Recent & upcoming: Halloween options, toy donation, food market, flea markets, ContiNEO, AAU sit-in, Chris Carter and Vestby exhibition
Happy Halloween, everyone! The holiday has inspired at least a few events and promotions in Aalborg today. Have a good weekend, whether you celebrate the holiday or not. Lots of stuff also coming up in November (which starts tomorrow – are we really at the tail end of 2014 already?), so check out the events below and use the events calendar to keep track of all the opportunities.
Also, not to beat a dead horse while it’s down (disclaimer: I love anything equine, so I chose this saying only because it was the first that came to mind), but tomorrow is the day that all Danish government offices go completely digital in their correspondence with you. See my posts here and here on the subject, if you have not already signed up for Digital Post! Some help in English in setting up your mailbox online is available through the second link.
All children who come dressed up in costume to Bone’s tonight will receive a free main dish, plate for the salad bar, and soft ice cream as part of the restaurant’s Halloween promotion. You have to make a reservation, I think (sorry for the late notice). There are two Bone’s restaurants in Aalborg – at Danmarksgade 27 (tlf. 98 17 10 00) and in City Syd at Nibevej 17 (tlf. 98 17 10 30). The promotion applies only to children 12 years and younger; maximum 5 children per table (so no birthday parties with lots of friends there tonight!). It does not apply to Lalandia, Nuuk or Take Away.
If you are a little bit too old to qualify for free food at Bone’s but you still want to dress up, then get decked out as a zombie or whatever tickles your fancy and show up at Studenterhuset this evening at 17:30. At least 80 people have signed up (as of 10:00 this morning) to take to the streets as ghouls and goblins in Aalborg tonight. And it appears, on the FB event page, that those participating will be welcome at the Nordjylland Historic Museum for free from 19:00 to 22:00 for a night of ‘museum in the dark’, a sincerely spooky affair (see next event).
Aalborg Historical Museum is hosting a truly frightful event on its premises tonight. From 19:00 to 22:00 visitors can experience the museum in the dark and listen to the curators tell of the harsh punishments and superstitions of days gone by when people believed in ghost horses and werewolves. The brave can grope their way through the chains rattling in a veritable labyrinth of eerie passages and plunge their hands into buckets of brains, guts and other items. Entry is (for non-Zombie walk participants) 40 kr. You can also partake of free hot chocolate and other treats, if you dare! See here for more info.
Donate toys to the Børnenes Kontor via Aalborg Library during the month of November
Do you have toys your children have outgrown or no longer wish to play with but that are still in good condition? Then bring them to the Main Library during the month of November. The library will then donate them to the Børnenes Kontor. More and more children in Denmark, including Aalborg, experience a sad Christmas, and look forward to a Christmas package and toys from the Aalborg chapter of Børnenes Kontor. Last year many donated toys made a good number of children in Aalborg happy and gave them a better Christmas. Please deliver your toys unwrapped; Børnenes Kontor will do the rest.
Monthly food market at Nordkraft tomorrow
Nordkraft hosts its monthly food market in the center’s main hall tomorrow, 1 November. Held every first Saturday of the month, the market offers cheeses, breads, and a variety of other foods produced in North Jutland to sample and buy. Doors are open from 10:00 to 16:00.
Ensemble ContiNEO is a co-operative collective of international musicians based in Northern Denmark and is the ensemble-in-residence of John’s Hall at the Kirsten Kjærs Museum in Langvad, Denmark. ContiNEO’s third concert of the season – but the first at Kirsten Kjærs Museum this season – takes place this Sunday, 2 November. From 16:00 to 18:00 the ensemble will play pieces by Martinu, Francaix, Brahms. The setting of Kirsten Kjærs makes for a lovely musical experience. Entry is free, though a donation to the museum is encouraged. Please note that this is a repeat performance of the group’s concert on 25 October at Musikkens Hus. Read more about Contineo here and here.
ModeBørs second-hand clothing market at Nordkraft Sunday, 2 November
ModeBørs, or Fashion Exchange, takes place this Sunday, 2 November in the main hall at Nordkraft from 11:00 to 16:00. ModeBørs is an indoor secondhand clothing event for women of all ages. Private individuals, hobby businesses and traders rent booths and try to sell their wardrobe items, which are required to be in good condition and freshly washed. This Sunday Kunsten’s ‘to go’ creative workshop will also be visiting, so you can try your hand at some art before or after shopping. Entry is free but don’t forget to bring cash for the treasures you find! (Incidentally, there is a Spar Nord cash machine at Nordkraft in case you forget.) Here is the event’s FB page and more about the initiative is available here.
As you may have heard, Danish Minister of Higher Education Sofie Carsten Nielsen has announced a sharp reduction in student places in institutions of higher education throughout Denmark next year. Known as ‘dimensioning’, the move is being made with the goal of shrinking programs whose students face high unemployment rates after graduation. This will disproportionately affect the humanities, although it is not limited to the areas of study that fall under this title. AAU is no exception to the proposed policy – the university will lose roughly 650 spots over the next couple of years. To protest this move by the Danish government, students around the country will be conducting a 24-hour sit-in in university buildings from 9:00 Monday, 3 November. In Aalborg, this will take place at the new university building Create on the harbor, near Musikkens Hus. The protest is naturally voluntary but many participants are expected. A program for the day is being honed and currently includes talks by professors and the mayor of Aalborg, a balloon-release at noon, banner painting, and musical performances. If you are interested in joining – or just stopping by to show your support – feel free to do so. The event’s Facebook page holds more information for those interested. Here is an article about the University of Copenhagen’s participation in the sit-in, written in English.
Best-selling crime novel author Chris Carter to visit Hjørring Library 6 November
Are you a fan of Chris Carter’s crime series about Detective Robert Hunter? Then come to Hjørring Library on Thursday, 6 November at 19:00 to hear the author talk about his work on the series and his most recent book, An Evil Mind. Carter studied psychology and criminal behavior in the United States, where he also worked as a criminal psychologist. He has studied and interviewed several serial killers with life sentences, work that has contributed to and informed his novels. You can read more about the event here and about the author here.
Fashion Reuse flea market 8 November
From 11.00 to 16:00 on Saturday, 8 November a Fashion Reuse second hand market will take place at Skydebanevej 25, Aalborg (not far from Marina Fjordparken). There is free parking on site; bus 13 goes right past the entrance. The focus of the flea market is used accessories, clothing, and shoes. Entry is free. If you would like to sell items, rather than buy, call 25795758 to book a stand (150 kr.).
Are you new to Aalborg? Or have you been here a while but still have questions about things like taxes, your job search, learning Danish, healthcare, banking, child care, residency, etc.? Then come to the first New to Aalborg Fair on Wednesday, 12 November from 16:00 to 18:00 at the main library (Aalborg Hovedbibioteket). The event is informal and designed to make it as easy as possible for you to ask authorities the questions that pertain to you. Representatives of several public organizations will be present to speak with you (in English or Danish), answer your questions, and provide information about their services. See my previous post about the event here.
Exhibition of Vestby at Utzon Center until end November
Western town is a neighborhood of Aalborg in transition, and most residents who live there like their part of town. Although many parts of Vestby appear worn and outdated, there is a wide range of untapped potential, and several major new development projects are underway. The exhibition tells about Vestby – its genesis, the composition of the population and settlement patterns, and a number of projects in the area, including the area around Vestre Fjordpark, the light rail, which will connect Vestby with the university and hospital being built in Aalborg Øst, and conversion of Poul Paghs Gade School to youth housing. The exhibition also includes the winning projects of Europan, a European architecture competition for young architects under 40 years. The theme of the competition was the adaptive city and entrants were asked to submit proposals for new activities and ideas on how to increase urban and housing quality in Vestby. The exhibition is housed in Spidsgatter Hall, Utzon Centre, Slotspladsen 4 and runs from 4th October to the end of November 2014. There is free admission. See Utzon Center’s page on the exhibit for more information.
17 single family house plots nearly ready for sale in Aalborg
Seventeen housing plots in Hasseris will be up for sale soon, and Aalborg Municipality expects significant interest from buyers. About 200 families are registered to be the first to be informed when the sale starts. However, they must have a good amount of money ready – the plots are being offered at prices of 1.1 million, 1.2 million. and 1.3 million kr., with an additional 100,000 kr. in related fees. The subdivision will have the Morbærhaven address, an area located south of Ferskenvej. In total there are 97 individual housing plots in that area – 72 are on municipally owned land, while 25 plots are owned by Erik Norgaard–Pedersen. The site development is done in cooperation with the private provider and will likely be ready at the end of year, so that the plots can be claimed by the buyers around August 1, 2015. (Article courtesy of Midt-Vest Avis, 29 October edition, p. 14.)
From 15 September of this year you must bring your yellow health card or library card with you when visiting the library outside normal operating hours. You will be required to swipe your card at these times:
Monday – Thursday: 19:00-22:00
Recent & upcoming: street festival, teddy bears and music, Utzon Archive exhibit, AaMAZE, Platform4-ASO concert, Aalborg i Rødt, ‘Give a hint’, and more
With school back in session and people back from holiday, lots of events and activities are popping up in Aalborg and the surrounding areas. Per my usual manner of dealing with these, I mention them in chronological order and will repeat in future posts those events that are not taking place within the next week.
Denmark’s International Street Theater Festival is taking place today and tomorrow (21-22 August) in various central Aalborg locations. Theater troupes from Sweden, Spain, Turkey, Austria, Belgium, France, and Denmark are taking to the streets to entertain audiences young and old – for free! Performances are primarily in the afternoon – check the program here to get more details.
Come and hear the musical fairytale of the three white bears! A combination of music and storytelling where the audience can expect a narrative experience beyond the ordinary. A musical tale composed by Michael Bøsdorf and performed by pianist Lili Olesen says Peter Søvad. For children (6 years and up) and adults. In the Obelske Auditorium at the Utzon Center on Sunday, 24 August at 15:00. Entry is free. More information available here (in Danish).
Did you know that the Utzon Center is named after Jørn Utzon, who designed the Sydney Opera House? New original material from the Utzon Archive, which consists of more than 10.000 drawings, sketchbooks, photographs, film material, letters, architectural models, books and other materials related to Utzon’s work dating from 1937, are on display at the Center until the end of this month. The focus of the exhibit is his masterpiece; in addition to the archive materials you can also view current photos of the opera house by Thomas Mølvig. The Utzon Center is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 17:00. Entrance to exhibits is 60kr/person (children under 18 free) while students pay 20kr. For more information, click here.
AaMAZE is Aalborg’s new cultural festival that will take place the first time from 28 to 31 August. Over the four days budding talents from all over Norjylland will perform in different locations in downtown Aalborg. Many art, culture, and music genres will be represented – from hard rock to soft blues, from watercolor to spray paint, and from pole dancing to parkour – you name it! See more here.
Aalborg Symphony Orchestra music manager to speak about orchestra’s upcoming season
Aalborg Symphony Orchestra’s Music Manager Jan Kvistborg will visit the Aalborg Main Library on Saturday, 30 August from 13:00 to 14:00 to talk about the orchestra’s exciting program for the new season at Musikkenshus. Come hear about the season’s highlights, the planning and the thought process behind the many, often very different concerts and socialize with other classical music lovers. The talk will take place on the main floor in the Glashjørnet. No registration required; admission is free. Information in Danish here.
“Aalborg i Rødt” (Aalborg in Red) begins 1 September
Stores in Aalborg will be rolling out the red carpet for the annual “Aalborg i Rødt” week at the beginning of September. For the seventh year in a row, shops and city planners have created a program to highlight Aalborg’s commercial and cultural strengths. This year’s program is broad and focuses on providing guests and locals with a fun assortment of events such as the Fjordmarathon, DM i Trial, Fashion Event, Company Sports Open, Children’s Culture Day, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra performances, Children’s Film Festival, International Market, and much more. The official events run over the four day period from 4-7 September (see program here). On Friday, 5 September, stores will participate in Day & Night, for which they stay open until 22:00. They will also be open on Sunday, 7 September, as it is the first Sunday of the month, so there will be ample opportunity to shop, says Aalborg City director Flemming Thingbak.
For Symfonien x Platform4 #7, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra and the electronic artists from Platform4 take on Stravinskij’s debut classic ‘The Firebird’. Based on Russian folklore the piece is a dramatic account of Prince Ivan and his catching of a strange magical bird revealing itself as both a blessing and a curse to its owner. Before the concert there will be a gathering in the foyer of Musikkenshus on level 0. After the concert the group moves to the foyer on level +3. The Platform4 dj collective will supply the ambience. Entrance is free but tickets must be collected at Platform4 or in Musikkens Hus and it is strongly suggested you order your ticket sooner than later; previous concerts have sold out before the day. About the event: From 2012 until Musikkenshus opened this past March, Platform4 and Aalborg Symphony Orchestra held concerts fusing symphonic music with electronic art in Symfonien in Kjellerupsgade and in Multisalen in Nordkraft. Their last collaboration was the first of its kind on the new stage in Koncertsalen in Musikkens Hus. The 1,200 tickets that were made available for the concert were all collected by concert-goers. For more information, click here.
‘Give a hint’ app encourages residents to tip off their municipality about problems on roads and cycle paths
If you see that asphalt is missing on a bike path, a tree has fallen over onto a sidewalk, or snow needs to be cleared from a road, it is now easier to let your municipality know about it. With a few clicks of the “Give a hint” app you can send a message about the problem to your municipality directly, writes mobilsiden.dk. It is no harder than sending a picture message. With ‘Give a hint‘ you take a photo of the problem with your phone, provide the problem category and add any necessary comments. GPS coordinates are automatically downloaded, and the municipality knows exactly where to go and what they’ll need to do. The app is now nationwide and automatically selects the municipality to be tipped so you do not need to know municipal boundaries in order to send the hint to the appropriate municipality. However, not all municipalities are participating in the “Give–a–hint” yet. (Aalborg IS participating.) The “Give–a–hint” app is free and can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. A Windows Phone version is under development. You can read more about the app at givetpraj.nu. [Information reported in Nordjyske.dk on Thursday, 21 August.]