I am happy to report that spring has officially arrived in Aalborg. I wasn’t so sure it was going to when I last posted. And with the good weather come the interesting outdoor events. Next weekend, of course, are the annual international carnival parade (20 May) and the children’s carnival parade and party (21 May). Following that (28 May) is the biggest excuse to drink all day in northern Europe, when many of you might actually prefer to escape the city. (We’re ‘lucky’ enough to be on ‘garden improvement’ duty with the rest of our andelsbolig, so we’re stuck here…)
And for whatever reason, this weekend EVERYTHING is happening on Saturday. Unbelievable. A bit more distribution and sharing with Sunday would have been nice, but Saturday is THE day. (Actually, to be fair some of the events below stretch over the three-day weekend. But still…) Choose carefully – there is a lot to pick from! 🙂
Friday, 13 May
Garnudsalg is having an open house and massive sale on yarn this weekend, starting today. If you are a knitter or otherwise inclined toward using the material, check out their offers Friday and Saturday from 10:00 to 18:00 and Sunday from 10:00 to 16:00. Located at Indkildevej 4A, 9210 Aalborg. See more here.
The Norner exhibition opens today at Utzon Center from 16:00. ‘Norner’ is an ambitious project in which fashion, light and sound meet. It presents a new, artistic interpretation of Nordic cultural history, focusing on an atmospheric and meditative space created by textiles, lighting and sound. Read more here and here.
A ‘take me back to the 60s and 70s’ music party happens from tonight at 21:00 to 4:00 tomorrow. In Vejgaard at Café Frederiksberg, Hadsundsvej 1b. Come and (re)experience what it sounded like when the Beatles, disco, and bell bottoms ruled. Prizes to the best dressed, 60s and 70s buffet (are they really going to serve food from that era? extra charge of 119kr), and happy hour from 22:00 to 23:00. Evidently this event has sold out in the past – tickets 100kr in advance, 150kr at the door. Find out where to buy them ahead of time – plus lots more details – here.
If that era’s music is not your thing, then head to 1000Fryd instead, where you can experience StereoElastique, a hot pot of diverse underground dance music! Two decades of experience have helped the StereoElastique Dj team master the most important skill: to play records in the right order. Each record must complement the one before, and introduce the one that follows. Beatmatching is an obvious way of linking records, but there are other common factors, such as lyrical themes & complimentary keys that StereoElastique Djs often use to aid the transition. Each piece of music has a mood and an energy level, and, orchestrated carefully, you can create an atmosphere where every record that comes in is precisely right for the moment. The idea of “StereoElastique” is to bring to the dance floor a seamless eclectic mix of diverse music. This sounds like a good idea and for the money – entrance is FREE – it probably provides that party in Vejgaard with some serious competition. More info here.
If THAT isn’t your thing, there’s yet another option: Club Vesterå, where Christian Nielsen will be playing live, supported by DJs Kornum and Tchika from 23:00 to 5:00 tomorrow morning (first floor opens at 22:00). I don’t know anything about his music, but if you are interested you can read more here. Entrance is also free, happy hour from 10:00 to 1:00 (all night with a student ID), and Heinekens are 25kr.
Saturday, 14 May
Pinsen (Pentecost) weekend starts tomorrow, and all three days you can learn more about elephants at Aalborg Zoo. Each day from 11:00 to 12:30 you can go behind the scenes in the elephant house, and in the afternoon zookeepers will tell you about the elephants while they are being fed and washed. If you participate in the big elephant competition, you might be one of the lucky ones who gets to meet the animals up close. Find out more here.
If you are an indie short film lover (meaning you like films that are independently made and not feature length), then head to Biffen cinema at Nordkraft tomorrow for the 7th annual Filmkraft Short Film Festival. Entry is free. Throughout they day, besides watching any and all the nominated films, you can hear the Filmkraft jury talk about their work and experiences in the Danish film industry. The films were made by Danish movie makers, so I assume that they are in Danish – but don’t let that stop you! Sometimes it’s the cinematography, or the music, or the unspoken language that entices. More info here.
The annual Big Air Kite Surf Blokhus show/demonstration/competition takes place tomorrow and it looks like a great event for adults and children alike. (It is part of the larger 3-day Blokhus Windfestival, which you can find out more about here.) Starting with a ‘make your own kite’ activity for the kids from 10:00 to 11:00 (50kr/kite), the day continues with free ‘kite buggy rides’ (what is a kite buggy?) from 11:00 12:00 (this may continue all day, depending on demand), followed by the main show from 12:00 to 14:00. Naturally, the success of the day hangs on the strength of the wind – but when has that been an issue in Blokhus? Prizes to the best kite surfers. More info here.
Attention everyone with countless hours to spare waiting in line! Tomorrow WeDoBurgers – a burger joint that opened in Århus last year to rave reviews – will open their second shop in Denmark in our lovely city. And they are offering free burgers – not the miniature ones; the real, juicy, whole burger deal – all day (well, from 12:00 to 20:00)! According to one of my sources, some people waited 5 hours last year in Århus for one of the beef sandwiches. I have heard that this place locally sources everything and that they stick to the basics – no fancy bacon and mystery sauce burgers, just hamburgers and cheeseburgers. They also offer an option for vegetarians. If you’re not interested in a free burger, stop by Monday to pay for one and walk out within 10 minutes. More info here.
Tomorrow is also a big annual Aalborg event: Chill i Parken! And Kunsten – the newly renovated and reopened art museum in Aalborg – is hosting in their sculpture park, with the beautiful round splash fountain. In addition to an impressive lineup of musical performances, there will be graffiti for children (legal and supervised), a bar, art, and an after party at Platform4 (which runs from 21:00 to 3:00 Sunday and costs 70kr.). Chill i Parken is free of charge (although if you want to enter the museum you will have to pay. Kudos to Aalborg Kommune, Det Obelske Familiefond & KUNSTEN for their support of this event. You can find the lineup here, as well as other details.
“JUST LIKE ART” also takes place tomorrow at Ved Stranden 13 from 18:30 to 23:00. The event is organized by young intermedia artists, whose aim is to bring experience and communicate ideas through art. The art work will be presented by AAU Art&Technology bachelor students as well as other artists based in the nothern part of Denmark. You will have a chance to experience various forms of art: performance, video, installation, robotic and many more. Free entrance and welcome drink. More info, including the evening’s program, can be found here.
Aalborg Salsa Forening invites all the sensual dances’ lovers to their second cozy and sensual event – Aalborg Goes Sensual vol. 2! This time we have an amazing kizomba teacher – Dee – coming all the way from Aarhus to show you how to dance kizomba. The event takes place at Kulturbroen Nørresundby from 19:30 to midnight. Entry is 40kr. For more info on the program and Aalborg Salsa Forening’s ‘sensual dance’ series, click here.
And, of course, since Eurovision takes place Saturday there are at least a couple of Eurovision parties happening in Aalborg. The first is UCN’s at UCN T&B International. Starting at 20:00 ‘we will have country lounges with flags, so come and join yours…GRATIS popcorn and chips as always :). The Eurovision event lasts 3 hours and 30 minutes and the voting system has changed: the winner will be chosen by judges as well as citizens who call in. So install the official Eurovision App from their mobile store here.’ More info on the event here.
The second Eurovision party is being hosted by Aalborg Pride at Ulla Therkelsen, London, which is a café located at Kastetvej 36. Entry is from 19:00 and costs 300kr. This entry price includes dinner and a welcome drink as well as a 100kr donation to Aalborg Pride. Armbands, which are proof that you have paid, are available for purchase at the café. More info here.
Sunday, 15 March
Yoga in the Park, run by Undaya Yoga Studio, from 12:30 to 13:30 at Karolinelund pavilion. This is a hugely popular public yoga session, and it now spills out onto the grass surrounding the pavilion. Free of charge but donations are not turned away. J In Danish and English. More info here.
Wednesday, 18 March
The South Gate Society and European Youth Nordjylland, with support from Statens Kunstfond, would like to invite you to meet writer Mads Nygaard at 19:00 at Trekanten Bibliotek & Kulturhus. His first book, “Koalaens Kærlighed” (Love of the Koala) debuted in 2000, and he has since published 4 novels and several children’s books. Mads describes himself as an author who “has always looked flustered into the ground, when people are talking about the big picture.” It’s the little things in people’s lives that fascinate Mads Nygaard, and the human ability to make endless mistakes drives his writing. Mads is also co-founder of “Venligboerne”, a volunteer-organization that welcomes refugees and helps them with whatever they may need, be it clothes or a trip to play in the forest. The organization has been hugely successful and has even been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Learn more about Mads Nyggard and his work at http://www.forfatter-mads-nygaard.dk/. The event is free of charge and will be in English. More info here.
Thursday, 19 May
The next International Startup Café will take place at International House North Denmark at Rantzausgade 4 from 15:45-17:45. This event is for you if:
– you are considering starting a business
– you want to find a partner for your team
– you want to meet a business
– or you just want to be inspired
The event will focus on ‘dating’ already established businesses that are seeking new markets, employees or partners. You will meet companies that will briefly present their business and then have the opportunity to talk in more depth with their representatives after the presentations. Mark Rosener, from SPININ, a growth program through which an entrepreneur and an established company can exchange knowledge, experience and inspiration, will be the guest speaker. Please sign up beforehand at this link https://businessaalborg.nemtilmeld.dk/61/.