Aal around Aalborg: students’ first week coincides with upswing in activity

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Yesterday the busses sported AAU flags, marking the first day of university for 4,700 new students. The increase in Aalborg’s population is noticeable and the level of buzz has increased as the ‘newbies’ (including many at UCN, as well) roam the city, getting to know it and each other and wondering how life is going to be during this new phase of life. Luckily there are plenty of extracurricular activities to occupy them before classes start to demand serious time and attention…I would like to draw special attention to the World Kitchen dinner next Wednesday evening from 17:30 Folkekirkenshus (see the last item below). The chef is Syrian and there will be entertainment by Syrian musicians at the dinner. I hope to see you there!

Friday, 2 September

skiferie.jpgIt’s a bit far into the future, but if you have even contemplated a ski holiday this coming year, you should check out the ‘Ski&ferie’16’ event at Gabels Torv today from noon to 22:00. There you can find out about the various deals being offered (esp. to Norway, I imagine, as Stena Line is a big sponsor), get discounts, and win prizes. Check it out! More info here.

Aalborghus Kollegiet will host the Freedom Festival 2016 this weekend, with lots of live musical acts in the line-up, beer, shots, and hot dogs – as well as lots of dancing and camaraderie, of course. If this is the scene for you, then head over – it starts at 18:00 Friday and ends after midnight Saturday/Sunday. Find out more – including who is playing when – here.

If you prefer music from the 80s and 90s, then there’s another party for you. It takes place from 21:00 Friday to 4:00 Saturday at Cafe Frederiksberg and costs 100kr to get in. Come dressed up for the era – best dressed takes home a prize. Happy hour, lots of dancing, and buffet (additional cost) all on offer. Find out more here.

And yet another musical act this evening…this time in conjunction with Day & Night (which happens tomorrow in Aalborg Centrum – most shops open until 22:00) at Gammel Torv: Black Dylan Wafande. He starts playing when your feet stop shopping. Free ‘entry’ (it’s outside in an open space.) You can read more here and here (in Danish).

Saturday, 3 September

Monthly food market at Nordkraft from 10:00 to 15:00. The market offers chocolate, cheeses, breads, and a variety of other foods produced in North Jutland to sample and buy. Find a list of the exhibitors on the Facebook page here.

Baby Trold Lagersalg – lots of stuff at discounted prices for those with babies or expecting babies as well as those with small children. Brand is Danish and you can find their website here. Sale takes place Saturday and Sunday at Sofiendalsvej 75, 9200 Aalborg from 10:00 to 16:00. Free entry both days. See more here.

The unimaginable has happened, and Britain is on the way out of the European Union. This means that there is an opportunity to bring change in the Union, and shape it into the world of our dreams. Join us for a workshop, where you can communicate your #Vision4Europe, discuss it with other peers, and find common ground on how European Union should develop in the future. The ideas from this workshop will be gathered and send to the European Commission as the #Vision4Europe the youth in Denmark has. The workshop is a prelude to the “Danish Youth Leaders Summit : Europe : Tomorrow” that is happening in the same day starting 12:00. “Danish Youth Leaders Summit 2016 Aalborg” is a initiative part of the “New Narratives for Europe” framework setup by the European Commission. Organizers : European Youth Northern Denmark, Europaeisk Ungdom, JEF Europe. Event in English. Takes place at Aalborg City Council room (attached to Aalborg Main Library) from 10:00 to 11:45. All are welcome. Find out more here.

Danish Beer Enthusiasts (this is an association, I assume) has invited 10 breweries to Turbine Torvet at Nordkraft to share their knowledge and offer a taste of their beers. It is free to join and it takes place while the food market is happening in Kedelhallen (see above), i.e. 10:00 to 15:00. Come meet some skilled brewers and check out their beers! More info here.

13975240_546918758824864_6896495675267869659_o.jpgMeet the World (Mød Verden) is being held as a big garden party, and everyone is invited, regardless of the challenges you are up against. Refugees, immigrants, socially disadvantaged, students, jobseekers, workers, CEOs. Through food, music, dance and games we want to encourage dialogue, and we hope that everyone will get the chance to talk to someone they otherwise would not have encountered. Karolinelund will be filled with activities and entertainment for the whole family. We provide the barbecue grills and coal for you to prepare your own food. We would like to encourage the potluck concept where we share and taste each other’s food. Nordjysk Fødevareoverskud has once again offered to deliver food – which our fantastic Dream Team in the kitchen will prepare for those who don’t have the means to contribute themselves. Mød Verden also wants to invite everyone to actively participate in our Jam Corner. We will provide the instruments and sound equipment and we encourage everyone to play along. So grab your banjo or your harp and come join us in Karolinelund play along with other music lovers. In addition, Karolinelund will be filled with pony rides, pillow fights, bouncing castles, jugglers and Santa Claus himself, play and games, face painting, scooter races, art and culture, dance performances and much more. 12:00 to 17:00 at Karolinelund, free entry, see more here.

Women’s Forum Meeting will take place at International House North Denmark from 12:00 to 16:00. Vejen til Viden/ Road to Knowledge is inviting all Filipinos and others who might be interested to join this event for free. We will discuss domestic violence, gender equality and women’s rights in the Philippines and Denmark. Special guest speakers from the Philippines: – Monique Wilson (Director for OneBillionRising, veteran stage actress) and Ana P. Santos (Journalist and Grantee, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting). Please share with friends. And just show up! More info here.

Club Vesterå proudly presents Thomas Madvig, ‘almost house DJ,’ during the Saturday night session from 23:00 to 5:00 (others will also be dejaying during the 6 hours.) Free entry and happy hour from 22:00 to 1:00. Find out more here.

Sunday, 4 September

You may have been to one of these monthly flea markets, but in case you haven’t this is one of the most visible and best organized in Aalborg. On Sunday the last regular ‘Lopper på havnen’ of 2016 will take place from 10:00 to 15:00 (I’ve just found out there will be a children’s ‘lopper på havenen at Friis on 24 September). The weather might cooperate (but then again, this is Denmark); regardless, why not stop by? See more here.

_DSC3890Also happening at the waterfront on Sunday is the annual Fjordmarathon, which attracts a lot of runners. Are you one of them? Apparently it is not too late to register – and there are shorter runs if a marathon wasn’t in your plans this weekend – 1/2 marathon, 10k and 5k are all possible + a children’s 2k run. Find out more here.

Welcome to Aalborg is an event to which Aalborg Citykirke invite all internationals in Aalborg to come, eat, listen to music, and meet new people. If you are new in town or just want to find a community where you can come as you are and be yourself, we would love to welcome you. Everything at the event is free if you are an international! Aalborg Citykirke is a modern and dynamic church where we love to express our passion for Jesus in words and music at both our Danish and English services. Furthermore, we invite people to be part of a small group that meets every second week in a private home or at a café. Overall are we passionate about people and about Jesus! We hope to see you and welcome you to our beautiful city. From 16:30 to 21:00. Find out more here.

Monday, 5 September

Flag Day happens in Aalborg from 15:00 to 16:15 in the centre of the city. A training regiment will hold the local event in honour of those who have served the country abroad. Here is more info (in Danish).

Are you interested in chess? In learning how to play chess? Then please read on. The Aalborg Chess Association and Dice’n Drinks are partnering to offer free chess lessons once a week. They will take place from 19:00 to 22:00 at Dice ‘n Drinks over the next ten Mondays starting next Monday. You are welcome to join all – or only 2! The coaches – Jacob Würtz and Peter Møller from Aalborg Chess Association – are talented and experienced players and coaches. They will adapt the curriculum to each individual’s needs so everyone gets something out of the lessons. If you would like to play more than once a week, you are always welcome to visit Aalborg Chess Association, which plays every Tuesday evening at Aalborg University’s premises in the basement of  Kastetvej 12-14 or Nørresundby Chess Club, which plays every Thursday evening at Kulturbroen, Strandgade 3 . More info here.

Tuesday, 6 September

The Danes call themselves Vikings, but some take it quite literally – back to the times when the warriors ruled the land and region. There is a club of people, called Ihwar, who train to fight like the Vikings did and they are starting their training season next Tuesday, 6 September from 19:00-22:00 at Vesterkærets Skole. All are welcome. Just make sure you have comfortable training clothing and shoes on. This could be an interesting club to join and meet Danes! See the FB page here.

Wednesday, 7 September

14066305_221098651626172_8945498586057771158_oAnd last – but definitely not least (save the best for last, you know) – is a dinner featuring Syrian food next Wednesday at Folkekirkenshus, in central Aalborg (near Budolfi Kirke). THE WORLD KITCHEN is a new initiative designed to bring food from around the world to Aalborg. The first dinner – from 17:30 to 21:00 – will celebrate Syria. You can count on authentic Syrian food, personal stories and Syrian traditional live music. The event is a “bring your own drinks” dinner! Prices: 100 kr. price per person / 75 kr. per student or child (valid student card must be presented). Tickets can be reserved online until 4th September, thereafter the price is 120 kr. at the door (limited amount of tickets). Sign up for the first edition – Syria – by clicking here. I will be there with my family (tickets already bought!) so hope to see you there! More info here.

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