Recent & upcoming: ASO concert tonight, Mars lecture, art, more music, student SKAT workshop, Ingrid Betancourt, children’s musical playgroup, poetry slam, baby/children’s item flea market

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So winter finally ‘arrived’ in Aalborg this week…with a bit of a whimper. Yes, it’s colder; yes, there was some snow. But Siberian it was not. And now the forecast says that temps will be on the rise again. A friend wrote on FB today that spring is just around the corner in Aalborg and posted a lovely spring photo of the fountain plaza in central Aalborg…if we can’t have a proper winter, this would be a welcome sight! In the mean time, check out all the offerings coming up in Aalborg. Plenty to do, see, experience – some in English, some in Danish. (Events Calendar has been updated…)spring

ASO’s first symphonic concert of 2015 tonight!

Chief conductor Rumon Gamba is back in town for Aalborg Symphony Orchestra’s first symphonic concert of the year tonight, 22 January at 19:30 – and with a great program to boot: The Chairmans Dances, by minimalist cult composer John Adams, Britten’s wonderful “Illuminations” with the fantastic tenor Robin Tritschler, and Sibelius’ really grand 2nd Symphony (to mark the 150th anniversary since the composer’s birth)! All that in the breathtakingly beautiful Musikkens Hus in Aalborg…Students and young people under 30 get in for just 50 kr with student ID! Come and be ready to be blown away…More info here.

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Ever wondered how Mars really looks?

marsWhat does it look like on Mars, and what is the latest on the exploration of the red planet? You can find out when astrophysicist Kjartan Kinch, a researcher at the Niels Bohr Institute and specialist on Mars, visits Aalborg Main Library tomorrow, Friday, 23 January at 15:00. Kjartan will entertain you for 1½ hours with the latest knowledge on the exploration of Mars, the management of vehicles on Mars and other hot news on the exploration of our solar system. There will be an opportunity to ask Kjartan questions. Event in Danish. The event is free and registration is not required. Just show up at Glashjørnet, toward the back of the main floor of the library.

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pihlOpening of Jonas Pihl’s Fractal Traintrack exhibition tomorrow

Come experience Jonas Pihl’s giant mural, which he is painting directly on Kunsten’s walls (at Aalborg Main Station) over three days. Jonas Pihl’s work is inspired by psychedelic art and the art movement called op-art, and his works are colorful, detailed and chaotic. The exhibition Kunsten To Go’s train station location will open at 16:30 tomorrow, Friday, 23 January to the sounds of local improv band Tekton Quartet, which will create music on the spot based on Jonas Pihl’s work, serving as a complement to the experience of the work. Meet Jonas Pihl at the opening. Refreshments will be served. Free entry for all. More information here (in Danish) and FB event page is here.

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Free grooving and jamming tomorrow night

Are you looking for a night of energy splash, crazy dynamics, and an increased heart rate? Then show up at Groovebox’s Groove and Bass Edition’s music party tomorrow night, 23 January, from 21:00 to ???. Location: 1000Fryd at Kattesundet 10, 9000 Aalborg. The line-up includes Thundeck, Highness, Yngvesin, Surge and Radas. Free entrance, full speed motion. Check out the event FB page here.

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‘SKAT: Learn how’ workshop for students (in Danish)

How do I avoid having to pay money back in tax? What are the rules when I study abroad? What is the whole thing with tax returns and preliminary income? If you are not completely sure about Danish tax rules, and what is what, come to the SKAT workshop at Studenterhuset on Monday, 26 January from 17:00 where you can learn what you as a student should be aware of in terms of tax. You will learn how to make an advance statement and a tax return. Terms and explanations will be presented in a practical and easy-to-understand way. The focus will be on special circumstances that students should be aware of, both in terms of what you might be able to draw from and which rules you should be aware of when you travel abroad and study for a period of time. Please note: this workshop is in Danish.

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Musical playgroup with Michael Back for children and parents starting 2 February

On 2 February, a musical playgroup with Michael Back will begin at Kanalhuset, Damstræde, Aalborg Øst. For 10 weeks (always on Monday) Michael will lead children from 1 to 3 years and from 3 to 6 in music, dance, singing, and play. Participants in the older group and their parents will play instruments, use their imagination and play circus, traffic, tag, pirates, trolls, and more. The younger children will hop, sing, clap, stomp, laugh, twirl and include their teddy bears. Bus 2, among others, runs by Kanalhuset. Prices for the 10 weeks are 450 kr. for the first child and 250 for each subsequent child (whether in the older or younger group). Parents participate for free. To find out more and register, see this pdf flyer about the playgroup (9b plakat legestuen) or visit www.boernemusikkensvenner.dk.

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ingridIngrid Betancourt to speak at Studenterhuset on 4 February

Former Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, who was a hostage for 6.5 years (or 2,322 days) in the country’s jungle, will give a talk at Studenterhuset from 16:00 to 17:30 on Wednesday, 4 February. Betancourt was captured and then chained, humiliated, and debased by the guerilla movement FARC. She had been campaigning as a presidential candidate for a democratic Colombia when the FARC kidnapped her. In 2008, she, along with 14 other hostages, was finally freed from captivity by the Colombian military, and in 2010 she published a book about her time as a hostage. “Even Silence Stops” is a harrowing autobiography written by a woman who had a privileged upbringing in Europe and ended up being treated like an animal in captivity. Admission is free with an admission ticket, which will be handed out on a first come first served basis (presumably on the day – couldn’t find more information about that). The lecture will be held in English. See the FB event page here or the AAU announcement about it here. Organizers of the event include the diocesan bishop of Aalborg, Aalborg University, Amnesty International Aalborg and Studentpræsterne Aalborg .

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Melodi Grand Prix de Unges performances on 6 February

Come to the Melodi Grand Prix de Unges to hear young local musicians perform their version of the Danish Eurovision songs. The event will take place from Friday, 6 February at 19:30 to Saturday, 7 February at 02:00 at Byens Rum (Østre Havnegade 34, 9000 Aalborg). You’ll find Byens Rum between Musikkens Hus and Østre Havn, behind the large silos and towards the fjord. The evening’s music program will include performances by Vibeke Falden, Mai Gunner Simonsen, Jonas Wentzel Sorensen, Tine Vingaard, Mikkel Julius, Amalie Dallerup, Frederik Bøgekær Ejdrup, Stine Flyvholm, and more. Visualizations and design by Dukkefar. As the evening’s program is still to be finalized, you still have a chance to join! Just send an email to kontakt@eventsbyskovsgaard.dk. More infor at the FB event page here.

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‘Wednesday words – art and dialogue’ guided tour in English

On Wednesday, 11 February at 17.00 there will be an English guided tour through the exhibition Generator, which is an experimental and processual clash between the 73-year-old Poul Bækhøj from the Northern part of Jutland and the forty years younger Morten Modin from Copenhagen. The theme will be about art and its capacity for dialogue today. The guided tour is free.

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Poetry Slam Slamfrø at Studenterhuset on 12 February

Slamfrø is an upcoming scene that aims to get more new poets to come and read their art. Poetry slam is a ‘martial arts’ on words, thought-provoking entertainment, a mix of stand-up, poetry readings and performance. Would you like to read some of your own poetry or hear that written by others read alound? Then come to Poetry Slam ‘Slam-Frø’ at 20:00 on Thursday, 12 February. 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 poetry@studenterhuset.dk. The FB event page is here.

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Baby and children’s items flea market on 19 April – sign up now if you would like to sell items!

Aalborg baby- og børnebazar is organizing a flea market for baby and child items on 19 April from 10:00 to 14:00. This is a few months away but worth putting in your calendar if you wish to find used clothing, toys, and equipment for babies and children. Alternatively, those interested in having a booth and selling their items should act soon to reserve a space. Prices for a booth cost 145 kr. or 175 kr., depending on size of the space. Unsold items at the end of the bazaar will be gratefully received by Mødrehjælpe. The flea market will take place at KFUM-hallen, Under Lien 77, 9000 Aalborg. Find out more about the event here. The FB event page is here.

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