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Aal around Aalborg: Cuddle Market today at Huset, and New to North Denmark Fair and walk to support refugees next week

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It was a tough call, deciding which upcoming events to highlight. But I managed to do so. Of course, this is a luxury problem – it means that there is a lot going on in Aalborg, and that is very good news. Surely you will find something that interests you during the upcoming weekend and beyond.The Events Calendar is updated, too, so you can get an overview of all 22 events between today and next Wednesday. Have a good weekend!

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Members of Aalborg Symphony Orchestra to play benefit concert for refugees this Sunday

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(Photo courtesy of visitaalborg.dk.)
(Photo courtesy of visitaalborg.dk.)

Lauren Robinson, a friend of mine who plays horn with the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, has organized a benefit concert for the refugees streaming into Europe. Donations will go to the Red Cross’ effort to aid those arriving in Europe by the thousands. (You may have heard that Denmark just accepted 1,000 additional refugees as part of the EU deal to apportion 120,000 of the more than half a million people seeking asylum in Europe.) The concert will take place on Sunday, 27 September from 15:00 at Budolfi Kirke in the center of Aalborg. Check out the FB page here.

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Can I help? Yes you can! In a world of chaos lend a hand! Otherwise known as, ‘How to help the refugees and asylum seekers in Europe from North Jutland’

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[The first part of this post was written by a friend and fellow writer, Anna Klitgaard, who visited refugees on Lesbos this past summer and will be going on a 1.5 month trip to meet and travel with refugees starting in Greece in November/December this year and reporting on her experiences for Amnesty International Denmark.]

Background

Since returning from Lesbos this summer and as the refugee crisis in Europe has evolved, I have been asked a number of times what we as individuals can do. There seems to be a huge need to help amongst many of us, and as the same was experienced by my friend from the international women’s association WORLD! – Sarah Holsen – we decided to compile a list of local North Denmark organisations, events and private initiatives, where help is much appreciated.

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Refugees in Lesbos (photo taken by author)

The refugee crisis has escalated throughout the summer, as tens of thousands of primarily Syrians have risked their lives, whilst crossing the sea from Turkey to the Greek islands of Lesbos, Samos, Chios and Kos (amongst others). They are escaping a bloody and lasting war, which so far has internally replaced about eight million Syrians and sent another four million to neighbouring countries such as Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. Out of those many millions, about one million is looking to Europe for safety and so far about 250.000 have made it across to primarily Greece. From here they have trekked by foot through Macedonia and Serbia to reach Hungary and the Schengen-area, but most hope to settle in Germany or other western European countries.

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Aal around Aalborg: Aalborg in red, used items sale for students, tour of Aalborg for UCN students, and more!

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Looks like another gorgeous weekend. Lots of stuff going on outdoors, much of it connected to ‘Aalborg i Rødt.’ But also a lot of music-related events and student-focused activities. Have a great weekend! Events Calendar updated – but not until 30 August, when most activities were over 😦

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Aal around Aalborg: AaMaze festival, Unlimited Music Festival, and volunteer market (among many other events)

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It’s summer in Aalborg! And festival season has hit Aalborg, in case you hadn’t noticed. It seems everywhere you turn there is music or graffiti (legal) or dancing or…The weather is cooperating so it’s all good. Here is a list of lots of stuff coming up in the next week. Welcome new students! We feel your presence! The Events Calendar has been updated.

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Founder of new writing school in Aalborg exemplifies what it takes to be an international entrepreneur

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SGS[This is the fourth post in a series on ‘immigrant innovators.’ To read the first three posts, click here.] Many people love to write. Some are good at it; a few, very good. While raw talent might play a role in becoming an author, any successful writer will tell you one important fact: writing well takes hard work and practice. And not just writing and revising page after page of text – it also requires practice reading other people’s work with a critical eye and practice having others critique yours. A brand new writing school in Aalborg offers exactly this experience and much more, thanks to the efforts and perseverance of an American writer and teacher who arrived in this city five years ago…

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Aal around Aalborg: street art bicycle tour, entrepreneur festival, lopper på havnen, Den Blå Festival, and more

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This week’s post is a bit on the brief side of things. Life is getting busier (or, should I say, my schedule is getting fuller?) so I haven’t had as much time to devote to this post as I usually do. A couple of highlights plus a short list (summer holiday ends this weekend, at least for school children and their families, so we can expect an uptick in activities from next week) – I hope you find something below for you! The Events Calendar has been updated.

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