Berchem is a sleepy town on the outskirts of Antwerp, only to be woken up one every five years by screaming people and canon shots (even though there were no actual canon balls, I still had to remove my car).
The event is called the “Battle of Merode”. Earl Frederic De Merode, a big name in times of the Belgian war for independence lost his life about where I’m living and the government makes sure that we remember this. At least once every couple of years.
Wanna see more of Antwerp: My Monochrome City