Aal around Aalborg: LEGOS, Fatamorgana, Baz’art, Multicultural Fair, more art, tango, As You Like It, Earth Hour, Choro Vivo, and a flea market
Today is the warmest day of 2016 so far. Spring has sprung. While you will probably be tempted to just bask in the temperature increase (and sun when it cooperates) the next couple of days, there are also lots of things going on indoors that might be tempting. This is the weekend before Easter weekend, which consists of a series of days you can’t go shopping. I will have a special edition for that period. But in the mean time, get out and explore the options in Aalborg! My tips? The Multicultural Spring Fair at the library, the bicycle auction, and Indian Night hosted by Sharing International. Oh – and definitely Earth Hour, even if you don’t spend it at the zoo…
Friday, 18 March
Starting today (from 10:00 to 20:00) Salling hosts a LEGO event at which you can see a full-sized car made of LEGOS, meet live LEGO figures, participate in a Nexo Knights treasure hunt, and many other fun activities. There will also be plenty of good LEGO offers. The LEGO event in Salling lasts until March 26. On Saturday and Sunday it takes place from 10:00 to 18:00. Free of charge (except any LEGOs you purchase.)
FATAMORGANA is a dreamy and sensual exhibition that is based on an unrealized joint project between the architect Jorn Utzon and artist Asger Jorn. Utzon and Jorn wanted to create a new art museum for Jorn’s art collection, but the project did not get past the sketch stage when Jorn died in 1973. Using modern technology and visitors’ input the old sketches from the project gain a new life as the exhibition seeks to understand the meeting of two international giants of Danish architecture and art. Exhibition opened yesterday, March 17 and runs through 31 August. Free admission for members of Kunsten and Utzon’s ‘fælles klub’, as well as students. Normal admission for other guests. More info here.
Find out more about Easter traditions in Denmark and other countries at UCN’s International Easter Day, starting this evening at 18:00. You can expect to learn about and try Easter food, traditions, dances, and culture kindly delivered by participants from Denmark, Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary. It has been always a lot of fun during the years, so do not miss it. The event will be held in UCN Hobrovej 85 and entry is free. More info here.
Baz’art will take place at KUL Cafe in Nordkraft tonight from 18:30. If you paint/draw/do photography or in some other way create art, you have the possibility to book a stall and sell your works at KUL. Following the successes of BazaarKUL and Art Affair, the idea of easy access to personal art has come to life. The concept is different from Art Affair because nothing is censored or chosen, and in that sense every artist is equal in terms of participation. Entry is free – I’m not sure if you can still sell at this point, but you could definitely come to browse and/or buy…More info here.
Saturday, 19 March
Søberg Økologisk (Organic) has moved to Vejgaard and would like to invite family, friends, customers, old and new, and everyone else to the opening party in their new store from 10:00 to 14:00. There will be samples of delicious chocolate, soft drinks, wine, licorice and more. And a lot of bargains. The store, which used to exist on Danmarksgade, is now located at Vejgaard Torv between the bank and former Blockbuster. Come and see their expanded selection and have a cup of coffee or hot chocolate! More info here.
The next police bicycle (and other items) auction takes place tomorrow from 11:00. You can see what is on offer here but you have to be at the auction tomorrow to make a winning bid (I think – I don’t quite understand why they allow bids online…)
Aalborg Main Library invites you to their Multicultural Spring Fair, a celebration of spring and diversity in Aalborg, from 11:00 to 14:00. We invite friendship societies and ethnic societies to contribute to a marketplace where you can taste different kinds of food, check out cool handicraft, and enjoy song and dance. You will be able to meet:
- China, represented by The Confucius Institute
- Danish – Hungarian Association
- Bosnia – represented by ”Ljiljan” and the Union of Bosnian Associations
- Africa south of the Sahara by Touch of Africa
- Thai North
- The Vietnamese Association
- An association of mothers from Hasseris Housing Association
11:30 A tour around the world for the whole family with music teacher Malene Horsfeldt
12:30 Dance of the Dragon – Vietnam
12:45 African Fusion Dance Move
13:00 Traditional dance from Thailand
Come for the opening of Shouting Over the Fence at Kunsthal NORD at Nordkraft from 13:00 to 16:00. There will be complimentary glasses of wine, beer and water. The opening speech will be given by art historian Henrik Broch-Lips, head of the Kunsthal NORD. Shouting Over the Fence is a joint effort by five established artists – Linda Bjørnskov, Pernille Rivendell Helweg, Anne Marie Ploug, Melou Vanggaard and Maria Wæhrens – who have embraced such concepts as gender, body and feminist critique and created a contextually, collectivist and humorous installation. More info here and here.
Did you know that you get the crispest sound experience with LPs? Would you like to hear rock, funk, metal, soul, pop, classical, Danish, jazz, country, or something else on LP? Nordkraft’s KUL Cafe opens its doors Saturday from 10:00 to 15:00 for an LP Exchange, where you can buy, sell and trade new and old LPs. There will be live music by local bands, and the prices of over 70,000 plates start at five crowns. Entry is free.
Would you like to experience true Indian culture, with spicy food with exotic aromas, colorful costume and bangles, rangoli, Henna tattoo and rock with Bollywood dance? Come to Indian Night at Kærbyskole!! Presented by Sharing International, it looks to be a spectacular evening of Indian food and culture. Tickets are 150kr/adult, 75kr/child 6-12 years old. Today is the last day to buy a ticket, so check it out now! More info available here.
18:15 – 19:30 Indian buffet (Menu: papadum, samosa with mint chutney, chicken curry, chicken grill, tikki, spicy pulav ris, garlic naan)
19:30 – 20:00 Indian talk
20:00 – 20:45 Bollywood dance and Bollywood workshop for all guests
Showcasing On Air Festival, in collaboration with Platform 4, Switch brings you a monthly event exploring the quality and depth of two popular electronic genres: Techno & House. Alongside two resident slots Switch presents both local and guest DJs, accompanied by a full visual experience. The event is donation-based, which essentially means the next edition is co-funded by our guests. Without further ado, preparations have already started for the first “Switch to Techno”. On March 19 Platform 4 will host a Berlin inspired lineup with a fine touch of local sounds, coloured by visual entertainment. (Warmup: Lounge Techno from 18:00 in the café. Fussball, beer and laughs until showtime at 22:00.) Free of charge but donations can be made in cash at the event or via MobilePay (29876848). Find the line-up here.
For 23 consecutive years Aalborg University Shakespeare Company has opened its doors for another one of William Shakespeare’s amazing pieces and invites the audience into a world of obscure 16th Century England with beautiful scenery and Renaissance costumes. Friendship, love and family feuds are some of the themes in As You Like It, being performed by the Company here at Easter. The play offers also also plenty of cross-dressing, a few weddings and a few trees. The play portrays the conflicts that occur when cousins Celia and Rosalind are banished by Duke Frederick. They flee to the Arden woods, where they run into Orlando, whom Rosalind falls hopelessly in love with at first glance. The problem is that Rosalind has disguised herself as a man to avoid being recognized – and the situation escalates further as Rosalind decides to test Orlando’s love for her. The play offers plenty of laughs, comic misunderstandings and what probably is one of Shakespeare’s most beloved monologues. All performances start at 19:00 and the show premieres on March 19 and then plays from 21 March to 25 March. Tickets are 75 kr. (students 50 kr) and bookings can be made online at shakespearecompany.net or by telephone 22391289 (telephone hours are 12-14). Tickets can also be purchased at the door. The show is performed in English. More info here, too.
On Saturday, March 19 at 20:30 all lights at Aalborg Zoo will be turned off and the zoo will go dark. This will be duplicated worldwide as millions of people, companies, and entire cities recognise Earth Hour to raise awareness of global climate change by switching off lights for one hour. Prior to the dark hour, guests at the zoo will be able to experience a spectacular acrobatic show on the savannah. You can see the Aalborg Zoo FB event page here and more about Earth Hour here.
Puccini’s tragic opera Madame Butterfly will be performed at Aalborg Kongres og Kultur Center at 19:30. Tickets range from 290kr. to 380kr. Performed by Den Jyske Opera and Aalborg Symphony Orchestra. More information available here.
At Huset from 20:00 you can enjoy Brazilian music performed by Choro VIVO, a Copenhagen-based trio that specializes in the Brazilian choro. Choro, which has been played for over 100 years ago in Rio de Janeiro, is an encounter between different musical traditions – such as Native American, African and European. Choro Vivo consists of Martin Heap on 7-string guitar and the 4-stranded cavaquinho, Martin Bueno on the 6-string guitar, and Italian Marco Spallanzani on Bandolim, which is a variant of the mandolin. Admission: 120kr. in advance/140kr. on the day (students, pensioners and the like .: 60/80 kr.) See the group’s website here.
A taste of Choro Vivos music can be found at:
Sunday, 20 March
From 11:00 to 16:00 there will be a flea market at Louise Plads in the center of Aalborg, near Boulevarden. Stalls can be purchased by anyone and everyone is more than welcome to come and browse and make wonderful discoveries. Come and find everything from cool vintage and retro cases to furniture and unique collections of modern appliances, clothes and trinkets. Prices are low so that everyone can participate. It costs 30 kr to buy a stand (1.5 x 2 meters). See more info about purchasing stands on the event page here (in Danish). If you cannot participate this Sunday, fear not – there will be held flea markets on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of every month at Louise Plads from March to September! 🙂
Come and practice your tango at Tango Drop-in at Kulturebroen Nørresundby from 20:00 to 22:00. Entry fee includes coffee, tea, wine. Members pay 20kr., guests pay 40. Jon Rasmussen hosts. For more info click here.
Wednesday, 23 March
For the first time ‘Kunst for alle’ (‘Art for all’) will be held in Aalborg. The exhibition takes place at Aalborg Kongres og Kultur Center (AKKC). The philosophy of “Art for All” is to show what is happening right now in the art scene through an exhibit of a wide range of original art. At the same time, it is important that guests and artists meet each other, which often sharpens buying interest. 75 established artists will be present with an emphasis on the visual arts, but ceramics, sculpture, bronze, glass and photography will also be represented. The opening takes place on Wednesday from 16:00 to 19:00. The director of AKKC, Ernst Trillingsgaard, will give the opening speech at 17:00. Following this, opening hours are Thursday-Sunday, 24-27 March, from 11:00 to 17:00 each day. There is a large children’s area, which is staffed so you can safely leave your children while touring the exhibition yourself. They will be able to decorate Easter eggs and there will also be daily a workshop for children and young people led by the artist Kathrine van Well. Entry is 50kr. More info (in Danish) is available here.