Aal around Aalborg: Aalborg Sustainability Festival winding down, ASO to inspire tonight, other musical events and more to come soon!

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When a cold sends you home at 13:00 and straight to bed, even the best laid plans must be put on hold. Such was my situation last Friday, when, with the best of intentions, I was planning out how to get ‘Aal around Aalborg’ written, but my body had other ideas. Needless to say, I never got around to writing my weekly event post last week. And that’s a shame because a very important week-long event is taking place this week: the annual Aalborg Sustainability Festival (Aalborg Bæredygtighedsfestival.) It started last Saturday and will be over this Saturday, so most related events have already taken place; however, there are a few happening in the next couple of days (check them out in ‘highlights.’) Events Calendar has been updated as of Saturday morning.


sustainableFriday Bar at Utzon Center tomorrow, Friday, 18 September from 15:00 to 17:00. In connection with their recycling-focused Out To Sea exhibit, Utzon Center welcomes blogger Gitte Marie Johansen, who was nominated for this year’s Sustainability Award. At 15:15 in the Utzon Cafe Gitte Marie will talk about her “zero waste” lifestyle and how she recycles plastic waste, among other things. See the FB page for more information. Special prices on beer and soda for students with ID.

The Green Aalborger event will take place tomorrow, Friday, 18 September from 15:00 to 19:00. How can we make Aalborg a more sustainabilty-focused city? Meet a wide range of experts on ‘becoming green’ and bring your ideas on how together we can make it easy to be sustainable in Aalborg. We will also award the Aalborg Sustainability Price 2015 to an individual who has made an extraordinary effort to focus on sustainability. See the program (all talks and workshops in Danish, from what I can tell). Dinner is included for the very low price of 50kr (pay at the door in cash) but you have to register ahead for the event here in order to be on the list to be fed. 🙂


mødverden’Mød Verden’ takes place on Saturday, 19 September from 14:00 to 19:00 in Karolinelund. Here is the FB description:

Do you love meeting new people from different cultures? Do you like barbecue, fun, spas and really good music? Would you like to hear North Jutland’s own Allan Olsen play “We Want One Denmark”? Then come and join us for ‘Mød Verden’ (Meet the World)! We invite you to a pleasant and exciting multicultural one-day mini festival in Karolinelund on Saturday, September 19 from 2pm to 7pm! During the day there will be various activities for children, young people, and their parents, and there will be different music from all parts of the world on stage.

The event takes place in connection with Aalborg Sustainability Festival and the concept is that people from different cultures come together on equal footing with one another to achieve a better understanding of each other’s cultures and living conditions. We have invited a number of people from different cultures (including refugees / asylum seekers), and together with we will create an absolutely perfect day. You will also have the opportunity to hear thought-provoking stories and ask the refugees as many questions as you like – and they will be happy to answer to the extent that they can.

When evening approaches, we will light up the grills, and everyone will have the opportunity to cook their own food. It would be nice if it became a potluck, and everyone shared food with one another. All are welcome – regardless of skin color, nationality, religion, income or age! Price: Free (but bring food for the grill) Here is the FB page.


francoisAlso tonight is what friends who play with ASO are calling one of the best concerts they will play this season: Francoix Leleux, who is guesting the orchestra this week as soloist-conductor-inspirer, has managed to infect the musicians with his daring, dazzling, exiting, generous, joyful and truly heartfelt music making. They say that it’s contagious. If you want to get infected too, come to the concert tonight, 17 September at 19:30. The program includes pieces by Mozart, Haydn, Schubert and Faure. And a special note for students: don’t forget that with ID you can get a seat for only 50 kr.! This has to be one of the best deals in town. World-class music for the price of a small margherita pizza. You CANNOT go wrong. Find out more on the ASO website here.


Other upcoming events (more to be added tomorrow)

The Mayors Musicke Renaissance singers and dancers to perform tonight, 17 September from 19:30 at Støvring Højskole, Hobrovej 108, Støvring. See the FB event page for more information. Tickets 100 kr. at the dooor.

Danish singer and musician Christian Hjelm will perform tonight, 17 September from 20:00 at Budolfi Kirke. See the FB event page here and Hjelm’s website here. Tickets cost 80 kr. + a fee if bought on here or without the fee if purchased at Studenterhuset’s cafe.

Check out a new indie-pop band Virgin Suicide from Copenhagen tonight, 17 September at Studenterhuset, starting at 21:00. See the venue’s FB event page here. Tickets cost 70 kr. plus a fee.

We Are The Way For The Cosmos To Know Itself and Farveblind play tonight, 17 September at KUL Cafe, Nordkraft beginning at 21:00. Free of charge. See the FB event page here.

Kaffe Fair, which is the cafe located on the grounds of Aalborg Main Library, will close their doors at the end of business tomorrow, Friday, 18 September. The cafe is moving to Idrætsbyen on Hadsundvej (Vejgaard) on 1 October. They will be missed…

Open Days music festival from tomorrow, Friday, 18 September to Sunday, 20 September at various locations in Aalborg. Experience different types of musical instruments, vocalists, solos as well as ensembles performing both Danish and non-Danish compositions. You can find the program, ticket prices, and other information here.

Two job-focused events at UCN tomorrow, Friday, 18 September. The first – at 16:30 – is a CV and cover letter seminar – bring yours to the event to have someone check it over. The second – at 18:00 – is a short half-hour session on jobs available at UCN StudyLife or through their partners. Could be interesting! Check the FB pages here and here. Both at UCN T&B International, Porthusgade 1, 9000 Aalborg.

And then, at the same location (UCN T&B International), AISEC will introduce their organization and give you the chance to get involved in a very active international student organization. Show up tomorrow, Friday, 18 September at 19:00 ready to sign up! Check out the FB page.

If you’re a hockey fan, then go check out the Aalborg Pirates vs. Frederikshavn White Hawks at Gigantium tomorrow, Friday, 18 September. Game starts at 19:00 and tickets cost 85 kr. to stand or 105 kr. to sit. See here or here for more info.

Funky Fridays, Funk Soul and Disco on a Roll at Studenterhuset tomorrow, Friday, 18 September from 22:00. See the FB page for more info.

Club Vesterå hosts Ashiba, Sivesgaard, and Kornum tomorrow, Friday, 18 September from 22:00 to 5:00. Free entry. Happy hour 22:00 to 1:00. Read more about the night’s line-up here.

Saturday, 19 September

If you are a fan of tango, whether just the music or the dance form, then come to Musikkens Hus from 18:30 to 23:30. Tango intro (presumably dance) for the first 45 minutes followed by a concert followed by over two hours of dancing. What a great opportunity to try it out! Tickets 185 kr. (for the concert, which starts at 19:30). Click here for more info.

Social sustainability at Nytorv, sponsored and run by Elsk Aalborg from 10:00 to 15:00. Come and give or receive a compliment, write a nice message to someone, or try your luck on the ‘Values Wheel-of-Fortune.’ See the FB page for more info and a link to last year’s social sustainability day.

Organic food market at Nordkraft from 10:00 to 15:00. Find out more on their website. I want to go there NOW! (Note to self: one should never look at food sites and blog while hungry…)

Flea market at Hjulmagervej 14, 9000 Aalborg from 10:00 to 16:00. Stands still available but if you are more interested in buying, then come just to browse and shop. Here is the FB page.

Aalborg Klatreklub, Platform 4 and BunkerLove present ’Løkken Boulders’ from 13:00-19:00 – a climbing competition on the old bunkers in Furreby, Løkken. There will also be sound and light art in collaboration with art association BunkerLove, electronic project house Platform 4 will supply a DJ and a VJ (visual jockey), and you can enjoy food, drinks and a bonfire when the competition ends at around 17:00. The event is supported by the Municipality of Hjørring and is carried out in collaboration with Vestevent. See the FB page here.

Come to Aalborg Cable Park for a cozy afternoon from 15:00 to 18:00 where you can watch the best riders being crowned, as well as awards for the best trick and best crash. Refreshments will be on sale. Check out the FB page here.

1000Fryd hosts Groovebox s2e2 from 21:00 to ???? a fine mixture of skilled DJs that will take you beyond the limits of reality and give you one heck of a ride. See the FB page here.

Sunday, 20 September

There is a new urban renewal project in Aalborg called Ny Nørregade, whose mission it is to develop what has been dubbed by some – most unfortunately – the ‘appendix’ of the pedestrian shopping zone in central Aalborg. On Sunday, they will have a ‘paint the pergola’ event from 9:00. If you don’t know where this is, it is where the end of the pedestrian street meets Løkkegade. Students of ‘AAU Architecture and Design’ faculty have organized the event and it could be quite fun – even for children. So come by to show your support – even if you don’t fancy painting!

Every year on the 3rd Sunday of September, farms in Denmark open their stable and barn doors to visitors to see how they operate. This year Open Farms Day takes place on from 10:00 to 16:00. Registration is not necessary and entry to all participating farms is free. There are many different types of farming represented, with everything from dairy cows to sows and piglets and from minks to eggs, mushrooms and cucumbers. At some of the farms it is possible to buy something to drink and eat – read more on the activity list for each farm. Find the farm/s you would most like to visit here.

Monday, 21 September

Aalborg Municipality presents the proposed budget for 2016 to the residents of the city. Come and here what has been proposed, and – if you are feeling bold – make some comments, give your input. From 19:00-21:00 at Nordkraft. More info available here and here.


2 thoughts on “Aal around Aalborg: Aalborg Sustainability Festival winding down, ASO to inspire tonight, other musical events and more to come soon!

    Mimas said:
    September 18, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Great suggestions… I got myself some flu or something also… Rare to happen, but apparently, still happens 🙂 I might actually go for one last tea to Kaffe Fair… I am not sure I am liking the future location, so I will say good bey to them :))

      sarahinjylland responded:
      September 18, 2015 at 10:52 am

      Yes – I am very sad about this. They are a great community asset. Enjoy your last tea there! 🙂

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