What’s on: Three days of flower-powered outdoor fun


The Beervelde Garden Festival is this weekend’s star attraction, alongside a glass-blowing masterclass and some iconic surrealist art

Beervelde Garden Festival

This three-day family-friendly festival is a treat for lovers of plants, trees and the great outdoors, with more than 200 exhibitors presenting culinary specialities, artisan craft items, antiques, music and children’s activities.

Visitors to the festival can learn how to get the most out of your vegetable patch, watch stonecutters at work, try bread fresh from the oven, pat an alpaca, climb a tree, check out the petting zoo or take a hike in the neighbouring woodland. Take note: in wet weather, the park’s paths may not be accessible to wheelchair users or others with reduced mobility. 11-13 October, Beervelde Park, Beervelde (East Flanders)

Pumpkin Patch

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is a growing community of artists working with glass. There are all sorts of ways to get involved, be it by taking part in workshops or simply watching the artisans at work with a beer. This month, you can see glass pumpkins (pictured) being created and take one home with you in time for Hallowe’en; the money raised will support the community’s activities. Demos take place throughout the afternoon and there will be drinks and a surprise or two in store. 13 October, 24 Huidevetterken, Ghent

Dalí & Magritte

The two biggest icons of surrealism, Salvador Dalí and Renee Magritte, meet in this highlight of Brussels’ 2019-20 arts season. For the first time, a large number of works will be brought together to show how the pair saw – and influenced – each other. In 1929, Magritte spent a fateful month at Dalí’s home in Cadaqués. The Surrealist movement really took off soon after, and the artists’ reputations were forever sealed. The exhibition in Brussels’ Fine Art Museums includes paintings, sculptors and film as well as photographs of the pair and archive materials. 11 October to 9 February, Royal Museums of Fine Art of Belgium, Regentschapsstraat 3, Brussels

Korreltje Kantel

The music and theatre performance Korreltjie Kantel tells the story of the tragic, intense and forbidden love between two iconic South African writers: Ingrid Jonker and André Brink. Catch it on its only Belgian date, as part of a collaboration with UGent’s Centrum voor Afrikaans as it hosts a South African literary colloquium. 17 October, Tinnenpot, Tinnenpotstraat 21, Ghent

Get tickets now: Ocean Film Festival

Nature and wildlife are an abiding subject for the documentary genre, and, with sea life more threatened than ever by the growing plastic soup, this festival has its finger on the pulse. The nomadic event sells out in cities across Belgium every year, pulling in fans of both the sea and cinema. The carefully curated short films are always educational but also extraordinarily beautiful as they introduce us to creatures strange and awe-inspiring. Even human beings get to be onscreen sometimes, sharing their adventures both above and below the surface. 24 October-6 December, Antwerp, Ghent & Brussels

Photo Korreltje Kantel: Vetman van der Naam