Sooty Piets in Belgium

Sooty Piets in Belgium

Along with the Netherlands’ Amsterdam, The Hague, Utrecht, and Maastricht, in 2015 Brussels and Antwerp also announced they would have alternative, sooty—not blackface— Piets.

So change is coming to Belgium, as well as the Netherlands. There,as well, it is coming first to large cities.

Saint and Piet, Antwerp
Photo: Wirenewsfax

2019 brings Sooty Piets to Antwerp on November 16, where he is greeted by the mayor on Verbindingsdok-Westkaai. Since the beginning of November the Saint has been featured on the television series “Day of Christmas.” Each episode has a child’s letter with a question about the Saint.

• Torrendo, John, “Christmas makes a joyful appearance in Antwerp on the 16th of November,” Wirefax, November 1, 2019
• Johnson, Daniel, “Hello, Santa Claus is back: discover the first images of the brand-new series,” Global News, November 1, 2019