Recent & upcoming in Aalborg: karneval, art, sustainability market, sandsculpture, tractor pull, Family Golf Day and more

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The annual Aalborg Karneval hits the streets this Saturday, 24 May at 10:00. Starting at three separate locations (Nørresundby, Østerbro, and Haraldslund) at three different times (10:00, 11:00, and 12:00, respectively), parade participants will converge on Vesterbro and march up to Kildeparken where they will continue to make merry…which generally involves copious amounts of alcohol. Around 25,000 people are expected to take part, while officials estimate 100,000 spectators will be on hand to witness the event. The theme of this year’s carnival is Trendy Times. Billed as Northern Europe’s largest carnival, this is an event many, if not most, Aalborg residents would describe as ‘one to be missed’, unless, of course, you are participating. In any case, whether you’re in town that day or away, enjoy!

On Tuesday of this week a new exhibition of photos of renowned Art Nouveau” architecture in Riga opened in Kedelhallen at Nordkraft. The exhibition is open until 1 June and celebrates Riga, Capital of Culture 2014.

viking-warriorKings, Emperors and Rulers through Time is the theme of this year’s Blokhus International Sand Sculpture Festival. The festival opened on 20 May and runs through October 26 October. You can visit between 10:00 and 19:00; adult tickets are 50 kr. while children ages 3-12 cost 25 kr. each. There is also a playground on site for active kids. Sculptors from around the world have created a whole host of titans, vikings, and other works of art out of sand. Click here for more info and a video of coverage of last year’s festival.

Hyundai is sponsoring a Family Golf Day event on Sunday, 25 May from 13:00 to 17:00 at Ørnehøj Golf Club in Gistrup. Whether you’re an experienced golfer or someone who has never picked up a club, come try out the various activities that will be on hand, including games for the whole family. Entry is free. Read more here.

Agri College Aalborg is holding a tractor pull event this Sunday, 25 May at Struervej 55, 9220 Aalborg Øst starting at 11.00. The whole family is invited to see the spectacle of horsepower. Entry costs 50 kr./adult; children under 12 are free. The barn will also be open for children to visit the farm animals. Food and drink will be for sale; parking is free.

In addition to providing information about volunteer opportunities and providing meeting space to local non-profit organizations, Frivilliges Hus at Mølholmvej 2 in Aalborg hosts exhibitions by local artists. Between 22 May and 31 July, Sigrid Nielsen’s acrylic paintings will adorn the walls of the volunteer center. During the same period Kirkens Korshærs Gård- projekt is showing an exhibit of glass and ceramics. See Frivilliges Hus’ website for more information.

godtskrotogmundgodtHuset on Hasserisgade is hosting a ‘Good Scraps and Treats’ market this Sunday, 25 May from 11:00 to 16:00. The focus of the market is items that contribute to sustainability. All sorts of products will be for sale, from retro second-hand clothing to organic food and drink. Huset’s brunch offerings that day will also focus on the organic. Entry is 10 kr./person. Click here for more information.



Aalborg_FodboldI have been remiss in failing to report the biggest news in Aalborg over the past couple weeks: Aalborg Boldspilklub, fondly known as Aab, are the champions of Danish football this year! Although I missed the important games played at Nordjyske Arena, I was just there to take a Danish exam and saw the banner proclaiming the team ‘Danske mestre 1995-1999-2008’. Now they’ll have to make a longer one to add ‘2014’ to the list. Last Sunday a crowd of thousands was on hand to celebrate the team’s success at Gammeltorv, including a congratulatory speech by Aalborg mayor Thomas Kastrup-Larsen, who hailed them for beating Brøndby, FC Copenhagen and FC Midtjylland as they neared the end of the season.

Aalborg Kommune is holding a competition to get as many residents signed up for Digital Post as possible. I wrote in an earlier post about the nationwide move to digitize mail and other information from public authorities (which begins 1 November of this year); in Aalborg, the drive to entice people to register includes prizes: a hotair balloon ride, iPad and tickets to Musikeens Hus as well as AaB games. The campaign includes presentations all over the city, including one today, Friday, 23 May at Aalborg Storcenter in City Syd from 13:00 to 16:00. To learn more about entering for the chance to win a prize, click here.

A campaign last week to make people aware of the importance of properly buying and using bus tickets resulted in 26 passengers caught ‘red-handed’ for not having paid for their bus trip. Each person was fined 750 kr. Riders had been warned that the monitoring would take place, which made it all the more surprising that nearly 1% of the 3,000 passengers whose tickets agents checked were found to be riding for free. “It was probably an unrealistic hope [that agents would not have to fine anyone]. If we are to see the positive, there were not more people who tried to cheat,” said Mette Henriksen, sales and account manager for North Jutland Transport (NT). The campaign involved agents manning busy bus stops in Aalborg and Nørresundby, where they guided people on proper ticketing. At the same time they warned that the guidelines would be followed by an intensive monitoring exercise.

Thanks, Midt-Vest Avis (Wednesday, 21 May, 2014 edition)!



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