Aal around Aalborg: balanced (but busy) agenda this weekend and next Wednesday

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This weekend is a bit more balanced than last. Events spread out over today, tomorrow and Sunday (sorry about the delay on the ones happening at 15:00 today; I wanted to get this post uploaded last night but had to wait until now to do so…) Plus next Wednesday (for whatever reason.) The headliners, of course, are this evening’s international parade – the kick-off of Aalborg’s annual carnival festivities – and the children’s carnival parade and fun in Kildeparken on Saturday. Cooperation on the part of the weather is not guaranteed, but it looks pretty good.

Friday, 20 May

A bankruptcy sale of all products from Sportsshoppen in Hals & Sæby (Sport & Pleasure Ltd.), which went bankrupt in November 2015, takes place this weekend. Prices decrease progressively over the three days:
Friday – ALL PRODUCTS -50% off
Saturday – ALL PRODUCTS -60% off
Sunday – ALL PRODUCTS -70% off
The shops carry Redgreen products, among many others. You will find the warehouse in Hostrup (between Sulsted and Vestbjerg) opposite the Bilgården Hostrup. They will be open all 3 days from 10:00 to 17:00. Besides sportswear, you can find rainwear, swimwear, accessories, shoes, boots, casual wear, and sailing gear as well as lanterns and garden figures. More info here.

A comprehensive and unique art collection has come to Kunsten from the Centre Pompidou, Paris. Join us for the opening of the exhibition ‘Donation Florence & Daniel Guerlain,’ showing international contemporary art of the highest quality. The exhibition presents over 250 works from around the world. All are on paper. Some works are meters long, others quite small, and they all have as many different expressions as paper, as a  medium, allows. The program begins at 15:00 and progresses as follows:
– Welcome by Kunsten’s director, Gitte Ørskou
– Address by Chief Inspector, drawing collection, Centre Pompidou, Per Jonas Storsve
– Talk by France’s Ambassador to Denmark, François Zimeray
– Glasses of Champagne Bruno Paillard served
Free admission for members of Club Art + Utzon. Other pay regular admission fees. More info here.

An alternative to Kunsten can be found in the form of Platform 4’s Tourist Bar, which also begins at 15:00. Here’s their spiel: Summer is for touring around. Come join our thematic tours around the globe this season in picturesque Karolinelund. We have drinks, music and summer activities. We start off in Brazil – with caipirinhas, bossa nova and football!’ Platform 4 is located in Karolinelund. Lots of interested expressed already. See the FB page here.

Yet another alternative to Tourist Bar is more art. But this time at VÆG Art Gallery. ‘You are cordially invited to the opening of the new show SECRETS & DRONES by Danish artist Mads Ljungdahl and Japanese artist Mariko Wada. Ljungdahl presents his project ‘DRONE OBSERVATION’. A series of minimalistic graphic black and white drones. What is a drone? A friendly humming bee or an mechanical enemy? Ljungdahl creates and challenges us with observations of relations between man, machine and nature. Wada is also an explorer – testing the expressive potential of ceramics. By using a variety of modeling techniques, Wada creates tactile and visual objects. ‘ANATOMY OF THE SECRET’ is a series of sculptural objects, where you as a viewer are challenged – what is underneath? Is it moving? From 16:oo to 19:00. The artists will be present. Free entry. The exhibition is on view until 25 June. More info here.

battletemaCome see the best carnival groups from Aalborg, Denmark and Europe! The international carnival parade starts at 18:00 at John F. Kennedy Square, travels down Boulevarden to Nytorv, where it turns righ, and ends up at Gabels Torv. From 20:00 to 22:00 there will be appearances at Gabels Torv. And evidently food stands from places like Ugood, Foodsquat, Fuego and Crazy Chips. Not to be missed (much nicer and more compelling than next Saturday’s madness)! Find out more here on the official Aalborg Karneval site.

To rival the international parade (as if…) is the first Friday Night Skate of the year, beginning at 19:00. Friday Night Skate is a social ride through the streets of Aalborg for all who can use roller skates or roller blades and enjoy skating together with others. Skaters are shielded from the rest of traffic by blockadesThe ride is 15 kilometres in length at a moderate pace with a break at approximately the half-way pointParticipation in the Friday Night Skate is free and requires no registration. Meet in front of the Elbjørn at Aalborg harbor on skates and be ready to roll! Read more here or here.

And yet another option: the first annual UCN’s Got Talent Final! Come and meet our gifted and extraordinary participants, who will provide you with a great show. UCN will provide some snacks and our Friday Bar will be open. An extra surprise will be a performance by our UCN ambassadors, who normally organize events for you but tomorrow will perform as well. Do you think they have talent? Let see… From 20:00 to 23:30 at UCN T&B International. More info on the FB page.

Saturday, 21 May

Do your children like to dress up in costumes? Do they like to walk? Do they like to walk in costume? Then join the Aalborg Karneval’s children’s carnival parade followed by fun activities in Kildeparken the rest of the day. Parade participants will gather at Gabels Torv from 10:00 and begin walking at 11:00. The parade route will take approximately 30 minutes to walk; entertainment (a lot of it!), food and drink and other fun will be available at Kildeparken until 16:00. Armbands for children over 2 years cost 50 kr. (buy them at the Karneval Shop or try here online). More information about Children’s Carnival is available here. Be forewarned: the queue to get into Kildeparken from the end of the parade route can be LOOOOOONNNNNGGGG….

13077035_10154815367599606_4927128668771568808_nCome and experience Kødbyens Food & Market in Kildeparken: street food with a focus on delicious ingredients. Kødbyens Food & Market presents every weekend in Copenhagen, as well as several times during the summer in Aarhus. We are now pleased to be part of the Aalborg Carnival experience. Practical information: Children’s carnival ends at 16:00 after which there is FREE access to Kødbyens Street Food for those with a Carnival loyalty arm band or children’s carnival bracelet. Find out more here.

Come and experience a little bit of Scotland when nearly 100 participants compete in the bagpipe and drum competitions at Karolinelund. On Saturday are the band competitions, starting at 12:00, and Sunday the solo competitions, beginning at 10:30. Throughout Saturday afternoon, the store Vin and Vin will also be in the park and can guide you toward finding the right whiskey for you. We hope to attract many guests to the park, where there will also be the opportunity to try the bagpipe or drum. Aalborg Pipe Band will host the event and the band will compete themselves in both band and solo competitions. More info here.

bandera_espa_a.jpgAalborg Symphony Orchestra will hold their children’s concert tomorrow, with the theme Viva España! – from 14:00 in Musikkens Hus main concert hall. Tickets are only 50kr/child and 75kr/adult. The concert lasts approximately one hour and is friendly even to 3-year-olds! I can highly recommend this event. Find out more and buy tickets here.

Kunsthal NORD’s event makers invite you to an acoustic music and community spirit gathering in the backyard, which happens to be Aalborg Øst (Ravnkildevej 115, 9220 Aalborg Øst), called Intermolecular Spaces: A Community Tree Springs up in the Backyard. With a title like that, who wouldn’t want to go? Come and help build a Fællestræ (community tree)! You can help create the tree by bringing an object from home, writing a poem, drawing a picture or maybe just writing a friendly greeting and placing it on the tree. The tree will become a reality from 14:00-22:00. The music starts at 16:00; please bring your own food and drink. There is an open microphone policy, so if you have something to say, or sing or otherwise perform, don’t hold back! More info here.

Hola! Mark your calendar and join D’Wines wine tasting party from 16:00. We will taste wines from Bodegas Arráez, which is the newest winery in our range. The winemaker behind this line – Toni Arráez – has just been elected the winemaker of the Valienske organization for wine (AVE). We are so happy and proud to have his wine in our range and are the exclusive importer in Denmark, so we guarantee a truly unique experience! Sign up to ensure a spot.
► Time: Saturday, May 21, at 16:00
► Location: D’Wine Bar, Algade 54 9000 Aalborg
► Price: 150 DKK (regular price 250 DKK)
► NOTE. Registration must be made by sending us an email: vinbar@d-wine.dk. More info here.

Mashawi Lounge Restaurant announces the Grand Opening of their new lounge, with delicious Middle Eastern cuisine from 17:00 to 21:00, a FREE BAR from 21:00 to 23:00 with select cocktails, beer, and cider, and a Happy Hour from 23:00 when you can buy two cocktails and pay only for the first, plus shots for 10 kr. ALL THIS FOR ONLY 100kr !!! Call and book your table at 9811 3311 for a festive evening with a cozy atmosphere and yummy cocktails. More info here.

Aalborg Citykirke is hosting a free dinner for international residents on Saturday from 17:30. Here is their advertisement: ‘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. The food is absolutely FREE if you are international – how cool is that? Danes, you are most welcome too and you only have to pay 25 DKK for supper – affordable isn’t it? If you would like to dine with us, please type your name in the comment box below [meaning here, on Facebook] and we will receive your registration. After supper, and lots of awesome fellowshipping, you are 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.’

Sunday, 22 May

The Limfjordsløbet (Limfjord Run) takes place Sunday, starting with the Children’s Run from 10:30, followed by a 5k, 10k, and 14k. Price of entering depends on the length of run you sign up for. Check out the website for more information.

Come join Intercambio for some Fun in the Sun on the Isle of Egholm May 22. We’ll fire up the barbeque and throw on some hot dogs. If you want, you can bring your own favourite BBQ meal, so you can sink your teeth into something else and let the BBQ fever hit you! If you have any outdoorsy games please bring them with you, so we can have some good clean fun while sweating off some of the hot dogs. We’ll meet at 14:00 at the Egholm ferry on Egholm Færgevej 11, 9000 Aalborg. The price for a standard single (pedestrian) ticket is 22 DKK so it will not break the bank, so to speak. More info here.

Wednesday, 25 May

International House North Denmark hosts their fourth Spouse Space session from 10:00 to 12:00. This time the event will be purely social – so come and chat with the staff, with each other, and ask any questions you might have about living in Aalborg as the spouse of another non-Dane who has come to work in Denmark, or as the spouse of a Dane, or as a returned Dane who is looking to break back into the labor market. More info here.

Body Language: Strengthen your impact at job interviews and exams. From 15:00 at Sofiendalsvej 60, SD 2.1.11. Many young people make their biggest non-verbal mistakes during their first job interview. And they don´t even know it – how could they? This lecture is all about that. All about which body language NOT to use and which body language to use, when you want to signal engagement, responsibility and personal clout. Your body conveys exactly how you feel and what you really mean. Professional recruiters know how to interpret your body language. Just when you think that you´ve got everything under control – you don’t! Join this lecture with Public Speaking Expert Lise Hansen, who knows what it takes to get your message across in your first job interview. In English. The speech/presentation is free, but as there are limited seats must register via this link. More info here.

After successfully launching the openIDEO Aalborg Chapter about a month ago, it is time to dive in and start addressing the challenges we care about. For the second meeting of our Chapter, at 17:00 at Startup Cafe, we will focus on identifying the challenges that we will address further, through a series of exercises, storytelling and brainstorming. We will get to know each other better, map out our interests and competencies, and have a great time 🙂 More details about the event will be announced soon. Let’s strengthen our local community and build on our skills, competencies and experiences! See you there! For more information, visit this. For brief introduction of OpenIDEO, watch this video. More info on FB here.

Aalborg’s Sustainability Festival organisers invite you to a thematic meeting on sustainable consumption at 17:00 at Stigsborg Brygge 5, 9400 Nørresundby. This is our second thematic meeting, and this time we would like to learn more about how together we can create life and joy at Gabels Torv on 10 September during the Aalborg Sustainability Festival, which runs from 10-17 September. We have big plans for that day, which should be filled with workshops, DIY’s, stalls and lectures. There are no crazy ideas! We hope to see a lot of you, and look forward to hearing your ideas. Held primarily in Danish. More info here.

Book Chat at Aalborg Main Library. We invite you to a new relaxing book chat from 18:00. This week’s story is “Friend of My Youth” by the Nobel Prize winner Alice Munro. A copy of the story will be provided at the gathering and you are not required to read it beforehand. Meeting place will be the lounge. If you can’t find it ask at the front desk. The event is free and will be held in English.



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