Recent & upcoming: AaMaze, Basim, Aalborg i Rødt, Love Aalborg, and so many more events that I can’t include them all in this post heading!
The upcoming weeks are full of activities and events in the Aalborg area. Read on for event descriptions listed in chronological order, as well as relevant news items…
AaMAZE, Aalborg’s new cultural festival, began yesterday and runs through Sunday, 31 August. Over the four days budding talents from all over Norjylland will perform in different locations in downtown Aalborg. Many art, culture, and music genres will be represented – from hard rock to soft blues, from watercolor to spray paint, and from pole dancing to parkour – you name it! Audiences large and small, old and young will find something that interests them. See more here.
Basim coming to Aalborg Main Library tomorrow
In 2008 Basim made his debut as a 15-year-old on Danish TV’s X Factor and took youth audiences by storm. Now Basim is a young man of 21 years with a thriving music career. In fact, he placed 9th in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Tomorrow, Saturday, 30 August, he will visit Aalborg Main Library’s Glashjørnet at 10:00 to sing, speak with audience members, sign autographs and have his picture taken with fans. No registration necessary; entry is free. Read more here.
Aalborg Symphony Orchestra music manager to speak about orchestra’s upcoming season
On the same day from 13:00 to 14:00, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra’s Music Manager Jan Kvistborg will come to the Glashjørnet to talk about the orchestra’s exciting program for the new season at Musikkenshus. Come hear about the season’s highlights, the planning and the thought process behind the many, often very different concerts and socialize with other classical music lovers. The talk will take place on the main floor in the Glashjørnet. No registration required; admission is free. Information in Danish here.
Volunteer fair this Saturday at Gammeltorv
Are you interested in volunteering for one of the numerous non-profit organizations in Aalborg? Then come by Gammeltorv on Saturday, 30 August from 11:00 to 15:00. There you can browse the myriad opportunities to give your time to a worthwhile cause – and for expats looking to meet people, expand their network and practice Danish, this is a very easy way to get an overview of volunteer possibilities! The fair is organized by De Frivilliges Hus. 36 organizations will be represented. For more information, visit the Frivilliges Hus website here.
Free circus performance Sunday, 31 August at 14:00 and 17:00
Teater Nordkraft will put on a free performance of Miss Dolly, a high wire spectacle, at Teglgårds Plads in Aalborg (next to Nordkraft) twice this Sunday, 31 August – at 14:00 and at 17:00. Entry is free.
“Aalborg i Rødt” (Aalborg in Red) from 1-7 September
Stores in Aalborg will be rolling out the red carpet for the annual “Aalborg i Rødt” starting next Monday. (You may have already noticed the red tape adorning the windows of many shops.) For the seventh year in a row, shops and city planners have created a program to highlight Aalborg’s commercial and cultural strengths. This year’s program is broad and focuses on providing guests and locals with a fun assortment of events such as the Fjordmarathon, DM i Trial, Fashion Event, Company Sports Open, Children’s Culture Day, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra performances, Children’s Film Festival, International Market, and much more. The official events run over the four day period from 4-7 September (see program here). On Friday, 5 September, stores will participate in Day & Night, for which they stay open until 22:00. They will also be open on Sunday, 7 September, as it is the first Sunday of the month, so there will be ample opportunity to shop, says Aalborg City director Flemming Thingbak.
For Symfonien x Platform4 #7, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra and the electronic artists from Platform4 take on Stravinskij’s debut classic ‘The Firebird’. Based on Russian folklore the piece is a dramatic account of Prince Ivan and his catching of a strange magical bird revealing itself as both a blessing and a curse to its owner. Before the concert there will be a gathering in the foyer of Musikkenshus on level 0. After the concert the group moves to the foyer on level +3. The Platform4 dj collective will supply the ambience. Entrance is free but tickets must be collected at Platform4 or in Musikkens Hus and it is strongly suggested you order your ticket sooner than later; previous concerts have sold out before the day. About the event: From 2012 until Musikkenshus opened this past March, Platform4 and Aalborg Symphony Orchestra held concerts fusing symphonic music with electronic art in Symfonien in Kjellerupsgade and in Multisalen in Nordkraft. Their last collaboration was the first of its kind on the new stage in Koncertsalen in Musikkens Hus. The 1,200 tickets that were made available for the concert were all collected by concert-goers. For more information, click here.
Regional food market at Nordkraft
On Saturday, 6 September 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. Click here for more information.
Last ‘Lopper på Havnen’ of the year
This year’s final ‘lopper på havnen’ (‘flea market at the harbor’) will take place Sunday, 7 September from 11:00 to 16:00 in the area next to the Elbjørn. Lots of stands will be manned by people selling all sorts of goods. Previews of some of these stands are available on the market’s Facebook page. While the last flea market was supposed to be 3 August, organizers decided to hold one more thanks to the event’s popularity. And frankly I think it’s a wise decision, as thousands of students are descending on the city this week and next and looking for good deals!
New beer bar featuring microbrews on tap opening Friday, 12 September in central Aalborg
The beer begins flowing at Aalborg’s new beer bar very soon – 14:00 on Friday, 12 September! Come and join in Basement Beer Bar’s opening celebration by sampling some of the 21 microbrews on tap. More information about the new bar will be available on this FB page over the coming days. (Basement Beer Bar is located here, where the Enten Eller café was formerly located…) Apologies to those who read this earlier – I had the opening date wrong. Or maybe I was just wishing they opened today. 🙂
One week each year is Love Aalborg Week, during which volunteers walk the streets and engage in loving Aalborg through high profile events in the city and by offering practical assistance to individuals (called one-to-one activities). Organizers dream of seeing the Love Aalborg vision a priority in the city. One of the events is a day at Nytorv, when passers-by can take part in Love Aalborg by, for example, giving compliments to those who visit the ‘compliment booth’, write nice words on a beautiful stone, or invite their neighbors for coffee. One–on-one activities includee window cleaning, home cleaning, various paint jobs or lending a loving hand to a garden where weeds have taken over. One-to–one focuses on helping individuals, no matter how mundane the task with which they need help. On the Elsk Aalborg website you can sign up as a volunteer or sign up to help with a specific task. This year’s Love Aalborg Week is week 38, 15 to 21 September. All individuals, associations and companies that support the values of helpfulness, hospitality and kindness are invited to participate. Read more about the initiative and this year’s Love Aalborg Week here.
Expat + Dane family event Saturday, 20 September
Attention expats and Danes with children! The Aalborg Main Library is kicking off their next series of Expat + Dane Family events on Saturday, 20 September with a music and games activity led by musician Malene Horsmark followed by a light lunch. Entry is free and no registration is required. This is a great chance to meet other expat and Danish families. The event will take place from 11:00-12:30 in the library’s Fantasy Room. See the official site invitation here: https://www.aalborgbibliotekerne.dk/Default.aspx?ID=153&eid=731&act=1
Every year on the 3rd Sunday of September, farms in Denmark open their stable and barn doors to visitors to see how they operate. This year Open Farms Day takes place on Sunday, 21 September from 10:00 to 16:00. Registration is not necessary and entry to all participating farms is free. There are many different types of farming represented, with everything from dairy cows to sows and piglets and from minks to eggs, mushrooms and cucumbers. At some of the farms it is possible to buy something to drink and eat – read more on the activity list for each farm. Find the farm/s you would most like to visit here.
Two small post offices opening in Aalborg
Several months ago the main post office in Aalborg (which was housed in a beautiful building near Budolfi Kirke) closed and was downsized to fit right outside the check-out lanes at the Føtex in central Aalborg. Needless to say, it’s a bit of a nightmare to get through that area when they have a lot of customers – pre-Christmas is the worst. But soon two new small post offices will open in Aalborg, albeit not in the city center. One is at SuperBrugsen at Færø Plads (opening 16 September), while the other is at SuperBest in Skalborg (opening 29 September). Good news for those of you living near those locations!
Aalborg Kongres & Kultur Center releases yearly program
Aalborg Kongres & Kultur Center has begun selling tickets for the performances booked at the location through the next year. Click here to see whether any interest you. (Personally, I was interested in taking my elder daughter to a performance of the Nutcracker before Christmas but when I discovered it starts at 8pm, I quickly gave up that idea. Isn’t the Nutcracker supposed to be for children as well as adults?)
High season for cycle thieves
August and September are the two months of the year when the most bicycles are stolen in Denmark. According to Thomas Prägler from the insurance company Topdanmark in Aalborg, 170 are stolen on average every day but even more during this period. And the vast majority of those are taken from people’s residences. His advice? Make sure you lock up your bike securely, even if it can’t be seen from the street. Even better – put it in the basement. (p. 34 of Midt-Vest Avis, week 35 edition)