Recent & upcoming: entrepreneurship seminar, anti-shale gas extraction events, music, opera, quizzes, movies, and other events
For various reasons, I decided to post the weekly edition of R&U today – Wednesday – instead of my usual Thursday or Friday. I’m not sure I’ll continue to do this or whether it makes sense to stick with what I had going – if you have an opinion, please comment below. I also altered the structure to make it easier to find the date, time, and location of each event. Per usual, however, the list is in chronological order. If you have any other suggestions, please let me know! Oh – and check out the four news items at the end. Might be of interest…[The Events Calendar has been updated.]
Seminar on entrepreneurship in Denmark
Wednesday, 4 March
DSU Aalborg’s home at Kastetvej 24
The International Committee of DSU Aalborg invites everyone to a seminar/workshop on the topic of entrepreneurship tonight at 18:00. The event is designed to shed light on what it takes to open a business. Whether you are thinking about starting your own business or have done so but are in the beginning stages of entrepreneurship, this event is for you. The event is designed to introduce the topic to people who have no experience as entrepreneurs, expand the knowledge of novice entrepreneurs, and introduce some who are in the middle of the entrepreneurial dynamic in Aalborg. Entry is free. Find the agenda and other information here.
Talk and exhibition on planned shale gas extraction in North Jutland and Sjelland
Wednesday, 4 March
19:00 ~ 22:00
Café KUL, Nordkraft
Shale gas extraction worldwide has fatal consequences for the environment, both locally and globally, but do you know much about it? Greenpeace and KUL invite you to an evening with an exhibition and lecture to learn what shale gas is – and why its extraction is being greeted with protests around the world. The French gas company Total is planning to drill for shale gas in North Jutland and Sjelland, which puts our groundwater and ecosystems at risk. Come see and hear what can happen if shale gas extraction becomes a reality in Denmark. The talk will be given by Esben Sloth from Greenpeace and the exhibition can be seen in KUL café at Nordkraft until 26 March. Entry is free. Find out more here.
Music performances at Byens Rum tonight
Wednesday, 4 March
Danish Viashyas presents three musical acts tonight: Antti Tolvi, Andreas Westmark, and XAX. “Antti Tolvi is a self-taught, multi-talented musician. He has played in numerous bands including Lau Nau, Rauhan Orkesteri, and Lauhkeat Lampaat. Born in ’77 in Panelia on the west coast of Finland, he began making music with his brothers, untutored. From 2000-2001 he studied classical Indian music in Varanasi, and this marked a turning point in his perception of music. On returning to his native Finland, he became embroiled in Free Jazz for a number of years, until a recent relocation to the countryside pushed him ever more towards solo improvisation – deriving inspiration from, in Antti’s own words, “harmonies, overtones, going into sound, no ends, no starts, from nothing comes something, just perfect, peace.” Andreas Westmark will play solo, mostly improvised guitar pieces tonight, while XAX, a local band, will offer pieces in which ‘circular elements meet squares and abnormal wavelengths.’ Cheap entry – bring your own beer. Find out more here.
Inspiration meeting for Aalborg’s Sustainability Festival tomorrow
Thursday, 5 March
9:00 ~ 10:30
For those interested in getting involved in September’s Sustainability Festival there is an ‘inspiration meeting’ tomorrow in Nørresundby. The meeting is for both experienced festival goers and those who are new to the scene. Please register for the meeting here (deadline 4 March.) More info available here.
First Quiz Night at UCN with big prizes tomorrow!
Thursday, 5 March
UCN T&B International, Porthusgade 1, 9000 Aalborg
The UCN Student Ambassadors would like to welcome everyone to their first Quiz Night at UCN, followed by movie night. Two big prizes to be won: one for the quiz winners and another for the catchiest and funniest team name. How to participate? Come in a group of 2-4 people or show up on your own and join a team – no registration needed. We play five rounds with broad fun topics, and the team with the most points will win the BIG prize. The quiz will be followed by our usual movie night! Vote for a movie in the comments section on FB (currently The Theory of Everything is the most popular choice.) Free popcorn and chips for all. The Fredagsbaren Porthusgade will be open as well. Visit the FB event page here.
Café for International Friends in Aalborg
Friday, 6 March
15:00 ~ 18:00
Haraldslund Water and Culture House, Kastetvej 83
The next Café for International Friends in Aalborg is going to take place this Friday. There will be coffee, tea and Vietnamese cake made for us by Ái Xuân (free of charge). Everyone is welcome to join, have a chat, and get something to eat. For more information visit our website: www.flygtningaalborg.dk/wp/?page_id=7399. Transportation available via bus no. 12 or 13.
SPOTLIGHT THIS WEEK
Aalborg Opera Festival
Friday 6, March through Sunday, 15 March
Various times and locations
Every year Aalborg dedicates ten days of spring to opera, and the whole city, including Aalborg Congress and Culture Center (AKKC), Nordkraft, Musikkens Hus, public spaces, and other locations, provides the framework. The festival opens with an open air concert at Gammel Torv this Friday and ends 10 days later with a huge gala concert at AKKC. Some 15,000 people attend and get involved in the event – not only die-hard fans but also music lovers who want to try their hand at opera. The Opera Festival is also for the smallest, since there are special performances for children. Each year the Aalborg Opera prize is awarded, which consists of a grant from the Obel Family Foundation and a commitment by Aalborg Symphony. The jury consists of Danish opera managers and the most important Danish opera journalists.
On the opening day on March 6 at 15:30 open air opera will be offered at Gammel Torv, where Aalborg City will serve coffee and petit fours to the audience (see this page). That evening an Italian concert will take place in Kedelhallen Nordkraft, with free admission (see my R&U post on 9 Feb.) In the days following the audience can look forward to Cosi Van Tutte, Elisir, Marriage of Figaro, and La Traviata, among other performances. In addition there is children’s opera, street opera, opera dinner, movies, lectures and pop up opera – in other words, the whole town will ring with song. To find out more about the festival click on this link to go to the official festival website.
Concrete Culture Aalborg Birthday Celebration
Friday, 6 March
16:00 ~ 19:00
What a year it has been! We can hardly believe that Concrete Culture has been up and running with weekly trainings for one whole year. Therefore, you are all invited to our first birthday jam. As with all other our other jams, we have borrowed Megahallen in Nordkraft where we will play basketball and do parkour. However, this Friday is going to be a little different, because we have the place for an extra hour and some sick competitions with awesome prices. The competitions will consist of Shoot-Off, Dunk, Rail Flow, Instagram/Selfie and more.
The schedule for the day:
16.00-16.20 Intro + warm-up
17.00-17.15 Knock Out Competition (Basket)
17.45-18.15 Dunk Competition (Basket)
18.15-18.45 Rail Flow Competition (Parkour)
18.55-19.00 Prize Ceremony
(Some of us might want to celebrate our birthday a little more after…)
Much love from an excited birthday child!
Sponsored by: Azzurra, Lachette and Game
Demonstration against shale gas extraction
Saturday, 7 March
Nørresundby Torv to Gammeltorv in Aalborg
The first drilling for shale gas in Denmark will be starting soon in North Jutland! We say NO and therefore will meet at Nørresundby Torv and march over the bridge, ending at Gammeltorv in Aalborg. On the same day there will be demonstrations in several places in Europe against fracking and shale gas. At Gammeltorv there will be a speech or two and we will whistle shale gas away. Bring with you: signs, banners, whistles, musical instruments, etc. It is our groundwater! Let us be heard and seen! Organizer: Skifergas Nej Tak (Aalborg). Find out more about shale gas here and the event here.
Monthly food market at Nordkraft this weekend
Saturday, 7 March
10:00 ~ 15:00
Nordkraft hosts its monthly food market in the center’s main hall Saturday, 7 March. Held every first Saturday of the month, the market offers cheeses, breads, meats, and a variety of other foods produced in North Jutland to sample and buy. Please note that the market has been cut by one hour and now ends at 15:00 instead of 16:00.
Bazar’o’rama – come sell and/or buy used items!
Sunday, 8 March
A room filled with old clothes, new clothes, children’s clothing (women’s) shoes, junk, old things, subversive books and magazines, used CDs and vinyls. And all for SU-friendly prices. We throw a little chilled music into the mix, and what cures hangovers better than a good time shopping on a Sunday? FB event page here.
International Women’s Day celebration at 1000Fryd
Sunday, 8 March
16:00 ~ midnight
Annually on 8 March events are held all over the world to inspire and celebrate women. We’re gonna mark this day by showing the movie “Born in Flames”, operating a soup kitchen, and playing sweet tunes in the bar.
2015 is also the 100 year anniversary for women’s voting rights in Denmark. Even after 100 years of voting we’ve still not reached equality. Women are paid less and men dominate powerful positions, but we still have a harder time when asking for maternity leave.
Looking outside of Danish borders the inequality is easier to see. Lots of women around the world are not allowed to make their own life and body decisions and their human rights are offended.
We’re inviting everyone to debate the inequality we face today. We can’t wait to see you 🙂
16:00 – Movie: Born in Flames (info below)
16:00 – Bar opens
19:00 – Soup Kitchen (reservation needed, info below)
00:00 – Closing time
BORN IN FLAMES:
Born in Flames is a 1983 documentary-style feminist science fiction film by Lizzie Borden that explores racism, classism, sexism and heterosexism in an alternative United States socialist democracy. Set ten years after the most peaceful revolution in United States history, a revolution in which a socialist government gains power, this film presents a dystopia in which the issues of many progressive groups – minorities, liberals, gay rights organizations, feminists – are ostensibly dealt with by the government, and yet there are still problems with jobs, with gender issues, with governmental preference and violence. In New York City, in this future time, a group of women decide to organize and mobilize, to take the revolution farther than any man – and many women – ever imagined in their lifetimes.
THE SOUP KITCHEN:
We’ll make food for anyone interested. You need to sign up beforehand so we know how many we should cook for. Come by 1000Fryd and ask for the soup kitchen list, or call us (+45 98 13 22 21) – alternatively, ask someone in this event to sign you up – just make sure you get a reply 🙂
FB event page here.
Pub quiz at The Wharf
Tuesday, 10 March
Another extraordinary pub quiz (in English) at a place with lots of great beers. Find out more here.
‘Dimensioning’ results in final student number reductions at AAU
The effect of ‘dimensioning’ at Aalborg University on undergraduate and graduate places has been negotiated with the Ministry of Education and Research. The Ministry has required AAU to reduce undergraduate places by 679 and graduate places by 521. ‘After a long negotiation process we have completed the dimensioning process here. We have achieved the best possible result under the given conditions,’ says Rector Per Michael Johansen. [Blogger’s note: this short article appeared in Midt-Vest Avis today on page 68. What is not clear is over what period of time these reductions must take place – by next year? The next several years? In which programs are the places being cut?]
Din Vitaminbar opens at Kastetvej 41 – near Aalborg Sprogskole
A new small shop recently opened about a block from Aalborg Sprogskole on Kastetvej. Called ‘Din Vitaminbar’ the little restaurant focuses on healthy food alternatives and offers salads, home-made sandwiches, freshly squeezed juice, smoothies, and protein shakes as well as healthy and nutritious breakfasts. Check it out!
New post office to open at Bilka this Friday
Given the amount of Internet shopping that people are doing these days (and it’s increasing) the Danish Post have decided to open a post office at Bilka. The new post office will be open during Bilka’s opening hours, which are 8:00 to 22:00 every day. Happy shipping and shopping!
Would you like your children to try/continue gymnastics this summer?
GymSkole began ticket sales on Monday, 2 March for two gymnastics training camps this summer: 1-3 July and 3-5 August 2015. Both GymSkole sessions are for 6-14 year olds. GymSkole is for anyone who would like to experience three days filled with the fun of gymnastics, and both boys and girls are welcome. It is a good way to continue with gymnastics over the summer or to try gymnastics for the first time. “We hope that many children will want to spend some days during the summer holidays on gymnastics, meet new friends, and have fun,” said Pil Christiane Lindekron, project manager at GymSkolerne in GymDanmark. Learn more here.