Recent & upcoming: Asian Food Festival, Aalborg Regatta, Friday night skate, circus, song marathon, Sankthans, and more
Asian Food Festival this weekend at Gammeltorv
From today, Friday, 20 June, to Sunday, 22 June the 2nd annual Asian Food Festival will offer food, culture, art, and events from various Asian countries at Gammeltorv. Last year’s inaugural festival, which was staged at Karolinelund, attracted over 3000 visitors and 100 volunteers to its food and culture booths and this year’s event promises to be even bigger. Come and try sushi, pad thai, and other specialties from Korea, Vietnam, China, Thailand, the Philippines, Japan, Bangladesh and Pakistan. For children there will be face painting, Vietnamese traditional hat–painting, origami, sumo wrestling and more. Profits from the festival go to Sharing International projects in Asia that focus on helping disadvantaged single mothers and their children to get an education so they can fend for themselves in the future. Entry is free; hours are Friday 14:00-22:00; Saturday 10:00-22:00; Sunday 10:00-17:00. Click here for more information.
This weekend’s second big event is the annual Aalborg Regatta. There is a whole list of things going on in conjunction with the boats in the harbor through Sunday, 22 June. The detailed program can be found here but here is a list of highlights:
- grand opening of the event today at 15:00 by mayor Thomas Kastrup-Larsen
- lobby concerts at Musikkens Hus
- open house at Utzon Center
- open lobby at Musikkens Hus
- children’s playground at Utzon Park
- rowing and diving demonstrations, water polo and inner tube slide into harbor
- huge fireworks display Saturday, 21 June at 22:15
- regional championships in Street Soccer: 4 against 4, Panna and Freestyle
- musical performances
- food tastings
Friday Night Skate in Aalborg
Today, Friday, 20 June, is the second Friday Night Skate in Aalborg at 19:00. Friday Night Skate is a social ride through the streets of Aalborg for all who can use roller skates or roller blades and enjoy skating together with others. Skaters are shielded from the rest of traffic by blockades. The route is 12-15 kilometers at a moderate pace with a break at approximately the half-way point. Participation in the Friday Night Skate is free and requires no registration. Meet in front of the Elbjørn at Aalborg harbor on skates and be ready to roll! Read more here.
Marathon Song Day
Do you like songs and do you like to sing? If so, Dronninglund Kunstcenter might be a good place to be tomorrow between 10:00 and 20:00. Dronninglund Kunstcenter, Grundtvigsk Forum, DGI/Nordkraft, Menighedsrdet, and Garagehøjskolen are sponsoring a marathon singing day, including performances by a variety of artists and group singing. Participants are invited to bring their high school song book. Food and drink will be available for purchase on site. Please bring an umbrella, rain gear and something to sit on. If the weather does not cooperate, the event will be held indoors.
Cirkus Benneweis is in town
Cirkus Benneweis is in Aalborg now until Sunday, 22 June. Yet another entertainment possibility for the family! The circus has set up their tent at Fjordmarken. Tickets range in price from 130 to 295 kr and there are family discounts. Shows are at 17:00 today, Friday, 20 June, and 13:00 and 16:00 both Saturday and Sunday, June 21 and 22. Click here for more information.
Sankthansfest at Signalbakken
For the sixth consecutive year the Signalbakkens Plejeråd invite all interested to their Sankthans festival on Monday, 23 June at Signalbakken. The event is being planned in close cooperation with Vejgaard Østre School, which is responsible for constructing the witch to be burned on the bonfire. Families are invited to bring a picnic and enjoy the festivities together, including making snobrødsdej. The bonfire will be lit at 19:00. No entrance fee. Incidentally, there are various Sankthans celebrations going on in Aalborg, for example, in Østre Anlæg. Read more about the tradition of Sankthans here.
Growing mural exhibition at Galleriloftet
“Not the brightest roar in the forest“. This is the quirky title of a large wall painting that will be part of Galleriloftets summer exhibition at the Lange family art workshop on Hjelmerstald in the center of Aalborg. The exhibition opened Thursday, June 19 and the public is welcome to stop by and follow the development of the painting, where the forest being drawn will gradually grow closer and closer together. The mural is being created by Kristian Lange and will eventually fill a space of 12.5 x 3.5 meters. The art explores the question of what can happen when urban life meets wild nature. Louise Lange, Kristian’s sister, is also exhibiting her work as part of the summer exhibition at Galleriloftet. She has created vases decorated with decorations inspired by street art and the wild city life. The exhibition is open until October 1.
New cycling/pedestrian bridge over Limfjorden closer to reality
Aalborg will be getting a third bridge over Limfjorden. The long-awaited pedestrian and cycle bridge over the inlet, which will be positioned as an addition to the railway bridge, has just been guaranteed a land grant of 15 million kroner. The project still must show that it can meet safety requirements and that funds for the remainder of the project can be found, but this is expected to be a formality in connection with upcoming budget negotiations.
Free tourist bus for all this summer
Aalborg Kommune offers a free bus through the city for tourists this summer. Called City Circle, the bus will operate between the city center and Aalborg Zoo between the hours of 10:00 and 17:00 every day from 29 June to 23 August. The bus is free for all.
Order on Bilka.dk, pick up at nearest Føtex
Did you know that when you order something on Bilka.dk, you can have the goods delievered to the nearest Føtex? Evidently a lot of customers are taking advantage of the service, says Jørgen Kluwer, e-commerce director at Danish Supermarket. People are especially keen to use it when purchasing bikes, barbecue grills and garden chairs.
Children’s archeology summer camp
Archaeologists from Jutland Historical Museum dig up history and the Middle Ages in a large area south and north of the Limfjord, and make many discoveries each year. However, there is a long way to go before archaeological discoveries end in a showcase at a museum. Now archaeologists invite children to work with them and learn something about how to dig. Called ‘summer school for a day’ for children between 8 and 13 years, the summer school is held from Wednesday, July 2 between the hours of 10:00 and 14:00 at Samlingshuset, Vang Mark 25 in Vestbjerg. To ensure that children‘s have a good experience and are able to grapple with the subject’s challenges, it is important that the team does not have more than 30 members. Therefore, registration is required, says Helle Nørgaard, who is communications officer at North Jutland Historical Museum.
SAS to begin Aalborg-Malaga route
SAS will begin a once-a-week scheduled flight from Aalborg to Malaga during the winter season this year. Travelers can fly on Saturday to Malaga until December and then again in February and March of 2015.