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Recent & upcoming: Halloween options, toy donation, food market, flea markets, ContiNEO, AAU sit-in, Chris Carter and Vestby exhibition

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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.

EVENTS

BonesChildren eat for free at Bone’s tonight!

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.

Zombie/Halloween Walk through Aalborg tonightzombie walk

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).

historiskmuseumMuseum in the Dark on Halloween

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.

Contineo concert at Kirsten Kjærs Museum this Sundaycontineo

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.

CreateAAUAAU student 24-hour sit-in starts Monday, 3 November

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.).

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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.

NEWS

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 readythe 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 NorgaardPedersen. 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.)

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Recent & upcoming: Digital Post deadline looms, music, wellness, robots, circus, workouts, back pain clinic, and more!

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As some of you may know, I am currently doing an internship at Aalborg Kommune in the Business Aalborg section. My role is to help plan events and activities that could be useful or interesting to the expat community in Aalborg and strategize about strengthening the international network in the region. Given the positive feedback I get about my blog, I have incorporated this into the job and continue to work on it as part of the internship. One advantage of working here – for the blog – is that I learn about developments that might be important to readers. One of those is directly below. Please take note! It is for this reason that I begin this week’s R&U with ‘news’ rather than ‘events’. Remember, too, to check the Events Calendar for all event listings.

NEWS

Ikon_digital postDigital Post registration deadline looms

A few months ago it came to my attention that Denmark was marching toward a deadline not experienced anywhere else in Europe: a 100% move to digital communication between government and citizens. That deadline is 1 NOVEMBER 2014. Please read the post I wrote about it here. If you have not signed up to receive your post from the government by digital post, please do! All the links to register are available in the post I referred to above. More information, including where you can get help with registering, is available here (in Danish). And please remind your Danish friends, family members, neighbors, and coworkers about it, too!

Aalborg University gets new director

In November, AAU’s new director will arrive. Antonio Castrone (53) will take over the position held by Peter Plenge since 1998. Castrone has been the CFO at University of Copenhagen the last seven years but at AAU he will be responsible for more than finances, which suits him well. ‘The post covers a very broad area of management. In essence, I am responsible for the entire administration. I have come to know the university sector well during my years in Copenhagen and I have a good impression of both Aalborg and Aalborg University,’ says CastroneAalborg University had a financial crunch in 2012 but fared better in 2013 . The new director feels confident in his future workplace. ‘I know that in Morten Vinterberg AAU has an extremely good CFO, and I look forward to working with him. Universities are under financial pressure today, which requires an administration that can make things both cheaper and better.’ The new director was chosen unanimously from a very strong field of 27 candidates by an appointment committee, according to rector Per Michael Johansen.

Remember your yellow health card when visiting library during non-personnel hours

Just as a reminder: since 15 September you must have your yellow health card or library card with you when visiting the library outside normal operating hours. You are required to swipe your card at these times:

Monday – Thursday: 19:00-22:00
Friday: 18:00-22:00
Saturday: 14:00-22:00
Sunday: 10:00-22:00

New garbage collection policy in consultation period through 4 NovemberGarbage

Aalborg Kommune has prepared a proposal for a new waste management plan, which, among other things, means that residents will have to do more sorting of our garbage and do it better. The waste management plan is currently in public consultation until November 4th. During this period people who have good ideas about how waste should be sorted and handled have the opportunity to put their fingerprints on the plan before it is finally confirmed by the City Council.

In the paper presented at the public consultation stage, all households will have containers for different types of waste, includig a new container with two compartments one for plastic and for metal. These containers will be emptied every month in urban areas and every other month in rural areas. Each household can also dispose of small electronics and CFLs (compact fluorescent lightbulbs) in separate bags with plastic and metal collection. The collection of household waste will follow a different schedule than it does today – single-family houses should not count on their garbage being collected more frequently than every 14 days. The retrieval of large garbage will stop when the new system for the collection of plastic and metal enters into force. To replace this, there will be collection of garden waste for all households on the same every-14-day schedule as other waste. The annual cost of waste, according to the proposal, will increase slightly when all the new arrangements are implemented and the old ones are phased out.

To read more about the proposal, click here (in Danish only).

EVENTS

Concert tonight at Grønlandske Hus

Nive Nielsen & the Deer Children will play this evening, September 26 at. 21:00 (doors open at 20:00). The concert takes place in cooperation with Avalak, which also sells drinks. Tickets, of which there are a limited number, can be purchased at the store in Grønlandske Hus or at the door. The price is 100 kr./75 kr. for students with valid ID.

Musical performances at Huset in Hasseris tonight

If the above doesn’t tickle your fancy, how about music at Huset? The New Spring and SheppardKarlsson will play starting at 20:30 tonight,  September 26 (doors open at 20:00) at Huset. Entry is 50 kr. and with a student ID you can bring a guest for free! You can read more about the musicians at their respective FB pages (here and here). The event FB page is here.

wellnessWellness ‘luxury’ night at Gigantium tonight

Or, if music is a little too much, how about an evening in beautiful surroundings in order to give yourself a great start to the weekend? Then come to Wellness this evening Friday, September 26 from 19:00 to 22:00. Gigantium offers refreshments such as fruit, beer, wine and water throughout the entire evening. Enjoy the saunas, steam bath, and whirlpools. There will also be a salt scrub and products to soften the skin, free of charge. Price to attend is kr. 120 per person. Sign up using this link: http://gigantium.dk/anvendelse/svoemmehal/aktiviteter/selvforkaelelse or purchase tickets at the cafe.

For those with chronic backpain…

Over 50,000 Danes have recurring back pain. They may have chronic spinal joint problems but never have been diagnosed and therefore go not treated. Tomorrow, September 27 from 10:00 to 14:00, Fitness World at Dannebrogsgade 58 in Aalborg (near the Sprogcenter) in cooperation with the Arthritis Foundation for Ankylosing Spondylitis, Danish Chiropractic Association, and a number of physiotherapists invitse everyone with back problems to “Back Day 2014”. On ‘Back Day’ you can get your back pain assessed by experienced experts. ‘Recurring back pain can be caused by a problem of the spinal joints, but you can fight the pain more effectively if you get treatment quickly,’ says chairman of the Arthritis Foundation for Ankylosing Spondylitis, Jens Tryde.

robotino449x300Meet Robotino tomorrow at the Main Library

Tomorrow, Saturday 27 September, Robotino will visit and entertain visitors to the children’s library from 11:00 to 15:00 together with the three other cool robots that performed best in Aalborg University’s robot competition. The robots were all built in Lego Mindstorms, and were programmed to handle an obstacle course. Students and robots in the competition received points for how fast the robot could get through a course and had points deducted when the robot made ​​mistakes. The event is an extension of the Naturvidenskabsfestivalen (Science Festival).

Det Flyvende Kuffertcirkus celebrates with free performances

To mark their 25th anniversary, The Flying Suitcase Circus (Det Flyvende Kuffertcirkus) will entertain crowds for free at Kedelhallen tomorrow, 27 September in Nordkraft from 15:00. Come see a host of acts, including those by former members. Official FB page here.

Interested in a Thai boxing workout?

Dogma Muay Thai Aalborg, located at Østre Fælledvej 15, Nørresundby, invites you to a free fitness training session next Monday, 29 September at 18:00 that includes cardio, bodyweight exercises, abs and stretching mixed with Thai boxing techniques. Five participants  will win a gift card worth five free trainings. While the event is free, registration is necessary. Dogma Muay Thai has three different classes to fit cients’ needs – Muay Thai, Thai Fit and Muay Boran. You can find out more about these after Monday’s session. See the Facebook page here.

Karaoke-themed International Night at Studenterhuset 1 October

One of the most popular international nights of Studenterhuset, Karaoke Night will take place next Wednesday, 1st of October, (sign up) from 19:00. Come and enjoy a great night with many entertaining performances! The prize for the most entertaining performance is a beer voucher for 10 beers and a 500 DKK credit on Lebara mobile. There will be a database of approximately 17.000 songs on offer so most tastes are covered. See more on the event’s FB page.

Attention war history enthusiasts!

To mark the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Lundby of 1864, the president of the Lundby Collection, Leo Christensen, will tell the exciting story of the battle against the Prussians July 3, 1864, which was the last skirmish in the second Schleswig War. The event will be in Danish and take place at Vejgaard Bibliotek, Hadsundvej 35, Aalborg on Thursday, 2 October at 19:00. Entrance is free. You can register by calling 9931 4234 or by email to historieaalborg@aalborg.dk. Read more about the Battle of Lundby here.

Art competition winners’ works displayed at Nordkraft through 19 October

50! The number of artists whose work was accepted in the juried Nordkraft Exhibition 2014. And 92 is the number of works that have passed the censorship committee’s critical review, and which can now be seen in the Kunsthal Nord. North Jutland’s first juried exhibition was held in 2012 in Kedelhallen Nordkraft in Aalborg. There were 27 artists accepted with a total of 61 works. This year, hundreds of artists from across the country submitted more than 1,500 works, giving censors the tough job of winnowing the works down for exhibition. All artists, regardless of experience, were welcome to submit their works to the competition. The examiners had no access to information about their identity or age. Works were selected solely on artistic quality. There is a free tour of the exhibit on 8 October from 17:00 to 18:00. On the last day of the exhibit, 19 October, examiner Trine Rytter Andersen will give a talk at 13:00 and tell about the screening process. The Audience Award will be given out the same day at 14:00.

Big Autumn Flea Market 19 October

Are you interested in flea markets, vintage and retro? Then come to the Big Fall Flea Market at FDF Aalborg Søkreds on Sunday, 19 October from 10:00 to 16:00. There will be lots of stalls, the opportunity to buy coffee and cake, and activities for the children. So bring the family for a nice day at the harbor, and hopefully take home some beautiful goods. See the event FB page here.

Aalborg Main Library to require yellow health card for after-hours entry

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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

Friday: 18:00-22:00

Saturday: 14:00-22:00

Sunday: 10:00-22:00

Recent & upcoming in Aalborg: 1 May 2014

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Spring is in the air in Aalborg. The sun has been shining for over a week, trees and flowers are blooming, and it seems that the number of events and activities going on in the city has multiplied since winter. (Or maybe I’m just understanding more Danish as I browse newspapers and glance at posters as I cycle and walk through the center…) In any case, there’s plenty to do this weekend and it seems the weather is going to cooperate so let’s get out there and explore!

Aalborg tops the list of 79 European cities with the most satisfied residents

First, a small news announcement. If you are on Facebook, you may have seen this little item circulating already but if not…A recent survey by the European Commission found that the people of Aalborg are more satisfied with the quality of life in their city than those queried in 78 other European cities. Asked whether they were satisfied with life in their respective city, 41,000 survey respondents gave answers ranging from ‘totally agree’ to ‘totally disagree’. Here are the cities in which the most residents said ‘totally agree’:

Main finding
Responses to statement ‘I am satisfied with life in [city name]’

As you can see, 99% of Aalborgenses ‘totally agreed’ with the statement. (The lowest recorded percentage was Athina at 52%.) Aalborg also rated high on levels of satisfaction with: health services, cultural institutional offerings, educational facilities, public spaces, availability of retail shops, availability of affordable housing, safety, trust in others, and the efficiency and trustworthiness of public administration. In terms of their views on the environment, most Aalborgenses think the city has good air quality, low noise levels, is clean, and has enough green spaces but they do not agree that the city is doing enough to combat climate change (only 10% totally agree). Personally, most residents of Aalborg appear to be satisfied with the life they lead, the place in which they live, their financial situation and their job situation.

However, not all is sun and roses in Aalborg. When asked to what extent they agreed with the statement, ‘I am satisfied with available public transportation in my city’, for example, only 31% of Aalborgenses answered ‘totally agree’. Perhaps the planned light rail/BRT system will help boost that number? Another area that stands out is employment opportunities – only 31% of Aalborg respondents ‘totally agree’ or ‘agree’ that it is easy to find a job here. Aalborg also ranked somewhere near the middle when answering whether ‘the presence of foreigners here is good for the city’ – only 38% totally agreed with the statement. And only 9% totally agreed that foreigners who live here are well integrated. Why might that be?

Note: only residents of Aalborg and Copenhagen were polled in Denmark; those in Århus, Odense and other Danish cities were not included. To learn more about the results of this study, click here.

Hopping Aalborg harbor: Loppemarked (‘flea market’) and Sport in Progress

The harbor is going to be buzzing this weekend. There are two events happening – first, the first day of a recurring flea market – ‘lopper på havnen’ – on Sunday, 4 May from 11:00 to 16:00 in the area next to the Elbjørn. 60 stands will be manned by people selling all sorts of goods, and local musician Andri Sigurdsson will be there to sing and play guitar. Future ‘lopper på havnen’ dates are 1 June, 6 July, and 3 August.

The second event is Sport in Progress on Friday, 2 May. There will be sport competitions to watch, including a Cross Fit tournament, where teams of two women and two men will compete in endurance and strength, street football games and a Roller Derby race. But the day is not just about watching – visitors can try their own hand at a FIFA 2014 computer game, pole dance, or get a body-scan, through which they can learn about their health condition. On the water they can also test themselves in the rapidly growing sport of stand-up paddle boards, which can best be described as a combination of surfing, canoeing and fitness training. The event is the result of collaboration between Sport Management at UCN and Sports Aalborg University. Students from the two institutions are in charge of directing the activities, while sponsors and Aalborg Municipality support the event financially.

Test 5k and 10k runs offered in Aalborg this Sunday

MotionNord is offering a test run this Sunday, 4 May to those who wish to prepare for different races this season. Runners can choose the 5k or 10k route, both of which start at Skovlysning, near Stolpedalsskolen in Hasseris. Runners will be given chips that track their progress throughout their run. Second and third test runs will be offered on the first Sundays in June and August. The idea behind these events is to test the runners’ current form and shape improvements – both ahead of and throughout the race season. You can sign up for individual test runs or pay for all three at a reduced rate. The ultimate goal is the Fjordmarathon in Aalborg 7 September of this year. For more information about the test runs, click here.

Bellydance  presentation at Friis Saturday

In case you’re out shopping at Friis this Saturday, 3 May don’t be alarmed if between the hours of 13:00 and 15:00 you hear samba drums and come upon a bellydance presentation at the shopping center’s art wall. Vendsyssel Bellydance Association and the samba group Pocoloco will be giving a preview of their performances during Aalborg Carnival, complete with costumes.

Run for all on May 11

I posted previously about the Children’s Run on Sunday, May 11 at Karolinelund (please note: the registration fee for this race has increased to 110 kr + fee). However, I failed to mention that there are also runs the same day for adults. What used to be a 5k and 10k only for women has expanded to include men and teams of both sexes. In addition to a starting number runners receive a brand new, custom-designed Newline race T-shirt, a track bag stuffed with healthy and delicious surprises and, if you join the race with 3 other people, a large picnic bag filled with goodies to enjoy on the lawn after the race. There will also be plenty of support, pep and cheer along the route, so you might be carried to the finish line with your best time ever! Please note that registrations are coming in quickly and the course can only accommodate 2,500 runners; thus, please register soon if you want to join. Registration costs 230 kr. + fee and can be accomplished by clicking here

Cinema at Aalborg Library

Aalborg Main Library staff invite you to a repeat movie screening of Lykkevej in their cozy cinema tomorrow, Friday, 2nd May (last week’s showing must have proved too popular to accommodate everyone!) from 16:00-18:00. The movie tells a humorous story about different Danish cultures meeting one another.The movie will be shown in Danish with English subtitles. The event is free and there is no need to register – just show up and head upstairs to the cinema. Read more about the film here.

Children’s Day and Symfonien vs. Platform4 event coming up at Musikkens Hus

Another head’s up for children’s day at Musikkens Hus, which will take place Saturday, 10 May. Parents are invited to bring their children to a free music appreciation event led by musician and music teacher Annemette Juul Pedersen and Mette Mailund Strong, graphic designer, visual artist and orchestra member. A program for children ages 6 to 8 will be held from 9:00 to 12:00, while 9-11 year olds should come for the afternoon (13:00-16:00). Although tickets are not required, you must register your child/ren and yourself by calling or emailing Anne Rom Hansen (98 13 19 55/arh@aalborgsymfoni.dk).

[The following text come directly from the event’s FB page.] Also coming up at Musikkens Hus on Friday, 9 May is the debut of the audiovisual partnership between visual artists from Platform4 and Aalborg Symphony Orchestra in its new setting. The sixth night of symphonic music in dense, digital landscapes is going to be special. The event is the first of its kind in Koncertsalen in Musikkens Hus, which will be the project’s new stage. After a series of popular events and limited seating at Symfonien in Kjellerupsgade, the event now has 1,298 characteristically red chairs at its disposal in the new high-tech music hall.

Koncertsalen is the largest of the four music halls in Musikkens Hus. It has been acoustically optimized by the American consultancy firm Artec and drawn by the award-winning Austrian architects from Coop Himmelb(l)au. Together the visual and acoustic spaces make the hall an ideal frame for the total experience that Platform4 and the symphony orchestra aim to give their audience. ‘We’re excited to explore the new settings and the possibilities they offer. Koncertsalen inspired us to make it all bigger and wilder so that’s what we did,’ says Platform4 daily manager, Bo Nicolaisen.

The music played by the orchestra on the evening is the first and the last movement of Brahms’ »Piano Quartet No. 1«. Originally written for a four-man ensemble the piece has been instrumented for a full orchestra. For context, chief conductor Rumon Gamba will start off the event with a usually very entertaining guided tour around the piece before letting his musicians do the talking. Apart from the event debuting in its new settings, Platform4 will also give debut on the big stage to its new group of visual artists represented by Jean François Robin, Alf Andersen and Dragoş Boţcău this evening.

Doors: 20:30
Concert: 21:00-22:00
Meet-and-greet with the artists: 22:00-23:00
Entrance: Free (tickets must be collected at Musikkens Hus or Platform4 in Karolinelund)

Bird tour at Østerådalen

The Danish Ornithological Society in North Jutland invites children and their grandparents to a spring ‘experience with birds’ at Aalborg Kommune’s Infohus at Østerådalen off Overkæret this Saturday, May 3 from 13:00 to 16:00. The association will serve cake and lemonade to children and offer coffee/tea to the adults. Visitors can see a small exhibition of stuffed birds and buy bird boxes. The association members will also introduce participants to various books about birds. During a tour of the area the ornithologists will talk about the birds they see, and explain what it is they do when they go out into the wild to see or count birds. They will also tell stories about the birds – both true stories and tall tales. In addition, visitors will visit a shelter, where it will be possible to get quite close to many birds. Binoculars will be available on loan but if you have some at home, it’s a good idea to bring them with you. Registration is required by emailing nord@post.tele.dk.

Zoo sets record Easter weekend

Aalborg Zoo Director Henrik Johansen reports that 33,500 visitors chose Aalborg Zoo as one of their destinations during the Easter holidays, a 48% increase over the same period in 2013. 90,000 people have visited the zoo this year, compared to 79,000 in the first 4 months of last year. While the animals are still the main draw, another huge attraction is the enormous new playground in the middle of the zoo’s grounds.

2,700 parking places planned at new hospital

A couple of weeks ago I posted about the new light rail/BRT system that is currently under development in Aalborg. The system will run from the new university hospital in Aalborg Øst to Mølholm in the west beginning in 2021 and is projected to save 600,000 car trips a year. However, the Region Norjylland hospital project director, Niels Uhrenfeldt, has announced that there will also be a large enough parking lot built to the east of the hospital to fit 2,700 cars and ample space left to develop the lot should there be need for it. COWI has undertaken a study of current traffic patterns to the area where the hospital is being built and the consulting group estimates that the number of automobiles arriving daily at the new hospital, once it is fully operational in 2020, will be around 13,000.

Recent & upcoming in Aalborg: library cinema night, Research Days at Aalborg Hospital, Children’s Run sign-up deadline, Organic take-away in Aalborg, Children’s Carnival, New traffic app

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Cinema at Aalborg Library

Aalborg Main Library staff invite you to a movie screening of Lykkevej in their cozy cinema today, Friday, 25th April from 16:00-18:00. The movie tells a humorous story about different Danish cultures meeting one another.The movie will be shown in Danish with English subtitles. The event is free and there is no need to register – just show up and head upstairs to the cinema. Read more about the film here.

forsikningsdøgnResearch Days at Medicinerhuset

Aalborg University will open their doors for fun and educational activities for children and the young at heart tomorrow, Saturday, April 26 at Medicinerhuset from 10:00 to 13:00. Come learn how to save lives with CPR, have a teddy bear examined by doctors at the Teddy Bear Hospital and move around as a piece of a giant human puzzle. The event is part of the national science festival Research Days, and researchers from the hospital, Aalborg University and UCN Jutland will be offering a morning with lots of ‘vitamins for the head’. ‘We want to help show kids that by knowing some simple methods they can actually help to save another person’s life if, for example, someone collapses under cardiac arrest. We will teach children to provide basic first aid by encouraging them to call for help and ring 1-1-2, give CPR and use a defibrillator,’ says doctor and coordinator Kristian Kragholm. The Teddy Bear Hospital is a nationwide project organized by medical students, which caters to the youngest children. ‘We treat children’s teddy bears in a safe and quiet environment so that, through play, children can see that we are not dangerous white monsters, but friendly people who are just trying to help,’ said chairman of the Teddy Bear Hospital in Aalborg, Ditte Nymark Hansen. Medicinerhuset is located at Mølleparkvej 4 in Aalborg. Click here for more information about the event.

Sign-up deadline 30 April for Aalborg’s Children’s Run

Remember to sign up for AalborimageGen.ashxg’s annual Children’s Run, which will take place Sunday, 11 May at Karolinelund at 10:00. A route of 1 km will be drawn up and children ages 0 to 10 can take up to an hour to complete the course. Cost of participation is 85 kr. + 12 kr. fee if you sign up by 30 April; parents are welcome to run with their children for free. Race officials will distribute a number to each participating child and goodie-bags will be given out at the finish line. Click here for more information but please note that as of press time, the map, invitation and poster on the website are outdated (for last year’s race) and display the wrong location.

Organic take-away now available in Aalborg

An organic dinner concept that is well on its way to becoming a nationwide trend opens Saturday, April 26 in Aalborg. Jacob Vangaa, owner of Vangaa’s Mad at Kristinevej 2 in Vejgaard, has joined the network of kitchens working under the same brand and with the common goal of offering healthy organic takeaway in Denmark. ‘Our customers order on the Internet and we bring hot meals to their door. Our logistics is so precise that you can order your dinner right up until 17:45 and have it delivered an hour after ordering,’ says the man behind the project, Jacob Mother. Jacob Vangaa works daily to make lunch for local businesses and institutions.

Changes to Children’s Carnival this year

The Children’s Carnival, which is part of the annual week-long Aalborg Carnival festivities, will cost less and include more activities this year, including a costume competition and MGP show as well as more entertainment at Kildeparken. Because many parents complained last year about the high price of the required armband – 125 kr. – especially since it was good for only that day, this year children will be able to take part for 50 kr. and bring an adult with them for free. The children’s carnival will take place Saturday, 17 May from 9:30 to 15:00, starting with a parade through Aalborg to Kildeparken. More information is available here.

New app leads you away from traffic jams and/or toward parking spaces

Are you tired of needing an extra half-hour to get somewhere because there’s been an accident in Limfords Tunnel? Or do you just want to know whether the highway to Hobro is clear of traffic? Now there is an app for your smartphone that might be able to help. Called ‘Trafikken Nordjylland’, the app provides the same information you can get at www.trafikken.dk/Nordjylland, which provides current traffic conditions for those driving, taking the bus or riding on the train in this region of Denmark.The app is available for iPhones and Androids. It was developed in a collaboration between the Danish Road Directorate and Aalborg Kommune.

Web cameras
‘The app is intended as a service you can quickly check before you take off. For example, it is easy to flip between webcam images from the many web cams that stand along the roads throughout the country. From our user numbers, we can see that drivers, especially, like this feature,’ says Road Directorate project manager Christian von Huth. The biggest traffic problem in North Jutland is Limfjordstunnelen, and Trafikken Nordjylland pays special attention to both it and Limfjords Bridge. If the tunnel is blocked or the bridge is up (to let boats pass under), the traffic information map indicates this.

Available parking spaces
In addition, the app makes it easier to find a parking space in Aalborg. ‘We are pleased that our travel time system and our parking information can now be even more useful. The Trafikken Nordjylland app can indicate current travel times for selected lines/roads as well as the nearest available parking space, including how to get to it, via the phone’s built-in navigation,’ says Ulrich Clausen, Traffic Engineer at Aalborg Kommune.

As usual, thanks to Midt-Vest Avis for most of these news items. Any errors in translation are the sole responsible of the blogger.

Recent & upcoming in Aalborg: Nordkraft playland, Lille Vildmose Center Easter activities, Brutal Marathon, tax seminar registration deadline, library cinema night

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  • Playland during Easter holiday! Nordkraft’s gymnasium is set up this week for children to bounce on trampolines, climb walls, and tumble on mats and other gymnastics equipment. Opening hours are 10:00 to 16:00 and cost is 50 kr. per child 2 years and up.
  • Easter activities at Lille Vildmose Center. Easter at Lille Vildmose Center will be full of fun and educational activities for children and the young at heart. Come and say hello to the center’s sweet house trollSmall Vildma’ and her little chicks in a nature workshop on Sunday, April 13 at. 10.30. If weather permits, Small Vildma will invite you to join in some Easter fun on lawn in the park. The center’s old ‘peat train’ will run every day during the holiday, with departures at 13:00 and 14:00. The center’s wild boars will also be fed daily at. 11:15 and 14.15. Click here for more information about the center.
  • The 14th annual Aalborg Brutal Marathon takes place on Friday, 18 April, starting at 13:00. Nordjyllands biggest marathon – and Denmark’s 4th largest – the race’s slogan is: ‘Exactly 42195 meters – with hills that kill.’ While this may seem daunting to those new to marathons, it could present an attractive challenge to those who have run such races before. The marathon is organized by Marathon in Aalborg (MIA) and starts and finishes at Stolpedalsskolen – Stolpedalsvej 2, near Aalborg Zoo. The route is described as such: ‘A short round of 800 meters followed by six grueling rounds of 6,9 km past the zoo and Aalborg Tower. The race is run on cityroads and forestpaths on a very hilly course. The organizers take no responsibility for injuries caused by the race.’ If, after reading this, you are STILL interested, please click here to find the contact name, number and email in order to register. Cost of participation is 200 kr.
  • The registration deadline for those interested in attending a seminar in English on hints and tips on taxes in Denmark, with a focus on the forthcoming tax return (selvangivelse), is Tuesday, 22 April. The event will take place on Tuesday, 29 April from 17:00 to 19:00 at Aalborg Kultur og Kongrescenter and will be led by run by Magnus Vagtborg of United Tax Network. Please email Kirstine Då to register. The event is free of charge.
  • Aalborg Main Library staff invite you to a movie screening of Lykkevej in their cozy cinema on Friday, 25th April from 16:00-18:00. The movie tells a humorous story about different Danish cultures meeting one another.The movie will be shown in Danish with English subtitles. The event is free and there is no need to register – just show up and head upstairs to the cinema. Read more about the film here.

 

 

 

Attention fellow expats! Xpat Network North to offer diverse program of events through June 2014

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Kirstine Då, who is project coordinator for International Citizen Service, announced yesterday the upcoming schedule of events organized by Xpat Network North (XNN), for which Aalborg Kommune has recently taken over responsibility. The program includes a variety of activities for expats in the North Jutland region and all are invited to join those that interest them. Below is the program as it stands; I will also include individual events in my ‘recent & upcoming in Aalborg’ series shortly before they take place. Please note that if you are on Facebook but not already a member of FB’s Xpat Network North group, you may send a request through the site to join.

Date Time Event Description Location Registration Cost
25 April 16:00-18:00 Go to the movies at the library Danish film with English subtitles will be shown Small cinema at Aalborg Main Library Check XNN’s Facebook page for more info Free
29 April 17:00-19:00 Tax seminar Hints and tips on taxes in DK, with focus on the forthcoming tax return (selvangivelse); run by Magnus Vagtborg of United Tax Network AKKC (Aalborg Kultur og Kongrescenter) Europa Plads 4, 9000 Aalborg Email Kirstine Då by 22 April Free
6 May 16:30-17:30 Guided tour at the library Learn about all the facilities and services available to you at the main public library Aalborg Main Library Check XNN’s Facebook page for more info Free
9 May 17:00-??? Casual social get-together Meet Kirstine and other expats for a chat and a drink John Bull Pub Just show up Pay for your own drinks and food
21 May 16:30-19:45 Family sports event Parents and children ages 5 and up get together and learn new dance moves with an English-speaking instructor. There will also be a chance to enjoy a soft drink and a sandwich with other families after the dancing session. Tårnhøjhallen in Aalborg Øst More information to come Free
4 June 17:00-?? Casual social get-together Meet Kirstine and other expats for a chat and a drink Folkets Parlament Just show up Pay for your own drinks and food
12 June 16:30-19:30 An evening on ‘the weirdness of Danes’ Puzzling and funny aspects of Danish culture and norms will be highlighted and participants will work together on a task Not yet known More information to come Small fee