Recent and upcoming in Aalborg: Musikkens Hus’ grand opening, WWF campaign for youth, Tanzanian children’s art exhibit, jazz concert, DST begins

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  • A lot of the energy in Aalborg this coming weekend appears to be dedicated to the grand opening of Musikkens Hus. Many years of planning – and then building – will culminate in a 13-day opening program that begins Saturday, 29 March with a concert to be attended by Queen Margrethe. On the following day the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra will hold its own opening concert, featuring violinist Nikolaj Znaider and conductor Rumon Gamba. Over the following 11 days a diverse program should appeal to different kinds of audiences, including those who love jazz and blues, classical, choral, and contemporary music, and fans of Pirates of the Caribbean – the Curse of the Black Pearl, which audience members can watch while the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra plays the soundtrack live. For more information on the program and to purchase tickets for individual concerts, visit Please note that several concerts are already sold out. Tickets for students and people under the age of 30 can purchase tickets for Aalborg Symphony Orchestra concerts at a reduced price of 75 kr. Click here for more information.
  • The Copenhagen Zoo has been attracting a lot of attention over the past month and a half for its decisions to euthanize a giraffe named Marius and then a family of four lions. The positive outcome of this story (whether you agree with the decisions or not) is that it brings wild animals to the forefront of our consciousness. In cooperation with said Copenhagen Zoo, the Odense Zoo and the Ree Park Ebeltoft, the World Wildlife Fund, which works to prevent extinction of animal species around the world, is inviting youths in Nordjylland aged 12 to 16 to act as wildlife reporters and compete for a chance to accompany the WWF on an expedition to Kenya and see with their own eyes the challenges and issues related to trade in endangered animals. Their watchdog task will be to conduct research, write articles and report on what they as young people in North Jutland can do to stop the killing of elephants and reduce pressure on African nature. The competition is part of a global WWF campaign called “Kill the trade”, which calls on governments worldwide to combat the illegal trade in ivory, among other things. Young people who would like to compete to join WWF on a trip to Kenya should join the expedition in pairs through the website by Tuesday, 1 April. From there the WWF will select five pairs of students from Nordjylland to compete during one of three base camp weekends at the three sponsoring animal parks for the final seats. The trip to Kenya will take place 22-29 June, 2014. (Parts of this entry were translated by the blogger from the original Danish article in Midt-Vest Avis, 26 March, 2014, p. 40.)
  • Last Sunday, 23 March, an exhibition of historical children’s art from Dar es Salam in Tanzania opened at Hasseris Kirke (Church). The young artists belonged to the Kinondoni Young Artists, who for 10 years were part of a socially and creatively voluntary aid project financially and technically supported by Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke. The aim of the project was to support and develop imagination, creativity and social interaction among children and youth in Dar es Salam’s poorest neighborhoods. The exhibition was opened by Allan Vokstrup, who was the group’s teacher and mentor in the late 1980s and worked as an art teacher at Aalborg Cathedral School. The exhibition can be seen until early May. (This entry was translated by the blogger from the original Danish article in Midt-Vest Avis, 26 March, 2014, p. 38.)
  • Jazz lovers are invited to the Artbreak Hotel on Saturday, 29 March for a concert by Berlin-based trio Walsdorff-Melbye-Tom. According to the gallery’s website, guests will enjoy “open, interactive music drawing on jazz tradition mixed with contemporary improvisation at the highest level.” Doors open at 19:30 and the concert starts at 20:00. Tickets are 40 kr. See the gallery’s website for more information.
  • Don’t forget to ‘spring forward’ and turn your clocks ahead one hour when you go to bed Saturday night! Daylight Savings Time starts on Sunday, 30 March at 2:00.



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