Recent & upcoming: opera, arts & crafts, salsa, job fair, free football, culture night, train service cut during week 42 and more!

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Time is short this week as I prepare for a freelance job next week, which will take me away from Denmark for a few days. I will also be gone during week 42 (efterårsferie), which means this is the last post for a couple of weeks. I’m abbreviating some of the entries below due to the time crunch. See you back here after 20 October! (And don’t forget to view the Events Calendar, where all the events below as well as those mentioned in previous posts are displayed.)

EVENTS

La Bohème at AK&KC this weekend

Today and tomorrow (at 19:30 and 16:00, respectively) the Royal Opera will perform Puccini’s classic, La Bohème, with Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, talented soloists and the Danish Opera chorus. The opera will be sung in Italian with Danish subtitles. Tickets available at prices ranging from 290 kr. to 380 kr. More information available here.

Monthly food market at Nordkraft

Tomorrow, Saturday, 4 October, 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.

Creative Lifestyle & Hobby exhibition this weekend in Europhallen of Aalborg Congress & Culture Center

Also at AK&KC this weekend is the annual Creative Lifestyle & Hobby exhibition. Doors are open Saturday from 11.00 to 17.00 and Sunday from 10.00 to 16.00. Entry fee: 60 kr./adult; children can accompany adults for free. Read more about it here.

Salsiesta’s grand opening this weekend

Salsiesta is inviting everyone to their grand opening weekend, including a dance party this Saturday night, at Kulturbroen, Nørresundby, on 4 and 5 October. Here’s the schedule:

13.00 – 13.50 Salsa for beginners

14.00 – 14.50 Rueda & Rumba – get a taste of the cuban Rumba, and learn how to use it in Rueda de Casino – Rueda-skills are required!

15.00 – 16.30 Kizomba: Lea Daugaard will challenge the beginner as well as the more experienced kizomba dancers

20.00 – 23.30 Party!! We open the doors for an amazing party at which everything from Cuban salsa to NY/LA salsa, bachata, Zouk and kizomba will be played (and perhaps a cha-cha or two). For those who arrive by 21.00, the gift of a free Mojito!

Entry fee: kr. 50, which includes the membership fee for the remainder of 2014 and all of 2015. Beer, water and mojitos will be available at extremely fair prices.

For those interested in ballroom dance, join us on Sunday for:
13.00 – 14.00 Waltz + rumba
14.00 – 15.00 Quickstep + jive – with tempo!

The prices for the workshops are as follows:
50 min – 1 hour workshops = 50 kr./person
1,5 hour workshop = 50 kr. for students and 75 kr. for all others

For more information about this new dance workshop/party initiative, visit Salsiesta’s FB page.

Support LIVE music in Denmark!

You may have heard that the Danish Radio (DR) Chamber Orchestra (based in Copenhagen) will be shut down in three months’ time. Reason: overspend on Eurovision this year left insufficient funds to continue to support the orchestra. One-seventh of Danish orchestra musicians will be left without a job and Denmark will be left with a lot less live classical, rock, pop, cross-over and folk music. This world famous orchestra is about to disappear! On Monday, 6 October, professional musicians will be playing live and gathering signatures here in Aalborg in support of the orchestra. Come hear them and sign the petition to save DRUO. They’ll be playing in three separate locations from 16:00 to 18:00 – Salling, Gabels Torv, and Friis. More information available at their FB page. See you there!

dse messeAttention science and engineering jobseekers!

DSE is once again inviting engineering, science and healthcare students and graduates to their job fair in Aalborg. It is free of charge and takes place from 10:00 to 16:00 on both October 8 and 9 in Gigantium, Aalborg. Around 60 companies will be participating, several of which will hold presentations in Danish and English. This years catalogue can be found here: http://issuu.com/dse-/docs/dsemessekatalog2014/0. If you do not live in Aalborg it is possible to sign up for free bus transport on Thursday October 9. You can sign-up using SMS. See their FB page for more information.

Free football match 10 October

An Under 21 European Championship play-off match – Denmark vs. Iceland – will take place 10 October at Aalborg Stadium at 18:00. Entry is free so come and support the national team of promising young players!

Culture at Night (Kultur i natten) event at Østre Havn 11 Octoberkultur i natten

Chill-out fun – bicycle “drive in”, music and art for all ages on Saturday, 11 October from 18:00 to 23:30 at Østre Havn. See the event’s Facebook page for a bit more (but not much) information. More details are available here.

asian food clubAsian Food Club dinner to collect money for Philippine typhoon victims

There is still the need for financial assistance in the Philippines even though it has been a year since the typhoon destroyed so many people’s lives there. The victims still need help – over half a million people are believed to have lost their homes. How do they get food on the table? How do they get a new home and get back on their feet? Profits from this Asian cooking club will go to the typhoon victims in the Philippines. It’s good and healthy food with a clear conscience. And this time the theme is Asian food: delicious food from the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia, sushi, Filipino culture and a small charity market. The Asian cooking club takes place Friday, October 17 from 17:00 to 21:00 at Trekanten, Sebbersundvej 2a, 9220 Aalborg. Price: 150 kr./adult and 50 kr./child from 5 to 12 (children under 5 are free). Proceeds will be donated to the victims in the Philippines. We have only 96 seats, so book well in advance. Once you have paid, we write your name on the list. For payment information and more about the dinner club event, visit their FB page here.

Food and lifestyle products market 18 October

Klarupgaard is hosting their last big Used & Antique – Food and Lifestyle Products Market of the year on Saturday, 18 October from 10:00 to 16:00. Those who would like to sell items can still sign up for a table – but hurry, as space appears to be filling up. If you just want to come and browse the offerings, feel free to bring the children for whom there will be places to play and enjoy some yummy ethnic (Pakistani and Filippino) as well as Danish food that will be for sale. Klarupgaard is located roughly 10 km outside central Aalborg. You can read more about the market here (in Danish).

NEWS

(Please note: the entries below are based on articles that appeared in Midt-Vest Avis on Wednesday, 1 October.)

No train service between Aalborg and Randers during autumn break

From 13 October to 18 October (week 42, also known as efterårsferie this year) the track between Randers and Aalborg will be closed to all trains while various infrastructure projects are being carried out. Buses will provide service throughout the week while the railway is blocked. You can see how the buses run on rejseplanen.dk and journeyplanner.dk. You can read more about the work being undertaken on bane.dk/hobro-aalborg. Questions may be sent by email to hobro-aalborg@bane.dk or directed to the building management at tel. 4186 4001.

Check the condition of your tires before winter hits

The first night of frost has already occurred, which signals the arrival of autumn and means that the roads will be occasionally wet and slippery with fallen leaves from now on, not to mention snow once the cold really gets a grip on Aalborg. Given this, it is extremely important to have the right tires on your car. The Council for Improved Tire Safety stresses that it can be dangerous to travel in traffic on worn tires or the wrong tires for the season. ‘Worn tires do not have the same grip as tire with sensible tread depths, and in summer the stopping distance is twice what it is during winter when the roads are hit by frost and snow. Therefore, it is important to change your tires in time to avoid accidents,’ says Volker Nitz from the Council for Improved Tire Safety. If you need to consult with an expert before switching to winter tires, there is help available in Skalborg from Saturday, October 4 to Friday, October 10 between the hours of 10:00 and 18:00. Tire experts from Euromaster in Aalborg will be available with advice and guidance at a booth inside Bilka Storcenter, while some workers will be outside measuring the tire tread on some of the parked cars.

Basement Beer Bar specialises in special brews

Two weeks ago, Nikolaj Madsen opened the doors to Aalborg’s newest beer bar, located in the centre of Aalborg on Løkkegade. Named the Basement Beer Bar, it is inspired by the tremendous beer environment in Copenhagen, where the brewery Mikkeller has helped to create new trends and stir up the world of beer with their large assortment of beers. Basement Beer Bar, with its 21 taps, is ready to follow in the footsteps of Copenhagen. Only three of the beers are a permanent fixture at the bar; the remaining 18 taps are changed regularly with new beer – of course, as the casks are emptied. The establishment also offers otherwise rare types of bottled beer, wine, rum, brandy, whiskey, vodka and gin. The selection of bottled beer will not be on offer for another month. Basement Beer Bar plans to inspire customers with various events. On October 25 they will hold the release party for Munkebo Mikrobryg’s new beer, a Russian Imperial Stout, to which the brewers will come and present the beer. And around Christmas the classic Belgian Christmas beer and the great variety of Danish micro brews will challenge customers’ taste buds. Nikolaj Madsen has been in the restaurant business for nine years. He trained as a bartender at John Bull Pub, where he was bar manager for four years. Now it’s his turn to run the whole show.

Aalborg to be port of call to 15 cruise ships in 2015

A record number 15 cruise ships will sail into Aalborg Havn next year, bringing with them no fewer than 17,000 passengers and crew members. It will be the largest number of cruise ships ever in a single year in Aalborg. The previous record, set in 2013,  saw only five ships and a total of 10 calls to port. Both 2013 and 2015 are thus in sharp contrast to the 2014 cruise season, during which there was only a single call during the first nine months of this year. ‘The number of calls in 2015 is a clear indication that Aalborg has seriously taken hold in the maritime charts for cruise ships,’ says cruise manager Lars Bech of VisitAalborg. ‘We have worked very diligently to get this far, and it’s always nice when efforts begin to yield good results. I can also reveal now that we will set another record in 2016, for which we currently have contracted 21 calls to Aalborg. Four or five years ago we joked whether it was realistic to believe we could reach 25 calls in a single year. As of now, everything seems to indicate that that target is definitely within range – in only 2 years’ time,’ Bech explained.

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