Aal around Aalborg: Julemand arrives, tree gets lit, and lots of Christmas markets, music performances, art exhibits plus an international start up cafe

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julemandensankomst.jpgThe big event this weekend is Santa Claus’s (Julemand) arrival to Aalborg by ship. I can’t believe we have reached that time of year already – but here we are. (Looking back at years past, this event happened on 29 November in 2013 – so they’re definitely moving it up in the calendar!) For those of you interested in witnessing this annual spectacle, please come to the harbour by 10:45 on Saturday. Santa Claus will sail in at 11:00 from Greenland. He will then take a ride around the city and eventually (at 15:15 to be more precise) turn on the lights adorning the giant Christmas tree at Nytorv. Children love this event, and it is crowded – so be prepared!

Friday, 18 November

The Christmas market at Gammel Torv opens at noon and is open this first day until 19:00. The daily schedule for the rest of the season and a list of shops/attractions is available (in Danish) here. If you’ve ever been to the Christmas markets in German cities, this is but a taste of what they can be – but the Aalborg version has a very hyggelige atmosphere. And who doesn’t like to munch toasted almonds while riding the ferris wheel near Budolfi Church in sub-zero temperatures?

Yay Friday! event at Platform 4 from 15:00 to 22:00. Come celebrate the weekend with us every Friday afternoon with music (soothing sounds from DJ’s Dub Bandit and Tazer), a bar (Elderflower Spritzer: 25 DKK), and free admission. Plus great company. What more could you want at the end of a long week? More info here.

mantle.jpgThe two artists Rosenmunthe and von Platen connect their artistic practices and create an experimental crossover together between science and art. The title of their exhibition at Kunsthal NORD is ‘Core, Mantle, Crust’ and it is an interpretation of the earth’s surface from an artistic perspective. Earth layers from the core to the caps thus forms the framework for the more unconventional and exciting works. Free entry. Ongoing (at least this Friday to Sunday.) Open from 11:00 Saturday.

Huset Gallery has invited the young alternative art scene to their venue for a chance to show their stuff. Aalborg Surreal has done several events around the city over the last few years, and they are ready to let surreal art, performances and happenings take over the gallery. Experience, among other types of art, a dance performance with Sandro Masai and light painting by Kogekuset. Free entry; opens at 20:00 on Friday but runs for at least a month. More info here.

Come to Kunsten’s last exhibition opening of the year: ‘Maria Lassnig – Painting with the body’. Journalist and author Abdel Aziz Mahmoud will give a speech prior to the opening of the exhibition. In addition, the museum has invited the legendary DJ, Kenneth Bager, to play in the museum lobby from 16:30 to 20:00. To mark the final opening Café Aalto invites guests to enjoy an exclusive exhibition menu. Our talented chef has put together a terrific 3-course menu, which you can get for 300 kr. There are a very limited number of seats, so please book a table here.
The program for the exhibition opening on Friday, November 18 at 17:00 is:
– Welcome by Gitte Ørskou, Director, Kunsten
– Speech by Abdel Aziz Mahmoud, journalist and author
– Café Aalto opens at 18:30
After the speeches a glass of wine will be served in the hall, and you will be able to peruse the exhibition in the Central Hall. More info here.

Huset Gallery has invited the young alternative art scene to its venue. Aalborg Surreal has done several events around the city over the last few years, and at Huset they are ready for surreal art, performances and happenings to take over the gallery. Experience, among other things, a dance performance with Sandro Masai and light painting by Kogekuset. Starts at 20:00; free entry. More info here.

Saturday, 19 November and Sunday, 20 November

14910425_260615384340802_2908449351317026687_n.jpgCome to Nordkraft’s Kedelhallen between 10:00 and 17:00 to experience ‘Neu – An art & design market’- and see good art, bold design, and glorious craftsmanship. Bring your Christmas list and browse the various dedicated and talented upcoming and established artists’, designers’ and craftsmen’s products for gift ideas. Free admission. FB page here.

Christmas markets in various locations:

  • On 19-20 November from 10:00 to 16:00 (both days) a Christmas market at Krastrupsøgaard Gårdbutik, Aalborgvej 52, 9520 Skørping.
  • Also both Saturday and Sunday, but from 11:00 to 16:00, is the Christmas market at Håndværkerhuset on the corner of Kattesundet and Ved Stranden. The venue offers various stalls with a wealth of unique products that you can buy to take home. In the cafeteria on the first floor you can enjoy hot drinks and æbleskiver (Christmas is worth it just for this yummy deliciousness in Denmark, I swear) in the café.
  • Huset – 20 November only. Christmas decorations, hanging, ceramics, glass and more. Another place to find your Christmas gifts. Open 11:00 to 15:00. Mulled wine and æbleskiver for sale as well. More here.bleskiver-med-aeble-den-store-bagedyst.jpg&w=940&h=529&scaleAfter=crop&quality=75&ratio=16-9.jpeg

One afternoon and two evening music options:

  • Jacob Anderskov presents a solo concert at Huset at 15:00. [Please note that I originally listed this at 19:30 but was corrected by the organizers.] Tickets are 80kr in advance/100kr at the door (students and retirees 40/50). Anderskov is a Danish pianist and singer about whom you can read more in English here. Sounds quite interesting, actually.
  • Narcosatanicos and Døde Blomsters will play at Studenterhuset from 21:00 to midnight. Free entry. The descriptions of the bands are in Danish and I can’t be bothered to translate past ‘psychedelic…music’. If you would like to take a stab, here is the link to more info. Could be fun!
  • Groovebox Club: Groovebox welcomes you to yet another session of fine groove at Cafe 1000fryd. While previous acts have set the bar high with groovy performances, it only seems fair that we continue the saga with an equally good session. That being said, for the 3rd episode of our club nights we hand over the decks to Max Puxi. Warm up consisting of minimal & deep house will fill the room to get you into the right mood just before Max Puxi is given full control over the DJ booth. Later during the night, the ambient will slowly progress towards heavier techno beats, while exploring the darker corners of the DJ’s musical selection. [Whew – they wrote this in English, making my job much easier. Thanks, Steffan!] More info here.

Monday, 21 November

International Startup Café, led by Edin Hajder from International Startup Services, is an 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 also get a chance to network with other international entrepreneurs. The next International Startup Cafe is on Monday from 16:00-18:00 at International House North Denmark. This time the guest speaker is John Büchler Bertelsen from Business Aalborg, who will talk about ‘The Lions Den’, which is an investment opportunity for companies who are looking to make investments, establish networks and find partners. Sign up here.


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