Recent & upcoming: ongoing events, children’s event at library, photography, student CV/cover letter workshop, flea markets, bicycle auction, Fastelavn festivities, and much more

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In my search for events to post this week, I stumbled upon three ongoing events that I thought were especially interesting for international residents (the third of those only because it’s a great opportunity to get inside the landmark historic building of Aalborg). I lead this week’s R&U with those, followed by one-off events, and a short article on parking south of Karolinelund. In other news, I’ve decided to leave the topic of weather alone, as it doesn’t really do anyone much good (you can read the forecast yourself, and probably do) and, let’s face it, how often am I right? [Events Calendar has been updated as of 3 February…]


Elsk Aalborg hosts weekly get-together, including sprog café

Have you come to Aalborg from abroad either as a student, refugee, or in another capacity? Or do you know someone who has? Then it could be a good idea to take a moment to watch the video about International Tuesday, which is an initiative from the Elsk Aalborg (Love Aalborg) movement, one of the core values of which is hospitality. International Tuesday takes place every Tuesday from 10:00 to 17:00 and is an opportunity to meet people from different countries, get better at Danish, and begin to build a network in Aalborg. If you would like to joing in, just turn up at Hjulmagervej 28, 9000 Aalborg. If you have any questions, please visit Elsk Aalborg’s FB page and post a message here.


SyrianTouchSyrianTouch offers free coffee to harried Aalborg commuters on Monday mornings

Might we be lucky enough to meet you in Aalborg on a Monday morning between 7:00 and 8:00? 🙂 Every Monday, we stand ready in front of Aalborg Main Station to greet cold, morning-weary Aaalborgenser who are waiting for the bus or the train with nice hot COFFEE, a smile, and a big thanks for welcoming us to Denmark.Our hashtag is #takdanmark but you can also follow us on Facebook if you would like to see how this project develops! Learn more here.


stenhusNext public tour of Apotekerloftet on Tuesday, 3 February

Way up under the ceiling of Jens Bangs Stenhus lies a veritable treasure trove of stories and items. From 1665 up until 2013 there was a pharmacy on the ground floor in the impressive building, and over the years the pharmacists put jars and furniture, discontinued medications, and old equipment up in the attic. The unique collection can only be accessed on selected tour days. (Tours are in Danish.) The next one is Tuesday, 3 February from 19:00 to 20:00. Tour price is 45 kr. per person. You can sign up and buy your ticket at Aalborg Historiske Museum, Algade 48, 9000 Aalborg no later than 13:00 on the day of the tour. Meeting place for the tour: entrance to Jens Bangs Stenhus, Østeraagade 9, 9000 Aalborg. These tours take place the first Tuesday of every month. For more information, click here.



My Neighborhood photography exhibit at Nordkraft

On 26 January in Nordkraft’s Kedelhallen (the main hall) MyNeighborhood opened a new exhibition that features photographs from four different European cities, including Aalborg. MyNeighbourhood (which I covered previously on the blog) held a multi-week competition in which people in the four cities competed to take the best local image that showed the mood and life in their hometown. The competition has tamped several magnificent photos from Birmingham, Lisbon, Milan and Aalborg. The exhibition is open every day of the week until Sunday, February 27.


Fun for kids at the library this Saturday

Today Danish poet and author Halfdan Rasmussen would have turned 100 years old. Aalborg Main Library will celebrate the occasion in style together with Kaya Brüel and Ole Kibsgaard on Saturday, 31 January. Children will get the chance to sing along to all the beautiful well-known songs, such as Rapanden Rasmus, Mariehønen Evigglad, Lille frække Frederik, and many more. The celebration will take place in the Glashjørnet section of the Main Library from 11:45 to 12:30. All are welcome. Attendance is free and no registration is required. For more information, click here.


bike auctionBicycle (and other item) auction this Saturday

At 11:00 this Saturday, 31 January the police will hold a bicycle and household goods auction at Porsvej 3, Aalborg. The auction is usually very well attended, and this time there will be on offer 200 bicycles and household goods, among other things, by the North Jutland Police. The ‘among other things’ category includes two cars, mopeds, tools, new and old furniture, and more.


Touch of Africa celebration this Sunday – all are welcome!

What should you do this Sunday, 1 February from 13:00 to 19:00? If you have no other plans, come to Touch of Africa’s first big event at Aalborg Congress and Culture Center, offering entertainment for you, your family, friends….everyone! Among other performers, Basim (who represented Denmark at last year’s Eurovision contest with Cliché Love Song) will take the stage to get you on the way to lots of dancing, singing and fun. Entry is free. Just show up! Visit Touch of Africa’s FB page for more information.


photoHusetPhotography exhibit to open in style at Huset this Sunday

On Sunday, 1 February from 12:00 a photography exhibition will open at Huset’s Galleri with photos by Britta Egebjerg, sculptures by Lone Kirketerp, and performances by modern dancer Aviaja Egebjerg. Huset is located at Hasserisgade 10. The event is free but Huset’s cafe  will be open for those looking for refreshments. See the FB event page here.


Antique-, Estate-, and Flea market in Dronninglund this Sunday

Attention those living near or around Dronninglund! Mark your calendars for this Sunday’s (1 February) Antique-, Estate- and Flea market from 10:00 to 15:00 at Dregårdsvej 10, 9330 Dronninglund. Come see a big selection of furniture from Danish and foreign designers and manufacturers. Take a look at the selection of porcelain, glass, paintings, LPs, enamel products, and more. The event is organized and held by Kinnerup Antik. See their FB page (and some photos of sample items for sale) here.


Wanna try American football on the sport’s most important day of the year?

It is time, once again, for the AaB 89ers to open their doors and welcome anyone who wants to try American football! Rookie Day is your chance to try the world’s coolest sports [Blogger’s note: their claim, not mine], regardless of age or size. Players and coaches from the 89ers will be ready to help people with equipment and then run a program that introduces many aspects of the sport. There will be opportunities to tackle, block, catch balls, and practice other football moves. Toward the end, the participants will be divided into two teams and play against each other. Warm-up starts at 12:00, so make sure to be dressed and ready approximately 20 minutes before, so you can be helped into equipment. Please bring soccer shoes and clothes that can withstand a little wear. Bring your friends with you and join the perfect pre-activity to the Super Bowl. See you on Sunday, 1 February at 12:00 at Hornevej 2 in Aalborg East! More info here.


O’Leary’s Super Bowl party starting 1 February and ending 2 February

For those really die-hard Super Bowl fans in Aalborg (and by that I mean ‘willing to stay up until the wee hours because it starts at 30 minutes past midnight Sunday [technically that’s Monday morning] in Denmark’), there is a party at O’Leary’s starting at 22:00 this Sunday, 1 February. In addition to the game itself, the bar offers a snack buffet (although only for two hours – and before kick-off; WHAT?) of nachos, hot wings, bruschetta, chicken wraps, sandwiches, and brownies. Tickets for 149 kr. (which includes the food, I guess, but no mention of drinks) can be purchased at the pub ahead of time. Call for more info (9812 9090).


Intercambio Programme offers Intro Night to meet others and learn about their activities

Do you want to improve your language skills? Learn about cultures, meet new people and create international networks? Then join the Intercambio Programme’s Intro Night at Studenterhuset on Wednesday, 11 February at 19:00! You can practice your English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese or Danish. Feel free to use the program as you like. You can show up at our Intro Night to find a language partner, meet new people, or simply go with friends to socialise and practice languages. You are also MOST welcome to participate in all our events throughout the year…Everybody with an interest in languages and culture is welcome, participation is free, and we look forward to meeting you all. Velmødt!! 🙂 The Intercambio Team


BazaarKUL at Nordkraft to hold first flea market of the year

Are you crazy about clothes and in love with second hand stuff? Then come to BazaarKUL, where your old rags are suddenly worth gold! BazaarKUL is a monthly flea market clothing mecca at Nordkraft for girls and guys who love haggling over prices and find joy in second hand clothes. The Bazaar runs from 18:30 to 21:30 on Wednesday, 11 February. Entry to the market is free. Stalls were ‘sold out’ in two minutes on FB but anyone can come and shop on the day! More info available here.


Seminar for international students on writing a CV and cover/motivation letter and how to create a brag-book and 30/60/90 day plan

The workshop will be divided into three sections: 1) CVs and Motivation/Cover Letters; 2) Create and learn about the ‘Brag Book’ concept; 3) Create and learn about the ’30/60/90 days plan.’ The event will be held in the meeting room above the Student Bar at Studenterhuset on Thursday, 12 February from 17:00 to 20:00. Join in and don’t forget to bring a copy of your CV, motivation (mover) letter, AND/OR bring your laptop! A new co-organizer will be on board to run the CV and cover letter section of the Meetup: Martin Kriegsbaum, Sales and Business Development at ScienceTeam Ivs who has knowledge and experience with communications, HR, self-branding, CVs and motivation letters. For more information and to indicate your interest in joining, see the event page.


Musikkens Hus to host Fastelavn activity for children

Take your children to the Fastelavn celebration at Musikkens Hus! On Sunday, 15 February from 10:00 to 14:00 Musikkens Hus will host a ‘slå katten af tønden’ event in the hall’s foyer. There will be lots of fun for everyone, big and small. We will ‘beat’ the cat out of the barrel and announce this year’s Cat King and Queen. All children who participate in the activity will receive a free bag of candy. Admission is free but a child’s ticket (max 12 years) is required to participate in hitting the barrel. The tickets can be picked up at Musikkens Hus’ ticket office from today (limited number). Max three children’s tickets per adult. Note: There will be coffee, lemonade and fastelavnsboller for sale on the day, but participation and candy bag are free. More info here.


Intercambio Programme to host Fastelavn party at Studenterhuset

Come and join the Intercambio Programme in ”slå katten af tønden” at their annual Fastelavn party on Monday, February 16 at 15:00 at Studenterhuset. They will provide the barrel – you can bring some sort of snack (sweet, if possible) to put into the barrel and contribute to a group sugar high. Per tradition, a “kattedronning” and “kattekonge” will be elected. A Danish speciality – the traditional “fastelavnsbolle” – will also be served. This is something you do NOT want to miss! Come and join others for a great afternoon together. FB event page here.


More info on the Oscar’s night event at Nordkraft’s Biffen Art Cinema

The Oscar Awards will be announced on Sunday, 22 February, and to mark the occasion Biffen Art Cinema, in collaboration with the culture editors at Aalborg Katedralskole and StudieBiffen at Aalborg University, will hold an Oscar event for anyone interested. In addition to the award show itself, Birdman, which was nominated for 9 (!!) Oscars, will be shown. Tickets to the event (only 90 in total) will be released at the beginning of next week (week 6) on a first come first served basis. They cost 125 kr./person or 110 kr./student. Watch this FB page for more information. (If interest on that page is any indication, these tickets are going to disappear FAST.)



Free parking south of Karolinelund a limited time option

Since Aalborg Kommune flattened a building on the southern border of Karolinelund to the ground last autumn, they have let people park without paying in the spacious area that was freed up there. And many drivers have taken advantage of this. But a plan for the development of Karolinelund for new purposes is on the way, and the free parking spaces will disappear once the plan is finalized and implemented. ‘We are working on a master plan for Karolinelund that determines which functions the park will have. When adopted, we will have a completely different situation, and then it will no longer be possible to use the space as a parking lot. But until then cars can rest there,’ is the message from city gardener Kirsten Lund Andersen.


2 thoughts on “Recent & upcoming: ongoing events, children’s event at library, photography, student CV/cover letter workshop, flea markets, bicycle auction, Fastelavn festivities, and much more

    Marina said:
    January 31, 2015 at 11:27 am

    hej Sarah,

    I found your blog a couple of weeks ago and it’s been a truly great discovery. It’s amazing how you somehow find out about everything that’s going in the city – it’s like you have superpowers! – and work so hard to share it with everyone else. I lived in Aalborg as a student a few years ago and I’ve never really lost touch with the city since – I keep going back whenever I have the chance. I’m finally moving back there in three weeks, so your blog couldn’t have come at a better time! Despite my unconditional love for the town, being from Barcelona I always had the feeling that Aalborg was a tiny place where very little happened, but you just proved me wrong! Post by post you’ve made me feel even more excited, if possible, about living there, so I have to thank you for that 🙂

    I’m looking forward to see what else you come up with, and contribute with suggestions and some new ideas for your Recent & Upcoming series! Keep up the great work and have a lovely Saturday!

      sarahinjylland responded:
      January 31, 2015 at 1:11 pm

      Thank you so much, Marina. It really feels good to get such feedback – not only because I DO put a lot of thought into what I post to the blog but also because I’m glad to hear that people have a more positive impression of Aalborg because of what I write. It’s funny – I also thought Aalborg was a small city without much going on until I started doing my Recent & Upcoming series. Now I know that’s not the case and I like the feeling of having to choose what to spend my time on here. Welcome back (in a few weeks)! 🙂

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