What's on: Meise botanic garden lights up the night


The Botanic Garden’s annual Floridylle, traffic sign art and theatre full of surprises for young and old are highlights of the week in Flanders and Brussels

Winter Floridylle

The Botanic Garden in Meise, just outside Brussels, holds its annual festive light trail just when we need it the most – after the holidays are finished, and January looms large and dark. The Floridylle is a dreamy showcase of lighting among the organic wonders of the country’s largest botanical garden.

The greenhouses have been newly renovated and will also be open, and several fire shows will take place throughout the evening. There are also activities for kids and a winter village with food and drink. 3-6 January 18.00-23.00 (enter by 20.30), Nieuwelaan 38, Meise

Traffic sign art

You may remember early last year when Flemish mobility minister Ben Weyts regularised the speed limits on two-lane provincial roads. The maximum speed went from 90 to 70 kilometres an hour on some roads, with the understanding that if there are no signs, the speed is 70. This meant that the region could abandon costly maintenance of 30,000 existing signs. A lucky 32 of them found their way into the hands of local artists, who created something completely new out of the recognisable red-and-white circles and put them up for auction as part of Studio Brussel’s Music for Life fundraiser. The fundraiser is over, but the signs are on view all month in the Flemish government’s new building. Until 31 January, Herman Teirlinck building, Tour & Taxis, Havenlaan 88, Brussels

Remember the Dragons

Antwerp theatre company Berlin, known for its site-specific multidisciplinary productions, is putting on its first show for children (age 11+). But Berlin makes sure adults are not bored, either, in this wonderfully creative production that relates a series of stories about children around the world: a Moroccan girl who never eats or sleeps, a Danish boy who wants to be a girl, a South African child who makes crop circles with his grandfather. The multimedia trajectories the stories take are as unique as the stories themselves. An unforgettable experience for both parents and kids, Remember the Dragons is based on Berlin’s successful production Perhaps All the Dragons. 4-21 January, HetPaleis, Meistraat 2, Antwerp