Aal around Aalborg: art, music, philosophical art salon, Alternative party meeting on refugees, free showing of Cowspiracy, and some of the many winter holiday events for kids
Dear Readers – I have reached what feels like a crossroads of sorts: I could continue to write this weekly post as I have since I began it, almost exactly 2 years ago – selecting events and activities that I feel could be interesting to internationals in Aalborg, whether the events are in English or not. Or I could reduce the post to what I wrote last week, highlighting (or providing a few tips about) 2-3 events and leaving the rest to Flowland.dk, which is adding more and more entries to their ‘International’ event category (and including English descriptions for nearly all of them.)
At this point, what will help me decide is what you, readers, tell me you prefer. If you like this post, would you please comment below, telling me what you find most helpful about ‘Aal around Aalborg’? In addition, if there are other things you think I should include on the blog, whether as part of this series or other subjects, please include them. Oh – and please let me know if you miss the Events Calendar. I’ve been very remiss lately with that aspect of the weekly events and activities on the blog.
In the mean time, I’ll revert to my original format this week and share tips on activities for the winter break next week – especially those geared toward families and children. There is actually a very handy and very long list of possibilities in chronological order on VisitAalborg’s website. Click here and turn on Google Translate if you need some help with the Danish…I promise you can keep busy next week if you have children at home and aren’t leaving for a sunny beach somewhere!
Friday, 19 February
Street Station #1 art exhibit at Byen’s Rum from 18:30. Street Station is an urban youth art studio, which is now launching their first exhibition. Each artist has been given the theme “Reality Check” – and it is the result of their interpretation of the theme that is now on display. The exhibit will be up today until 22:00 and Saturday from noon to 15:00. Free entry. Check out the FB page for the lists of artists and more info…Looks like a very cool event.
Saturday, 20 February
There will be an art auction at Nordkraft tomorrow from 12:30 (the art is already on display). Lots of different media. You can see artists’ names and many of the pieces on the FB event page here. So if you’ve been looking to spruce up your walls with some new paintings, or populate your windowsills with some sculptures – here’s your chance!
Concert at Utzon Center for children and other people from 14:00 to 17:00. Around the world in 40 minutes! The audience will participate with a great bunch of North Jutland artists. An activity for the whole family during the winter holidays. 60kr/adult and free for children. Learn more here. Arranged in partnership with Aalborg Operafestival.
For those confident in their Danish, consider joining Kunsthal Nord’s next session in their series of philosophical salons at 14:00. The event is for anyone curious and interested in exploring life’s big philosophical questions. The philosophical art salon aims to explore and investigate concepts related to art hall’s current exhibitions or art in general. ‘Together, we will articulate the themes that have always affected us humans, and as the art renewable seeks to bring into play.’ We provide coffee or beer and briefly introduce both the method and the choice of the theme. The event is free and there is free access to the Kunsthal NORD. More info here.
Transform #2 at Platform4 tomorrow night is now sold out (click here if you just don’t believe me.) Maybe you can buy a ticket off a friend?!?!?!?!
However, Groovebox at 1000Fryd is not sold out. Here is their pitch: “As the last month of winter is approaching the end and there is so much accumulated love to give out, Groovebox invites you to a warm House & Disco session. Join our tribe and we’ll give you the best vibe!” From 21:00 to 3:00 the next morning. Free entry. More info here.
And in case that is not your scene, there is also free entry to International Night at Studenterhuset, which presents their Semester Opening Party from 21:00. A new semester has begun and of course it should be celebrated with a well-deserved night of clubbing. We will keep you entertained for the whole night with our two resident DJ teams Funky Fridays (funk/soul/disco) and M!NT (house/electro/urban) – providing you with the perfect excuse to get your butt out on the dance floor. So bring your friends along with your party attitude, and join us! More info here.
Sunday, 21 February
Rikke Jacobsen’s watercolors will fill Huset’s gallery in March – with naturalistic works that include poetry but also melancholy. They have a strange inescapable presence that is both forceful and ominous in its questions to us as viewers – as a feeling of being under water, where everything is suddenly quiet .. . and yet not. Her works have a transparent look and Rikke works with conscious control of the colors in many layers. The exhibit runs through 16 March. More info here.
Monday, 22 February
Springeren Maritime Center invites children to try a treasure hunt, dig for gold, make their own magnet or keyring, and just have a good time next week from 10:00 to 16:00. Free tea and coffee for the parents. Every day from 22-26 February.
Tuesday, 23 February
The Danish Alternative Party will hold their second ‘Theme Tuesday’ at the party’s premises at Vesterbro 57, st th from 18:00 to 22:00. Themed Tuesday is a discussion and knowledge sharing event where we have an open dialogue about a particular subject on the basis of a short presentation. This second ‘Theme Tuesday’ event will be about how Alternatives in North Jutland at the local level can fight the conditions of refugees and help them in different ways. Various associations with hands-on experience in the field will join a dialogue involving both Alternative as a party and movement. Critical voices in relation to the Alternative’s public policies in this area are, of course, welcome. We also welcome refugees who can tell us about the asylum system – so if you are a refugee or know someone who is: we need you! See you at our next meeting! More info here.
Wednesday, 24 February
N-SAA has begun to organize film evenings on the last Wednesday of each month at KUL Cafe at Nordkraft. Next Wednesday at 19:00 they will show the controversial documentary “Cowspiracy,” which explores livestock’s impact on the environment and questions the environmental organizations on this very problem. Afterwards there will be time to discuss and debate the film. It will be possible to buy organic juices and coffee in KUL Café and there will be sustainable snacks for the movie! Read more about the film here and the event here.
KFUM Hall transformed into playland next Friday to Sunday. Aalborg KFUM Handball Support Association is ready to create an atmosphere of fun during part of this coming winter holiday. Under the umbrella ‘Winter Hubbub Hello’ the association has set out to create a healthy and fun alternative to sedentary pursuits on the cold days off next week. The idea is simply that the KFUM Hall in Hasseris will be filled with inflatables and various ball games from 26 to 28 February from 10:00 to 18:00. The activities and facilities at KFUM Hall will be mostly geared towards children. However, their parents are also welcome and there will be a cordoned off zone for them with the daily newspaper, coffee, and much more. Food for all available at low prices. Cost is 50 kr/entry (children 3 and under free). More info here.