Dinant – Town Hall (starting from)
Thurs 6 November 2014 – 7 pm
Two hundred years ago, a creative genius who would change instrument-making worldwide first saw the light of day on the banks of the Meuse in Dinant. Adolphe Sax was born in a house on Rue Neuve on 6 November 1814. Two centuries later, the International Adolphe Sax Association is paying him a well-deserved tribute. The year is being marked by a series of events in honour of Sax's inventions and of key moments of his career, while reminding the world of his Belgian background.
The nine-month countdown started on Friday 7 February of this year. Time took on a material form, thanks to the liquid rising imperceptibly in a glass water clock, the work of the master artist in glass Bernard Tirtiaux. Nine months over which Sax is being reborn… On Thursday 6 November 2014, everyone will hold their breath and count down: 3… 2… 1… Happy Birthday, Mr Sax!
Emerging from the shadows, amid music and light, the Sax Giant will light up the city of Dinant for a worthy celebration of his 200th birthday. The Sax Giant is the work of the members of the association known as the Mougneus d’Coûtches ("cake-eaters"). Keen to keep alive a folklore tradition with deep roots in the Meuse region, they decided to pay a tribute to one of Dinant's most illustrious citizens by creating a new giant effigy of him.
The new giant will make his first public appearance during this special birthday celebration. To music, of course! For the great instrument-maker has invited 200 saxophonists to make his invention ring out along the banks of the Meuse. From the town hall to the house where he was born, the Sax Giant will stride through the streets of Dinant, lighting up the city with 1,000 lights. The public is invited to follow the giant in his wanderings and to sing, in unison with the playing of the 200 saxophonists present, "Happy birthday, Mister Sax!"