Aal around Aalborg: youth theatre festival, Science Slam, Fabulous Party, beach volley, Ramasjang at the zoo, Indian music, US music, flea markets, dinner for internationals, transgender info event, and Qi Gong
May begins on Sunday, but you wouldn’t know it if you looked outside. Oh wait – this is Denmark. Spring comes when it feels like it here. OK. Breathe deeply, light some candles, and maybe try some Qi Gong (next Wednesday – see below)…
Friday, 29 April
Open By Night at Aalborg Storcenter (City Syd). For those unfamiliar with this concept, this means all shops in the shopping centre will be open until 22:00 to stimulate consumerism. Special activities associated with the promotional event include glitter tattoos for kids from 17:00 to 21:00, a clown who will perform and make balloon animals from 15:00 to 19:00, and live music performed by Bjarke Rasmussen from 19:00 to 21:30.
UngAalborg/Aalborg Kommune, Aalborg Kulturskole, Det Hem’lige Teater and Teater Nordkraft bring you ZOOM Theater Festival today and tomorrow in various locations. All performances are by youths between the ages of 13 and 29 and FREE to the public. The schedule, including names of the shows, times and locations, is available here. Performances are in Danish, but who knows which budding stars you might see on stage!?!??!
European Youth presents the eighth session of their Leadership Training series this evening from 18:00 to 20:00 at International House North Denmark, created by the Future Leaders Guild (a project by Europaeisk Ungdom Nordjylland). In the eight session, we will discuss three different leadership styles – passive, transactional and transformational.
A. Identify different leadership styles
B. Assess the strenghts and weaknesses of your most natural approach
C. Decide which style is most appropriate for your situation
D. Identify any changes you may need to make in order to lead successfully
Please note that to participate, you need to have a laptop with a working Adobe PDF program. More info available here.
AAU’s annual Science Slam happens tonight from 20:30 (doors open at 19:45) at the CREATE building on the harbour. Last year 650 people attended, and they are hoping for the same or more this year. Entry is free of charge; however, the queue was long last year, so come early because there are a limited number of seats. What is a science slam? Forget about boring and hour-long lectures. Imagine high tempo, sound, lighting and entertainment. Imagine the latest research presented by six researchers from Aalborg University in just six minutes in front of a large audience in CREATE’s impressive main hall at Aalborg’s waterfront. Without the use of PowerPoint and far away from auditoriums and lecture halls. As part of the audience you actively participate in the discussion around the tables and decide who wins. Drinks etc. can be bought at the bar. After the winner has been announced, the event turns into a party with both music and drinks. Please note that this event is in DANISH. More info here.
UCN Fabulous Party is an ordinary party – NOT really…we celebrate you being fabulous! Yes, we know you love it, feeling special, so do we all…UCN’s most exclusive party is for all of YOU fabulous people we spend our days with…we would love to share our exclusive atmosphere party, where you are our spotlight, all for the sake of great memories.
To make the perfect night:
★ No entrance fee
★ Student priced bar
★ First 200 guests get a glass of champagne.
★ UV lights, blue lights, spot lights, to shine the night away.
★ Professional photographer.
★ The amazing DJ MA!KY
I, the blogger, don’t know if this is open to non-UCN students but I would imagine it is. The more the merrier, right? Takes place at UCN T&B International from 21:00 tonight until 3:00 tomorrow morning. From the photos, it looks like a lot of effort has been put in and it will honestly be a cool event. More info here.
Saturday, 30 April
Have you always wanted to try beach volleyball? Tomorrow is your chance to do it for free with other enthusiasts. Aalborg Beachvolley Klub kicks off their season at 13:00 at Ny Kærvej 2A, 9000 Aalborg. Here’s their spiel: ‘You don’t need a partner because we mix teams so everyone can participate. It is important for us to emphasize that there is room for all levels and that it should be a really nice day’ (by that I don’t think they mean that they are guaranteeing the weather…) ‘The event is free of charge and there will be an opportunity to buy a grilled sausage with bread, beer and water (we take both cash MobilePay and Swipp). If you enjoy it, you can come and start training the week after. Read more about the training schedule on our website.’
For those of you with children who watch Ramasjang, Aalborg Zoo’s Zoofariscene tomorrow at 16:00 is the place to be. Ramasjang Mysteriet will make an appearance and it looks to be a popular event. You must pay entry to get into the zoo, but the show is free. Find out more here.
Traditional North Indian music performance at Huset from 20:00. Rhitom Sarkar on the slide guitar & Subrata Manna on the tabla. Admission: kr. 120 in advance, kr. 140 on the day (students, pensioners, etc: 60/80 kr.). Find out more here.
US musicians Longriver and Travis Champ will perform tomorrow night from 21:00 at 1000Fryd’s cinema. LongrIver is a folk/American Primitive solo artist from Austin, Texas, formerly of The Black and … And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead. Longriver was born David Longoria in Houston, Texas. He is a singer, songwriter, and poet living in Austin. Influenced by the songs of Bob Dylan, Charley Patton, John Fahey, Rolling Stones, Hank Williams, etc., Longriver plays guitar and harmonica. Travis Champ is a poet and songwriter of obscure legend from the remote town of Nehalem, Oregon, formerly of The Cedar Shakes and publisher of Abandon Press. Travis Champ is a cowboy and a folk singer. Champ’s baritone drawl and campfire strumming makes his songs immediately familiar and is that Americana aural wallpaper to go with the belt buckle you found in a thrift store driving through Idaho and the boots you bought that time you went to Austin. More info here.
Sunday, 1 May
As it is the first Sunday of the month, shops at Friis and Aalborg Storcenter will be open (free parking at Friis included).
But if you prefer to buy used and recycled goods, then you are in luck! Two flea markets are happening on Sunday – Lopper På Havnen (the first of the year) and the monthly Louise Plads market. The first of those happens in the space roughly in front of the Elbjørn boat restaurant at the harbour from 10:00 to 15:00. See more here. The other, from 11:00 to 16:00, happens 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. More info here on that one. The Lopper På Havnen market happens on the first Sunday of every month through August, while the Louise Plads one takes place on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of every month until September!
Citykirke is holding a dinner for international residents of Aalborg from 17:30 to 18:30 at their church, Samsøgade 54, 9000 Aalborg. Here is their blurb: ‘If you would like to enjoy a great evening with other internationals in awesome settings ahead of service, our FREE supper is definitely something for you. We would love to meet you and you can even bring your friends along. Danes, you are most welcome too and you only have to pay 25 DKK for supper – affordable isn’t it? So, here is the deal. If you want to dine with us, please type your name in the FB comment box below (see here) and we receive your registration. After supper, and lots of awesome fellowshipping, YOU are all invited to English Service. We look forward to seeing you and if you have any questions, please contact us and we will provide the needed information.’
Monday, 2 May
An event about being transgender will take place at AAU from 16:30. What is it like to be a transgender person in Denmark anno 2016? How can it be that to be transgender is still viewed and processed as a mental disease in the ‘health sector’? And how can we as a society include transgender persons in families, with friends, at work, on public debates. The new Aalborg University-group of Amnesty International is arranging an introduction to our transgender-campaign and a presentation from two interesting speakers. Amnesty-AAU is a self-organised human rights group raising awareness and involvement among students on human rights issues. We will present our campaign at 16:30 and afterwards give the word to Mia Bundgaard Rasmussen, who is doing a Masters degree in Culture, Communication and Globalization at AAU. She has written projects on the subject and will give us insight into the history and complexity of how it is to be a transgender person in Denmark – legally, socially, mentally. Afterwards Pippin Hoeg Lorenzen, who is active in the LGBT group in Aarhus, will tell about the subject from personal experiences. There will be a chance to ask questions to both speakers. The event is open for everyone and doesn’t require enrolment. The event is IN ENGLISH. We hope to see people from every corner of the university! More info here.
Wednesday, 4 May
I had never heard of Qi Gong before last week and here I am posting another such event. ‘Come and enjoy yourself in the present with more energy and inner peace. When you work with your physical state, it will have a knock on effect on your mental attitude and you will achieve inner peace and balance. The exercises are gentle movements and increase your awareness of your body and your muscle strength. You will work with movement and flexibility in a different way. The event is free of charge. It takes place from 16:00 to 17:00 at Trekanten, Sebbersundvej 2a, 9220 Aalborg East. Wear clothes you can move in and bring a yoga mat and water.