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Boom ( Dutch pronunciation: ) is a [boːm] Belgian town, located in both the arrondissement and Antwerp. On January 1, 2006 Boom had a total population of 16,096. The total area is 7.37 km² which gives a population density of 2,185 inhabitants per km². Residents are known as "Boomenaars". The aforementioned data was provided in 2006 by statbel.fgov.be. [2 ] [3 ]
History [ edit ]
Our Lady of Boom, ca 1910
History of this community started in the late 1300. The major expansion was in the 19th century. In Boom, people venerated a miraculous statue of our lady of Boom.
Geography [ edit ]
Boom is located between three big cities (
Brussels, Antwerp and Mechelen), and is situated along the Rupel river.
Economy [ edit ]
Because of the presence of clay around Boom, the region is well known for its clay pits and brick factories.
Born in Boom [ edit ]
Peter Dens (1690), Catholic Theologian.
Bobbejaan Schoepen (1925), singer-songwriter, guitarist and art whistler. He is also an actor, fantasist and founder of the Bobbejaanland amusement park in Belgium.
Luc Van der Kelen (1948), journalist at Het Laatste Nieuws.
Roland Van Campenhout, musician.
Bavo Claes (1949), former news anchor.
Glen De Boeck (1971), football player and -coach.
Bjorn Vleminckx (1986), football player.
Kevin Seeldraeyers (1986), cyclist.
Mano Mundo: worldmusic festival in De Schorre (recreational ground). (festival does not exist anymore)
Tomorrowland (festival): EDM World famous and largest Dance Music festival in the world, that more than 400,000 people attend.
Feria Andaluza: Spanish festival in De Schorre.
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