Aal around Aalborg (Easter weekend edition): various activities for children plus some art exhibitions and events next week centering on Somalia and Guatemala
I find myself in a strange place this week. On Wednesday I said ‘vi ses!’ to my colleagues at International House North Denmark, as I will be starting a new full-time job on Monday, 4 April for the EU North Sea Region Programme based in Viborg. I will miss the people I have been working with, all of whom are truly and sincerely interested in improving life for internationals in the North Denmark region. But note that it wasn’t good-bye – I’m sure I’ll see them at events and activities that I post here on my blog, or that you can find on IHND’s FB page. I’m also excited, of course, to begin my new position and get to know my new co-workers.
All of this to say, my life is going to change relatively drastically in April, and I don’t know what this will mean for the blog. I would like to think I’ll be able to keep it up, but if I’m honest with myself that will be difficult with both the job and the commute taking away significant time from my schedule. I’m going to see how it goes and try a couple of ideas, including one friend’s suggestion that I turn this weekly post into a group effort and recruit helpers to populate the page. More substantive posts will certainly drop down the priority list – but guest bloggers are always welcome to contribute! Some of the widely viewed posts on this blog have been by guest bloggers. If you are interested in writing something about living in Aalborg, please contact me at this email address.
So we’re already nearly half-way through Easter holiday, a period I had hoped to cover earlier this week. The entries below are short as I just want to get this out. Next week I will be away and after that…well, we’ll have to see. This is not good-bye, though. I’ll figure something out! 🙂 [Event Calendar has been updated as of Friday night, 24 March.]
Activities for those with children
Nordkraft – DGI-Huset ‘Legeland i Påsken’ – Children can run, jump, hop, and climb in the big gym on the 3rd level of Nordkraft. 50kr/child older than 2 years. Open every day through Monday, 28 March from 10:00 to 16:00. Our two girls LOVE it. Official info here.
Springeren Maritime Center – Also open every day through Monday from 10:00 to 16:00. Lots of Easter-related activities for children (some with small surcharge of 10kr). Bring your own lunch or buy something to eat there. Entry for children 40kr for those 6 years and older; free for those under 6. Info here.
Aalborg Zoo – Aalborg Zoo places emphasis on play and learning during the Easter holiday period. You can meet newly hatched chickens and produce beautiful Easter eggs or find out more about the past, present and future Danish animals, such as mammoths and reindeer. You can also meet Safari Simon and the orangutan Pongo who has just returned from the Congolese jungle! Regular entry prices include special activities and opening hours are generous during the holiday. Find out more here.
Kunsten – On Sunday and Monday, 27-28 March Kunsten’s creative Art-Lab turns into an Egg Lab. Kunsten’s artists will initiate creative ways to paint eggs in five different, quirky and beautiful ways. In the Egg-Lab there are no rules! The important thing is the process of creating something – and not so much the final end product. All children between 3 and 12 years can participate. Come between 11:00 and 15:00. Entry for children is free with parent who pays admission to the museum (or is a member.) More info here.
Fun activities for children at Friis and Aalborg Storcenter on Saturday, 26 March. Friis open from 10:00 to 17:00 Saturday, and decorate eggs at Aalborg Storcenter from 11:00 to 15:00.
A huge art exhibition in Brønderslev every day during Easter holidays. The event has long been a cultural fixture in North Jutland, one that many from near and far look forward to – and each year brings together several thousand visitors. Free Entrance. Looks very interesting. More info here. Opening hours:
Friday, 24 March
Aalborg Student Radio invites everyone to attend their monthly members meetings. Ever thought of producing radio, content, graphics, events or treasury? This is the place for you! Join our intro/members meeting tonight at 19:00 at International House North Denmark (or any last Friday of the month) and meet our volunteers, visit our studio and get see what we’re all about! If you’re interested in collaborating with us you are also welcome to join. We are a non-profit organization run by volunteers – but there’s much to learn and experience, and a vast network to be made through our members and institution. For more information visit www.studentradio.dk or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any particular questions.
Felix De Luca, Niki Bernhard and DJ Tazer tonight at Platform 4 from 22:00 to 3:00. Entry 60kr/person. More info here.
Sunday, 27 March
Opening of a solo exhibition by NA.dea at Galleri Guldfisk from 14:00 to 17:00. Paintings with seriousness and edge. The gallery’s first show will include a number of NA.dea’s new works, works that push the viewer to want to see more. NA.dea will be present on the opening day. We also offer exciting music with the renowned Danish electronic musician Tone, who will play a few songs from his upcoming album. Come and join us to make it a good day, get the chance to acquire one of NA.dea’s works, and thereby support vulnerable children in Nepal through the Chimalaya Charity. More info here.
Tuesday, 29 March
Hot Salsa Nights at Cafe Vesterå Salsa Club from Tuesday, 29 March to Friday, 1 April. 2 hour Salsa class for beginners starts at 19:00 PM with Salsa instructor Ezatollah. Price for 2 hours 80 dkk. On Thursday, March 31st there are a Salsa class for intermediates & advanced at 19:00 and a Salsa class for beginners at 20:00. Price for 1 hour lesson 50 dkk (including social dancing.) Social dancing with DJ Ezat each night at 21:00: Salsa, Salsaton, Bachata, Zouk, Kizomba, Merengue, Forró and more…The price only for social dancing after 21:00 is 40 dkk! The venue closes each night at midnight. More info here.
20th Aalborg International Guitar Festival 2016 starts Tuesday and ends Sunday, 3 April. Program full of performances and classes for everyone from beginner to advanced. Lots of venues, lots of artist, lots of great music. Different prices. Check out the program and buy tickets here.
Thursday, 31 March
“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without its root.” – Marcus Garvey. Attention those of you from Somalia, with Somali background or those with an interest in the African country and culture! Somali Relief Trust and Reer Aalborg once again welcome you to an exciting evening at Sundhedshuset Fyrkildevej. The theme for the evening will be the exploration of the Somali culture, history and language. We will immerse ourselves in Somali heritage where YOU play a major role. To really know who you are, you must first learn about your roots. Your cultural heritage has an impact on your mindset, humanity and your perception of the world. All those with an interest in the Somali culture are welcome. Come and learn about different dimensions of “dhaqanka.” “The tree will stand strong longer yet.” Come and get all the senses into play when traditional goodies can be bought for a few kroner 🙂 We look forward to seeing you.
17:05-17:35: Talk about Somali education system
17:40 to 18:00: Break
18:00-19:00: Trade fairs, showcasing Somali artifacts
19:00-19:30: “The stage is yours!”
19:30 to 20:00: Reflection + end
IBIS LatinoFilm is coming to Aalborg! IBIS LatinoFilm organizes events to raise awareness about Latin American politics, history and culture. The first event ‘Living on One Dollar’ will take place at Studenterhuset on the 31st of March from 19:00 to 21:15. Living on One Dollar is a must-watch film that provides a unique look into the hardship and hope of life in extreme poverty. The film follows the story of four young friends who set out to live on just one dollar a day, as do so many of the world’s poorest people. During eight weeks in rural Guatemala, they battle hunger, parasites and the realization that there are no easy answers. Yet, the generosity and strength of Rosa, a 20-year-old woman, and Chino, a 12-year-old boy give them resilient hope that there are effective ways to make a difference. Join Zach and Chris as they narrate this gripping journey of understanding. You will leave with a deep empathy for the people of Peña Blanca and feel empowered that you CAN change the world. Note: The event is free and open for everyone, but we would like to know how many guests to expect. So please sign up http://goo.gl/forms/3xx4n3v7SB
19:00: Welcome – by IBIS volunteers
19:15: Screening of the documentary “Living on One Dollar”
20:15: A short break
20:25: Presentation as background for debate – Sarah Crumlin Spanggaard
20:45: Debate – Questions and Comments
21:15: Goodbye and see you next time