Aal around Aalborg: music and art dominate this weekend (plus some meetings next week and a budget run and Book Chat)

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The cold has sucked some of the joy out of being outdoors. I imagine that if you are like me, you are tolerating the temperatures – but just barely; this is a wet cold, not a dry one, so it feels even more frigid than it actually is. And the continued slickness of the streets has reduced my bicycle riding to mere starts and stops; more often than not I find myself pushing my bike over ice and slush, which wreaks havoc with my daily routine – especially delivering and picking up my children to and from school/børnehaven.

Enough moaning about the weather. This weekend the number of activities and events has blossomed to a respectable list. See below – you’ll surely find something you like and that is interesting enough to get you out and about! Pay special attention to all the art offers on Saturday as well as the international sing-a-long at the Main Library for families. Oh – and Flowland.dk has two interesting cinema options coming up at 1000Fryd listed on their site – Sunday, 24 January and Wednesday, 27 January. Check them out here.

Friday, 22 January

Free ice hockey match at Gigantium 

Aalborg Pirates vs the Odense Bulldogs. Show up and free tickets go on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 19:00. (I don’t know how popular this will be so if you’re really keen, you might want to show up early.)

Youth Music Festival at Aalborg Kongress & Kultur Center 

Ungdomsringens Musikfestival will once again hold Denmark’s largest and coolest Youth Music Festival – this weekend FOR FREE. Come and get your groove on with punk, rock, rap, and unplugged – 19 hours of non-stop music on 10 stages. Some 200 bands from all over the country, and several foreign youth bands, will perform. Doors open this evening at 18:00, and the festival ends at 23:30 tomorrow evening, Saturday, 23 January. See the FB page for (a bit) more information. Who knows? Maybe the next Beatles, or at least Coldplay, is among them!

Two additional music events

From 22:00 tonight until 2:00 tomorrow morning Studenterhuset hosts Garage a Go-Go! A garage rock’n’roll club with loads of dynamite hits. Resident DJ’s The Courettes will be spinning their favourite beat, garage, nothern soul & r’n’r singles. Free admission; inexpensive (compared to other places) drinks. And from 23:00 tonight until 5:00 tomorrow morning Vesterå-V4 will hold host two guest DJs – Defiant and Tchika – with support from resident DJ Kornum. Free admission there, too. Plus a happy hour from 22:00 to 1:00 (or all night/morning with student ID). More info here.


Saturday, 23 January

Songs from around the world at Aalborg Main Library

Come and join us for a cozy hour (11:00 to noon) of melodies and play, where the language of music unites adults and children from around the world. Your guide will be music teacher Malene Horsfeldt, who has proven very popular with children at other events at the library. The event will take place in the Glashjørnet area of the library. It is free to attend, and no registration is required. Recommended ages: 3+

LifeofSport budget run tomorrow in Nørresundby

Whether you are a pro or a complete beginner, LifeofSport welcomes you to their budget run by the silo near the fjord from 10:30 to noon. All are welcome – children, adolescents, and adults alike. The run will be in ’rounds’ of 3km so you choose the number you want to do. Included in the 25kr. registration price are water, bananas, cake, and coffee and a whole lot of smiles and encouragement. Click here for more info and to find the link to registration.

12485872_884353305016374_7918705098285955913_oVÆG opens first exhibition of 2016

You are cordially invited to the first new exhibition in 2016 at VÆG Contemporary Art Gallery, where we are pleased to present Thomas Plauborg’s first solo show: “WHAT IS TOLD IN THE DARK SPEAKS IN THE LIGHT”. Plauborg plays with oil, tar and asphalt to create strong original paintings. We also feature the works of Asger Kristensen, who is similarly dedicated to craftmanship – making organic, physical ceramic objects. The opening is from 11:00 to 15:00; entry is free. The exhibition is on view until February 26th. For more info click here.

12471705_913186785462665_8827872289760733041_oSaks Saturday (artist talks, guided tours, art lottery, philosophical art salon and free soup for all at Kunsthal Nord in Nordkraft)

We invite you to a very special eventful day with a focus on art, philosophy and inspiring conversations for Adam Saks’ exhibition in Aalborg from 11:00 to 17:00. During the day you can participate in professional tours, meet the artist, engage in philosophical discussions about love, taste Saks’ super soup and try to win a piece of original artwork by Adam Saks. It is free to participate in all of the day’s events.

11:00 to 16:30 // Lottery to win painting
11:00 to 11:30 // Introduction to the exhibition (in Danish)
11:30 to 12:30 // Artist Talk with Adam Saks
12:00 to 14:00 // Saks’ Super Soup – we offer free soup, bread and beer
13:30 to 14:00 // Guided Tour in English
14:00 to 15:00 // Artist Talk with Adam Saks
15:00 to 16:30 // Philosophical art salon -‘What is love and can it be released?
16:30 to 16:45 // Drawing of the lottery winner

Adam Saks is one of the most talented and internationally acclaimed artists. He has had solo exhibitions in prominent museums and exhibition venues at home and abroad, but we can now proudly open the doors of his biggest painting exhibition in Denmark. All works are new and were created specifically for Kunsthal NORD. In addition, for the first time in his career Adam Saks painted directly and spontaneously on the walls. Learn more here about Adam Saks’ exhibition ‘Setting Sail in a teardrop in Fear and Desire.’ Here is the FB event page.

12474069_10153972582737089_2298943047218802791_oKunsten’s big reopening this weekend

It has been many, many months since the public last set foot in Aalborg’s art museum. But this weekend, after much waiting and anticipation (and construction and renovation) the institution opens again. Below is the program to which all are invited. There are special opening hours for members and premium members. Besides newly renovated exhibition spaces, there is a new cafe and museum shop.(I have no idea if they are charging admission this weekend or not so be prepared to pay 95kr/adult or 50kr/student with ID. Children up to 18 years get in for free.)

14:00-18:00 Guided tours at the museum starting every hour until 17:00 (presumably in Danish)

10:00 Museum opens
11:00-15:00 Art-Lab (workshop for children and the young at heart) is open
11:00-17:00 Guided tours of the museum starting every hour (again, presumably in Danish)
18:00 Museum closes

Read about the exhibits and get practical information here.

Groovebox returns to 1000Fryd

The groove machine is back and happy to announce this year’s first party. So choose your outfit and practice your moves cuz this time we’re pumping the BPM all the way to Drum’n’Bass. Your trip advisors for the night: four fine DJ’s of impeccable taste and intoxicating selection that will make your heart beat to the kick of the drum and deep sound of the bassline. Join our tribe and we’ll give you the best vibe! Free admission. More info here.

Line up info:

21:00 – 22:00 ->-> Au2pilot, DK
22:00 – 00:00 ->-> DJ Junglelyd, DK
00:00 – 02:00 ->-> Overt1, UK
02:00 – 03:00 ->-> Minnie, DK


Tuesday, 26 January

Leadership training hosted by Future Leaders Guild

Welcome to our first session of leadership training, offered by Future Leaders Guild, which is a project by Europaeisk Ungdom Nordjylland. The training takes place at International House North Denmark, Rantzausgade 4, Aalborg.

In the first session, you will learn about:
A. The basics of leadership and power
B. Why expert power is so important
C. How can you build and maintain your own expert power

– To participate, you need to have a laptop with a working Adobe PDF program
– You need to sign up using this form – http://goo.gl/forms/TKXzrAQMnN

More info here. Please show up on time!


Wednesday, 27 January

Book Chat (an English Book Reading Club) at Aalborg Main Library

Do you love reading? Do you feel you just don’t have time for it? Then try Book Chat – the new book reading club at Aalborg Libraries. Here you´ll meet other book lovers from all over the world, you´ll read aloud for each other and then discuss whatever the text makes you wonder about. Bodil and Vita from the library will be there to facilitate the gathering; the intention is that the group will then take over the planning, reading, chatting and “hygge”. The event is free, no registration required. Venue: The Main Library, the Lounge at 19:00. More info here.

Elsk Aalborg invites you to help plan ‘Love Aalborg Week 2016’

Come and join us in developing the events that will be held during ‘Love Aalborg Week 2016.’ We have found that our idea generating meetings produce good ideas that we then pursue – and the more people the more ideas! Are you passionate about seeing Aalborg develop its social sustainability and see Aalborgenses live out the values of kindness, helpfulness and hospitality? Then come with lots of energy for a cozy evening! Elsk Aalborg wishes to see transformation in all parts of Aalborg, and therefore all are welcome to join us to focus on social sustainability – whether individuals, organizations or businesses. The meeting will be held at Elsk Aalborg’s headquarters from 19:00. Find out more here. (While written in Danish, they are very open to non-Danish speakers as well…)


Thursday, 28 January

Northern Winter Beat starts on this day. Find out who’s playing where and how much you have to pay here

Game night at Brætspilcafe, Vesterbro 30 st tv from 18:30. Show up alone or with friends – either way you can have a great time! FB page here.

Information meeting about city gardens 

Would you like a city garden in Aalborg, or do you already have a city garden, but lack inspiration? Then come to the Green Agents information meeting about urban gardens! There will be a new space presented for the creation of urban gardens in Mulighedernes Park and the National Association for Practical Ecology will provide tips on how to get started. Come and join us if you are thinking of getting dirt under your fingernails in the spring. The event will take place at 19.00 in the Multihuset, right next to Mulighedernes Park. Click here for more info.




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