Recent & upcoming: lots of open houses, chamber music, Sustainability Festival, and a new events calendar
I decided that it’s getting quite difficult to keep all the events in Aalborg straight so I created an events calendar (through Google Calendars) to present the information in a more organised and easy-to-see fashion. You can find the calendar here or under the Events in Aalborg tab of this blog (see above), as well as in the side bar. All events are listed with a reference to the Recent & Upcoming post that includes more information about them. From now on I will only post about events once (rather than 2 or 3 times as I have been doing, if I posted them much earlier than they happened) but put them in the calendar as I’m made aware of them. If you have any trouble with the calendar, please let me know!
Nørresundby Idrætscenter and Svømmehal open house tomorrow Nørresundby’s Idrætscenter and Svømmehal are hosting a large number of activities (most for free) tomorrow, Saturday, 13 September from 9:00 to 16:00. Starting with free coffee and rolls, the centre’s staff invite members of the public to try out the various activities they have on offer, including swimming at a reduced rate (20 kr./person), badminton, football, mini-golf, etc. Ice cream for the children from 11 to 12. See their flyer here for more information.
Aalborg Chamber Music Association hosts Dutch music group Calefax Saturday Did you know that Aalborg has its own music association promoting chamber music? It’s called Aalborg Kammermusikforening and it books high quality groups – both traditional chamber orchestras and groups that are breaking new ground within the genre. One of the latter is the Dutch ensemble Calefax, which will be playing a program that includes Bach, Ravel and Duke Ellington on Saturday, September 13 at 15:00 in Klassisk Sal at Musikkens Hus. You can buy tickets at the entrance (100kr. for association members and 180kr. for non-members; students free). Read more
Open house at Aftenskolernes Hus tomorrow for those interested in taking classes Afternskolernes Hus, which houses FOF and AOF, is holding their autumn open house tomorrow, Saturday, 13 September from 11:00 to 15:00 at Kjellerupsgade 16-22. A diverse and interesting program has been organised, including a Zamba performance, exhibit of hand-sewn clothing, guided tour of the school and Karolinelund, and introduction to a theatre group that is interested in recruiting new members. AOF and FOF offer a large range of classes to the public, most geared toward adults but some that children can join, including music, languages, yoga and pilates, literature, computer skills, etc. I took a guitar class at FOF last spring and really enjoyed it. The program will be conducted in Danish.
New Aalborg Cirkus Klub opens its doors to those curious about learning to perform Have you ever wanted to try your hand at juggling, trapeze artistry, riding a unicycle, acrobatics, or other circus tricks? If so, Aalborg Cirkus Klub’s open house this Sunday, 14 September from 13:00 to 16:00 is the place to be! Starting with a warm welcome that includes coffee, soda and cake, members of the one-year-old club invites you to experiment with the various activities they promote and see a show by Salling Cirkus Kids. For children and adults alike! The open house takes place at Aalborg Friskole, located here.
Aalborg Sustainability Festival (Aalborg Bæredygtighedsfestival) Aalborg Sustainability Festival has been getting quite a bit of publicity leading up to its kick-off tomorrow, 13 September. It runs through Saturday, 20 September. Aalborg Kommune has a whole site set up with details about it, which you can find here. Here are only a handful of the many events taking place during the week:
- Salsa by the Harbour, organized by Latin Evolution Denmark, invites all dancers (and wanna-bes!) for two hours of salsa, spiced with a salsa introduction class. Join them at Jomfru Ane Parken from 14:00 to 16:00 Saturday, 13 September. FB page here.
- Cycle tour of Aalborg and Nørresundby on Sunday, 14 September starting at 13:00 and finishing at 17:00. A 35km ride of lesser-known areas and backroads for the old and the young. For those that need to walk their bikes up steep inclines during the ride, no problem: the guides will wait. If you’re interested, just show up – it’s free!
- Aalborg’s Water and Gas Works celebrate 160 years on Monday, 15 September with an open house at their Sønderbro 53 location. A plethora of fun activities are planned for guests of all ages, including music, a guided tour of the Water works museum, and grilled foods to sample. The whole program spans the hours between 10:00 and 14:00. Click here for more information.
- Unlimited Urban Sessions – Library Edition. Come and join the party at the secret library garden 19th of September from 16:00 to 21:00. Urban art, boom bikes, parkour, live graffiti, book crossing, affordable food and non-alcoholic drinks. Free entrance. A joint venture between Aalbornification, Vaerk9000, the Sustainability Festival, and Aalborg Libraries. See their FB page here.
- Swap Market (Byttemarked) on Saturday, 20 September at Studenterhuset in central Aalborg from 10:00 to 15:00. Come and volunteer! You can exchange your old stuff (clothes, shoes, furniture, toys – everything!) with other people’s stuff. Everyone brings something – everyone gets something to take home. IT’S FREE and you can look forward to exchanging stuff, eating vegan cake, music, textile prints, fun, and a sustainable day! See the initiative’s FB page here.
Sofar Sounds Aalborg’s next living room concert 25 September A reader alerted me to this initiative in Aalborg: secret, living room concerts for music lovers by local bands. Sofar Sounds identifies itself as ‘the world’s largest music discovery community; curating secret, intimate gigs in unique spaces all around the world.’ The Aalborg chapter is organizing their next concert on the 25th of the month. You can read more about them on their FB page and from there visit the site where you can sign up to join in. Sounds like a very interesting group and concept…