Aal around Aalborg: Toastmasters, Digital Illusions, yoga, hotdogs, dance party, Kochs Kiosk opening, Harbour Candy, Klub Utzon, On Air, Fjord Marathon, BrewDog, Fusion, Danefæ sale, documentary, Noah’s Ark, and no-smoking parks!

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As sports announcers always say as the race horses near the finishing line, ‘we’re heading into the final stretch.’ The school year ends on 26 June, which means only two more weeks of making ‘madpakker,’ getting our daughter to school, and picking her up from SFO. The weather is slowly shifting, too, into summer mode and so we naturally want to spend more time outdoors. Luckily, there are a lot of events and activities on offer in Aalborg during the coming week that can tempt one outside. Sneak preview: next weekend (19-20 June) the 3rd annual Asian Food Festival and the first Aalborg Pride parade take place, so don’t take off for the summer – yet! Events Calendar has been updated.

New Toastmasters group’s second meeting – clear your throat and start speaking!

Do you want to be more confident and skilled at making public presentations? Do you want to be more competent at conducting effective meetings? Do you want to take your leadership to the next level? Are you up to an exciting evening full of interesting stories and great speeches? We have the pleasure of inviting you to the second Aalborg Toastmasters meeting at Studenterhuset today, Thursday, 11 June at 18:30. An agenda for the meeting can be found here. We will start right on time so make sure to be there a bit early.

Toastmasters Clubs help you to lose your fear of public speaking, develop your presentation skills, improve your meeting skills, and prepare you to be a more successful leader in your chosen path. So if you are interested in personal development, come and see what happens, even if you do not want to take an active role. An audience is more than welcome at our Toastmasters events and this is a FREE event. Please note that these events are in English and open to everyone interested in personal development and strengthening their communication skills – NOT just students. However, only full membership gives you full benefits, including opportunities to practice your prepared speeches, take particular roles in the meetings, hone your leadership skills, take part in the contests, and receive all educational materials (competent communicator and competent leadership manuals.) So if you are thinking about joining but are not yet a member, come and have a look to help you make a decision!

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digitalillusionDigital Illusion exhibition at Café KUL Nordkraft tonight

Tonight, Thursday, 11 June, Café KUL Nordkraft offers an exhibition of various paintings and photographs displayed with discrete projection, which creates visual illusions. The exhibit consists of works by local artists and photographers. The event takes part from 19:00 to 22:00. Entry is free of charge. Facebook event page here.

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yogafestivalYoga in the Park – free yoga sessions at Karolinelund from noon tomorrow until 20:00 Sunday!

It’s that time of the year again when we gather in the open air and practice yoga together. From noon tomorrow, Friday, 12 June until Sunday, 14 June at 20:00 (not during the night – just while there is daylight!), hundreds of people will descend on Karolinelund to practice yoga together. A map as well as a detailed program, including types of yoga, times, instructors, and language of instruction (Danish or English), are available on this page. The whole event is free of charge and takes place in the pavilion. We hope as many will join as did last year! Thanks, the Karma Yoga Festival of the North in Aalborg. Namaste.

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Danish Hotdog Eating Championship tomorrow afternoon at Gabels Torvhotdogs

Gabels Torv seems to be the hot location in Aalborg this weekend (see below for more.) Tomorrow, Friday, 12 June, Aalborg City hosts the Danish Hotdog Eating Championship there in cooperation with Steff Houlberg. Preliminary rounds leading to this momentous occasion were held throughout the month of May at 42 different Steff’s locations in Denmark. A record number of people attended and chomped down a LOT of hot dogs; now the 10 finalists are ready for the grand finale – and you can come watch! Four hotdog stands will be open for business from 14:00 and you can buy a hotdog for only 10 kr. The program includes music, presentation of the finalists, and more – before the actual contest begins at 17:30. Proceeds from hotdog sales will go to Cafe parasol / Homeless Aalborg – so you can eat in good conscience 🙂 The reigning champion in Hotdog Eating, Ruben Mikkelsen, ate 34 hotdogs in 30 minutes during the 2014 final round and is ready to defend his championship. However, the rules have been adjusted since last year – contestants have only 15 minutes to down as many sausages as they can. Come and cheer them on and get a delicious hot dog or ten 🙂 More information available here.

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‘Garage a Go-Go’ dance party at Studenterhuset Friday night

Garage a Go-Go, a new garage rock’n’roll club with loads of dynamite hits, happens this Friday night, 12 June from 22:00 to 2:00am. Resident DJ’s The Courettes will be spinning their favourite beat, garage & r’n’r singles. Come dance, drink beers and have fun – especially if you’re done with exams and just want to let loose! Whaaauw!!!

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Tons of activities at Gabels Torv this Saturday – for free!

Here is the second Gabels Torv event this weekend: Kochs Kiosk (the pretty one with a clock at the top) opens for the summer this Saturday, 13 June, and a whole lot of action will accompany the opening. True to tradition, a wide range of upcoming attractions in and around Aalborg will be presented, representing a wide range of fun and exciting activities. This annual event is always well attended by Aalborgers ready for the summer as well as city tourists.

This year you can meet the Vikings at Lindholm, who will pitch a tent and demonstrate activities from the Viking times. Aalborg Theatre will give you the opportunity to win tickets to Astrid Lindgren’s classic “The Brothers Lionheart.” Lille Vildmosecentret  will skin a deer. KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art will offer an open workshop for children and adults. Skansespillet i Hals will preview scenes from this year’s show “Fiddler on the Roof,” and Leo’s Legeland will raffle off free tickets to their establishment. You can also meet Springeren – Maritimt Oplevelsescenter, LOA Aalborg, The Tall Ships Races Aalborg, Utzon Center, Nymarksminde, and Nordjyllands Historiske Museum and participate in competitions with really cool prizes.

The event starts at 10:00 and is free and open to everyone.

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Harbour Candy: electronic music event at Aalborg waterfront this Saturday

Electronic music in Jomfru Ane Gade Park at Aalborg’s waterfront this Saturday, 13 June starting at noon. DJs Nyzzo, Bonnevie, Jon Ellgaard, and Clark K will take charge of the rhythms and the beats. Watch the video from last year here. The event, free and open to the public, is organized by www.bluemachines.dk. Support the event by buying drinks at the bar 🙂 Here is the FB event page.

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klubutzonKlub Utzon – a new initiative at Utzon Center – offers members special photograph bonus this Saturday

Utzon Center is offering members of the new ‘Klub Utzon 1 + 1’ an exhibited photograph from the Catalyst Architecture Exhibition. This Saturday, 13 June between the hours of 14:00 and 17:00 members of Utzon Center’s new Klub Utzon 1 + 1 will be able to choose among the exhibited works from the Catalyst Architecture Exhibition that ended on April 19 of this year. Exhibition Director Lasse Anderson will be present to tell stories about the photographs, and welcome you as members of the Klub Utzon 1 + 1. For a one-year membership fee of 200 kr. (100 kr. If you are under 29 years) you receive, among other things, free access for you and a guest to Utzon Center year round, as well as invitations to receptions and other unique events. There are a limited number of photographs available, so hurry to Utzon Center on Saturday. More about Club Utzon 1 + 1 is available here while you can read about Catalyst Architecture here.

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onairfestivalOn Air Festival ’15 this Saturday at Studenterhuset

This year’s On Air Festival will include a very chill ‪#‎UrbanHangout‬ zone at Gammel Torv from 15:00 to 19:00 Saturday, 13 June (although the whole festival lasts from 15:00 to 3:00 am Sunday.) And don’t worry, we’ve arranged with Aalborg Kommune for good weather. Unexpected experiences, visual arts and amazing music – completely free of charge! So we’ll see ya at Studenterhuset on June 13! Here is the line up: Hollow Hollow, FABL, Sigurvin Sigurdsson, Lise Ranks & Umami Riddim Band, Via Mala, Monkey Okay, Highness, Mr. Ostaci & the ASR Audionauts. Partners include Aalborg Kommune, Aalborg Events, Aalbornification, Musikblogger.dk, and Aalborg Student. You can read lots more about the festival on their website here or on the FB event page.

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bagagerumsmarkedCar trunk market this Sunday

Would you like to sell used things out of the back of your car this Sunday, 14 June? Or buy the things others are offering? If so, come to Bagagerumsmarked Aalborg, which takes place every 2nd Sunday of the month from April to October. The sale is from 9:15 to 15:15 and it takes place at Dyrskuepladsen, Hobrovej 437, Skalborg.

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fjordmarathonAalborg Fjord Marathon – an event for the whole family – this Sunday

This Sunday, 14 June you are invited to North Jutland’s finest running party – a series of races with the very best and most beautiful routes. Come and have a great time! There are routes for both the novice and the experienced runner. We have organized the race so that all members of the family can participate, meaning distances for all. The shortest distance is 2 km and is only for children. This is followed by races of 5.3 km, the equivalent of a one-eighth marathon, 10.5 km, or a quarter marathon, and 21.1 km, which corresponds to a half marathon. The longest distance is 42.2 km, aka a full marathon. So whether you are an experienced runner or a beginner, wish to run a short distance or long, we have created a race party in which you, your family, your friends and colleagues can all take part. Or just come, watch, and cheer on those who are running. All registered runners also get a super smart running shirt from Newline! Read more on the FB event page.

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BrewDog to visit Basement Beer Bar with some of their brews next Monday

On Monday, 15 June at 19:00 we will be graced by the presence of none other than BrewDog!! Victoria is a representative of the brewery’s Scandinavian arm, and will be dropping by Basement Beer Bar to present you some of their delicious beers. BrewDog is one of the most famous micro breweries in the world. They have undergone a major transformation in recent years, and with their recent capital increase on the way, it becomes progressively difficult to call them micro. They are in the process of re-widening their range of beers in Denmark, and have selected only 4 bars in the country to help them reach their target audience; Basement Beer Bar is one of them :-). Since it’s “summer” (on paper), the lighter beers from their range will be put on tap on Monday. Check out the FB event page for the beers’ names.

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Fusion to play in Musikkens Hus lobby next Tuesday

Fusion, a symphony composed of young talented musicians and members of the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, will give a free performance in the lobby of Musikkens Hus next Tuesday, 16 June from 18:30. All are welcome.

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danefæDanefæ Aalborg holds special sale for Facebook fans of the brand

Facebook Fans are allowed to come to a sale at our store before everyone else and with even better discounts! Starts Wednesday, June 17 at 10:00 in Danefæ Aalborg (Lille Nygade 8). Cute stuff – if the number of signups is indicative, you’ll be hard-pressed to get through the doors! Oh – here’s the FB page link.

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Documentary night at 1000Fryd next Wednesday features The Celluloid Closet

In the run up to Aalborg Pride next Saturday, 1000Fryd is playing The Celluloid Closet on Wednesday, 17 June starting at 19:00. The documentary surveys the various Hollywood screen depictions of homosexuals and the attitudes behind them throughout the history of North American film. Entry is free.

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noah'sarkNoah’s Ark to be docked in Aalborg harbor for six weeks

Noah’s Ark, the first floating museum ship in Europe with biblical stories, is 70 meters long, 13 meters high and 10 meters wide. According to promoters (I think they’re Dutch): ‘The boat is a big secret, just like the real Noah’s Ark was in his time. Seen from the outside it is a huge wooden ship that mysteriously operates on the water of life. The trees that Noah’s Ark was built with protect life, just as the mighty tree of life, which with its 12 meters in height grows through the ship, and hidden from the outside world bears the secret of eternal life. To discover it along with Noah and the many Bible stories that the ship hides, you must embark with open eyes and open heart. Welcome to Noah’s Ark!’

It will be docked in front of Utzon Center through mid-July. Opening times – Mon-Sun from 9:00 to 18:00, although it also seems you can visit from 20:00 to 22:00 with a flashlight. Price of entry is not cheap (140 kr./adult and 90 kr./child, with family discount ticket available) but maybe worth it? I haven’t seen the boat myself but it’s only been here a day. Hmmm….For more info visit the website.

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News item – No more smoking under open skies

First, cigarettes were banished from bars and restaurants. Now it seems that there will be no more smoking when visiting municipal parks. The Friluftsbadet in Aalborg is the first smoke-free park in Aalborg Municipality. It is not, however, impossible to light a cigarette at the outdoor pool. There is a “smoking shed” at the entrance to the park, and people use it as a place to smoke before entering. Aalborg continues with its plans to do away with smoking in even more public places. (Thanks to Midt-Vest Avis, 10 June 2015, pg. 84.)

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