition area of the congress centre. Entrance is subject to registration and display of the congress badge. The reception is free for participants. Accompanying persons can attend if they are registered and pay the appropriate fee.

ESE Reception

Cost: 30 Euros (50 Euros onsite) for registered participants. Accompanying persons can attend if they are registered and pay the appropriate fee.
Date: Thursday 14th September 19:30 – 23:30 at AutoWorld. Food and drinks will be included in the price until 22:30. A cash bar is available from 22:30 to 23:30.
Please note: participants will need to find their own way there and back as transport is not provided. There is a metro station close to the venue which closes at 24:00.
Autoworld, Jubelpark / Parc du Cinquantenaire 11, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
See: http://autoworld.be/contact-en
How to get to Autoworld

Autoworld is located in one of the exclusive buildings of Parc du Cinquantenaire, one of the most beautiful locations in Belgium architectonic heritage, Autoworld is one of the most interesting and unique event venues. With its 250 beautifully preserved and restored cars, it is one of the most impressive collections of Europe and most probably also of the world.

Gala Dinner

Cost: 110 Euros (125 Euros onsite)
Date: Friday 15th September at 20:00 at Le Plaza Théâtre, Hôtel Le Plaza Bruxelles, Bld, Adolphe Max 118-126, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
See: https://www.leplaza-brussels.be/en/meeting-events/le-plaza-theatre/
How to get to Le Plaza

Situated in the heart of historic and cultural Brussels, the Hotel Le Plaza is only a few minutes from the famous Grand Place, the Royal Palace and the congress centre. The elegant dining rooms and the magnificent Theatre Le Plaza, listed by Royal Decree form its unique architectural value. Plaza Theatre, a former cinema, is designed for large events. In the kitchen, Olivier Bontemps, Belgian chef and Eurotoques member, creates tasteful dishes, preferring fresh ingredients and regional specialties. The theatre has a complete separate entrance from the Plaza Hotel which will be signposted with the ESE Brussels logo.

Please note: tickets purchased for AutoWorld and the Gala dinner cannot be returned once purchased. Also, if tickets are not purchased during online registration they will only be available onsite.

Children (under 18 years old)

Delegates must be aware that the social events at the ESE congress are likely to be very crowded and will involve the availability of alcoholic drinks. In addition, the Welcome Reception will be held in the Trade Exhibition area where a considerable amount of valuable equipment will be on display. Delegates with children should take account of these circumstances should they wish to bring children to the social events on the Wednesday and Thursday.

As a result the ESE has developed the following policy for children:

  • Children between 12 and 18 years may attend the Welcome Reception on Wednesday, ESE Reception on Thursday and Gala Dinner BUT are required to be registered as accompanying persons and pay the appropriate fee.
  • Children under the age of 12 years may attend the Welcome Reception on the Wednesday and the ESE Reception on Thursday on the understanding that the venues will be crowded
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