Recent & upcoming: Waldorf School open house, movies, New to Aalborg Fair, dance, food, big sales, and more
Check out Aalborg’s myriad offerings in the coming days…and don’t forget to view the Events Calendar to see them (and previously posted events) listed on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.
Open house at the Aalborg Waldorf school today
In connection with the nationwide Open School initiative the Aalborg Rudolf Steiner (Friskole) invites all those interested in the school and its philosophy to an open house today, Thursday, 6 November from 15:00 to 19:00 . The idea behind the Open School initiative is that everyone should have the opportunity to take a look into the Danish school system – not necessarily in relation to a school change, but rather to the various school forms that may be experienced. All are very welcome at Tornhøjvej 14, 9220 Aalborg East. Tel. 98157444. For more information about the school, click here.
Basement Beer Bar begins serving Christmas – today!
Basement Beer Bar, located at Løkkegade 18 in central Aalborg, will begin serving its special Christmas beers on tap today, 6 November, holding special opening hours from 16:00 to 22:00. Two of the 10 beers will be ‘released’ each hour, on the hour. That means you can’t try all of them unless you stay until at least 20:00. Those who click ‘going’ on the event FB page and show up will be assigned a number and entered in a raffle. Really, though, the event is about trying high quality suds and enjoying the company of others in a hyggelig atmosphere.
Join UCN students for a cozy night of movie watching tonight, 6 November from 20:00-23:00 at UCN’s T&B International, Porthusgade 1. Snacks and drinks available for purchase at the Friday bar. The theme of tonight’s viewing is Miyazaki Hayao, who directed such films as Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke. (I don’t know which of his films will be shown, however.) Click here to see the event’s FB page.
Aalborg to debate Denmark’s foreign aid policy
Danes contribute 56 kr./person each week to the development funds Denmark puts to work in the world’s poorest countries. This corresponds roughly to a pizza or two cups of coffee at a cafe. Over a year, it adds up to a total of approximately 16.3 billion kroners. At 10:30 tomorrow, Friday, 7 November an open debate about this, involving Orla Hav (S), Save the Children, and the KFUM Scouts and audience members, will take place at Aalborg Katedralskole. Part of the meeting will focus on the theme ‘Youth and employment and the financial crisis in Denmark and globally ‘ and organizers will pose the question: Why should Denmark provide foreign aid? Panelists and audience members will have ample opportunity to participate in the debate, which will be mediated by Niels Frid–Nielsen, host of Kulturnyt and commentator on DR2. (Taken from Midt-Vest Avis, 5 November, page 8)
Kapgang, a Danish film that tells the story of Martin, who is ‘forced to deal with confused sexuality and the loss of a mother in a provincial setting in the mid-seventies, where the famed Danish liberation of porn has had its influence on the grownups’ (thanks, IMDB.com), is being shown at Nordkraft’s Biffen and Biocity (Kennedy Arkaden) cinema this Saturday and Sunday, 8 & 9 November at various times for only 20 kr./ticket. A good deal, to be sure. The movie stars Pilou Asbæk of Eurovision and Borgen fame and Sidse Babett Knudsen, his even more famous boss in Borgen (and lots of other productions). Purchase tickets here and hurry if you want a choice of times and seats – some are close to sold out.
Huge flea/antique market at Gigantium this weekend
250 merchants from across the country will fill Gigantium this weekend, 8 and 9 November, with antiques, used items and arts and crafts. One of the year’s biggest flea and craft markets, the event attracts both the elderly, who seek items with nostalgic value, and families looking for good deals for their children and homes. The market is open 10:00 to 17:00 Saturday and 10:00 to 16:00 Sunday. Entry is 35 kr./adult, free for children under 12 when accompanied by an adult. Gigantium is located on the 2, 5 and 12 bus lines. Click here to learn (a little) more.
Fashion Outlet sale at Aalborg Kongres- & Kulturcenter
There will be a huge outlet sale at Aalborg Kongres- & Kulturcenter this weekend, 8 and 9 November from 11:00 to 17:00 both days. Entry is free to the public. Steep discounts of 30-80% on all clothing, accessories, shoes, bags, etc. will be offered. Click here for more information. (This event happens at least twice a year at the AKKC; the last Fashion Outlet sale was in June.)
Halkær kro to hold organic slaughter festival Sunday, 9 November
Halkær Kro, a Nibe cultural institution and supporter of all foods locally grown, is holding its annual slaughter festival this Sunday, 9 November from 10:00 to 15:00. Of interest to vegetarians is the local product market which includes cheese, ice cream, fruit, vegetables, honey, wine, chocolate, and clothing as well as items they won’t be interested in: meat of locally raised animals (duck, chicken, lamb, goat, pig, calf). In addition to the market, which runs throughout the day, the program includes slaughter of chickens, a delicious lunch (100 kr./person), and music. You can find more information here.
Are you new to Aalborg? Or have you been here a while but still have questions about things like taxes, your job search, learning Danish, healthcare, banking, child care, residency, etc.? Then come to the first New to Aalborg Fair on Wednesday, 12 November from 16:00 to 18:00 at the main library (Aalborg Hovedbibioteket). The event is informal and designed to make it as easy as possible for you to ask authorities the questions that pertain to you. Representatives of several public organizations will be present to speak with you (in English or Danish), answer your questions, and provide information about their services. See my previous post about the event here.
Statens Kunstfond (Danish Art Foundation) celebrates its 50th anniversary with air dance in Nordkraft on 12 November – free entry!
Counterweight (Taking Space # 4) is the fourth project in a series of site-specific air dance performances by choreographer / dancer Esther Wrobel. Each project is a unique air dance experience created by Esther in collaboration with several artists. The projects are designed specifically for selected places, spaces and buildings, and this time it is Nordkraft’s Kedelhal’s turn. The goal of the show is to explore new forms of mobility and connect freely floating bodies with music, video art and installations. A wall or column can become a dance floor and a pile of metal garbage can be turned into a beautiful sculpture. Our usual perception of a room’s design and aesthetics are challenged, and are a reminder that there are always new perspectives on what we take for granted. The show will be performed on Wednesday, 12 November three times – at 17:00, 19:00 and 21:00. May I suggest attending the New to Aalborg Fair first and then relaxing at the show?
Do you like nachos? Do you want to socialize with other young people? If yes to both, then this is your night! The event will take place in the Studenterhuset cafe on the 12th of November, from 20:00. May I recommend a stop at the New to Aalborg Fair, a viewing of the free dance performance at Nordkraft, and then nachos? Food always goes down better when you are well informed and relaxed. 🙂 Here is the event’s FB page link.
Poetry Slam at Studenterhuset 13 November
Would you like to read some of your own poetry or hear that written by others read alound? Then come to the Poetry Slam ‘Slam-Frø’ at 20:00 on Thursday, 13 November and/or 4 December. Selected audience members will be autocratic judges, while the remaining audience can be seduced by words and drama. If you have the words and want to act, have questions, or just want to know more about the rules please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
World Diabetes Day fair at Nordkraft 14 November
Do you or someone you love have diabetes? Then come to the World Diabetes Day fair at Nordkraft’s main hall from 13:00-17:00 on Friday, 14 November. The Danish Diabetes Association‘s local office, in collaboration with Sundhedscenter Aalborg, invites relatives of those with the disease and others interested in diabetes to visit the various stands, where they can learn about and buy diabetes care-related products and services from which diabetics can benefit. In 2012 the Danish Diabetes Association conducted a study that found that 47% of 5,000 Danes queried did not know that type 2 diabetes is hereditary; testing of individuals’ risk of type 2 diabetes will also be available at the fair. In addition, Azzura will offer a diabetes-friendly menu. You can read more about the event by clicking here (in Danish) and searching for events in Aalborg (there is only one on 14 November).
Shakka Mi MAKKA Afro-Caribbean Shuffle event 22 November at Trekanten
Jam Yard and Touch of Africa invite you to their multicultural fest “Shakka Mi MAKKA”, a Jamaican phrase that means partying with friends, on Saturday, 22 November from 18:30 until the wee hours of the morning. The aim of the event is to create an awareness of the Afro & Caribbean culture that exists in Denmark. Among the offerings will be Afro Caribbean cuisine, Julefrokost & buffet style, a live concert with musicians direct from Jamaica and Africa, and the chance to watch and try out traditional and modern dances from the African continent and the Caribbean. The event will take place at Sebbersundvej 2a, 9220 Aalborg. (I couldn’t find the price of entry.) Here is the event’s FB page.
WorkinDenmark LinkedIn seminar on 28 November
LinkedIn has a strong presence in Denmark – 52% of potential employers will view your profile on the site during the recruitment process. If you would like to learn how to build a LinkedIn profile or maximize one you have already created, come to WorkinDenmark’s workshop on Friday, 28 November from 12:00-14:30 at Aalborg Sprogcenter, led by Morten Vium, a speaker, e-book author and blogger at ModerneJobsøger.dk. Participation is free but space is limited to 15 and you need to bring your own laptop. See my post on FB here (3rd or 4th item down the page) for more information and to register.
Aalborg Kommune website makes room for English section
This past Monday, 3 November, Aalborg Kommune launched the sub-section of their website in English. Whereas it was difficult to find any information in English on the municipality’s site before, there are now four sections written for English-speakers: Moving to Aalborg, Living in Aalborg, Doing business in Aalborg, and About Aalborg. Within each of these (save the fourth) are further sub-sections about everything from finding a place to live to help for businesses that want to set up their offices here – and lots of subjects in between. Some sections are better fleshed out than others (and there are quite a few links to other sites that cover those topics) but I think this is a vast improvement over the previous vacuum of nothingness for expats/international residents who do not understand Danish…