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Aal around Aalborg: autumn taking hold and activities multiplying

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the-night-of-the-adeaters_skraaen_aalborg_17_1280.jpgWell Aalborg is surely not disappointing this autumn when it comes to activities and events. Plenty to do tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday – at least one of those events is designed to get you up and at ’em! (Browse the calendar to find which one…)

There are games, music performances, art, sports, an event for Danes and non-Danes, science, cycling, German Oktoberfest, flea market for the little ones, disc exchange market, meditation and advertising fun. Surely you can find something among all of those to occupy the range of some to a lot of time. Enjoy!

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Aal around Aalborg: too many choices!

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I can’t make up for the fact that I missed the last two weeks of activities in Aalborg – and I’m especially sorry that I wasn’t able to introduce the Aalborg Sustainability Festival to those unfamiliar with it (it’s a fantastic initiative to increase people’s awareness of ways they can reduce their carbon footprint) – but the number of events with which I have peppered this weekend’s agenda is, quite humbly (!), impressive. I’ve also put in there some events happening next week.

My picks? Aalborg Symphony Orchestra’s concert Friday evening (including a piece exploiting the tremendous sound of the music hall’s organ – and for students and those under 30 years of age, it costs only 50kr on the day!)…free sustainable brunch at Aalborg Harbor Saturday morning…free first-aid course Sunday morning, and ‘Open Farm’ from 10:00 to 16:00 Sunday.

those who dig.jpgNext Wednesday (20 September) a short film will be shown at Huset with soundtrack played live. Free entrance, language-neutral (it’s largely a silent film), and looks beautiful.

Please note there are several events listed that will be held in Danish. This is stated in their descriptions in the calendar.

Enjoy your weekend!

Aal around Aalborg: things are hopping!

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And welcome back! To me – and to you. I’ve taken a much longer holiday from the blog than I did in real life – allowing me to ease back into the routine, I guess. I hope you had a good summer and found lots to do when the weather wasn’t rain/sun/rain/sun, which I discovered is a relatively common pattern in Denmark in August. We went to Den Gamle By in Aarhus while my mother and sister were visiting and had to alternate between putting on the sunglasses and ducking into the hundreds-year-old buildings to escape the rain. I suppose this explains the mass exodus to southern European destinations by Danes each year…

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Anyway, there are a lot of interesting activities and events coming up this weekend (starting today, actually – woops!):

  • Afro Unity Festival (today and tomorrow)
  • Table Games night
  • Massive wine sale by D’Wine
  • New exhibition at VÆG Art Gallery
  • Mooncar racing at Aalborg Main Library
  • Aalborg Street Festival
  • Lunafix and Bork at 1000Fryd
  • ZOOtropia in Lego and Minecraft
  • Arts and Crafts Market at Huset
  • And free bellydance and Tango lessons

You can find all of these – days, times, places, descriptions, and links to more info – in my Events Calendar. Be sure to read the tips at the top of that page in case you haven’t used it before. Enjoy!

‘Are you new to Aalborg?’ presentation Thursday!

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19732091_1993822223976805_1744318058304440146_nI have had every intention of getting back into the routine of writing my weekly Aal around Aalborg post but haven’t managed, due to other demands on my time. One of these is a presentation I will give this Thursday, 24 August at the main library: ‘Are you new to Aalborg?’ From 16:00 to 17:30 all who are new (or relatively new) to the city are welcome to come and hear me give some tips on what is important when you move here, how to tackle common challenges as a newcomer to Denmark, and myriad other things – a potpourri of help, if you will. There will be plenty of time for questions. And if you don’t know the library at all (a superb community gathering place and service provider), there will be a tour you can join in the last half hour. So please come! And I’ll be back to business with the blog at the end of next week. Promise. Find out more about the event here. Are you new to Aalborg? is part of Aalborg Festivals. For more information go to aalborgfestivals.dk.

Aal around Aalborg: summer is most definitely here…

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tuborg prideAnd so summer has begun. While the temperature would not convince you of that, the fact that streets are basically empty and parking spaces in the center are pretty easy to get points to an exodus that has happened and is still happening. It is my first summer in Aalborg that I am taking holiday in the second half of the six-week school break (though our girls are already with their grandparents in Germany) – so I am getting to experience this for the first time. It’s nice. Stress-free travel to work in Viborg, a generally relaxed atmosphere, and the feeling that one can stretch out and just lie in the grass.

With that, of course, comes a subdued activity calendar in the city. There are some things going on but they are not many. I have listed a few this weekend. The big one is Aalborg Pride, which starts with a parade from Kildeparken down Vesterbro and on to Karolinelund, where a party will crackle until midnight. Next week is the Middle Ages fair in Kildeparken. There are also two flea markets at the harbor and in Louise Plads, treasure hunt for small children at Costa del Nordkraft, and a Platform 4 music night tomorrow. But that’s about it…Check out the Events Calendar for all the details!

And with that I sign off for a few weeks. Enjoy your holiday, wherever in the world you are!

Aal around Aalborg: lots of interesting stuff this weekend

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Universitarium.jpgSo it’s the calm before the storm: next weekend Aalborg will be FULL of people from outside the city, attending DGI-landsstævne, a once-every-four-years sport event for young Danes. I think this weekend is purposefully quiet as the city gears up for that. But there is actually quite a bit going on – and much of it is for children and families. My picks: the Viking market at Lindholm Høje (fascinating for both adults and children. We may complain about how life is today, but get a sense of how it was in the time of the Vikings and you will stop – or not!), opening of the Universitarium at the Main Library, the Let’s Play! interactive exhibit opening at Utzon Sunday, and the American beer tasting at CW Obels Plads. Oh – and then there are the Sankt Hans celebrations happening all over the kommune tomorrow evening. My list is only the beginning. So go the events calendar and check out everything listed on there for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Have fun!

Aal around Aalborg: 16 June edition

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TubakraftThere are no big headline events this weekend like last weekend’s Regatta and Asian Culture Festival. But there are several small events and activities that could tempt you out – if you don’t already have plans. The weather is expected to be nice, so go out and enjoy! All events are listed in the calendar here (remember to click on the ‘agenda’ link in the top right corner, if you just want the list – and if you are a regular Google calendar user, you can just add the calendar to your own list of calendars) but here is a list in chronological order:

  • Live music at Wildebeest Gastro Pub
  • Children’s yoga session with Stinne Nielsen
  • BBQ with Aalborg International Friends
  • [Untitled 17] opening
  • Introduction to port wine (wine tasting)
  • Tubakraft
  • Flea market in Vejgaard
  • Family workshop at Kunsten
  • Open air social dancing at the harbor