Recent & upcoming: Christmas is coming, musical events, lots of meetings, lung check, flea market, and Kunsten Sunday Family Day
‘It’s that time of year, when the world falls in love…’ Do you know the Christmas Waltz? Well get ready, because according to the number of Christmas-related events coming up you are going to hear it and other Christmas songs a lot over the next few weeks…There are also several music-related events taking place soon as well as meetings (in Danish) on a variety of topics. Find your favorites and get out of the house! (And don’t forget your Vitamin D and lots of warm lit candles, if you choose to stay in.) Check the Events Calendar for all events posted today and prior…
Christmas market near Aalborg this weekend
This weekend Klarupgaard is hosting the first of its two annual Christmas markets. In addition to a big market at which you can buy Christmas gifts (55 stalls will be on site with items ranging from retro and antique to food and life-style related), the hosts offer horse-drawn carriage rides (25 kr./person), a space where children can play and draw, and a cozy cafe where you can enjoy some refreshments. You can also, if you are ready to decorate for the holiday, buy a Christmas tree and/or other greenery. Entrance to the market is 10 kr./person (free for children under four) on both Saturday and Sunday, 15 & 16 November, from 10:00 to 16:00. Klarupgaard is located roughly 10 km outside central Aalborg. You can read more about the market here (in Danish).
Bazar’o’Rama flea market Sunday at Studenterhuset
A small, informal flea market called Bazar’o’Rama will take place at Studenterhuset (Gammel Torv 10, 9000 Aalborg) on Sunday, 16 November from 11:00 to 16:00. Lots of clothing for both young and old, shoes, junk, medieval stuff, subversive books and magazines, used CDs and vinyls will be on offer at SU-friendly prices. Free entry – just show up! Here is the FB page.
One out of every 10 Danes has lung problems. One too many do not know it. On Wednesday, November 19 you can get a free lung check in Aalborg or the surrounding areas when you go to shop for dinner or borrow your favorite book from the library. This is just one of the over 100 events being held on Lung Day around the country. You might want to have your own lungs tested or invite a friend or family member to get theirs checked. For more information, check out this website and local events on the day here..
Preparations for Aalborg’s Sustainability Festival 2015 are in full swing! Come to the inspirational meeting on Thursday, November 20 from 09:00 to 10:30 in Obel Auditorium at Utzon Center. The purpose of the meeting is to kick off the planning for Aalborg Sustainability Festival 2015 by inspiring each other and throwing around a lot of ideas for possible arrangements. The Sustainability Festival gives all citizens, businesses, educational institutions, NGOs, etc. the opportunity to show how to work with sustainability, be it the environment, climate, health, volunteerism, ecology, stop food waste, recycling, or in other ways. Next year’s festival will take place from the 12th to 19th of September. Click here for more information.
Information meeting for potential volunteers at Frivilliges Hus next Thursday
Are you interested in volunteering in Denmark? Perhaps you haven’t found a job and are looking for a way to spend some structured time, meet people, and practice your Danish. Or you have a job or are studying and wish to benefit from giving a few hours of your time each month to a worthy cause. No matter the reason, come to De Frivilliges Hus for an information meeting on volunteering on Thursday, 20 November 17:00-20:00. The event is free of charge but registration is necessary. At the seminar you will discuss with others the benefits of volunteering and learn about the various organizations in the Aalborg area that are seeking volunteers.Click here for more information.
Meeting about development of culture and the arts in North Jutland
On Monday, 17 November at 18:30 there will be an open meeting at Studenterhuset entitled ‘A municipal, regional and national cultural prelude meeting with a development perspective for North Jutland’ (poor translation – sorry!) organized by Teaterforeningen TeaterNord, Studenterhuset and Kulturmødet Mors and supported by Aalborg Kommune and Region Nordjylland. Up for debate are the visions and concrete actions that contribute to the culture and street life of the region. Concrete themes to be discussed are ‘art quality: the role of art and culture in people’s lives and society’s sense of community’; ‘art and culture and youth’; and ‘what challenges are theaters in North Jutland experiencing and what are some solutions?’ In addition to the debate, there will be an entertainment program with samples from North Jutland artists and cultural institutions. Attendees will also have the chance to meet politicians invested in the subjects. While the event is free to attend, registration is necessary. Click here for more information.
Rockabilly band SuperScum’s release party 22 November
On Saturday, 22 November at 19:30 Studenterhuset invites to you SuperScum’s release party. SuperScum is a relatively new rockabilly band from Aalborg that has a rapidly increasing fan base in the North Jutland underground. And now their long-awaited debut EP is due out! It’s raw vocals and lyrics that remind many of a young Johnny Cash. Inspiration for the band covers a wide landscape, from country to classic rock ‘n’ roll. The evening will start with three or four acoustic tracks played in the café, followed by Superscum playing support for Go Go Berlin. Here is the FB event page.
Kunsten hosts ArtLab workshop for children and parents Sunday at Aalborg Station
As you may or may not know, Kunsten is closed for an extended period due to major renovations. However, the museum’s collections are still alive in various locations, including Aalborg Station. On Sunday, 23 November (and a number of Sundays throughout the winter) Kunsten at the station is hosting its ArtLab workshop for children and their parents, led by professional artist Liselotte Beyer, from 10:00-14:30. The idea behind ArtLab is that the process of creating something is what is important – not the final product. I believe the event is free, but this fact is not on the website. Call if you want to be absolutely sure. Click here for more information.
Santa Claus’s much anticipated annual arrival to Aalborg takes place this year on Saturday, 29 November at 11:00 when his ship docks at Honnørkajen in Aalborg Harbor. True to tradition, the Aalborg Gardens Nisse Orchestra will entertain at Honnørkajen from 10:45 and Father Christmas, accompanied by Mayor Thomas Kastrup-Larsen, will alight and make his way through the city’s charming pedestrian streets in his sleigh, arriving at the Christmas market in Gammels Torv at noon. At 15:30 he will light the big Christmas tree at Nytorv. The Christmas Market opens the evening before, Friday, 28 November, which is also a night of shopping in the city until 22:00.
Two Christmas markets on 29 November
Aalborg Produktionsskole will hold a big – but cozy – Christmas market on Saturday, the 29th of November from 10:00 to 17:00. All are welcome. Come and buy Christmas gifts and decorations, and enjoy æbleskiver, mulled wine, homemade cakes and confections. Face painting for the kids will also be offered, as well as many other exciting products! Proceeds from the market will be donated to an activity or project in the local area, so please come and help us figure out who should be benefit from our profits that day.
On the same day as the school’s market, Kulturcentret Fjordbyen will hold a Christmas market from 10:00 to 16:00. Christmas decorations will be on offer, as well as yummy Christmas treats and other items. There will also be a table for children where they can make their own decorations for grandparents or other loved ones. In addition, Santa Claus will be on site and ready to hear children’s Christmas wishes. Tours of Fjordbyen will be given at 11:00 and 12:30. See more here.
Aalborg Chamber Music Association to hold ‘nachspiel’ event and second concert of the season 28 & 29 November
Musikkens Hus will host a mini Brahms Festival on Friday and Saturday, 28-29 November. On Friday the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra will perform Symphony No. 2 and Piano Concerto No. 1 by Brahms with Rumon Gamba conducting and Italian pianist Alessio Bax as soloist. On Saturday Bax will play all three of Brahms’ violin sonatas with Aalborg’s own concertmaster Veselin Demirev at a concert organized by the Aalborg Chamber Music Association in collaboration with Musikkens Hus.
Aalborg Symphony Orchestra Friends and Aalborg Chamber Music Association have decided to celebrate this occasion with a members’ only event at Musikkens Hus after the concert on 28 November. There will be an opportunity to hear Rumon Gamba and Veselin Demirev talk about Brahms as a composer of both orchestral and chamber music and enjoy a glass of wine together. We hope that Veselin can lure his good friend Alessio Bax to join him. Members of the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra Friends and Aalborg Chamber Music Association will receive a written invitation to the event about two weeks ahead.
Aalborg Chamber Music Association gives members access to a variety of music experiences of the highest quality performed by ensembles with – or heading to – world renown, internationally known musicians, and young Danish talent on the threshold of a promising career. Prices of membership and to attend concerts are as follows:
Seasonal membership: 200 kr
For members: 100 kr./concert
Partout card for all 5 concerts during the season: 500 kr.
Tickets for non-members: 180 kr./concert
Students: free admission except for the 13th February concert
Please find more information about the association and their concerts at: http://www.kammermusik-aalborg.dk
For many it is only really Christmas when the movie “Home Alone” is running on TV, and, per tradition, we see Kevin take a stand against burglars Harry and Marv while his mother does everything she can to get back to her son for the holiday. At Musikkens Hus this year, you can watch the film with an interesting twist. Musikkens Hus is the first venue in Europe to show the film with a symphony orchestra (London-based Cinematic Sinfonia) playing John Williams’ score live. The movie will be shown in English with Danish subitles. Click here for more information and to buy tickets (195 kr. each). Dates and times are: Friday, 5 December at 19:00 and Saturday, 6 December at 13:00 and again at 16:00.
Grassroots effort to save the Danish National Chamber Orchestra contributes to its survival
Following a vigorous campaign to protest the closure of the Danish National Chamber Orchestra, it seems that supporters of the institution have succeded in keeping it alive. The government announced three days ago that the orchestra will live on, despite the fact that DR had let the musicians go. A majority in Parliament will now force the DR to rehire and retain the orchestra. The Danish People’s Party, Conservative, Alliance and Left parties, together with the Faroese representative Edmund Joensen, form a majority of 90 seats, which requires the government and the DR to make sure that the 75-year-old entertainment orchestra survives. 40,000 people signed the petition against the orchestra’s closure, and the orchestra received international support from the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Orchestra of New York.
Aalborg Light Rail System gets the green light financially
Yesterday Aalborg Kommune announced that the municipal government approved giving the Aalborg light rail project the 830 million kr. it needs to make the transportation system a reality. The light rail system will connect Mølholm in the west to the new University Hospital in the east. ‘I’m very pleased that we have been able to get Aalborg Light rail through the Budget process… Government funding will undoubtedly have far-reaching and seminal importance and help to secure the future of our city. We have put…public transport high on the agenda,’ says a delighted Mayor Thomas Kastrup–Larsen. You can read more about the light rail project here. (This story was taken from the Kommune’s website.)