Recent & upcoming: lots of international-related events this weekend, from music to culture to fun in the sun

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There are lot of things to do this weekend (starting tonight) and I’m frankly surprised by how many of them have an international focus. From Latin America-related events to the premier of a classical music piece by a Romanian composer to rock music from Greenland to a Europe Day street festival…and that is just a sample! I mean it’s natural that there is a growing list of activities as we head toward summer in Aalborg, but it does seem there’s a parallel whiff of internationalization in the air. Which goes very well with the lovely scent of flowers blooming. 🙂 Happy Mothers Day to all the moms out there this Sunday – enjoy your day with your families. And to everyone else, happy weekend! (Events Calendar was updated – very late – on Tuesday, 12 May.)


Talk and discussion about gender equality in Latin America tonight – CANCELLED (as of this afternoon)

IBIS hosts a guest lecture by Lise Rolandsen Agustin, Associate Professor from Aalborg University, at Studenterhuset tonight, Thursday, 7 May from 19:00. Join us to better understand and discuss the subject of gender (in)equality in Latin American countries. After the lecture, you can ask questions about IBIS’ work in Guatemala, Bolivia and Nicaragua as well. IBIS provides coffee and some snacks. Welcome and please bring your friends! FB event page here.


Special UCN Movie Night “Entrepreneurship Edition” tonight

Tonight, Thursday, 7 May is a special edition of UCN Ambassadors’ popular Movie Night with an entrepreneurship theme. We’re co-hosting it together with the guys from Kickstart, which is a non-profit organization focused on supporting entrepreneurship among students from UCN and AAU. If you are interested in entrepreneurship in any way, want to take your future into your own hands, need a boost of inspiration, or simply want to meet cool people this themed movie night is your best shot. And because entrepreneurship is all about doing work while not forgetting to have fun, Kickstart is sponsoring 50 free beers for everyone joining the event from 19:00, on a first come-first served basis.
19:00 – 19:10 Brief Kickstart presentation about who they are, how they can help you, and Startup Weekend
19:10 – 20:00 Screening of the Startup Kids – documentary style movie about new-age startups and their founders’ stories from the likes of Dropbox, Soundcloud, Vimeo and so on
20:00 – 22:00 Screening of an inspirational/entrepreneurial-related movie based on your vote (cast your choice in the poll on the event – at the moment, Pursuit of Happiness looks like it will win by a landslide)
For more info about the event see their FB page here.


Aalborg Symphony Orchestra to take audience to a ‘new world’ AND debut work of Romanian composer tonight

Dvorák’s beloved 9th Symphony “From the New World” is on tonight, Thursday, 7 May! And it doesn’t matter if you are a music lover or a novice to the classical music scenet: this piece is literally from another world. The concert will start with Carl Nielsen’s beautiful Helios Overture, and then you will experience something that doesn’t happen that often around here: a world premiere by the Romanian composer Dan Dediu. “Wagner Under,“ which was commissioned by Aalborg Symphony Orchestra for orchestra and four soloists – Judith Blauw, oboe and English horn; Erik Sandberg, horn; Bettina Ejlerts Jensen, trombone; and Marius Ungureanu, viola – is, according to one of the ASO members, ‘one of the most impressive newly written pieces I have come across so far…It’s always something special when a piece is played for the very first time, with the composer in attendance.’ The concert begins at 19;30 and will be conducted by ASO chief conductor Rumon Gamba. There are still some tickets available – so just show up. Remember: tickets are only 50,- kr for all students & young people under 30 with ID. Read more about the concert on ASO’s website here.


How about some rock music from Greenland?

If you prefer rock to classical, Aalborg can happily oblige tonight. And it will be a very interesting event, I think. ‘Spidsen af Grøndlandsk Rock’ (or ‘The tip of Greenland rock’) is an initiative that is taking two of Greenland’s most popular bands – Small Time Giants and Nanook – to venues throughout Denmark this month. Interest outside of Greenland has been growing in the alternative Greenlandic music scene that Small Time Giants and Nanook represent, and for the first time the two bands have come together for a joint tour. The band Small Time Giants play post-rock inspired music, while the mood of Nanook’s catchy Greenlandic pop-rock numbers fluctuates between the feelings of deprivation and hope. Common to the two bands is that they use Greenland’s past and future as a resource for their rock-based music, which they play on stages all over the world. If you come to Studenterhuset tonight, Thursday, 7 May at 20:30, you are guaranteed some of the best Inuit music Greenland has to offer at the moment. Tickets are 120 kr/person and can be purchased here (or at the door.) FB event page here.


stebye“Women with Underarm Hair” exhibit at Cafe Frost

Multi-genre artist Josefine Stebye will exhibit her photos “Women with Underarm Hair” from tomorrow, Friday, 8 May to June 8 at Cafe Frost, Bispensgade 32, which is at the west end of the pedestrian shopping zone in the center of the city. After a successful debut on 5 May at the restaurant Fusion, Stebye has selected 4 pieces from a collection of 12 photos for the cafe exhibit. Stebye’s “Free Bird” series highlights “differences.” Come for a nice cup of coffee, enjoy the café’s atmosphere, and see J. Stebye’s exhibition.


Riddim Festival Aalborg 2015 starts tomorrow at Karolinelund

riddimThe first big music event of the year at Karolinelund starts tomorrow, 8 May at 13:00 and goes until 22:30 on Saturday, 9 May (evidently the times on the poster are inaccurate). Riddim Festival, which is advertised as ‘the only Reggae and dancehall music festival in North Jutland,’ is a two-day music festival that should attract a diverse crowd. The line-up is extensive – you can see it on the festival’s FB page here. Looks like fun, although you have to be ready to get wet as the forecast for Saturday is less than sunny 😦 Children under 12 and people over 60 are free; everyone in between those ages must buy a ticket for 120 kr. (presumably for the two days, rather than each single day.) You can purchase tickets here or at the park.


Second Sport in Progress event at Aalborg waterfront tomorrow

How about trying your hand at a sport you aren’t familiar with? Head to Jomfru Ane Gade Park tomorrow, Friday, 8 May from 14:00 for the second Sport in Progress event of the season. Sport in Progress focuses on local sports in Aalborg and promotes awareness of various lesser known sports. During the event there will be plentiful opportunities to actively participate in various activities, or you can just come as a spectator and enjoy a fun day and some (we hope) good weather.The more people, the more fun everyone will have! Food and drink will be available for purchase. See you for a fun and interesting day, and please bring your friends and family! More information (including program and sports represented) available on the event FB page.


friday barFriday Bar at Platform 4 tomorrow from 15:00

It’s (almost) Friday. Platform 4 have a bar. Cheap beer and soft drinks, plug-and-play audio systems, table football, and a (sunny?) terrace will all be available. Invite your friends and join in! Platform 4 is located in Karolinelund. Since Riddim Festival will be on – and you have to pay to get in – it is important to note that the entrance to Platform 4 from Karolinelundsvej will be open for those who want to attend Friday Bar.


‘Hi Waterfront’ (‘Hej Havnefront’) event tomorrow at – you guessed it – Aalborg waterfront

Almost a month ago the ‘culture ferry’ named On: form moved from the East Harbour to Aalborg’s central waterfront. During the summer they will organize and participate in a series of events from their summer location under Limfjordsbroen, and among other things, promote their appreciation of the fjord and a rich and diverse cultural life from all over the North Jutland region. Things get underway tomorrow, Friday, 8 May from 16:00 with the opening of a new exhibition, followed by live music with Sigurvin Sigurdsson and Danish coziness (hygge.) The party will end at 22:00. Come and join in – if not tomorrow, at one of their other events this summer! Here is the FB page, just in case.


IBIS Culture Day at Studenterhuset Saturday – everyone welcome!

Come and join IBIS for a fun and exciting day at Studenterhuset this Sunday, 9 May from 10:00 to 14:00. Culture Day is for everyone with an interest in experiencing some of Latin America’s diverse cultures. The day will include different activities, such as a photo competition, music (including a harp performance by a Paraguayan), and a memory game for both children and adults. There will also be the opportunity to test your skills in creating a piñata and eat the treats afterwards. See the FB page for up-to-the-minute details. They hope to see as many people as possible! 🙂


EU Street Party this Saturday on Boulevarden 

Join us in celebrating Europe Day at one of the first street parties this year in the center of Aalborg. Captain Europe and its enthusiastic group of volunteers are ready to show you a great time. You can find us from 13:00 at the intersection between Gammel Torv and Boulevarden. Just follow the music beats pulsing from the Aalbornification boom bike. Thanks to A.R.D.A (Romanian-Danish Association in Aalborg) and 3F, there will be free wine and cake for our party-goers. Besides games, face-painting, and wild dancing, you will be able to stand by the European Union flag and listen to a talk about the EU given by Aalborg City Council member Mads Duedahl. You can find out more here.

13:00 – 13:30 – EU anthem and flag (Palimaru Loredana) and EU speech (Mads Duedahl)
13:30 – 14:00 – Live Music by Loredana Palimaru
14:00 – 15:00 – Latino Music by DJ Ezat
15:00 – 16:00 – Robert Que (Aalborg Student Radio/ASR)
16:00 – 17:00 – TCHIKA (ASR)
17:00 – 18:00 – Robert Que (ASR)
18:00 – 19:00 – TCHIKA (ASR)


The Master of Hoppets to celebrate 5th year anniversary at Basement Beer Bar – with some special beers on offer

The Master of Hoppets, or TMOH, is one of the most acclaimed beer reviewers on YouTube. Peter Vad Godtberg Jensen is the man behind the name and comes from…you guessed it! Aalborg. As he is also a good friend of the bar, we did not hesitate to say yes when he asked if he could hold his 5-year anniversary at Basement Beer Bar 🙂 The celebration will take place on Saturday, 9 May at 16:00. But how to celebrate with a man who has tasted all sorts of beers? Our solution: some rare and special beers, including Mikkeller’s Blackest (17% imperial stout aged in 10 different bourbon barrels), which is an absolute MUST TRY if you love stouts in bourbon casks. It does not get much wilder in this genre!! And Mikkeller/To JUICEBAG B. A. Grand Marnier (8% Flanders Oud Bruin with citrus peel, aged in Grand Marnier barrels.) If you are into the acidic elements in beer, this beer is a great example of how the classic Belgian style Oud Bruin can be created by some of the world’s best (Danish) brewers. So come on down to the basement this Saturday and help us celebrate Peter…and drink some beer, of course!


Papaya Music and Huset team up again to bring Aalborg music from outside Denmark this Saturday

This Saturday, 9 May from 20:00 Aalborgers are fortunate to have the opportunity to hear some traditional North Indian music at Huset. Apratim Majumdar (sarod) and Amit Chatterjee (tabla) will demonstrate classical North Indian music improvisation. Tabla player Amit Chatterjee has visited us on several occasions, while sarod player Apratim Majumdar has only visited us once before when he gave a tremendously beautiful, deep and rousing concert. If you would like to hear some samples of Apratim’s playing, you can visit his website where there a number of videos. The concert is organized by Papaya & Huset with support from the Arts Council and the City of Aalborg. Admission: 80 kr. in advance, 100 kr. on the day (students, pensioners: 40/60 kr.)


Intercambio ‘Fun in the Sun’ event this Sunday on Egholm island

Everyone is welcome to join us, Intercambio, for a day outdoors this Sunday, 10 May from 12:00. There will be games and fun – perhaps a game of stratego, pétangue, or even football. Bring a warm blanket to sit on and remember to dress for the outdoors. We’ll fire up the barbecue and serve hotdogs, but if you want to spice up your meal, feel free to bring whatever your heart desires – there’s room enough on the grill. For dessert, we’ll have a classic “campfire get together” with marshmallows and a slice of delicious chocolate cake. If you’re in the mood for campfire songs, there will also be a guitar so if you’re up for a jam, bring an instrument or just your sing-along voice. We’ll take the ferry to Egholm from Aalborg Vestby – meet at the ferry dock at 12:00 and we’ll take the next available ferry. (We’ll leave one coordinator behind to pick up possible stragglers. Just in case you’re REALLY late, we’ll be in the large clearing just left of the restaurant on the island – quite close to the ferry landing.) The ferry ticket is approximately 22 kr. We really look forward to this event, and we hope to see as many people as possible. FB event page here. It seems they’re quite keen to get as accurate a count of participants as possible, so if you’re sincerely interested, please indicate that by ‘joining’ the event.


weareallworkersOpening of WE ARE ALL WORKERS this Saturday and guided tour in English next Wednesday

Kunsthal NORD has the great pleasure to present Mikkel Carl’s solo exhibition We Are All Workers – a complete site-specific exhibition based in Nordkraft and Kunsthal NORD’s post-industrial architecture. The opening will take place Saturday, 9 May at 13.00. We will offer a glass of wine and the artist will be present. A guided tour of the exhibit will take place Wednesday, 13 May at 16:00. Both events are free.

The exhibition is a significant intervention in the existing architecture: doorways are blinded, new partitions are build, walls are broken through and the administration area is expanded. Mikkel Carl tries to give the audience a sense that nothing is as it used to be, and suddenly they have gained access to new spaces – and yet not. He forces us to experience Nordkraft and Kunsthal NORD in other ways, both visually, physically and mentally.

Beside the obvious architectural changes, the exhibition includes a number of commentaries and institution critical art pieces. For example, large blobs of melted aluminium are spread around on the stairs, a power drill in the wall that rotates around itself, one twisted Euro Pallet, a gigantic mirror wall and a site-specific reinterpretation of the American artist Walter de Maria’s almost fifty years old text book “Rome Eats Shit.” The exhibition title – written with 1 meter tall letters on the facade of Kedelhallen in Nordkraft – is a slogan stolen from the traditional clothing brand Levi’s latest advertising campaign. The artist explains: “By positioning the statement We Are All Workers in the middle of Nordkraft, I play with the transformation from industrial society to an information- and education culture with its experience economy, as Aalborg is currently undergoing, and the 30,000 m2 cultural centre in itself is a significant expression of this.”

We Are All Workers is Mikkel Carls first solo exhibition in a larger Danish art institution. He graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2009. Since then he has had solo exhibitions at Last Resort in Copenhagen and Annaellegallery in Stockholm and he participated in numbers of group exhibitions in Denmark and abroad. He has also received a number of travel and working grants and was in 2012 awarded by the National Arts Council for his exhibition ‘New Paintings Caught’ in the Headlights of Parking Cars in Ringsted Gallery. Mikkel Carl lives and works in Sorø.

The exhibition is supported by Statens Kunstfond, Det Obelske Familiefond, Spar Nord Fonden, Aalborg Kommune and Construction College Aalborg.


Job seminar at AAU – ‘Nail or Fail Your Job Interview’

Here is a multi-purpose job seminar where you can learn how to master the skill of the elevator pitch, understand the magic of the ”30-60-90 day plan” (a great tool to impress your potential employer), and find out about the ”Brag-book” concept. The seminar takes place next Wednesday, 13 May from 10:00 to 12:30 at Barbaren, Fibigerstræde 15, 1. (AAU campus). The seminar is in English and is free to attend. The registration deadline was 1 May but they are apparently still taking names. Sign up from this page. Hosted by Careers Center at AAU.

10:00 Registration and welcome by the Careers Centre
10:15 Anna Zabezsinszkij, Career Coach & Entrepreneur, Construction Architect (Project Manager) will give an inspiring presentation with exercises of how you truly can impress at a job interview. The job interview is not only about answering employers’ questions – YOU need to take initiative and show them who you are and what you can do for them. Anna will prepare you such that you are ready to nail that job interview.
12:20 Round off, evaluation.

If you have any questions or need to cancel, please contact Lotte Pedersen


2 thoughts on “Recent & upcoming: lots of international-related events this weekend, from music to culture to fun in the sun

    Fatima said:
    May 7, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    Hej! Thank you so much! This is the website I was searching for! 😀 Great articles! Many greetings from…Aalborg, of course 😀

      sarahinjylland responded:
      May 7, 2015 at 3:38 pm

      You’re welcome. I’m glad you like it. Enjoy the weekend in Aalborg!

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