Recent & upcoming: international friends events, food market, MGP 2015, tango, jazz, polar bears, student events, art, love, polar bears, free films, and more

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This past week three out of four family members, including yours truly, were hit by some form of a virus. Illness seems to be norm at the moment – nearly everyone I talk to has similar stories; I guess it’s that time of the year. For those of you who have recovered (or, fortunately, not gotten sick) there are plenty of activities going on this coming weekend and week. Next week I’ll include a special sub-section of R&U dedicated to activities you can participate in during winterferien (week 8). I’m already building a list…Try to stay healthy and enjoy the coming days of sun! 🙂 (The Events Calendar has been updated as of Saturday, 7 February. I’m quite proud of the full blocks of activities coming up in the next week in Aalborg!)


Café for International Friends at Haraldslund today

Come to Haraldslund today, Friday, 6 February from 15:00 to 18:00 to participate in an event where everyone is welcome for a chat and a snack. We are especially interested in meeting those who have recently arrived in Denmark and would like to speak with people who are in the same situation. Here we can talk with each other and learn more about Denmark. Danes are also welcome. There will be coffee, tea, and pizza brought to us by our friend Zaman. The pizza, for those who are interested, will appear at 16:15 and it is free of charge. The event is organized and sponsored by the Aalborg volunteer group of the Danish Refugee Council. For more information visit the FB page or our website.


Ena Cosovic graces the DJ booth at Club Vesterå tonight at 23:00

Most people know Ena Cosovic as one half of the Fagget Fairys, remembered for, among other hits, “Feed the Horse,” or under the name ENA, with her hit “Deep Seas” last summer. As a DJ under the name Ena Cosovic, however, we find ourselves in a totally different ballgame. She has been a resident at the Roskilde Festival Apollo scene and played for events with heavyweights such as MK and Bookashade and as a resident of Culture Box with names like Nina Kraviz and Minilogue. Stylistically Ena Cosovic can best be described in her own words: “My take on deep house with an edge, techno with romance, and house with sex appeal.” Ena DJs tonight, Friday, 6 February at Club Vesterå; entry is free. The line-up also includes Kornum, a Club Vesterå resident. The club’s first floor opens at 22:00; show starts at 23:00. Heinekens cost 20 kr. and Cocktail Happy Hour is from 22:00 to 1:00, or all night with student ID. See more on the FB event page.


Monthly food market at Nordkraft tomorrow

Nordkraft hosts its monthly food market in the center’s main hall Saturday, 7 February. Held every first Saturday of the month, the market offers cheeses, breads, and a variety of other foods produced in North Jutland to sample and buy. Stalls and booths are open from 10:00 to 16:00.


melodiDenmark’s Melodi Grand Prix takes place 7 February with huge support from Aalborg

If you haven’t heard by now that Denmark’s Melodi Grand Prix (Denmark’s Eurovision Song Contest) is taking place in Aalborg this year, you must be holed up in your apartment without access to any media. The actual competition takes place on Saturday, 7 February at Gigantium but there are lots of activities planned around the event, including Friis’ promotion of the contest. There is an actual (temporary) store dedicated to the event opening on Friday, 6 February at 14:30. They will sell CDs from year’s past, including Basim’s 2014 hit that got him the spot as Denmark’s representative in Copenhagen, as well as other MGP-related merchandise. On the 6, 7 and 13 February you can also meet various stars and take selfies with Basim there, among other activities (see Friis’ website and click on Grand Prix Shoppen on the bottom right for the whole program.) The city is excited to host the event – who knows how far this year’s winner will go in Vienna?


Aalborg International Friends hosts two upcoming events

Aalborg International Friends is a group dedicated to helping international residents, whether they be students, working professionals, or refugees, make friends in Aalborg – with both Danes and one another. They have two events coming up to which all are welcome. The events take place at Bethelkirken in central Aalborg.

First off is a ‘Welcome to Aalborg’ event from 18:00 on Saturday, 7 February. Come and grab a free dinner, meet new people, take part in a quiz, and learn a bit about Aalborg. It should be a great time! Find out more here.

Second, the group will host a Fastelavn Party on Saturday, February 14 15:00-17:00 also at Bethelkirken. Fastelavn is, per Wikipedia’s definition, includes a ‘traditional activity called slå katten af tønden (“hit the cat out of the barrel”), which is somewhat similar to using a piñata. The Danes use a wooden barrel, which is full of candy and sometimes oranges and has the image of a cat on it. Historically there was a real black cat in the barrel, and beating the barrel was superstitiously considered a safeguard against evil. After the candy pours out, the game continues until the entire barrel is broken. The one who knocks down the bottom of the barrel (making all the candy spill out) becomes kattedronning (“queen of cats”); the one who knocks down the last piece of the barrel becomes kattekonge (“king of cats”).’ But come find out what it really is and why Danish kids are so crazy about it. All you need to do is show up in costume and come ready with strong muscles to knock the “cat” out of the barrel. It will be a fun afternoon with friends. More info here.


Tango-salon this Sunday, 8 February

Tango, tango, tango – that’s what it’s all about at Susan Himmelblå Bar at Vesterbro 83 this Sunday, 8 February from 13:00 to 16:00. Nathalie Ina Kühl (24) has embarked upon the Argentine dance with great enthusiasm. Not only has she learned the rousing dance, but she has delved into its history, music, and, especially, shoes; in general, the whole culture around the tango. On Sunday she will talk about tango and give examples of the real thing with Maziar Etemadi, who is simultaneously her teacher and partner. He has several years of experience teaching and doing research in philosophy at Aalborg University and is also a poet and painter. In his free time he has made a point of studying tango – its background, its complicated elements, and the musical content. “The tango came into my life like a lightning bolt several years back, and it changed my life radically,” he says. Admission is free. Read more about the bar and its program here.


Young Jazz quarterfinals at Huset next Monday night

On Monday, 9 February from 20:00 one of the four Young Jazz competition quarterfinals will take place at Huset in Aalborg. Since 2000, the nationwide talent competition Young Jazz has been an annual event on young Danish jazz musicians’ calendar. The quarter- and semi-finals take place in various locations around the country in February and March respectively, while the final, which takes place at Jazzhouse in Copenhagen, will be held on 2 May. Come and hear some up-and-coming jazz talent and support young musicians! (Blogger’s note: as far as I can tell, the event is free of charge.) More info available here and here.


Intercambio Programme hosts guided tour through Aalborg

Here’s an idea: join the Intercambio Programme for a guided walking tour through Aalborg’s city center and then take part in event directly below at Studenterhuset! The tour takes place from 17:00 on Wednesday, 11 February and will include such important sights as Jomfru Ane Gade, Nordkraft, and Kennedy Arkaden, etc. Meeting point is Studenterhuset. Find out more here.


Speed Meeting event as part of International Night at Studenterhuset

Join us for a fun time and get to know new students in Aalborg! Each participant will have four minutes to talk to and possibly make a new friend of their partner before partners are switched. We will meet in the concert hall at 20:00 in Studenterhuset on Wednesday, 11 February. The more the merrier – and the better your chances of meeting people who will become friends. 59 people had signed up as of 5 February. Find out more and indicate your interest here!


AISEC hosts LinkedIn seminar for international students at UCN on 12 February

It is a fact that you will be ‘Googled’ by prospective employers. It is also a fact that your LinkedIn profile is often the top search result. Therefore, it is important to consider how you present yourself professionally. Come and find out how LinkedIn works and how to get the most out of it at AIESEC’s LinkedIn seminar from 14:00 to 16:00 on Thursday, 12 February at Porthusgade 16.  You will learn how you can work with your LinkedIn profile and optimize your professional online face. You will get:

  • A guide on how to create a professional profile
  • Input your personal strategy on LinkedIn
  • Ideas for how to use LinkedIn as a tool in your professional career

It is not necessary to bring a laptop as teaching will be based on workshops and presentations. However, it is a prerequisite that you have created a LinkedIn profile before the event. For more info click here and to register click here.


Art from a 3D printer – talk by the artist at Nordkraft on 12 February

On Thursday, 12 February at 19:30 in Kunsthal Nord at Nordkraft, Art Salon will feature Lise S. Jacobsen, Ph.D. and art historian, whose exhibit is entitled ‘Art from a 3D Printer.’ Jacobsen will talk about how artists are using the new 3D printing and technology for themselves – and challenging it. Get special insight in 3D-printed works from home and abroad and join us to discuss today’s 3D sculpture concept. (In Danish)


Love is for everyone!

We are happy to invite you to this years Valentine’s Love Parade through the streets of Aalborg on the day before Valentine’s Day. Whether you have already found “your other half,” you are madly in love with your secret crush, or you have THE best friend/family/sibling in the world – JOIN and share your love with everyone! Bring your widest smiles and your big heart  and laugh, sing, scream, shout, and spread your love with others! We look forward to seeing you at the starting point, Nytorv, at 15:00 on Friday, 13 February. The parade will last about two hours and participation is free. (Hosted by Events by Skovsgaard.) Find more info here.


Community dog walk at Maxi Zoo on Valentine’s Day – come and support the Animal Welfare Society

In honor of Valentine’s Day Maxi Zoo (which is located in Aalborg between the City Syd shopping complex and IKEA) would like to give a lot of love to the pets that do not have a loving family to take care of them. Thus, on Saturday, 14 February we invite you to a “Go-for-a-walk-with-the-dog” event starting at the Maxi Zoo store. For every person who participates, we will donate 10 kr. to the Dyrenes Beskyttelse (Animal Welfare Society). The event is not just for animal owners; you are also very welcome if you do not have a dog to walk. We will set out from the Maxi Zoo store at 10:00. From there we will walk approximately 5 km, returning to store to distribute diplomas to all participants and a little surprise to our four-legged friends. Registration is not required. Just show up!


Aalborg Zoo focuses on polar bears in weeks 7 and 8 – come learn more about the big white Arctic animals!

Aalborg Zoo has created a daily program focusing on polar bears in weeks 7 and 8 (7 February to 22 February). Every day from 11:00 to 14:30 (except Tuesday, 17 February) zoo staff will offer different fun ways to learn more about polar bears in tents on the lawn by Skovbakken (on zoo grounds). Come and find out, for example, the answers to the following questions:

– What is the polar bear’s greatest enemy: warming or pollution?

– How fast is the temperature rising on the planet?

– How big is the decline in polar bear numbers?

– What does it mean in the long term if the polar bear becomes extinct?

– What can we each do to preserve the environment?

See, feel, and experience with all your senses the various parts of polar bears, such as skins and skulls.

Activities include:

– An exciting quiz about polar bears

– Are you as bold as a bear – test with a grease meter

– Can you hold your breath as long as a polar bear?

– Can you smell what’s inside the block of ice?

– How many children need to be on the scale to equal polar bear Victoria’s weight?

12:45 to 13:15: Open kitchen in the predator house

– What do polar bears eat in a zoo?

13:30: Zoofari scene:

“The white animals” (except weekends 7th / 8th and 14th / 15 February)

– Conception of how animals adapt to life in a cold climate

And see the feeding of polar bears

11:45: Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday

13:00: Monday, Thursday and Friday

The price to enter the zoo is 155 kr/adult and 95 kr/child from ages 3 to 11. See more about the zoo here.


FilmFryd1000Fryd offers free viewings of documentaries and movies in February 2015

FilmFryd, a series of free movies being shown at ‘Peepshop’, 1000Fryd’s cinema, has a good line up of documentaries and films in February. Documentaries are shown every Wednesday at 19:00, while films start at 16:00 each Sunday. Here’s the line-up:


  • 8 Feb – Coffy
  • 15 Feb – Thunderbird
  • 22 Feb – Funeral Parade of Roses


  • 11 Feb – Paris Is Burning
  • 18 Feb – Punk the Early Years
  • 25 Feb – If a Tree Falls

For more info about these films and 1000Fryd, see their website here. They offer a lot more than just movies!


Lopper på Havnen (“Harbor Flea Market”) announces 2015 dateslopper

Here are the dates for Lopper på Havnen, a hugely successful flea market series right at the harbor in central Aalborg, this year (first Sunday of every month):

  • 3 May
  • 7 June
  • 5 July
  • 2 August

More information about renting stall space, times, etc. coming soon!


Drama classes for children in 5-9 school classes at Det Hemlige Teater

Children’s theater school (in Danish) starts on Monday 9 February from 17:00 to 19:30 and continues each subsequent Mondays except during winter holiday in week 8 and Easter holiday weeks, 30 March and 6 April. As a new initiative, we enter into cooperation with Aalborg Carnival and give children the chance to act at Aalborg Karneval Saturday, May 16, where family and friends of course also welcome to stop by. The age range of participants is the fifth to ninth grades. Register by writing Price for the course is kr. 700. Find out more here.


Are you a private landlord with available living quarters? The kommune needs you!

Nearly 600 refugees will arrive in Aalborg in 2015. Thus, there is a need for a large number of homes for the new residents. Aalborg Municipality already has a long and good cooperation with the social housing associations, but there are not enough vacancies. Therefore, they would like to cooperate with private landlords who own properties in the municipality and invite all landlords to approach the kommune with apartments/homes they might have for rent. The spaces will be evaluated and the offers received compared in terms of quality, number, location and price. The apartments must be within Aalborg and linked to urban communities and bus services. Special benefits are available to those whose properties qualify. Read more here.


More photo cars in operation

In an attempt to slow Danish drivers down and reduce the number of accidents on Danish roads, the number of ‘photo cars’ (which are cars that have a camera monitoring other drivers’ speed) is increasing from 25 nationwide to 100. This is expected to have a big impact in Aalborg, where the police have recently trained 35 new photo car operators. The number of photo cars in the area has increased from two to 10. ‘We believe and hope that the extra photo cars can get people to ease their foot off the accelerator. Speed is really a killer,’ says Director Mogens Kjærgaard Moller. In more than four out of 10 fatal accidents in 2013 high speed was the contributory cause of accidents, according to the Road Directorate. Traffic researcher Harry Lahrmann from Aalborg University estimates that the 75 extra photo cars can improve traffic safety but that people can’t expect a photo car on every street corner, so the true impact is still to be seen…


Interesting article on Danish students’ SU benefits in the Washington Post – read it here


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