Recent & upcoming: ASO plays Rachmaninov, family dance event, zoo-fari, children’s carnival, volunteering.dk event, nej tak+, and more
It’s getting hard to keep up with all the activities, events and news coming out of Midt-vest Avis, the websites of various institutions and organizations, and stories on other news sites. However, that means there’s plenty to do, see and learn about what’s going on in Aalborg. Let’s start with the most pressing things first…
The Aalborg Symphony Orchestra has an impressive concert lined up tonight. Conductor Rumon Gamba will direct the orchestra in playing Borodin’s Polovetserdanse from the opera Fyrst Igor and Rachmaninov’s 2nd Symphony. The concert will also feature soprano Yana Kleyn singing Tchaikovsky’s ‘Tatjana’s Aria’ from the opera Eugene Onegin. Tickets range in price from 145 to 215 kr. but there is a steep discount for students and others under the age of 30, who pay only 50 kr. The concert begins at 19:30. Click here for more information.
Expat family dance event 21st May – sign up now!
Come along with your family and join this fun social network meeting for internationals. Aalborg Kommune’s Sundheds- og Kulturforvaltningen (Department for Health and Culture) are hosting an event that offers a dance lesson for all members of the family followed by a chance to socialize and get to know other families. The event will take place in Tårnhøjhallen in Aalborg Øst, 9220 Aalborg on Wednesday 21st May at 16.30-19.45.
Program: Participants arrive 16.30 – Introduction to Dance for families 16.45 – Instruction in Dance for families 17.00-18.00 – Social networking and sandwich 18.15–19.30 – Finish 19.45. Families with children aged 5 and above are welcome but space is limited so please sign up ASAP by emailing Helle Lundgreen – HLUfirstname.lastname@example.org.
Zoo-fari starts up at Aalborg Zoo tomorrow
Aalborg Zoo has a new attraction: a zoo-fari! Starting tomorrow, Friday, 16 May, the zoo will hold performances with six trained animals, including a rat, wild boar and falcon, every national holiday and weekend day through week 42. From 1 July to 10 August zoo-fari shows will be held every day. A special appearance by Safari Simon will happen each day this weekend (Fri, Sat, and Sun) at noon. Find out more here.
Children’s carnival parade Saturday
Do your children like to dress up in costumes? Do they like to walk? Do they like to walk in costume? Then join the Aalborg Karneval’s children’s carnival parade on Saturday, 17 May followed by fun activities in Kildeparken the rest of the day. Parade participants will gather at Gabels Torv from 9:30 and begin walking at 10:30. The parade route will take approximately 30 minutes to walk; entertainment, food and drink and other fun will be available at Kildeparken until 15:00. Armbands for children cost 50 kr. (you’re supposed to be able to buy them online but I could not locate the button for ‘børnekarneval – 50 kr’; perhaps you can buy an armband before the parade or at the park entrance?). More information about Children’s Carnival is available here.
Havnebadet to open 3 June
For those who enjoy swimming outdoors in the refreshing harbor water, your wait is almost over. The Havnebadet opens again on 3 June and will remain open until 31 August of this year. While 30-35,000 swimmers took advantage of the free facilities last year, the kommune expects at least 35-40,000 this year, including not only residents but tourists and other visitors.
Volunteering.dk grand opening event 4 June at Nordkraft
Frivillig.dk, a website that provides information about volunteer opportunities throughout Denmark, is launching an English-language based version of its site, volunteering.dk, and will hold a grand opening event at Nordkraft on Wednesday, 4 June from 16:00 to 19:00. Representatives of various organizations who would like to welcome international citizens to their team will be on hand to introduce their volunteer opportunities and answer potential volunteers’ questions. There will also be prizes given out, such as tickets to Aalborg Zoo and movie theaters. Learn more by visiting the event’s Facebook page, where some of the organizations are already posting their volunteer positions.
You can now select which ads you get by post!
If you get ads in your postbox every week and would like them to stop, you can do so by signing up for ‘reklamer – nej tak’ through this online site. Or, if you would like to receive some but not all of the ads delivered to your postbox, you can now sign up for ‘nej tak+’, also available online. By entering your zip code and address, the site will identify the ads available in your area and allow you to deselect the ones that hold no interest for you. The initiative is part of an effort to save 30,000 tons of paper per year. If you are interested in reading more about nej tak+, click here. [Please note: you can also read all stores’ ads online on the same site – in digital format!]
House prices in Aalborg back to pre-crisis levels
Prices for owner-occupied housing in Aalborg have increased nearly 8% in the last 12 months, according to figures from Danske Bank, and the prices of parcel- and townhouses are back at levels seen before the financial crisis punctured the Danish housing market. The Copenhagen housing market is also now back at pre-crisis prices, where experts warn of a repeat of past ruptured price bubbles in the housing market. ‘However, there is no reason to fear a price bubble in the Aalborg housing market,’ says senior analyst Martin Lundholm from Spar Nord Bank, who has analyzed statistics from Realkreditrådet on prices per square meter per sold parcel- and townhouse. He also believes that the housing market in Aalborg is supported by a number of factors that ensure balanced development. ‘The population in Aalborg is growing, but there are also new homes being built so the market does not overheat. In contrast, there are limited opportunities to build new housing in Copenhagen in line with the increased demand,’ says Martin Lundholm.
Greenland Express Air starting up flight from Aalborg to Greenland; charter flight from Aalborg to Bulgaria takes off in June
Greenland Express Air has opened sales for tickets between Denmark and Greenland. Passengers can fly from either Aalborg or Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq in Mid-Greenland or Narsarsuaq in South Greenland. The first flight from Aalborg to Kangerlussuaq will take off on Monday, 2 June at 10:15, while the first flight from Copenhagen to Narsarsuaq will depart the next day at 9:30. Prices for return tickets begin at 3750 kr. including taxes and fees.
In June Suncharter.dk will begin offering a weekly charter flight from Aalborg to Bulgaria, which has become a popular destination for Danes over the past few years due to its proximity, inexpensive food, sandy beaches, to name a few factors. Flights will depart every Tuesday.