Recent & upcoming: pre-Easter and Easter events, from music to marathon and everything in between

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We’re on the cusp of the Easter holiday period and the activity level in Aalborg appears to be picking up. This time of year brings back memories of my very first visit to Aalborg in 2012. We arrived on the Friday before Easter to find a place to live and realized that we had come at a very quiet time (or at least it seemed quiet – there was no ‘Recent & upcoming series yet ;). I found the city’s center charming but we stayed out in a summer house in Hals because it was the most economical option for a party of five (husband, child, in-laws and me). Each day we commuted in to Aalborg to search and explore; eventually we were successful and we left excited about the move we would be making in five months. Anyway, all of this to say that, while it may seem quiet next week, there’s actually a lot happening if you know where to look. And you’ll know where to look because you’re reading this. Oh – and don’t forget that we ‘spring forward’ an hour this weekend (despite what the weather may have us believe) so turn your clocks ahead one hour when you go to bed Saturday night! Daylight Savings Time starts on Sunday, 29 March at 2:00. Also, I will not be posting next week – it’s family time! See you back here in a couple weeks. Events Calendar is current as of 25 March.


Digital Marketing 101 workshop at UCN tomorrow

Do you want to know more about Digital Marketing and how Google is reinventing marketing and advertisement? This event is an introductory and awareness session on the possibilities of advertising online, the different tools for it, and the benefits of the online marketing channels. At the end of the session you will understand:
– What the Google Online Marketing Challenge is and how to win a trip to Google’s Mountain View Headquarters
– How students can get officially Google AdWords certified and why this is beneficial for their future career
– Careers at Google for students; after the event, you will be able to submit your CV to Google through our official GSA channel!
I’m not sure how many spots are left so if you’re interested, visit the FB event page ASAP. The workshop takes place tomorrow, 26 March from 16:00 to 18:00 at UCN T&B International. Coming up soon: AdClass events will be organized for students with a basic knowledge of DM who want to know more about the Google Advertising platforms and officially certified by Google.


Digital Sól event tomorrow at Nordkraft KUL cafe

In continuation of the two workshops that KUL and Sól Festival have made happen already, KUL offers a different take on the café concept Digital Eufori during the festival tomorrow, 26 March at Nordkraft from 19:00 to 22:00. Here workshop participants, along with other VJ’s and artists, are invited to take care of the visual staging, lighting and installations at KUL. A cozy atmosphere of visuals and chillout music awaits in KUL’s café. Workshop links: (1/2) and (2/2). Free admission. See more here. Actually, I’ve kind of dropped the ball on this whole Sól Festival thing – see the whole program on the aforementioned link. Looks like a very interesting and innovative series of events…The festival ends Saturday.


Yana_violinGamba, Yana and the New Violin – tomorrow!

Tomorrow night, 26 March, you’re in for a treat: ASO’s concert master Yana Deshkova will play Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto Nr. 2 with the orchestra, conducted by Rumon Gamba. The program also includes Prokofiev’s ‘Leutenant Kije’ and Walton’s Symphony Nr. 1. 50kr. per ticket for students and audience members under the age of 30!!! Doors close at 19:25. Read more about the concert (and learn what this new violin is all about!) and order tickets here.

UCN International Easter Day event this Friday night

Would you like to show us how your country celebrates Easter? Get ready for a fun and international event! Create a small team of maximum six people from the same country and show your country’s traditions with food, beverages or anything else you can think of. You can sign up with your team on: Sign up possible until 00:00h on 26th of March ! 🙂 If you are not participating on a team, just join us to have a nice time. The event happens this Friday, 27 March from 19:00 at UCN T&B International. Find the FB event page here.

Klub Husfred this Friday: Eggs Laid by Tigers and Helmet Compass 

Huset presents two bands this Friday evening, 27 March as part of their Klub Husfred series: Eggs Laid by Tigers and Helmet Compass. Doors open at 20:00 and music starts at 20:30. Admission costs 50 kr. Display a student ID and bring a free guest! Buy tickets in advance here and order both concert and vegetarian buffet for only 110 kr. Read more about the bands and their music here.


veronaThe Two Gentlemen of Verona at Det Hem’lige Theater

For the 22nd consecutive year the Aalborg University Shakespeare Company presents one of William Shakespeare’s amazing pieces. Friendship, love and intrigue are the themes in The Two Gentlemen of Verona, which will be presented by the theater group during the week leading up to Easter. The story portrays the conflicts that occur when two gentlemen, Proteus and Valentine, travel to Milan, where they are greeted by the beautiful Silvia. Both fall for her, although Proteus has left the love of his life behind in Verona. Furthermore, Silvia is betrothed to the vain Thurio. The situation escalates further as Proteus rejects his friendship with Valentine. The show premieres on March 28 and then plays from 30 March to 3 April. All performances start at 19:00. Tickets are 50 kr. and can be reserved online here or at the door. The performances are performed in (Shakespearean) English.


way up northWay Up North festival presents 29 North Jutland bands this weekend

Studenterhuset relaunches their annual North Jutland festival Way Up North this year after a two year break. 29 bands will take to the stage this Friday and Saturday, 27-28 March from 20:00 to 1:00 each night. Since 2004 Way Up North has focused on the rhythmic growth layers in Northern Jutland, and a wide range of North Jutland names like Oh No Ono, Tone, Thee Attacks, Mnemic, The Blue Van, and others have made their debut at the festival. However, the event took a break in 2013 and 2014 when SPOT and the Reeperbahn Festival introduced new music from the region. Studenterhuset’s artistic director Mads Mulvad explains: “After creating Way Up North Festival in 2004, we decided to call a halt to it in 2013, not because there weren’t any more good local bands but because we felt that the festival had gradually made itself superfluous. We felt it was time to explore new avenues. But it quickly became clear to us that there was still need for a unifying event that presented the North Jutland music. We have held on to the idea of ​​presenting carefully selected bands while inviting selected guests from the Danish music industry who may have an interest in discovering new talent.” The 29 bands booked for this year’s festival will present music of all kinds, including metal, hard rock, indie, and hip, among others. The two-day Way Up North Festival in Studenterhuset is just the first part of the annual series. Cooperation with the country’s largest music industry event, SPOT Aarhus, and north Europe’s largest festival of its kind, the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg, continues. At both festivals Way Up North’s influence will be apparent because out of the 29 bands / soloists who are selected to play at Studenterhuset, 3 or 4 will be selected to play at SPOT and the Reeperbahn Festival. Cost of entry for the festival is 70 kr/day or 100 kr/both days (plus fee – however, with student ID the fee is waived.) Program is available on the FB event page.


Musikkens Hus celebrates first birthday Sunday

This Sunday, 29 March Musikkens Hus opens its doors to all to celebrate its first birthday with music, and free coffee, rolls and cake. On March 29, 2014 Musikkens Hus opened with a fantastic inaugural concert (see my post about it). A year later, the staff and administration of the hall and residents of Aalborg and its surroundings can look back on a year of great musical experiences. Two major nationwide television shows have been transmitted from the concert hall, the royal family has visited five times, and the biggest stars in a multitude of music genres have lifted off the roof with fantastic concerts. To celebrate a great year, we open the floodgates from 10:00 to 16:00 this Sunday. During the morning there will be free coffee and rolls for the first 1,000 guests and in the afternoon coffee and cake for the first 1,000 guests. At selected locations in the hall there will be staff to tell visitors about the hall. In the Intimsal we will display images from the first turn over of sod to the finished 20,000 square meter music mecca. In addition, musical entertainment will be everywhere.

10:00: Free coffee and rolls for the first 1,000 guests
14:00: Free coffee and cake for the first 1,000 guests


Sushi workshop and food sharing at 1000Fryd this Sunday

Have any plans for Sunday? Probably not, BUT (!) we have something in mind for you. Let’s turn the last Sunday of this month (29 March) into a massive cooking event! 1000fryd invites you for a food-sharing and cooking-workshop event, starting at 17:30. Together with our chefs we will prepare vegan sushi and would like as many people as possible to participate in the making. Our idea is for everybody to bring a product and enjoy a sweet active evening, sharing with others and finally get together for a massive dinner! We will have the bar open and lots of fresh coffee and delicious tea to enjoy! Be there and invite friends and let’s make our own restaurant. As you know, we are VEGAN, which means we will make food that is suitable for all kinds of people and tastes. We would also like to invite you to come together on a regular basis, exchange various kinds of food and discuss how we can support each other in a delicious and cruelty-free manner. Due to overwhelming interest, and limited space, we will have to limit the number of participants for the Sushi Workshop and Food Sharing event to 80 people. It will be necessary to sign up to participate, so please drop by the bar, or call the bar at 9813 2221 if you want to take part. FB event page here.


ContiNEO’s first concert of the season this Sunday

This Sunday, 29 March Kirsten Kjær’s Museum will open its exhibition season and ContiNEO will provide the music! A concert of diverse pieces and miniatures for oboe, horn and piano. You can also hear the emotional and beautiful Reinecke Trio to finish off a wonderful day out in Langvad. The concert starts at 16:00. Musicians: Judith Blauw – oboe; Erik Sandberg – horn; Mika Komuro – piano. Program: Nadia Boulanger: “Elegie”, “Was will die einsame Thrane”; Debussy: Premier Arabesque; Hahn: “L’Heure exquise”; Fauré: “Les Berceaux”; Poulenc: “Pablo Picasso” from Le Travail du Peintre; Duparc: “Phidylé”; Hahn: “Si mes vers avaient des ailes”, “A Chloris” – Intermission – Reinecke: Trio for oboe, horn og klaver, a-moll, op.188. Find out more here.


DGI-Huset at Nordkraft opens their playland to families during Easter holiday week

Playland for the whole family…During Easter, you and your family are invited to come and visit Playland at DGI-Huset. Admission – 50 kr./person. Children under 2 years FREE. Admission can be paid at DGI-Huset’s reception desk outside the main gym. The playland will be open every day from 10:00 to 16:00 between 30 March and 6 April. The main gym will be reconfigured and transformed into a big jumping and climbing playland, with room and facilities for both large and small children. The Green Café will offer delicious dishes for both large and small appetites.


Good Friday – good challenge

The 16th annual Aalborg Brutal Marathon takes place on Friday, 3 April, starting at 13:00. Nordjyllands biggest marathon – and Denmark’s 4th largest – the race’s slogan is: ‘Exactly 42195 meters – with hills that kill.’ While this may seem daunting to those new to marathons, it could present an attractive challenge to those who have run such races before. The marathon is organized by Marathon in Aalborg (MIA) and starts and finishes at Stolpedalsskolen – Stolpedalsvej 2, near Aalborg Zoo. The route is described as such: ‘A short round of 800 meters followed by six grueling rounds of 6,9 km past the zoo and Aalborg Tower. The race is run on cityroads and forestpaths on a very hilly course. The organizers take no responsibility for injuries caused by the race.’ If, after reading this, you are STILL interested, please click here to find the contact name, number and email in order to register. Cost of participation is 200 kr. if you register beforehand, 250 kr. if you register on the day.


Get your tango shoes on next Friday!

This Easter week the Tango Caravan will roll from Aalborg to Aarhus for a three day joint event, organized together with Tango Malevaje. There will be workshops with the amazing Martin Maldonado and Maurizio Ghella and with the equally fantastic Lotte Thrane and Brian Falk. The event hits Aalborg first, on Friday, 3 April from 13:30 to 16:45 at House of Dance on Vesterbro. It proceeds to Aarhus on the 4th and 5th April. Read more about the arrangement here and here.


happy easterEaster Fun by Events by Skovsgaard at Gabels Torv Saturday, 4 April

On Saturday. April 4 from 12:00 to 15:00 you are invited to Easter Fun at Gabel’s Square in Aalborg near Friis. We have fun Easter games for all children and the young at heart – and it’s free! There will be music and our new mascot will make her first appearance, posing for photos with participants. You could help name her! We will be taking suggestions (and draw the winner on 1 April). There will be a lot of fun games, Easter eggs and music. Come and join us!


Fundraiser for Afghan amputees Saturday, 4 April 

Afghan Women’s Association and Walking Future invite you to a talk on Saturday, 4 April by Ahmad Walid Rashidi about Afghanistan’s “invisible” victims: the amputees. We will focus on the thousands who have lost a limb in Afghanistan, including those to whom it has happened as a result of war and who depend on our support and help. A portion of your ticket will go to a collection for a ‘bandaging center’ in Kabul that will produce prostheses for the amputees. Eat, touch, listen and learn for our charity dinner to a good cause. We will provide Afghan food, coffee, and cake. The event runs from 15:00 to 19:00 and will take place at Forsamlingshuset, Skelagervej 291, 9000 Aalborg. Price: 100kr./person (children under 15 free). See the FB page here. We look forward to seeing you!


Shake! Shake! Boom! Boom! Part 3, hosted by Touch of Africa

From 22:30 to 5:00 on 4 – 5 April partying to all kinds of African-style music will be happening at Trekanten’s Bibliotek & Kulturhus. Touch of Africa hosts a big dance and party event at which reggaeton, Afrobeat, hip hop, Raaga dancehall, and other types of music will be played, drinks served, and lots of friends made. Entry is free. Just show up ready to dance! See FB page here for glimpses of the various music groups…


Carnival costume workshop for children and adults!

[Heads up this far in advance due to limited registration.] Do you lack a sewing machine but would nevertheless like to learn how to make costumes with your family? Be inspired and get a lot of tips and tricks when Aalborg Carnival and Aalborg Libraries host a costume workshop for Aalborg Karneval on 2 May, starting at 11:00. Meet local artists with smoking glue guns and learn some easy methods and creative solutions that can make your costume sensational. The workshop is free of charge, but bring your own set of clothes for each participant (including adults) on which a costume can be built. It may be a tight set of workout clothes, an old dress, old shoes / boots / helmet / shower cap / hat / gloves – and preferably also various recycled materials, like feathers, felt, etc. (think Shane’s World). There is room for 50 participants, so hurry to reserve a place at the workshop. Please register by emailing no later than Wednesday, April 29Here is the FB page for more info…


A couple of places that might be of interest have opened recently in Aalborg Mitby (center of Aalborg): one is a Kirkens Korshær genbrug shop at Søndergade 14 (just south of Tiger, behind the hotdog/sausage kiosk). The shop was officially opened on 20 March with a visit by one of the Aalborg Kommune City Council members. The new genbrug houses what used to be a separate children’s used clothing shop on the corner of Rantzausgade and Danmarksgade (which has since been closed) and offers all sorts of other items, from men and women’s clothing to furniture to dishes.

The second is a new Indian food takeaway shop at the tail end of the pedestrian shopping zone near Vesterbro. Taste of India opened about three weeks ago and is already doing brisk business with a growing list of ‘regulars,’ according to one of the three partners. I will cover this place in more detail soon because they need marketing help and I would be VERY happy if it survived and continued to provide Aalborg with a tasty alternative to what, let’s face it, most restaurants in this city offer: Danish fare. Not that that’s bad but diversity is nearly always a good thing…Prices are reasonable, at least one of the cooks has experience preparing Indian food for customers in the UK, and the service is friendly. More soon! In the mean time visit them on FB here or go try it out for yourself at Bispensgade 29.


One thought on “Recent & upcoming: pre-Easter and Easter events, from music to marathon and everything in between

    Marina said:
    April 1, 2015 at 8:34 am

    And remember everyone that the Aalborg Klatreklub opens its doors again for prøveklatring (‘try climbing’) this Sunday, 5 April, from 13:00 to 15:00!! Free, English-friendly, super nice people to show you around and belay you, everyone is welcome! Read more about it in last month’s Recent & upcoming:

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