Aal around Aalborg: so many events, I’ll leave it at that!

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…And I’m back. It has been a long hiatus and I have honestly felt a bit lost at the weekends, not knowing what is going on. I would like to think this weekly post helps a lot of others in Aalborg, but it also helps me keep abreast of the large number of events happening in Aalborg each week.

Now let’s cut to the chase: as students return to (or arrive in) Aalborg, there are more and more concerts, art exhibits, kids’ events, and other activities taking place throughout the city. Aalborg Festivals (website available in English – go to the bottom of the page to find the British flag) – which comprises a LOT of events – is winding down this weekend, but hasn’t lost any steam. Thus, there is a lot to write about. So without further ado…

Friday, 26 August

bandaAll are cordially invited to the opening of the new exhibition at VÆG Contemporary Art Gallery’s – ‘FALLING INTO PLACES’ by Birgit Bjerre + featuring new artist Tina Austen with ‘1432 HAPPINESS’ from 16:00 to 19:00. Bjerre’s ‘FALLING INTO PLACES’ consists of paintings and drawings of places abandoned by people – or maybe just forgotten? Once a place full of life – of will and intention. Today nobody is around anymore. Bjerre creates places that have no ‘coverage’; places that seem like havens in a time of distraction. Tina Austen also explores places that have changed. ‘1432 HAPPINESS’ refers to the postcode of Refshalvøen in Copenhagen. Once a place for the legendary shipyard B&W, it is now a place for Copenhell, an annual international festival for heavy metal music. Austen has created ceramic sculptures that symbolize the rawness of the place and its people. The exhibition is on view until September 24th, 2016. Free of charge. Find out more here.

Attention children interested in football! If you are between the ages of 7 and 16 – boys AND girls – and would like to try your foot at the game :), come to ‘Football for all’ today at Skalborg Sportsklub from 16:00 to 18:30. Play some football (split into age group teams), learn tricks from AAB football players Rasmus Würtz and Kasper Risgård, get their autographs, and enjoy a free sandwich sponsored by Nadia’s Sandwiches and Meny (for the first 100 children). Free of charge. Skalborg Sportsklub is located at Hobrovej 435, 9220 Aalborg. Changing rooms open at 15:15 for those who wish to change on site before playing.

House of Concrete invites you to their open house this afternoon/evening to find the answers to these questions: What do we really  do down here? Is it something for you? The event is aimed at those who are eager to try a new sport, those who have been watching from the sidelines and want to try, and those who are already members. The open house is a good mix of workshops, free training (where you can try our gear), and shows.
16:00-17:00 Workshops
– Exotic Pole Dance with Louise Ehlers
– Move with Confidence with Jakob Lønskov
– Master the Muscle-Up with Chris Nissen
17:00 p.m. to 18:00 p.m. Information about HoC in Chill area and free training
18:15 to 19:15 Shows
– Calisthenics
– Dances
– Pole Dance Show
19:00-21:00 Free training
More info available here.

Aalborg Salsaforening (‘Salsa Association’) invites you to their summer party in the outdoor yard of Huset to try some Latin dancing (salsa, merengue, etc.). Everybody is welcome and it’s for free. They will start the evening with a buffet dinner from 17:30 – 19:00 (vegetarian, held in the café, for 75 kr.). From 19:00 there will be an introduction to salsa for beginners followed by dancing for everyone, supported by DJ Voodooman. The party ends at 22:00 (local regulations). Come and experience the Latin vibe and music and dance with us! More information here.

The last Friday Fest (Fredagsfest) of the year will take place tonight from 20:00 at Karolinelund. To finish with a bang, the organizers have set up ‘Turboweekend’ and you’ll be able to hear such hits as “Trouble is”, “I Forgot”, “Asking for More” and “Miles and Miles”. Tickets give you access to the Afterparty at Skråen (in Nordkraft), where you can hear such bands as Wangel, Farveblind, Hollow Hollo, and Stranglr. Doors to the after party open at 22:00. A grill buffet is on offer at Karolinelund from 18:00. Price for entry and buffet is 225kr., or you can buy just a ticket for the buffet (not sure how that works since the buffet is on site at the concert venue, but never mind). Find out more here or here, including the buffet menu.

Saturday, 27 August

scenekH.C. Andersen’s fairy tale, ‘What father does is always right’ has inspired an artist, who is also a puppet maker, four singers, a storyteller and a pianist to create a magical universe of puppets, adventure and music that you are welcome to enter! Some of the children in the audience will be given the chance to participate as puppeteers. The whole family is invited for the 30-minute show, which will take place from 10:00 to 10:30 at Utzon Center (in Danish). The performance is part of a new initiative called Scene K, which brings together those talented in classical music and theater. Find out more here. And following the performance for children will be…

The inaugural concert by Scene K, which consists of five further performances until 18:00 at Utzon Center. The concerts take place at 11:00, 12:45, 14:00, 15:00, and 17:00 and include soloists, a choir, and piano. Tickets can be purchased via a link on the FB page or Utzon Center’s page. The day is part of Aalborg Festivals.

For all the cat lovers who are reading this, on Saturday from 10:00 to 14:00 there will be an open house at Kattens Værn (Cat Protection) (Struerveg 80, 9220 Aalborg Øst) and it is relevant to both those who have a cat and those who are considering getting a cat as a pet.
Here is the program:
10:00 –
– Meet a nutritionist from Royal Canin Denmark, and get good advice for your cat’s nutrition
– Our cats inspector will show attendees the Katmobil and tell them about his work
11:00 –
– Anita from MinVenKatten Hobro will demonstrate how the T-Touch and healing can help a cat that is stressed or that exhibits negative behavior
12:00 –
– Demonstration of how using a ‘clicker’ can train your cat, almost as well as a dog
In addition there will be:
– Super bargains in our new store
– Lots of fun activities for children
– Large inflatables from Vodskov Party Rental, where kids can burn some energy
– Lots of cats who want to play and cuddle
– Sitting by the fire with twist bread and marshmallows
– Delicious coffee served by Alice Keller Coffee and cake at very cheap prices
The proceeds will go 100% to our work.
– A drawing competition for children
– BIG raffle with many great prizes for you and your cat
– Good and cheap, used items for your cat
– Tips for insuring your pet from the Dyrekassen Danmark
– And then you can learn about the process when we take a cat into the shelter.
Find out more about the event here.

There will be a huge children’s festival at Aalborg Zoo on Saturday from 10:00 to 17:00. All day the zoo will celebrate Children’s Culture Festival, where all adventure seekers are invited to take part in concerts, workshops, and other fun activities. Participants from MGP 2016 will give a concert in place of the Zoo Safari at 16:00. Find out more here.

WEB04The annual Zulu Color Run will take place on Saturday at NKI Racing Arena from 11:00 to 17:00. Runners should wear white clothing because throughout the run colored powder is thrown at them, resulting in a rainbow effect by the end. Lots of music along the way make this a great event for families, groups of friends…anyone really. Small children are free of charge, while those between the ages of 9 and 13 can participate at a reduced price. Find out more through a link on this page.

If you would like to hear about Aalborg Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming season, Saturday is your chance! The orchestra’s director will be at Aalborg Main Library to give a talk on the concerts and other performances the musical consortium will be making in 2016/17. Free of charge (in Danish). More information here.

A free street party – Metropol – will take place in the area of Algade, Jernbanegade, and Gammel Torv on Saturday from 16:00. Streets will be closed off to traffic to make room for dancing and general merriment. Lots of music genres to be heard, including urban, electronic, and disco/boogie. Free entry – just show up and start dancing! Oh – and an after party at Wonderland Spritten (site of the former Aalborg Aqavit factory) from 23:00 (NOT free of charge.) More information here.

13921066_1165964040126987_2248837808575699915_n[Update Sat. morning, 27/08] Aalborg Festivals has invited the fantastic French company Louxor to the city as Theater Nordkraft’s contribution to the festival. When darkness falls on Saturday (roughly 21:00) the show – called Vogue – will start with a big parade from Nytorv, which will make its way along the waterfront to a huge ferris wheel on the waterfront, roughly in front of Utzon Center, for a combination of circus on the water, fireworks, and special effects. Free entry! More info here.

Sunday, 28 August

Huset holds its 14th annual art and handcrafts market on Sunday from 10:30 to 16:00. This is a really nice event – we went a couple of years ago and enjoyed the beautiful items (ceramics, glass, wood, textiles, felt, jewelry, etc.) as well as the company and food. This year 42 artists will be exhibiting and selling their wares. The café offers brunch and treats and organic farmers are also selling things like sausages, juice, and baked goods. Entry 20kr/person. Find out more here.

From 11:00 to 12:15 at Trekanten Library and Culture House the Nordvestjysk Brass Band and the Danish Youth Brass Band will give a free performance of the pieces they have been practicing. If you like brass bands, this is the event for you! More info here.



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