Aal around Aalborg: AaMaze festival, Unlimited Music Festival, and volunteer market (among many other events)

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It’s summer in Aalborg! And festival season has hit Aalborg, in case you hadn’t noticed. It seems everywhere you turn there is music or graffiti (legal) or dancing or…The weather is cooperating so it’s all good. Here is a list of lots of stuff coming up in the next week. Welcome new students! We feel your presence! The Events Calendar has been updated.

Highlights

AaMAZEAaMAZE cultural festival hits Aalborg during the best weather period of the year!

The second annual AaMAZE cultural festival began today, 20 August and runs through Sunday, 23 August. Over the four days budding talents from all over Nordjylland will perform in different locations in the center of Aalborg. Many art, culture, and music genres will be represented – from hard rock to soft blues, from watercolor to spray paint, and from pole dancing to parkour – you name it! Audiences large and small, old and young will find something that interests them. Pay 50kr and get an armband, which entitles you to free draft beer at LA Bar and discounts at myriad locales. See a map of offerings here and a program of the music concerts here. The FB page is here.

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frivillighusetVolunteer Market this Saturday in Gammel Torv – discover your inner volunteer!

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Frivillighuset’s (‘The Volunteer House’) Volunteer Market. The market will be held tomorrow, Saturday, 22 August from 11:00 to 15:00in two large tepees in Gammel Torv, where 36 of Aalborg’s voluntary associations will talk about their work and offer visitors the option to sign up as a volunteer. The Volunteer House celebrates this anniversary with free coffee and birthday cake for all visitors. There will also be a jazz concert by the trio Lundbye-Vardinghus-Gudnason. The market’s inaugural address will be given by City Councilman for Health and Culture Mads Duedahl, and the Y’s Men’s Club will award the Aalborg Child and Youth Prize. The aims of the Volunteer Market is to raise awareness of the diverse voluntary social work that takes place every day of the year in Aalborg, and to assist in finding new volunteers to work with vulnerable groups such as children in crisis families, refugees, the lonely, young and old, addicts, abused women, etc. Read more here. All are welcome!

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UMFUnlimited Music Festival – organized and run by The Business Factory, a start-up of energetic and original-thinking international students!

The biggest small festival that happens on a Thursday. Thursday, 27 August to be more precise. From noon to 22:30. Here is their spiel: ‘You want it. You just don’t know it yet. In the past Aalbornification made you dance all night, lose your voice and sweat your clothes off – we’re sorry about that. To make it up to you we made Karolinelund, Aalborg our new playground! Three diverse stages, outdoor cinema, Art&Technology exhibitions, sport tournaments, and other competitions. Oh, and we hate when drinks are more expensive than the entrance. So although tickets cost 50 kr, you can bring your own alcohol (no glass bottles though). Sweet, right?’
– LINEUP (more TBA)
Main Stage (18:00-22:30): Borneland, Notize, Kasual (Deep House, Progressive, Electro)
Unlimited On Air (12:00-18:00): Shaky Hands, TCHIKA, Highness (Nu-disco, Funk & Swing, Balkan Electro) (By On Air Festival)
Boiler Stage (12:00-18:00): Hugo Loco, Baby Handshake, Tunnelvision (Blues-Grunge, R&B, Troubadour) (By Aalborg Student Radio)

Check out the FB page here.

Other events and activities

The Big Splash! Aalborg Urban Art Festival at Aalborg Cable Park – today, Friday, 21 August from 8:00 to 20:00. Live graffiti, wakeboarding, music, cheap bar, free try on the cable (from 8:00 to 13:00), and beach volleyball. Free entry. See more on their FB page.

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We Open After The Summer Party! at 1000Fryd – today, Friday, 21 August from 19:00 – ??? ‘We promise cold beer, summer cocktails, the most funky tunes delivered by our own DJs and not to forget, a party that will last until the (almost) early morning!’ See their FB page here.

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Season closing of ‘Chill i Parken’ – tomorrow, Saturday, 22 August from noon to 21:00 at Karolinelund (don’t let the photo at the top of the FB page fool you!). Free entry. Read more here.

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Aalborg Vandcenter offers Stand up Paddling (SUP) course – Sunday, 23 August from 13:00 to 16:00. Cost: 340 kr. Click here for more info and registration information. (The same course is also offered twice on Sunday, 30 August.)

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‘Pub’ quiz  at Aalborg Main Library – Tuesday, 25 August from 15:00. The event is targeted at international students at UCN and AAU, but people of all ages and occupations are invited and welcome. This will be a great opportunity to meet people, exercise your brain a bit, and have fun. In English. No registration is necessary. Just show up! Click here for more info.

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Public forum regarding Aalborg Light Rail System – Tuesday, 25 August from 19:00 to 21:00. Publicity and an information campaign about the light rail system coming to Aalborg have been ramping up. Next Tuesday the kommune will hold a public forum about the concrete plans, next steps, and answers to FAQs about it in the Nordea building at Budolfi Plads. In Danish. As a bonus, you also get the opportunity to meet Mayor Thomas Kastrup-Larsen and two city councilmen. You can also find more information about the light rail system in English on my blog via this page and this.

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Studenterhuset’s Welcome party for International Students – Wednesday, 26 August from 21:00 to ???. They will offer discounts on regular drinks, as well as music, a quiz game and, of course, prizes for the winners. You can sign up for the quiz in groups of maximum 5 people, and registration for it closes at 22:00. Throughout the night you can get more information about the house’s upcoming events as well. Entrance is free! See more here.

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Free screening of ‘Life is Sacred’ – Thursday, 27 August from 18:00 to 19:30 at Aalborg Main Library. For all Spanish and/or Danish speakers, a documentary directed and produced by Danes about the fearless Colombian philosopher-politician-teacher Antanas Mockus and his followers as they struggle for peace in a country with the longest running internal conflict in the world. This is a story about 4 years and a life time that changed a country. And how learning to lose patiently might make you win. The film is in Spanish with Danish subtitles. More details here.

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