What’s on: One million flowers at Groot-Bijgaarden castle


Spring has sprung in the Flemish periphery as the Groot-Bijgaarden castle garden opens up to the public

Floralia Brussels

Despite the name, this glorious show of one million bulbs in bloom, all planted by hand, is at the castle of Groot-Bijgaarden, just outside Brussels in Flemish Brabant. Pride of place goes to tulips, but hyacinths and daffodils are also among the most eye-catching of the 400 varieties.

The castle’s greenhouse is home to more exotic plants and flowers, and a market lets you purchase your own pots and plants. This year, Floralia organisers are recognising Belgium’s Bruegel Year by hosting more than 20 prints of his most famous paintings. 6 April to 5 May, Isidoor Van Beverenstraat 5, Groot-Bijgaarden

The Collection: Highlights for a Future

Gent’s museum of contemporary art celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with an exhibition showcasing about 200 works from the permanent collection. Like in its first-ever exhibition in 1999, it will occupy the whole museum. Smak is using well-known classics and outstanding newer works to look to the future of contemporary art and of art in contemporary society. Until 29 September, Smak, Jan Hoetplein 1, Ghent

Facts Comic Con

Meet Lucius Malfoy himself at Ghent’s big annual comics convention Facts. Or perhaps you know actor Jason Isaacs as Captain Hook or Captain Lorca, depending on your penchant for either Peter Pan or Star Trek. In any case, he’s just one of the fun guests at the event, joined by Charmed star Shannen Doherty and action movie hero Dolph Lundgren, among others. Stroll along the stands to find endless fantasy, sci-fi and comics-oriented objects, books and games, check out the Cosplay Show, or take part in a number of workshops and panels, some of them in English. 6-7 April, Flanders Expo, Maaltekouter 1, Ghent

Hadassah Emmerich

It sometimes take a minute to see the image come through in Dutch artist Hadassah Emmerich’s colourful pop art pieces. What at first seems abstract is usually a sharp critique of the representation of women’s bodies and the objectification of the “exotic”. Aside from her paintings, she creates collages from vintage photography books and advertisements and cuts shapes out of vinyl flooring, covers them with paint and uses them like giant stamps. In the show The Great Ephemeral Skin in Mechelen, all her techniques are on show to great effect. Until 26 May, De Garage, Onder den Toren 12, Mechelen

Photos: The Collection/Still from the film Oedipus Marshall by Javier Téllez