Aal around Aalborg: this weekend is dominated by Carnival; otherwise, there’s little til Monday

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And so we arrive at the annual Aalborg event that is loved and despised, depending on whom you talk to. Tomorrow is Carnival, and the nice (at least not rainy) weather will just encourage those already excited to dress up and load the barnevogn with beer. If you are joining the parade and party – have fun! If you wish to have no part of it, then avoid the centre of Aalborg from morning til late afternoon – and Kildeparken until well into next week. Unfortunately, because of the party (and the tremendous clean up effort after it’s all over) the city doesn’t offer much else tomorrow…even the Biffen cinema at Nordkraft is closed. Sorry!

Saturday, 28 May

facebook_cover_2016_tema_1The annual Aalborg Karneval hits the streets tomorrow from 10:00 until ?!?!?. Starting at three separate locations (Nørresundby, Østerbro, and Haraldslund) at three different times (10:00, 10:30, and 11:00, respectively), parade participants will converge on Vesterbro and march up to Kildeparken where they will continue to make merry…which generally involves copious amounts of alcohol. Around 60,000 people are expected to take part, while officials estimate 100,000 spectators will be on hand to witness the event. The theme of this year’s carnival is ‘There was a time,’ which should inspire a lot of interesting costumes, I would think. Billed as Northern Europe’s largest carnival, this is an event many, if not most, Aalborg residents would describe as ‘one to be missed’, unless, of course, you are participating. For those who don’t have an armband yet but would like to purchase one in order to enter Kildeparken for post-parade festivities, online sales are now closed but you can buy them up to and on the day itself for 150kr. (I think – please don’t quote me on this)  Karnevalsshoppen, Billig Billy, Temashop and 7-Eleven in Aalborg, Nørresundby, Vodskov, Frederikshavn, Hjørring, Skive, Viborg og Randers as well as the train station. Or pay 250 kr. at the entrance to the party in Kildeparken. Oh – and with an armband you get to travel for free on buses and trains in the whole of North Jutland through 16:00 on Sunday. For more info about the parade, where the potties are, Kildeparken party, and more, visit the official website.

La Casa Latina (Strandvejen 35 – right on the parade route from Haraldslund) invites all who pass by to come in for mojitos, cigars, rum shots and Sanchez coffee :). You’re invited even if you’re not participating in the parade. We enjoy the Aalborg carnival atmosphere! From 10:00 to 14:30. More info here.

6295af9fe13711724cb010d8b6456b1bPerhaps you know Motor Mille from DR Ramasjang? Motor Mille is a feast of dance, music and song. Tomorrow at 16:00 she will be at Zoofariscenen with her boom box. Free with normal entrance fee to zoo (or to annual pass holders.) More info here.

13173899_1003884466316006_6545975973536351869_nMimesis is a concert installation consisting of six classically trained musicians, two installation artists, spy mirror film, lights, microphones, electronics, projectors and a speaker system. The piece includes material from Martin Åkerwall’s musical interpretation of Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘Tolv med Posten’, Leos Janácek’s ‘Intimate Letters’ and visual and texture­musical material from Yngve Brækka Stensaker and Kristian Ross, respectively. Mimesis is an audiovisual experiment, cultivating the meeting between the classical music tradition and digital art in an exploration of such phenomena as consciousness, separation, unity and transcendence. The project is a collaboration between Aalborg Symphony Orchestra and Platform 4. FREE ADMISSION for those on the guest list: Email info@platform4.dk to be added (300 available). More info here.

Sunday, 29 May

In 2014 David Danholt won the Seattle Opera International Wagner Competition and in 2015 he sang Carl Nielsen’s ‘Hymnus Amoris’ at the BBC Proms with DR Symfoniorkesteret and DR KoncertKoret. On Sunday at 14:00 he will be at the Utzon Center to sing Schubert’s beloved “Die Schöne Müllerin” with pianist Charlotte Thaning. Free of charge, from what I can tell.

Monday, 30 May

13267990_861131627332435_1043655352198652200_oAfter prolonged uncertainty about Karolinelund’s future the municipality’s master plan now makes it clear that Karolinelund will retain its status as an activity-rich park for the  people. (Oh – and it will be home to a new barnehaven. But that won’t take up the whole park.) The Karoline Friends association therefore invites anyone who is interested in contributing to the activities in the park to a public meeting at 17:00 at Platform 4. Karoline Friends are the park’s practical link between citizens and the municipality. The association has just signed a three-year agreement with Parks and Nature Management at Aalborg, which establishes the rules for the activities to be launched through the association. Karoline Friends occupies both associations and individuals as members. The current members consist of a selection of Karolinelund actors, and the association has formed ties with Midtbyens Consultation and Øgadernes Consultation. A question for you to consider before the meeting: How can I imagine helping Karolinelund? In Danish. FB page here.

13131761_273151983017788_5310564294028430566_oCharity event – AaRun run for Ghana. Make a donation or purchase a ticket for the tombola and help five young people go to school in Ghana :). All are welcome to participate in a good cause; whether you donate or not come to the space in front of Utzon Center Monday at 17:30 to show support. We’ll do a not-too-fast 5 km, and of course there will be cake for the runners afterwards. Check the flyer here at the event, for more information, and especially watch out for the many contributions sponsor gifts and other goodies we have for you on this day. (There are a lot!) I plan to go with my daughters, who will cycle the 5k while I run. Or at least one of them will. More info here.

13122870_705359369606699_9217825565622411305_oIn recent years there have been many new sustainable solutions on the market to make our buildings greener and more energy efficient. The question is how sustainable and profitable, and are these solutions real yet? And how to build a sustainable house at all? The event provides a glimpse of how Aalborg Municipality is working with construction as well as insight into why it makes sense for construction companies to work with sustainability. Come and get answers to this and join us to debate or just listen, and broaden your understanding of sustainable construction and energy.
The evening’s program:
19:00 to 19:30: Sustainable construction in Aalborg by Christina Myrdal, Aalborg Municipality
19:30 to 20:00: Sustainable construction from a practitioner’s point of view – Henry Staunton, Lund & Staunton A / S
20:00 to 20:30: Questions and discussion with Henrik and Christina
In the spirit of sustainability, remember to bring your own cup to the event, so we can offer you a cup of tea or coffee ;-).
Please direct any questions to aalborg@omstilling.nu. Event IN DANISH. More info here.

One of the world’s greatest geniuses – rediscovered! At the end of the 15th century Leonardo da Vinci lived for 18 years in Milan in Ludovico Sforza’s court. It was a long and important period in his artistic career, which left a lasting impression on the city. In the spring of 2015 a major exhibition opened as a tribute to Leonardo da Vinci in Milan, and from this show the film “Leonardo Da Vinci: The Genius in Milan” was made. With the guidance of museum curator Pietro Marani, we pass through Leonardo da Vinci’s immortal universe combined with interviews with some of the world’s greatest da Vinci experts. Do not miss a unique opportunity to get close to one of history’s greatest geniuses. NOTE: The movie is shown with English subtitles with Danish sub-titles. The movie starts at 19:00 at Kennedy Arkaden cinema. Tickets cost 125 kr. More info here.




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