In 2005, the authorities of Soignies, wishing to develop cultural activities aiming at a vast public asked the Soignies Cultural Centre to set up a large scale and unifying urban cultural event. Consequently the 1st edition of Août en Eclats took place in the historical centre of the town of Soignies on the last Saturday of August. As a free of access pluridisciplinary and family multi-festival set up in 2005, Août en Eclats hosts around twenty shows, a children’s village, a market for world and local products and street animations. Circus shows and concerts of all kinds take place on the Place Verte and the Place Van Zeeland in the historical centre of the town. Thousands of people, young and not so young, look forward to this festival every year.