Recent & upcoming in Aalborg: food market, Spring Fair, orienteering event, fishing and ‘state of the city’ business report

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  • This Saturday, 5 April, Nordkraft hosts its monthly food market in the center’s main hall. Held every first Saturday of the month, the market offers cheeses, breads, and a variety of other foods produced in North Jutland to sample and buy. Doors are open from 10:00 to 16:00.
  • The annual Spring Fair takes place this weekend at Aalborg Congress & Culture Center. In addition to exhibits by over 200 businesses, public sector organizations, and artists, the fair offers entertainment and information/advice sessions by experts on a variety of topics. So if you’re interested in gardening, house improvements, housing, recreation, travel, adventure, food, hospitality, or style, check out the fair Friday, Saturday or Sunday (4-6 April) from 10:00 to 17:00. Entrance fee is 60 kr/adult (children 13 and under free) and 40 kr for retirees.
  • Aalborg’s Orienteering Club will offer a fitness and nature experience – Find the Way Day – Saturday, 5th April in Lundby Bakker to those familiar with and new to the sport. There will be courses of various lengths and anyone can participate. ‘We look forward to showing the sport to both those who know it and those who are curious to see what it is. Of course, we hope that some people think it’s so much fun that they want to try more and join the club,’ says Søren Flytkjær, chairman of Aalborg Orienteering Club. Orienteering is an ideal family sport and Aalborg Orienteering Club has chosen to have family-friendly member prices. This year Nordea Fund decided to go into partnership with Danish Orienteering Federation on Find the Way Day. ‘We hope that Find the Way Day gives children and adults a taste for orienteering fun, some good exercise and experiences in forests and parks,’ says Henrik Lehmann Andersen, CEO of Nordea Foundation, which supports activities that promote a good life. Participation in Find the Way Day is free. For more information on the event, including where to meet, click here.
  • Nordic Swordfish – aka garfish – have left the Atlantic Ocean to spawn in the Limfjord’s low, warm water. Thousands of the fish are gathering around near the coast and ‘waiting’ for an angler to catch them. On Sunday, 27 April from 13:00 to 16:00 Natureguide Aalborg, in collaboration with the Anglers Association, have arranged a fishing ‘expedition’ at Kystvejen 45, 9400 Nørresundby where you will be welcome to try catching the garfish under the guidance of highly experienced anglers. Bring your own fishing equipment or borrow some on site.
  • Aalborg City Association’s president, Nils Andersen, declared at last week’s annual association meeting that 2013 had been a good year for the city. The association’s primary task is to create initiatives that bring customers to the city. To that end, they were responsible last year for organizing Aalborg City blooms, Day & Night with Emmelie de Forrest, American Day, the Aalborg Cycling Grand Prix, Aalborg in Red (Aalborg i Rødt), the Spring Fair, Ordkraft i Nordkraft, the annual prize for best building façade, the Aalborg Regatta, Blue Festival, Pink Saturday, and Santa Claus and a very special Christmas market with real mulled wine at Gammeltorv – to name a few activities.

Andersen told the group that he thought they should be satisfied both at the kommune as well as the city level and praised city planners and politicians for being visionary and thinking long-term. ‘Even if we do not always seem to make the right decisions, we can look around and see that we have Denmark’s finest waterfront, a concert hall of international quality, and a world class university. Just looking at the numbers, we can see that Aalborg’s net population grew by more than 2000 people last year. We must be doing something right. Looking into the future, we see the realization in 2021 of a light rail that will connect the new hospital in Aalborg Øst with Mølholm via Aalborg’s center (Boulevarden, Østeraagade, Ved stranden) thanks to a 12 billion kr investment,’ stated Andersen.

He stressed that even if business is not as strong as it was in 2007 and 2008, and although there are empty shopfronts and other premises in the city center, Aalborg has not been hit as hard as other cities in North Jutland. ‘We can simply be happy that we function as the retail capital of North Jutland. We are the region’s locomotive…which means continued population growth and thus more customers to the city center,’ said the president.

Thanks, as usual, to the Midt-Vest Avis for these news clips, many of which are roughly translated by the blogger.

 

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