Aal around Aalborg: special focus on Fastelavn festivities, plus Super Bowl, some parties, food market, fitness flea market, open house at Butterfly, and more

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fastelavn_dk.jpgIt’s time to knock the cat out of the barrel! In case you are new to Fastelavn, here’s an article about it in English. This issue of Aal around Aalborg focuses on some of the better-publicised parties and celebrations happening around the city plus a whole lot more…I will add some events coming up next week as soon as I can. Oh – and don’t forget that this is the first Sunday of the month so lots of shops are open that day in Aalborg centre as well as City Syd.

Friday, 5 February

Huge UCN start-of-the-semester party with ‘Winter Olympics’ theme from 19:00 to 1:00 at UCN on Sofiendalsvej, proceeding to Jomfru Ane Gade. Here is all the info you could possibly need – in English!

American DJ Merty Shango will lead the line-up at Platform 4 from 21:00 to 3:00. Entrance for 40kr. More info here.

Saturday, 6 February

Monthly food market at Nordkraft from 10:00 to 15:00. The market offers chocolate, cheeses, breads, and a variety of other foods produced in North Jutland to sample and buy. Find a list of the exhibitors on the Facebook page here.

An early Fastelavn celebration at Nytorv from 12:00 to 14:00. Check out Flowland.dk’s page on this.

Fit & Fly, an indoor secondhand market, will be held from 11:00 to 15:00 in Aalborg Friis City Center. Fifty booths will be set up with people selling their old and used items. Tomorrow’s event has a sporty twist – everything will be related to sport and fitness, and Fitness World will be there to provide tips and tricks for a more fit lifestyle. They will also hand out delicious samples, and there will be competitions held throughout the day, so you will also have the chance to win great prizes. More info here.

Trekanten Bibliotek & Kulturhus invites you to a huge winter party tomorrow in Aalborg Øst. The party is arranged by Trekanten and Himmerland Housing Society. The theme is ‘Afterski,’ and it won’t be a quiet night – there will both be DJs and live music (TBA) to get the party started. If your legs start bursting due to all the dancing, we will provide a lounge area where you can chill and enjoy some of the delicious food Trekanten has to offer. The prices in the bar will be really student friendly during the whole event:
BEER: 5 kr., SHOTS: 5 kr., DRINKS: 10 kr.
15.00: Happy Hour! – Free Beer – Himmerland Boligforening
17:00: Happy Hour! – Free Beer – Spar Nord
21.00: Live Music
23.00: Live Music
There will be FREE admission and FREE coat check, so there is no excuse to not be a part of this epic party! Everybody is welcome (18+). So strap on your skiing goggles and head down to Trekanten: Sebbersundsvej 2a, 9220 Aalborg Øst. If you’re coming by bus, you should get on line 11 or line 14. More info here.

If metal is your music preference then you should go to Aalborg’s new Metal Café, which opens its doors for the first time on Saturday at 20:00. The place is Platform 4 in Karolinelund – entrance via Karolinelundsvej. There will be great music, games, quiz, coziness and free entry!! We will also introduce the next few events and get a dialogue going about what you think future metal arrangements should contain. This is everyone’s scene, so come and join in. Welcome to the premiere of Aalborg’s new METAL SCENE! More info here.

Sunday, 7 February

Fastelavn events around the city:

Musikkens Hus’ event looks delightful but it is sold out (it’s actually free, but you had to register for a ticket and the tickets are gone). So I’m not writing any more than to inform you that you can’t go unless you already secured a ticket.

Utzon Center:
Kl. 10:30: Barrel beating for children aged 1-3 years, 4-7 years and 8-12 years.
Kl. 11:30: The Magic Clown Migus’ Great Magic Show
Kl. 12:30: Barrel beating (again) for children aged 4-7 years and 8-12 years
11:00-14:00: LEGO workshop for children and the young at heart
Entry – free for children, normal entry price to Utzon for adults. Fastelavn buns and drinks will be sold on site. Prizes for best costumes. You must register for this event by emailing gbm@utzoncenter.dk by today, Friday, 5 February. More info here.

Aalborg Zoo:
Beat the cat from the barrel at 13:00. Free face painting (for all those whose faces are not already painted, I supposed) from 10:00 to 14:00. Free bag of candy to all costumed participants after king and queen are named. Entry: regular entry to zoo. More on the zoo here.

From 12:30 children from 3-7 years and 8+ years can ‘slå katten af tønden’ with Cousin BR; younger ones (from 0-3) can go for it at 13:30. Come dressed up. There will be great prizes for the cat king and queen and the best dressed. There will also be Fastelavnsboller for those who participate. More here.

Springeren – Maritime Experience Center:
Fastelavn activities from 13:00 to 15:00. Beat the cat out of the barrel, and get free cake, orange juice, coffee, tea. Prizes for best costumes. Entry to the centre is free all day, which makes this the most affordable – and interesting – place on Sunday to celebrate Fastelavn. More info here.

And for those not so interested in Fastelavn on Sunday…

FunCenter presents Laserkraft in cooperation with Nordkraft Events from 10:00 to 14:00 when FunCenter will turn Kedelhallen (the main hall at Nordkraft) into a bold laser game space. We have the latest equipment and will play a lot of different game types like Domination, Base Assault and Team Elimination; in short all the familiar games from FunCenter’s own laser game track. There is room for 20 players per half-hour on the field, so get your friends and take up the fight. FunCenter employees will ensure proper conduct and security during the event. The price per person is 50 kr. for 30 min. of playing time. When you buy your bracelet, you will need to choose what time you want to play. You can buy several half hours at a time. The times begin at 10:00 and end with the 13:30 – 14:00 slot. The games are for children aged 6-14 years (adults can participate in companionship with the child.) Bracelets not sold ahead of time will be available on the day at the entrance. If you want to make sure to get a place, we recommend you buy your bracelet by contacting us at tel. 28 31 21 01 or info@funcenter.dk prior to the event. More info here.

Butterfly Fitness, which is a women’s only fitness centre chain, will hold a free open house at its Frederikstadvej 15 facility complete with different training modules you can try, as well as free healthy snacks and alcohol-free cocktails, from 10:00 to 14:00. Plus you can get a discount on fitness gear. Each training module (there are 3) has a maximum number of participants, so you have to register. Call 98170015, write an email to aalborg@butterflywomen.dk, or visit the FB page and post your intent to participate here.

Super Bowl party at Irish House (Nytorv) from 23:00 – yes, a late, late night event. Game shown on our large screen, free popcorn on every table and special drinks offers for the event, e.g. Budweiser only 25kr or a ice cold bucket of 5 for 100kr. For those who love American football, it’s the event of the year! More info here.

Or Super Bowl viewing at Biffen movie theatre at Nordkraft from 22:30. Tickets cost 125kr. for non-members, 100kr. for members. With the ticket you get a bag of Doritos and an ice cold Budweiser. Check out Flowland.dk’s page on this!

Tuesday, 9 February

Information meeting about Game Scope, Aalborg’s Gamefestival, which will take place for the first time August 25th – 28th in the center of Aalborg. The meeting happens from 17:00-19:00 at Studenterhuset, 1st floor and will cover the festival’s purpose, the type of events you’ll be able to attend, and how you can be part of it. Organizers are particularly interested in people who want to be a part of the team and arrange small as well as big projects during the three days, but also those who are interested in the event as a whole. They are also looking for curious companies (small or large), who would like to take more active part. Click here for more information.

Wednesday, 10 February

Do you want to improve your language skills? Learn about cultures, meet new people and create international networks? Then join the Intercambio Programme’s Intro Night at the Student House, Stargate – 1st floor from 19:00 to 22:00. You can practice your English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese or Danish. Feel free to use the program as you like. You can show up at our Intro Night to find a specific language partner, to meet new people or simply go with friends to socialise and network. You are MOST welcome to participate in all our events…Everybody with an interest in languages and culture is welcome, participation is free, and we look forward to meeting everyone. Click here for more.

Thursday, 11 February

The Obel Family Foundation, Art & Technology and Platform 4 present the Obel Guest Lecture and performance by STATION ROSE from 19:00 to 21:00 at Platform 4. Pioneers of digital art STATION ROSE (Elisa Rose and Gary Danner) will talk about their beginnings in late 1980s Vienna and up until their recent phase ‘Next Digital Quarter Century.’ Working independently over the decades, Danner & Rose have published numerous CDs, DVDs, books and art works – and have performed live all over the world several hundred times. After the lecture they will display a live composing of abstract audiovisual loops in real time ranging from pop to abstract electronics and give a glimpse of things to come. ‘The Vienna duo are indestructible. They’re like a flourishing rosebud out of a cement sidewalk crack. Every wannabe tech artist should study their efforts and see how they just plain invented themselves and their milieu.’ – Bruce Sterling. Find more here.








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