Aal around Aalborg: Oceans of Plastic – Out to Sea? at Utzon, Vikings at Lindholm Høje, and Fredagsfest i Karolinelund (plus a list of stuff happening over the next month)

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So summer is really here. It’s official. We’re past 21 June. But it still feels like March. Ah well…This is my last post for a few weeks. I’ve listed numerous activities, events, concerts, and other happenings in July. Those that have been advertised up to now, anyway. I’m sure lots more will be happening while I’m away and it probably isn’t that hard to find out what, where, and when (for example, check out this website and this one.) But I’ll be back at the end of July, just in time to write something deep and profound about the Tall Ships Races, which is THE event in Aalborg of 2015. It takes place 1-4 August, in case you haven’t seen all the posters, newspaper ads, or other ads about the event…Events Calendar updated on 26/06/15.

Upcoming highlights

outtoseaOceans of Plastic – Out to Sea? exhibition opens tomorrow at Utzon Center

Tomorrow, Friday, 26 June a new exhibition opens at Utzon Center. Entitled ‘Oceans of Plastic – Out to Sea?’, the aim of the exhibition is to bring attention to the growing problem of plastic waste in our seas and oceans.

About the exhibition
There is a huge amount of plastic waste floating in the Earth’s seas and oceans. All fish in the seas around Denmark have been in contact with plastic. The exhibition illustrates the problem via a display of 12 tons of plastic retrieved from the oceans. Besides highlighting problems with plastic waste, the exhibition also gives insight into how sustainable design can be a solution. The exhibition is the result of collaboration between Utzon Center, Museum of Design Zurich, and Aalborg Municipality.

Program for the exhibition opening tomorrow at 15:00:

– Welcome by Exhibition Manager Lasse Andersson, Utzon Center
– Introduction to the exhibition (in English) by Roman Aebersold, Museum für Gestaltung Zürich
– Exhibition Opening by Alderman Lasse Puertas Navarro Olsen of the Energy and Environmental Administration, Aalborg
– Exhibition Opening by Lene Klitgaard, Universitarium
– Demonstration of Universitarium and refreshments for children and adults.

About Universitarium
Universitarium is a summer experience for children and adolescents where they can try different activities, experiences, and experiments in science and engineering. This year’s Universitarium focuses on the large amounts of waste that end up in the trash every day. We move a bit of reality into the exhibition halls, so you can see, touch, smell, and feel the problem and possible solutions.

The exhibition runs through September 20 and entrance is free throughout the period. Read more here.


fredagsfest15top_650Fredagsfest i Karolinelund starts this Friday

Fredagsfest i Karolinelund starts tomorrow. Each year the event series gets bigger – last year 37,500 music lovers attended the concerts, which are held every Friday during the summer. Cost of entry is only 50 kr. No presale. Come early, there are a limited number of seats.

Here is this year’s line-up:
26. juni – POUL KREBS band
10. juli – LIS SØRENSEN & Band
17. juli – INFERNAL + DJ SASH!
14. aug – NIARN + JOKEREN
28. aug – KATO

Here is the agenda every week:
18:00 – Entrance to Karolinelund opens (only from Østerbro facing Nordkraft)
20.00 Concert starts
22:30 Concert ends
22:00 Doors for After Party at Skråen (in Nordkraft) open. Free entry for all with bracelets from Karolinelund. Entry for all others – 50 kr. No presale.
22.30 After Party starts at Skråen

For more info click here.


vikingmarkedViking Market at Lindholm Høje this weekend

Nordjylland’s biggest Viking market welcomes the public to their annual event at Lindholm Høje this weekend, 27 and 28 June. Come and see birds of prey, Icelandic horses, blacksmiths at work and stalls with everything from mead to authentic Vikinge jewelry, leather work, needle work, weaving, and skins. Taste Viking food, accompanied by the festive market musicians. In short the market offers lots of attractions that would have been part of life 1000 years ago.

There are even special workshops for children. Little ones can try their hand at spinning wool, starting a fire with flint, or making bracelets or leather purses. Some new activities this year include felting, playing with runes, and making a ‘tingle scam’. ‘Warrior Fight School’ allows children to be trained and prepared for war with a sword, axe, and shield and join one of two ‘dangerous’ mini Viking armies.

We attended this event two years ago and enjoyed it. The children got a kick out of the animals and activities, while we liked the music and variety of stalls.

Open on Saturday from 10:00 to 17:00 and Sunday from 10:00 to 16:00. Admission costs 60kr/adult and 20kr/child from 5 to 16 years of age (children under 5 get in free). A pass for both days is 100kr/adult and 30kr/child. This price includes entrance to the Lindholm Høje Museum, incidentally.

Find out a lot more about it here.


Other events

Nordic Baltic Championships in Dressage 2015 – 24-28 June in Svenstrup. All the info you need here.

American Days – 26 and 27 June at CW Obels Plads. From 15:00 on. Come for beer tastings, armored vehicles on display (what?), music, and competitions and help celebrate Danish-American relations. There are also interesting photos on display about Danish emigration to the US. Read more here (in tiny Danish print).

Family Day at Dall Stadium – Saturday, 27 June from 15:30. Part of Dall Villabys’ (out near Ikea Aalborg) town festival. Find out more here.

Wild with Vildmosen – Sunday, 28 June from 10:30 to 12:00 (little train rides available at 13:00 and 14:00 for 20 kr extra). Entry is cost of park entrance. Lots of fun stuff for the children. Read more here.

Garbage or art? Final days of Kunsten-to-go’s exhibition at Aalborg Train Station (actually, Sunday, 28 June is the last day). Free entry. Can’t find more info about this – sorry!

Norden Orkester (youth orchestra)’s brass and percussion section concert at Budolfi Kirke – Sunday, 28 June. From 16:00 on. Free admission. Find out more here (and about the church’s whole summer concert series, all of which appears to be free of charge!)

World Inferno Friendship Society and Stöj Snak close 1000Fryd’s program for the summer – Sunday, 28 June. From 20:00 on. Entry 50kr. More info here.

Paint graffiti with Kunsten for Nibe Festival – 1-2 July. On site of Nibe Festival. 11:00-15:00 both days. Find out more here. Sounds cool.

Female Mind exhibition opens 3 July at Kunsten-to-go at Aalborg Train Station. Runs through 30 August. More information available here.

Rebild Festival – celebration of US Fourth of July – Saturday, 4 July from 14:00 to 22:00. Other events preceding it in Aalborg. Read about the whole series here (much in English).

Lopper på Havnen (Flea market at the waterfront) – Sunday, 5 July from 11:00 to 16:00. Find out more here.

Middle Ages in Aalborg – 6-10 July. Read lots more here.

Harbour: Candy electronic music event at Aalborg waterfront – Saturday, 11 July. From noon on. See more here.

Middle Ages Days at Voergaard Slot (20-30 minutes from Aalborg) – 11-19 July. Read more here and here.

Zulu Sommer Bio (‘summer cinema’). Outdoor movies over three evenings at Skovdalen. 15 July (Whiplash); 16 July (The Grand Budapest Hotel); 17 July (Gone Girl). Be sure to bring a blanket – even when ‘real summer’ happens in Aalborg, it gets too cool in the evenings to make it through a movie in a t-shirt and shorts. Movies start at 21:45 each night. Free admission. Lots of people, contests and food sponsors like crackers, candy, juice, etc. More info here.

Sysleværket Design and Handcraft Market at Byens Rum – 19 July. 11:00 to 15:00. Read more here.

Friday Night Skate – Friday, 31 July from 19:00 at the waterfront. Free to join. See the FB page here.


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