Aal around Aalborg: October 2016

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I couldn’t write my weekly Aal around Aalborg post last week, and it got me thinking about the future of the blog – again. I have mentioned this several times in the not-too-distant past, but as my time availability has shrunk I find myself hard-pressed to attend to the blog as often as I would like. Then I came up with an idea – at least for Aal around Aalborg: how about writing a monthly post about events and activities in Aalborg, to which I can add new entries any time, rather than a weekly synopsis? My ideal is still a calendar format that allows ‘pop-out’ windows with descriptions of individual entries, but I have been unable to find anything like that and don’t have the time to investigate. So I’m going to try this in the month of October, starting with more entries clustered at the beginning of the month as those are the ones that are advertised now but with constant additions as the month goes on. Let me know what you think!

Friday, 7 October

Platform 4 invites you to Yay Friday!, an event open to everyone, which offers music, a bar, and an ‘adventurous mood.’ Sounds chill and yet fun. From 14:00 to 20:00. Free entry but beers cost 50kr. See the FB page here.

You are cordially invited to the opening of RANDOM 2# – a new group show at VÆG Contemporary Art Gallery from 16:00 t0 19:00. We are pleased to present to you a group of emerging Danish artists. Creativity and craftsmanship – paintings, drawings, sculptures, embroidery and wood print. Autumn is coming – it is getting darker (please tell me you already noticed this!). We stay indoors and begin to build a comfort zone. Then we realize that we can’t live without art. The exhibition is on view until 29 October. Free entry. Find out more, including the list of artists, here.

StereoElastique, a ‘hot pot of the diverse underground dance music,’ will happen at 1000Fryd tomorrow night from 21:00 to 3:00 the next morning. The idea behind “StereoElastique” is to bring to the dance floor a seamless eclectic mix of diverse music.
Playing for the duration of the night StereoElastique selectors are able to create a very relaxed atmosphere before increasing the energy levels and taking in many kinds of music along the way. Over the course of a night the music can include world beats, funk, nu jazz, disco, deep house, dub, techno, electronica and indie dance. Free entry. FB page here

Saturday, 8 October

ll-web-forside-mellem-ballonerSaturday is ‘Lyserød Lørdag’, a day during which shops and other establishments support research on breast cancer. Part of the proceeds of many purchases you make Saturday will go to support the effort to learn more about how to tackle this disease. There will also be activities taking place in several places in Aalborg, so the stage is set for an exciting program for the fight against breast cancer. Start the day with a delicious brunch at Café Peace with pink food and bubbles starting at 9:30. From 11: 00-16: 00 there is a market at Nytorv, where there will be stalls selling everything from jewelery to cupcakes and entertainment throughout the day. In Leo’s Legeland there will be an opportunity for face painting – and adults have free admission (they always do, so this is nothing new, actually). From 11:00-16: 00, it is possible to get to the top of City Tower, where you can enjoy an unparalleled 360-degree views of the city and fjord.

1000Fryd presents ‘Croquis Writing Session’ from 19:00 to 22:00. What is a Croquis Writing Sesion, you ask? Well, as they describe it, instead of drawing a model in the session you will poetically describe what you see with text. This is a chance to go in detail with writing under time pressure. You don’t have to show or share what you write but you are welcome to do so if you want. Bring your favorite writing tool. One can presume that means pencil or pen – or laptop. FB page here.

How about some classical Northern Indian music for a change? Huset’s ‘Papaya Musik’ series presents Mukherjee Shouvik as Souvik Datta on the sitar and table, respectively, from 20:00 to 23:00 Saturday night. The Indian sitar is one of the most famous stringed instruments in the North Indian classical tradition. It normally has five melody strings and a large number of accompanying open strings. You can read even more about the music Shouvik and Datta will be playing (quite technical description and in Danish, no less, so quite over my head) here. Entry: 120kr if bought in advance/140kr at the door (students and retired persons 60kr/80kr).

whiskeyHave you always wanted to sample lots of whiskeys (and other spirits) in one place? Here’s your chance. The Spirit Festival takes place this Saturday from 12:00 to 20:00 at the old Aalborg Spiritfabrik on Standvejen. The event offers quality drinks with a sea of samples of, among others, whiskey, rum, gin, and brandy. In addition to tastings, there will also be whiskey Master classes:
• 13:30 to 15:00 – Glendronach Masterclass with Robin Laing
• 15:00 to 16:00: Robin Laing on Helverskov Wine Whiskey
• 15:30 to 17:00 Arran Masterclass with Arran Official Gerad Tattersfield
The ticket includes:
– Chance to experience and taste hundreds of whiskey and rum flavors
– Free taster on arrival
– Many different kinds of spirits at favorable prices
– Opportunity to participate in the Master classes (as long as there are seats)
– A free tasting glass
– A delicious sandwich from Simon (only if you purchase your ticket ahead of time)
To learn more and find links to tickets, info on Master classes, etc., see the FB page.

And if after (or before) some whiskey sampling you feel the urge to hear some piano and percussion music, then head over to Klaverstemmeren from 14:00 to 17:00. There Sander Thijsen and Morten Poulsen will be performing – for free! The concert is organized by Klaverstemmeren and NUT (again, an acronym with which I am unfamiliar – but I don’t see an obvious connection to music, I must admit) and supported by the City of Aalborg and Arts Foundation. After the concert refreshments will be offered so you can meet other members of the audience as well as the musicians. More info here.

And after that you might consider listening to some music by the Marie Hahne Duo at Musikkælderen Aalborg. “High up in the sky” is the title of one of Marie Hahne’s numbers, and it is precisely this feeling that lies behind her compositions. In her songs she invites the audience into a lyrical universe where there is space for reflection and letting your thoughts fly freely. Through texts, Marie Hahne relates to different feelings and thoughts that peep out during quiet moments. These texts, coupled with the lyrical universe, fill the room with broad sounds and big skies. From 22:00 to 23:00. Free entry. More here.

Saturday and Sunday, 8-9 October

The Vintage Club presents ‘Designer Outlet’ at KFUM Hallen in Hasseris on Saturday (12:00-17:00) and Sunday (11:00-16:00). Come and save 50-80% off attractive AW15 (what’s that? I hate including things I don’t understand) goods and collection samples. Entry is free for members of The Vintage Club (sounds like an interesting group – I guess you can spot them walking around in vintage clothes) or 50kr for non-members. More info here and here.

Sunday, 9 October

Do you need to relax? Or learn how to relax? Meditation is one way to get there, and a free drop-in meditation class is being offered Sunday from 10:15-10:45 by Undaya Yoga Studio – so really, you have no excuses. Finish (or start?) your week with different meditation techniques, mantras, breathing exercises, body scanning. Bring yourself, a mat and your tensest friend (good luck assessing which one that is!) and you will return home more relaxed – guaranteed! Registration is not required. Meditation is in Danish. Address and who is going here on the FB page.

You’ll feel so good after meditating that you’ll be totally ready for a vegetarian and vegan meal at KUL Café at Nordkraft. So head to the first such gathering, which takes place from 16:00 to 19:00. The purpose of this meeting is for people to get to know each other, introduce some of the vegan friendly institutions in Aalborg, and discuss some of KUL’s future events such as cooking/baking workshops, movie nights, etc. It would be nice if everyone could bring some food we can taste and share together. Warm drinks and sodas will be available to buy at the bar. Everyone is welcome to join. Free entry (but don’t forget the dish to share!) We’re looking forward seeing you on Sunday! 🙂 More info here.

Monday, 10 October

ungdomsboligHere’s a challenge for those of you who are learning Danish – but an important one to attempt if you are interested in the youth housing situation in Aalborg. Who controls the actual development of the housing market in Aalborg and who defines student needs? More parties may need to be involved and consulted on requests for housing development in our city. This is the basis for a dialogue hosted by the Social Democrats in Aalborg Centrum, who invite all those interested in the topic to make their views known. IN DANISH. The event takes place at På Sporet 8, 9000 Aalborg. More info here.


  • 18:30 to 18:40: Welcome and short introduction – Aalborg Centrum City Council Candidate Arne B. Schade
  • 18:40 to 18:55: AKU-AALBORG (residence halls and youth housing) – Business manager Eigil Johansen will present the development and status of the current youth housing situation in Aalborg to provide factual basis for the debate.
  • 18:55 to 19:10: Mayor Thomas Kastrup-Larsen – Hear the mayor talk about what the municipality has done to support development and which projects the future holds.
  • 19:10 to 19:20: Student Society (AAU) – Student Society is the AAU students’ mouthpiece. They will talk about the housing problems students at the university experience
  • 19:20 to 19:45: Kuben Management sociologist Lykke Larsen – Larsen works for the client consulting company Kuben Management, which has produced a report that identifies what students want from their housing. Based on the data collected, the company produced the ‘Model Program For Future General Youth Housing’ with different housing types that can meet the different needs of students and shows a much greater variety than current residential constructions offer in Aalborg. Her presentation will give a new view of inexpensive general youth housing that doesn’t compromise students’ housing preferences.
  • 19:45 to 20:30 Dialogue/Listening session – It is standard at this type of event to conclude with questions to the presenters. But when it comes to your city and your housing situation, we would much rather hear your opinions and give you the word. The last half hour is therefore dedicated to a listening session during which the presenters ask the audience questions and solicit their opinions.

Wednesday, 12 October

ntndfOnce upon a time, I organized a New to Aalborg Fair with Aalborg Main Library’s fantastic staff and the help of some friends. That fair has grown into a ‘New to North Denmark Fair’, which is held at Nordkraft each autumn and attracts more people than the original event. This year it takes place from 16:00 to 18:00, and there will be lots of stands, including Aalborg Sprogcenter, Jobcenter Aalborg, SKAT, and many others. Free entry – no registration required. Just show up! More info here. I will try to visit, too. I’m eager to see who’s there and what people are asking 🙂

Do you want your art to become part of someone’s everyday life? If you paint/draw/do photography or in some other way create art, you now have the possibility to book a stall and sell your work at KUL through Baz’Art Market. Following the successes of BazaarKUL and Art Affair, the idea of easy access to personal art came to life. The concept is different from Art Affair because nothing is censored or chosen, and in that sense every artist is equal in terms of participation. To get a space for your art, simply write a comment on the wall of this event. There are 15 spaces in total, and the first 15 comments will get a space. The market takes place from 18:30 to 22:00. Find out more here.

May I suggest the following? After browsing the stands at the New to North Denmark Fair, checking out the art at Baz’ART Market, and getting a bite to eat, why not try some karaoke? Because Wednesday is also International Night at Studenterhuset and this time it’s Karaoke Night, a VERY popular event. You can meet people – and either impress or repel with your voice, whether it be solo, as part of a duet, or in groups. They have a HUGE catalog of songs, so chances are that the song you are looking for will bring you to the stage. By the end of the night, a jury will determine the winners of the best performance and hand out a prize. 20:00 to 1:00. FB page here.

Oh – and please note that of next Wednesday – 12 October, the green market that has taken place for years at Ågade will switch to Frederikstorv parking lot until mid-November. After that Frederikstorv will be closed permanently as a parking lot and converted to an urban space that makes that area of the centre more liveable and attractive. I’ll try to find out more and write about it here…

Thursday, 13 October

Would you like to volunteer? Platform 4 is always looking for people who want to be part of our little user-driven society in the middle of fabulous Karolinelund. Our spot in Karolinelund has a kitchen, café, concert hall, tool shops and an outdoor graffiti gallery. It’s all yours if you want to join. We’re looking for people who want to help drive Platform 4 forward, i.e. people who want to do art and culture, build and experiment, hang out in the bar, tend the bar, cook and eat. If you’re interested then drop by during our hangout night from 18:30 to 21:30 and find out more! FB page here.

sfSchwarze Fiktion offers a free concert at Aalborg Teater at 20:00. The electronic beat-universe duo consists of Bo Skjelmose and Soren Raaschou. Schwarze Fiktion’s universe is a fusion of edgy electronic soundscapes and rock guitars with vocals that range from deep bass to high falsetto. The band works with space, sound and visuals, and their concerts give the audience the total experience. Read more here, including where to get free tickets.

Friday, 14 October

Although we are not happy about it, it’s time to say goodbye to summer. And we intend to do it properly! On Friday Basement Beer Bar offers you 3 delicious hoppy beers on tap:
Two Beer – My Fruity Pils
Tiny Rebel – Clwb Tropicana
Mikkeller – Crooked Fruity Moon DIPA
But a farewell to summer also means that there are cold and dark times ahead. So we must also have something to warm us 😉 Therefore, we have found these three powerful and rich black beers for you, too:
Two Beer – Black Ball
Lervig – 3 Bean Stout
Hoppin ‘Frog – Infusion A Coffee Porter
Note that this Summer Goodbye bash starts at 15:00 Friday. More info here.

WHADUB peepz! (Please note: I didn’t write that – the organizers did.) Remember how fresh the ’80s and ’90s were? Remember when music had beat, lyrics, and funk? Remember dial-up? Well if you do (and even if you don’t!), head down to Musikkælderen and be ready to rave to Prodigy, Venga Boys, Michael Jackson, Oasis, and all of your favourites! All the radical music from our childhood, i.e. those who are in their 30s and 40s, will enjoy the music that brings back those sweet sweet memories, the beats you can never beat, and really get down it! Cheap student prices for beers, cocktails, and shots Entry is free and the party goes from 22:00 to 5:00 the next morning. FB page here.

retroBørglum Klosters (between Aalborg and Løkken) is holding an Antique & Retro Fair the 14th, 15th, and 16th October from 10:00 to 17:00 each day. The monastery provides a beautiful historical setting for the fair, as well as over 15 exhibitions. Come and make a deal at one of the stands, which attract people from all over the country with their beautiful antiques and interesting retro items. More info here.

Saturday, 15 October

Sometimes it takes something dramatic to make you see your words with fresh eyes. Here’s some of that something. South Gate Society (SGS) presents Radical Revision Techniques: Scaring the Shit outta your Writing. Instructor: Leslie Crislip Nielsen, Location: Trekanten Bibliotek & Kulturhus, Sebbersundvej 2A, Room 3, 9220 Aalborg, Price: 495 DKK/SGS Students: Free/Members of European Youth: 100 DKK. The course takes place from 11:00 to 14:00. To register please click here.

Tuesday, 17 October

UCN Movie Night for all (movies always in English) – 19:45 to 22:45 at UCN T&B International. Free popcorn and chips; bar open to sell drinks. Check the FB page where there is always a poll to pick the movie a few days ahead. At the moment it looks like Suicide Squad is the film of choice.

Wednesday, 19 October

Come and join fellow bakers at Byens Rum from 15:00 to 17:00 at an event hosted by Bakeinspire during which we compete to create the most beautifully decorated cake. We provide the cake and tools, so it’s only your imagination and creativity that sets the limits for the final result. The event is free of charge, but there is a limit of 50 participants. We operate on a first come, first served basis and registration is via mail malene@spiresunited.com. Please provide your name, email and phone number. About Bakeinspire: At Bakeinspire we foster an online community for everyone who loves to bake, a place where all baking enthusiasts can share tips, photos, recipes, and the joy of baking. Bakeinspire is your online bakery where creativity and inspiration are tested and “flavored” in communion with others. FB page here.

Come to the 8th Spouse Space gathering from 16:00 to 18:00 at International House North Denmark! Spouse Space is an initiative for international spouses and partners of employees of companies and institutions in the Aalborg area who have questions about life in North Denmark, who would like to find out more about the job search assistance we and our partners provide, and who are interested in meeting others and building a network. The theme of this gathering is entrepreneurship! Edin from International Startup Services will be the guest speaker, and will talk to you about entrepreneurship for beginners. Even though the theme is entrepreneurship you do not need have a business or even a specific idea for a business – all you need is an interest in the subject. Afterwards we will have an hour of informal social gathering as usual 🙂 Participation is free of charge, but you must register here. If you cannot attend the whole event, feel free to show up when you can, whether at 16:15, 16:45, or 17:30. Children are welcome but please indicate you are bringing your child when you register so we can prepare some activities for them!

Thursday, 20 October

It’s autumn, and the fire department of Aalborg is celebrating by inviting all children and their families to an open house at the fire station on Thomas Boss Gade from 13:00 to 16:00. In honor of the occasion the trucks will be out and there will be ample opportunity to come in and sit behind the wheel. Free of charge – just show up! FB page here.

International Startup Café is a monthly event for internationals who are interested in hearing more about starting their own business in Denmark or who have already established their own business. The participants will get a chance to network with other international entrepreneurs. Edin Hajder, from International Startup Services, leads the International Startup Café. There will be two speakers, who will talk about their experiences with starting a business in Denmark. This will be the fifth International Startup Café. From 16:oo to 18:00 at International House North Denmark. Click here for more info and to register. [Blogger’s note: I have consulted Edin about starting a business and starting an NGO. He is extremely well-informed and very helpful. I’ve heard that these cafes are very popular and well attended, so please think about going if you’re interested in starting or growing your own business!]

Thursday, 27 October

world-kitchenThe World Kitchen (Verdenskøkkenet) is a series of dinners and talks that celebrate diversity in Aalborg. For this second edition, The World Kitchen will celebrate Morocco. You can count on authentic food, personal stories, and traditional music. Open to all ages, ethnicities and creeds! And vegan-friendly :). Location: Folkekirkens Hus, which is next to Studenterhuset. Time: 17:30 – 21:00. Tickets must be reserved by the 24th October. Price per person is 100 kr. per dinner and talk / children under 12 years and students 75 kr. (valid student card must be presented). Price at the door is 120 kr. per person. Be bold and book now! FB event page here.



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