Recent & upcoming: architecture exhibit, sports at Nordkraft, children’s STOMP, asylum seekers’ welcome party, orienteering, dance, history, music and much more

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I promised to get back to the blog last weekend and add more events and news but I never got around to it, choosing instead to spend quality time with my husband and children. Very much worth it. But I’m making up for last week’s short edition of Recent & Upcoming with more stuff than I can possibly fit in my post title. As you can see, there are a lot of things coming up in the next several weeks, which I will add to the Events Calendar tomorrow, and quite a few news items. Have a browse through – I’m pretty sure you’ll find something that appeals! [Events Calendar has been updated, as of 20:00 on Friday, 16 January.]
EVENTS

Aalborg Kommune and architecture: how do they go together?

From today, 15 January you can learn how Aalborg Kommune works with architecture. The kommune is in the process of developing a new architecture policy, and in the exhibition “Architecture of policy – dialogue, wholeness, and strategy”, they show how they work with architecture as a means of value creation and development in the kommune. The exhibition opened today at  16:00 and can be seen in Spidsgatter Hall at the Utzon Center over the coming months.

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CCAConcrete Culture Aalborg invites you to join them at DGI Huset tomorrow – for free!

Concrete Culture Aalborg would like to invite everyone to the first Friday Jam of 2015 tomorrow, Friday, 16 January from 16:00 to 18:00 at DGI-Huset, Nordkraft. The group borrows DGI Huset’s fabulous facilities and makes it possible for participants to play basketball, do parkour, jump on trampolines, and air track. To welcome the New Year properly, CCA would like to offer a free beginner parkour workshop tomorrow at which basic parkour techniques will be explained. Anyone can join and try their hand at parkour for the very first time or use the session to refresh basic techniques. The event is free of charge and the organizers encourage you to share the event with your gymnastic- or basketball team, parkour crew, classmates, mom, dad, dog, cat and the rest of your network on Facebook. For more info (and to share with others) click here.

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Give your life a service inspection!

Nordkraft is hosting a big ‘give your life a service inspection’-themed open house on Saturday, 17 January from 10:00 to 13:00 and the event promises to offer something for everyone! Come to experience, among other things, street basketball, parkour, karate, trampoline, dancing, choir and much more. You can also have your Body Age assessed (if you’re brave enough!?!?), try electronic shooting, get a delicious taste of heart healthy food, and talk with people manning the myriad info-stands that will be present. Read more about the event on Nordkraft’s website.

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stomp_600STOMP for children at Aalborg Main Library this Saturday

I included this in my December 19 R&U post but I think it bears repeating as I’ve seen a lot of publicity about it and think it will be a lot of fun for children (and parents!). Please note: the event is free to attend but registration is necessary. STOMP workshop for children ages 4 to 10 on Saturday, 17 January (11:00-12:00). We will play with tubs, buckets, brooms, water bottles, cans, newspapers, and/or…We will rap and sing, jump and swing. It’s fun, it’s unifying, and it is rewarding. STOMP instructor Linette Riber is a graduate of the conservatory and has been living in Rio de Janeiro, rhythm’s stronghold. She does workshops throughout the country for all age groups from directors to kindergartens. Come and strike a blow that day at the Main Library. We will meet in the Arcade at the entrance to the Main Library – remember warm clothes. Click here for more info and to register. Read more about Linette Riber or see her on YouTube.

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Syrian-born musician Maya Youssef to perform at Huset on Sunday

The war in Syria should not make us forget that the country is also home to a beautiful and refined classical musical tradition. Historically, this has been associated with the Turkish-Ottoman traditions and classical Arabic art music.

Maya Youssef will perform at Huset on Sunday, 18 January at 20:00. Youssef trained as a musician in Damascus. She has since toured in a number of countries and is now living in London. Her instrument – the kanun – is a type of zither. A number of strings – usually 81 divided into groups of three strings – are stretched over a resonance box. The strings are plucked with small finger picks and their mood can shift while the instrument is being played. The word kanun corresponds to the Greek word canon, which basically means law. So named, the instrument plays a central role in the classical Arab tradition.

Maya Youssef has an impressive command of both traditional Arabic music and, for example, music from the Sufi tradition. She also plays contemporary music and contemporary improvisational music – with Arab and Western musicians alike – and works on her own compositions.

Entry to the concert is 80kr. in advance and 100kr. on the day (for students and retirees, the entrance fee is 40kr. in advance and 60kr. on the day.) The performance is supported by Kunstrådet and Aalborg Kommune. See more about the artist here and click here to hear a sample of her work. The FB event page is here.

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Asylforum Aalborg to host welcoming party for new asylum seekers

Asylum Forum Aalborg invites everyone – with a special, warm welcome to asylum seekers living in Nordjylland asylum centers – to a party with live music, delicious food, football, children’s activities, music, workshops and gatherings across nationalities, cultures, genders and age. The party will take place on Friday, 23 January from 18:00 to midnight at Aalborg Friskole (bus 2 runs almost to the door). Khoncept Ciudad Mondiale will provide live world music. The price to attend is a donation or a dish to share on the buffet table. Asylum seekers are not obligated to bring anything. If you would like to attend, you must email your intention to do so by Monday, 19 January. The address is kontaktasylforumaalborg@gmail.com. Click here for the FB event page.

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Aalborg Orienteering Club invites those new and not so new to some events in the forest

Go for a walk or jog while hunting items in the woods and get a cup of hot cocoa afterwards! Aalborg Orienteering Club invites you to join them in getting exercise and fresh air at Lundby Bakker on Sunday, 25 January and/or Mølleparken on Sunday, 1 February. The joy of finding items while out in nature can be especially exciting for the children, but it’s also fun for adults. There are easy orientation courses of different lengths, so even those who are inexperienced in orienteering can find their way around. However, there are some slightly harder to find items at the longest course length. If you must find the quickest route between items, it is important to constantly check the map!

You can choose among three tours of 2 ½, 4 or 6 kilometers in length, measured as the crow flies. It is usually easiest to stay on the paths, so the actual tour will be longer, especially if you are inattentive and choose the wrong way! You can go orienteering with family, friends, significant others, or alone. There is electronic timing, but you set your own pace. You can start between the hours of 10:00 and 11:00 on 25 January from Festpladsen by Hadsund Landevej in Lundby Bakker. At the same time on Sunday, 1 February the fun begins from Aalborg Orienteering Club’s clubhouse in Mølleparken– the old janitor house by Stolpedalsskolen, Stolpedalsvej 4.

The price is 10 kr. per person. In exchange for your money, you will get a card with a number of entries, which you’ll find in a specific order. With the electronic checker that you borrow, you send a signal each time you find an item. When you finish, you can get a cup of hot cocoa and a snack. No registration necessary. Just show up!

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Swing dance class at Omnihuset 27 January

Are you between 15 and 30 years of age? Do you like to swing dance? If the answer to both is yes, then come and dance swing and rock’n’roll and enjoy the happy music from the fifties and onwards. The 27 January event is sponsored by “Come and Dance – Youth in Aalborg,” which is part of the Come Dancing environment, but for the 15-30 age group. No partner required. Dancing starts at 19:00 at Filstedvej 10, 9000 Aalborg. Remember your water bottle and flat shoes. Participation is free. FB event page here.

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Aalborg in photosAuthors talk about Aalborg ‘history in photos’  book at State Archive 28 January

Come to a lecture (in Danish) with the authors of the book Aalborg Photos: 1843-1885, The City as Seen through the First Photographs, Bente Jensen, Flemming Nielsen and Jens Topholm. They will show photos for which there was no room in the book and tell some of the stories that pop up when you dive deeper into the images of Aalborg 1843-1885. The lecture is Wednesday, 28 January from 19:00 to 21:00 at HistorieAalborg, which is located at the State Archive (Stadsarkivet), Arkivstræde 1. Attendance is free of charge but requires registration. Email historieaalborg@aalborg.dk to sign up.

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A music festival to help you get through the dreary winter weather

Northern Winter Beat promises to kick start 2015 in a big way by filling Aalborg with light and warmth during this cold and dark period. The music festival will take place from Thursday, January 29 through Saturday, January 31, offering a great program of exciting concerts, lots of good experiences, and a festival atmosphere for the outdoors. The event will take place at various locations in Aalborg, including Skråen, 1000fryd, Studenterhuset, Huset, and a number of other centrally located places in the city center. You can see who is playing where by clicking here with more music groups to be announced! The Northern Winter Beat festival began in 2013 as a collaboration between Skråen, Huset, 1000fryd, Studenterhuset and Aalborg Events. Tickets can be purchased here.

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Release (and prevent) stress – a workshop in positive thinking and stress prevention at Huset on 22 February

Stress kills a good quality of life at all levels. It manifests itself at work, at home and even during our free time. While stress is often blamed on external stress factors, this course focuses primarily on psychological and mental factors, and how we, partly through positive visualization, can change inappropriate response patterns and better protect ourselves against stress.

Some of the course topics:

  • Identifying the root causes of stress
  • Identifying the effect of thoughts and ‘mental images’
  • Learning howto tackle tasks with positivity and serenity

Participation is free. Participants are encouraged, however, to make a voluntary contribution to cover the teacher’s transportation costs related to the course. You are also encourated to bring paper and pen to take notes. The course takes place from 11:30 to 15:30 at Huset on Sunday, 22 February. More information and registration available here.

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Oscars showing + Birdman screening at Biffen on 22 February (more details to be released soon)

Or if you would rather watch a movie and the stars parade down the red Oscars carpet, then come oscarsto Biffen on Sunday, 22 February for a screening of Birdman and showing of the Oscars. some bubbly, goodie bags, contests, prizes, surprises and more … More info to follow, but mark your calendar now! OSCAR NIGHT is organized jointly by the cultural editors from Aalborg Katedralskole and Students’ Film Society in Biffen.

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Have you ever wanted to learn to meditate? Here’s your chance – for free and in English (though in Århus) 

Brahma Kumaris is offering a Basic Course in Raja Yoga Meditation on 21 and 22 March (10:00 to 12:30 both days) at Ålborggade 22, 3.t.v., 8000 Århus C. During the introductory course you will learn how to understand the nature of consciousness, to experience inner spiritual power, and to fill the self with peace and strength from a Higher Source. The module is designed as practical guide to learn and apply simple meditation techniques – no special seating, no mantras.

Lesson 1. Experiencing the spiritual self.

Lesson 2. Understanding oneself as a soul and how the mind, intellect and subconscious work and collaborate. Exploration, contemplation and affirmation of the self’s core values.

Lesson 3. Empowering the self to remain positive and peaceful in daily life, steps to become soul conscious and then concentrate on a higher source of energy, peace and power.

Lesson 4. Establishing a relationship with the Supreme. Developing a living relationship with the Highest and taking power from this relationship to develop one’s own spiritual strength.

Sign up by writing to aarhus@brahmakumaris.dk by March 19th at the latest. More information about Brahma Kumaris here.

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NEWS

snowflake-clipart-transparent-background-bcyE66qcLCold weather coming to Denmark – for real – next week

To all you who have been wishing and hoping for snow, it seems you will have your wish next week. Temperatures are expected to dip below freezing this weekend and hover around zero through next week. Snow showers are also expected. So get your sleds ready, as well as your serious winter clothing. We’re heading into what they call a ‘Siberian’ winter…See a current glimpse of the forecast here.

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Søberg 1New organic goods shop on Danmarksgade – Søberg ØkologiSøberg 2

I noticed when we returned from the holidays that a new organic goods store, Søberg Økologisk, had opened close to our home. The small shop offers a diverse variety of goods, from fresh fruits and vegetables to cleaning products to baby food and children’s clothing (and more!) Prices are not as lovely as the products but what can you expect for organic items in Denmark? A 10% discount softens the blow somewhat for students with ID. A really nice service they offer is boxes of fruit and vegetables, which you can order for pickup on Mondays and Thursdays for 99 kr., or have delivered to your home (in the Aalborg area) between 17:00 and 21:00 for an extra 25 kr. Here’s their FB page and here is their website. The store is open Monday to Thursday from 10:00 to 17:30, Fridays until 19:00, and Saturdays from 10:00 to 13:00.

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New app to help students in Denmark find discounts

Studiz was founded and is run by students, whose mission it is to make it possible for students to easily, quickly, and simply get an overview of all the places in Denmark where discounts are offered. The Studiz app gives the user info on all discounts directly to their smartphone, and provides the user with a digital student-ID. So check out the site to create your account, confirm you student status, and get access to both your student-ID and all online discounts codes! (The app is the result of a Bachelors project at Århus University – nice work!) Here is the app’s website in English.

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 Bus ticket prices to change on 18 January

[Please note: this is an a cleaned up edition of Google Translate’s version of Nordjylland Transport’s 22 December post to their website, entitled Nye Takster.]

Larger discounts with travel card

On 18 January 2015 larger discounts will be offered to NT (Nordjylland Transport) customers with travel cards at discount levels 4-7. If you use your travel card often, you are probably on one of these discount levels, and can look forward to the cost of your travel decreasing. You can check your discount level on your self-service page at rejsekort.dk.

Prices of season tickets remain unchanged, but with the new travel card discounts, you may save money by switching from a season ticket to a travel card. You can see the prices at rejseplanen.dk.

Discounts on travel outside rush hour

If you use your travel card on weekdays between the hours of 11:00 and 13:00 and 18:00 to 7:00, and/or on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, you get a discount because those times are outside peak hours. In connection with the tariff change on January 18 new prices for outside rush hour travel have been calculated. As of 18 January the discount on travel outside of rush hours is exactly 20%, regardless of where in the country you are traveling. If you want to know what your next trip costs, you can always see it on rejseplanen.dk.

Switch to mobile clips

The price of mobile tickets for 2, 3 and 4 zones increases by 2 kroner on 18 January. A ticket for 2 zones will cost 22kr., 3 zones will cost 32kr., and 4 zones will cost 42kr. Through the ticket app NT Mobile Tickets you can still buy mobile clips at the old price after the price increase. The price is 100kr. When you buy mobile clips, you pay for a voucher with 10 zones, which you can use as payment when you subsequently need to purchase common zone tickets on the app. For example, you can buy 5 app tickets for 2 zones for one whole mobile voucher. Mobile clips are not a ticket in itself.

New price for cash tickets

As with mobile tickets, the price of cash tickets for 2, 3 and 4 zones increases by 2 kroner on 18 January. A ticket for 2 zones will cost 22kr., 3 zones will cost 32kr., and 4 zones will cost 42kr. The price changes come as part of a standardization of cash ticket prices on buses across Jylland and Fyn to make public transport prices easier to manage.

New price on a cash ticket for bicycles

The price of a bicycle ticket has also been changed. A cash ticket for a bicycle now costs 22 kr. Or use your travel card to buy your bike passage on the bus for only 13kr.

New charges for prepayment of travel card

From January 18 touching your card to the card reader when you get on the bus incurs an automatic pre-payment of 25kr. for all adults. If you forget to ‘check out’ (touch your card to the reader again), you will not get your down payment back. On the other hand you do not pay for your travel.

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SkovparkenNew youth housing to open 1 February in Aalborg

“Skovparken”, which is composed of 84 2-bedroom apartments, will be ready for occupancy by February 1. The youth housing (ungdomsbolig) is located between the AAU area area in Aalborg Øst and central Aalborg and is four stories high. In addition to the self-contained apartments, the architects attempted to take into account principles of social sustainability; thus, there are several designated recreational areas in the building as well as a large common room in the basement with kitchen, toilets, and cloakroom. The vision behind the building can be found on the architectural firm Bjørk and Maigaard’s website here.

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