Aal around Aalborg: lots of Fastelavn events + many others

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The activities available to residents of Aalborg are picking up in number and frequency. There is a particular focus on Fastelavn this weekend, but here is a bulleted list of everything going on (so far) through next Thursday in chronological order. Details on all can be found in the Events Calendar:

  • Fastelavn at BoxTown Aalborg Saturday
  • ProMusica 3 Saturday
  • Welcome to Aalborg event by Aalborg International Friends Saturday
  • International Theme Party: Tribal/Pagan/Native Cult Saturday
  • Fastelavn fun at Aalborg Sunday
  • Family workshop at Kunsten: creativity for the whole family Sunday
  • HP Lange – brunch and music Sunday
  • Fastelavn at Musikkens Hus Sunday
  • Fastelavn and multicultural buffet at Elsk Aalborg Sunday
  • Alignment-focused yoga workshop Sunday
  • European tea house event Monday
  • Creativity training seminar Monday
  • Showing of ‘Chasing Coral’, a documentary, Tuesday
  • Inspiration course for new volunteers Wednesday
  • InterCambio intro night Wednesday
  • TEDx Aalborg Human Connections event Wednesday
  • Egypt at the Crisis Kitchen Thursday
  • Beer tasting Thisted Bryghus at Dice ‘n Drinks Thursday
  • Chat with a midwife for expectant moms Thursday



Aal around Aalborg: preview of events this weekend and in week 6

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events calEven more activities this weekend and next week. Here is the bulleted list in chronological order. Details on all can be found in the Events Calendar:

  • Funky Friday at Studenterhuset on…Friday
  • For families with children, two events at the Aalborg Main Library Saturday: ‘Color a spaceship’ and ‘Expat + Dane Family Event’
  • Food market at Nordkraft Saturday
  • EU Cafe 2.0 – Humanitarian aid event Saturday
  • Winter Jazz: Wild at Heart Saturday night
  • Family workshop at Kunsten: creativity for the whole family Sunday
  • Open House of Byparkhusene at Eternitten Sunday
  • Free intro hour lesson in Argentine tango Sunday
  • WorkinDenmark Job Search Seminar Monday
  • Boardgame night at Nordkraft Tuesday
  • UN Youth Association Denmark semester kick-off meeting Tuesday
  • Career Compass event at AAU (IN DANISH) Wednesday
  • Latin American Festival Aalborg Wednesday
  • StartUp meeting Thursday
  • TechruptionU #2 Thursday
  • The State of AI (presented by Accenture) Thursday
  • Borderline: a tragicomedy! (performance in English) Thursday

Aal around Aalborg: synopsis of weekend and week 5

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events calLots of activities and events coming up this weekend and next week. Here is the bulleted list in chronological order. Details on all can be found in the Events Calendar:

  • Northern Winter Beat music festival Friday and Saturday
  • Sådan løser vi flygtningekrisen: Foredrag (lecture on solving the refugee crisis – in Danish) Friday
  • ‘Make Sense’ exhibition opening at VÆG Contemporary Art Gallery Saturday
  • Dice ‘n Drinks 2-year anniversary celebration Saturday
  • Open House at House of Concrete Saturday
  • Bad-Good Koncert: Der Er Altid Et Løg I Nærheden! (There is always an onion nearby!) Saturday
  • Family workshop at Kunsten Sunday
  • European Youth trip to Egholm Sunday
  • EUN Volunteering Info Meeting next Wednesday

And don’t forget to look at coming weeks and weekends in the calendar, where there are even more events!


Aal around Aalborg: this weekend and beyond…

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events calI have added lots of activities to the Events Calendar. A bullet list of the events coming up this weekend and next week includes:

  • Open House at DGI-Huset tomorrow, where you can try out the different fitness classes they offer – for free! And while you’re at it, get 3 additional clips on a 10-time klippekort for free as well
  • Help transform the new Game Street Mecca at their building workshop tomorrow and Sunday
  • Huge flea and antique market at Gigantium this weekend
  • Another Open House taking place at Urban City Aalborg tomorrow
  • Try out pole dancing – and see a demonstration – for free, tomorrow
  • Meet and greet a wine maker at D’ouro – and try some of their wines…for free, tomorrow
  • Performance by the Esbjerg Ensemble & soprano Tuva Semmingsen at Musikkens Hus Monday evening; free for students
  • Presentation about the Danish health care system at International House North Denmark – for free – Wednesday morning
  • First Bazaar KUL of the season on Wednesday evening; free to browse the different tables/stalls
  • Discover the country of Kazakhstan at a presentation at International House North Denmark Wednesday evening
  • First open rehearsal of Exchange Your Voices (an international student choir) at Musikkens Hus Wednesday evening.

Don’t forget: I’m updating the calendar a bit every day, so there will be more events on there in the coming days, and there are already a good number listed for after next week. So keep checking back!

Events Calendar being populated again

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events calHi there! I have begun populating the Events Calendar again, but I’ve changed strategies. Rather than writing each Thursday/Friday about the all the events that will take place during the coming weekend, which has simply become too overwhelming a task, I’ve started putting in events as they come to my attention. This allows me to chop up the work into smaller, more easily handled bits.

So there are only a handful of things for this weekend at the moment, but there are events sprinkled throughout it up until 14 February (only week 5, for some reason, has no events yet). One big advantage of this change in strategy is that there will be more listings for activities during the week – no more focus just on weekend events.

Please have a look. I will post events to the calendar whenever I have time to browse the listings in different places. Alternatively, if you know of an event that should be included, please let me know.

I’ll see if I can do quick synopses toward the end of each week based on what I’ve included until then. But I know better than to promise at this point…


Aalborg Kommune Christmas tree pick-up schedule available

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christmas treeHappy New Year! I hope you had a relaxing and enjoyable holiday. Today it’s back to business in Aalborg, although school doesn’t start for most (all?) children until tomorrow…
So on to the important topics at the beginning of 2018. Did you buy a ‘real’ (i.e. not plastic) Christmas tree for the holidays? If so, you would probably like to know when you can put it out for the waste collectors to take it away. Here is the info from Aalborg Forsyning:
‘If you live in an area of Aalborg covered by the ‘garden waste scheme’ (haveaffaldsordningen), we will take your Christmas tree with us when we collect garden waste. In the pickup calendar available on Aalborg Forsyning’s website, you can see when we will be picking up at your location.
In Aalborg and Nørresundby city centers that are not covered by the garden waste scheme, we collect Christmas trees on 8, 9 and 10 January 2018. The Christmas tree must be set out on the sidewalk by 6:00 on the morning of the first day of collection, i.e. it must be in the right place by 6:00 a.m. on 8 January.
NOTE! Regardless of whether you live in the ‘garden waste scheme’ area or the center of Aalborg or Nørresundby, the Christmas tree must be cut into pieces of maximum 1 meter to make it possible for the waste collectors to handle it easily.’

Aalborg remains firmly Social Democratic in 2017 local election

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Thomas Kastrup-Larsen hugs Mai-Britt Iversen of the Social Democrats (photo courtesy of nordjyske.dk, taken by Martin Damgård)

We woke up today to a new landscape of local and regional government set ups in Denmark. Nationally the Social Democrats (A) gained 2.9% more support than they got in 2013, while Venstre (V) and Danish People’s Party (O) lost 3.5% and 1.3% of their voters, respectively. In terms of mayoral posts, Social Democrats won or maintained 38, Venstre 31, and Conservatives (C) 8 (see https://www.dr.dk/).

In Aalborg Mayor Thomas Kastrup-Larsen received 29,509 personal votes, a huge gain from the 16,671 he won in 2013. The Social Democrats won 48.7% of the votes, meaning an absolute majority in the city council – 17 seats (see nordjyske.dk).

Among the parties in Aalborg, the Social Democrats were the only established party to experience gains. Several new parties entered the ring this time, including Alternativet, Nye Borgerlige, Fjordlisten, Social Fælles List, and Nationalpartiet – which means that they received votes for the first time. The rest of the established parties, however, lost votes: Radikale Venstre (B), Conservatives, Socialist People’s Party (F), Liberal Alliance (I), Christian Democrats, Danish People’s Party, Venstre and Enhedslisten.

The percentage of eligible voters in Aalborg Kommune who voted fell very little – from 68.4% in 2013 to 67.63%.

You can see the numbers and percentages here: https://www.kmdvalg.dk/KV/2017/K84712851.htm