What’s on: landscapes as seen by Bruegel & a glimpse of the past


There are plenty of chances to step back in time this weekend, with a huge array of hands-on activities exploring the world of archaeology and a 1920s-themed party in Mechelen’s rose garden

Bruegel’s Eye

You might have noticed by now that Flanders is busy celebrating the 450th anniversary of the death of Pieter Bruegel the Elder. As much of his inspiration came from the Pajottenland landscape of Flemish Brabant, that seems an appropriate place to carry on the celebrations.

Bruegel’s Eye: Reconstructing the Landscape is an outdoor art trail featuring 15 large-scale works by internationally renowned artists and designers. Pull on your walking shoes and discover locations that appear in the master’s paintings alongside new work that he has inspired. The 7km walk starts at the church of Sint-Anna-Pede in Dilbeek; pick up a map and audio guide from the next-door visitor pavilion. You’ll find a couple of rest stops and a restaurant along the way. Until 31 October, Plankenstraat 23, Dilbeek


Mechelen’s Vrijbroek provincial domain was opened 90 years ago and the city is celebrating that milestone by going back to the 1920s and throwing a party with a vintage atmosphere in the park’s rose garden. Visit the vintage salon for a fitting hairdo or makeover, then join in a Lindy-hop dance workshop. Catalan art collective Katakrak Company will be performing an interactive installation aimed at kids, while gardeners can take a walk with a “rose guide” or pop into the flower market for advice and a few plants to take home. And come the evening, there’ll be dancing among the flowerbeds. 16 June, Ridder Dessainlaan 65, Mechelen

Archaeology Days


The ground beneath our feet is full of untold stories, and the huge success of Flanders’ first Archaeology Days last year showed that people want to hear those tales. The second edition takes place this weekend, with a vast array of activities around the region based on findings by local archaeologists. Learn to cook like the Romans at a workshop in Knokke-Heist, explore the dungeons and watch a stonemason at work at a castle in Grimbergen, or take a tour of an ancient home for people with leprosy in Ypres. 14-16 June, across Flanders

Photos: top © Sophie Nuytten, below © Archaeologiedagen