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Recent & upcoming: career fair (and training), music galore, ice cream, Year of Goat activities at library, markets, wall climbing, pancakes, cats, world workout day, and expat family event

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paradisI just realized, as I was writing the text about one of the below events (free ice cream anyone?), that this week’s R&U post marks one year since I started the weekly series. Looking back at that post (28 February, 2014) I was struck by how much the series has developed and changed – for the better, I’d like to think. I know it’s one of the things I do on this blog that attracts the most (regular) readers, which is why I save time each week to write it up. I also learn a lot about what my family and I can do each weekend. One good thing about hitting the one year mark, though: I can start to recycle text. Yeah! I think I will go get some of that free ice cream tomorrow to celebrate…[The Events Calendar has been updated!]

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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.

Recent & upcoming: expats at John Bull Pub, Enjoy! exhibit at Utzon, Eksperimentarium-ArtDreams concerts, and more!

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XNN get together at John Bull Pub

XPat Network North invites any and all expats and Danes who are interested in meeting new people and seeing old friends to John Bull Pub this evening at 17:00 for drinks and a chance to socialize. No need to sign up – just come and stop by for a beer at the harbor with us!

Enjoy! art exhibit to open today at Utzon Center

DSC_4694Kunsten, in cooperation with the Utzon Center, opens the new Enjoy! art exhibit today at the Utzon Center. Works by Andy Warhol, Christo, Robert Rauschenberg, Michelangelo Pistoletto, César, Roy Lichtenstein, Daniel Spoerri, Lucio Fontana, Nam June Paik and Niki de Saint-Phalle have been handpicked to be displayed at the cultural center. The exhibit runs through 27 July. For more information on Utzon and the exhibit, click here.

Aalborg Symphony Orchestra (ASO) – some events sold out but other interesting ones coming up!

As I posted previously, the ASO’s Children’s Day at Musikkens Hus will take place tomorrow from 9:00. Unfortunately, however, the event is ‘sold’ out (though tickets were free), which I learned the hard way by trying to register 4 days before the event. The ASO vs. Platform 4 event to be held tonight at 21:00 is similarly sold out. Yeah for the orchestra, boo for those who wanted to come at the last minute. [Insider tip: you can show up at Musikkens Hus tonight and try your luck at getting an unoccupied seat; since there is always the possibility of some no-shows, it’s possible you could still get a ticket.]

eskperimentariumHOWEVER…there are two interesting events coming up soon that you might be interested in. The orchestra’s new Eksperimentarium-ArtDreams project is a concert series designed by musicians in the orchestra to promote contemporary music and collaborations between artists, musicians, and audiences in Aalborg. Their first concert will take place on Saturday, May 17 at 18.00 in the Intimsal in Musikkens Hus. Tickets are free but you should call ahead to reserve a ticket, as space is limited. Call the Musikkens Hus box office at 60 20 30 00 or visit the box office. The first concert features 15 members of the orchestra, 11 students from Hobro Friskole, mime Jeannot Hunzicker, bassist Mark Dresser, saxophonist Jesper Løvdal, and pianist Butch Lacy. There will also be a free preview of this concert at Aalborg Hovedbibliotek (Main Library) at 12.00 on Saturday, 10 May featuring some of the musicians. Please come and ask questions and hear more! For more information on Eksperimentarium-ArtDreams, visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Eksperimentarium, or website at http://aalborgsymfoni.dk/Eksperimentarium.

Asian Food Festival 2014 looking for volunteers

The 2nd annual Aalborg Asian Food Festival is looking for volunteers to take on a variety of responsibilities at this year’s festival, which will take place at Gammel Torv over three days – from 20 to 22 June. Last year’s inaugural festival, which was staged at Karolinelund, attracted over 3000 visitors and 100 volunteers to its food and culture booths and this year’s event  promises to be even bigger. Volunteer coordinator Atanas Kovachev is looking for people to take on roles such as production manager, logistics manager, accountant and volunteers to work on the days of the festival in various capacities. Please click here for more information and/or view the group’s Facebook page.

Expat family dance event 21st May

Come along with your family and join this fun social network meeting for internationals. Aalborg Kommune’s Sundheds- og Kulturforvaltningen (Department for Health and Culture) are hosting an event that offers a dance lesson for all members of the family followed by a chance to socialize and get to know other families. The event will take place in Tårnhøjhallen in Aalborg Øst, 9220 Aalborg on Wednesday 21st May at 16.30-19.45.
Program: Participants arrive 16.30 – Introduction to Dance for families 16.45 – Instruction in Dance for families 17.00-18.00 – Social networking and sandwich 18.15–19.30 – Finish 19.45.
Families with children aged 5 and above are welcome but space is limited so please sign up in advance by emailing Helle Lundgreen – HLU-sbu@aalborg.dk

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: 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.

 

 

 

Recent & upcoming in Aalborg: Ordkraft, Kulturskole deadline, wine-tasting, Øko dag, ASO Easter concert, and more!

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  • 2014.Modulbilleder.ordkraftnsp_125Ordkraft i Nordkraft takes place from today, 10 April, through Saturday, 12 April. An event held each April, Ordkraft is a festival of the word, which is examined through various means, including author interviews, games, film, music, drama, debates and other activities. The event offers something for all age groups. Tickets are 50 kr./per day or per event or 100 kr. for all three days and can be purchased in various locations. Most presentations will be in Danish. For parents of Danish-speaking children, an event on Saturday may be of particular interest: titled ‘Vi rapper og ræser og leger og læser’ (‘We rap and race and play and read’), the event features Marianne Iben Hansen who will tell the story of “Axel elsker biler” (‘Axel loves cars’) and organize a shouting choir and car dance. Bring driving glasses and join her for a rollicking good time from 11:00 to 13:00. For more information on the festival, visit the event website.
  • AalborgKulturskole_logoThe deadline to register for courses at Aalborg Kulturskole during the 2014/15 school year is tomorrow, 11 April. A plethora of courses in musical instrument playing, drama, visual arts, and other areas are available to all, from small children to centenarians. Click here for more information.
  • Aalborg Handball Club invites members of the public to their sports hall (at Østre Allé 87) on Saturday, April 12 from 13:00 to 17:00 for something completely different than handball: wine-tasting. Instead of a team of handball athletes and their fans, the hall will be populated by sommeliers and connoisseurs. Come and try the many different wines and quality food from a variety of producers and importers, most of whom come from North Jutland!
  • Sunday, 13 April is ‘Øko Day’ in Denmark – the day on whichokodag_ny_ko_og_txt cows raised on organic farms are let out to graze in the fields after a long winter in the barn. Everyone is invited to come and see ‘the cows dance’ with joy as they take in the fresh air, sun and taste of spring. More than 153,000 Danes pulled on rubber boots and visited the organic cows last year. Participating farms will offer tastings of organic dairy products and plenty of opportunities to see, hear, taste, touch and experience how they do things. Bring a picnic basket and enjoy a fun and educational experience on an organic farm, where you can ask questions and get answers from those who know organic farming the best – the farmers. The festivities officially start at 10:00 and end at 14:00 but cows are released from the barn at precisely 12:00; some farms, however, offer other opening hours – remember to check the farm’s website before you leave home and don’t forget your rubber boots and, for children, rain gear (we ran into trouble last year when our daughter fell into a mud puddle almost up to her waist!). You can find the farms closest to Aalborg here.
  • For their annual Easter concert the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra will play Mozart’s Mass in C-major under the direction of Swedish guest conductor Olof Boman on Wednesday, 16 April at Musikkens Hus. The orchestra will be joined by soloists Berit Norbakken Solset, soprano, Kristina Wahlin, mezzo-soprano, Mathias Hedegaard, tenor, and Jakob Bloch Jespersen, bass, as well as the Filharmonisk Kor Aalborg and Thisted Kirkes Drenge-Mandskor. Tickets are Kr. 215 (A) / 170 (B) / 145 (C) but don’t forget the special price of 75 kr. for students and persons under the age of 30 (which must be purchased by phone or in person). Concert begins at 19:30.
  • A 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).
  • AalborimageGen.ashxg’s annual Children’s Run 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.
  • Due to complaints from travellers arriving at Aalborg Airport, public bus service from the airport to the city will be increased soon. Airport Director Søren Svendsen welcomes the upcoming change. ‘We’ve heard from customers that there are not enough buses in the evening, and those who do not want to wait for the next bus must pay for a taxi.’ Currently there is one bus an hour in the evenings; this will be increased to one bus every 30 minutes until midnight after 30 June of this year.
  • The number of restaurants for sale in Aalborg has doubled since Flammen opened its doors on Østerågade, reports Steen Royberg of Nybolig, which represents most of the restaurants for sale in the city. He estimates that Flammen and Jensen’s Steakhouse have taken away many customers from other establishments – at least during weekdays. ‘There are always restaurants for sale at any given time but right now there are approximately double what there used to be.’

 As always, a big thanks to Midt-vest Avis (9 April 2014 issue) for many of these items.

Recent & upcoming in Aalborg: food market, Spring Fair, orienteering event, fishing and ‘state of the city’ business report

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  • This Saturday, 5 April, Nordkraft hosts its monthly food market in the center’s main hall. 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.
  • The annual Spring Fair takes place this weekend at Aalborg Congress & Culture Center. In addition to exhibits by over 200 businesses, public sector organizations, and artists, the fair offers entertainment and information/advice sessions by experts on a variety of topics. So if you’re interested in gardening, house improvements, housing, recreation, travel, adventure, food, hospitality, or style, check out the fair Friday, Saturday or Sunday (4-6 April) from 10:00 to 17:00. Entrance fee is 60 kr/adult (children 13 and under free) and 40 kr for retirees.
  • Aalborg’s Orienteering Club will offer a fitness and nature experience – Find the Way Day – Saturday, 5th April in Lundby Bakker to those familiar with and new to the sport. There will be courses of various lengths and anyone can participate. ‘We look forward to showing the sport to both those who know it and those who are curious to see what it is. Of course, we hope that some people think it’s so much fun that they want to try more and join the club,’ says Søren Flytkjær, chairman of Aalborg Orienteering Club. Orienteering is an ideal family sport and Aalborg Orienteering Club has chosen to have family-friendly member prices. This year Nordea Fund decided to go into partnership with Danish Orienteering Federation on Find the Way Day. ‘We hope that Find the Way Day gives children and adults a taste for orienteering fun, some good exercise and experiences in forests and parks,’ says Henrik Lehmann Andersen, CEO of Nordea Foundation, which supports activities that promote a good life. Participation in Find the Way Day is free. For more information on the event, including where to meet, click here.
  • Nordic Swordfish – aka garfish – have left the Atlantic Ocean to spawn in the Limfjord’s low, warm water. Thousands of the fish are gathering around near the coast and ‘waiting’ for an angler to catch them. On Sunday, 27 April from 13:00 to 16:00 Natureguide Aalborg, in collaboration with the Anglers Association, have arranged a fishing ‘expedition’ at Kystvejen 45, 9400 Nørresundby where you will be welcome to try catching the garfish under the guidance of highly experienced anglers. Bring your own fishing equipment or borrow some on site.
  • Aalborg City Association’s president, Nils Andersen, declared at last week’s annual association meeting that 2013 had been a good year for the city. The association’s primary task is to create initiatives that bring customers to the city. To that end, they were responsible last year for organizing Aalborg City blooms, Day & Night with Emmelie de Forrest, American Day, the Aalborg Cycling Grand Prix, Aalborg in Red (Aalborg i Rødt), the Spring Fair, Ordkraft i Nordkraft, the annual prize for best building façade, the Aalborg Regatta, Blue Festival, Pink Saturday, and Santa Claus and a very special Christmas market with real mulled wine at Gammeltorv – to name a few activities.

Andersen told the group that he thought they should be satisfied both at the kommune as well as the city level and praised city planners and politicians for being visionary and thinking long-term. ‘Even if we do not always seem to make the right decisions, we can look around and see that we have Denmark’s finest waterfront, a concert hall of international quality, and a world class university. Just looking at the numbers, we can see that Aalborg’s net population grew by more than 2000 people last year. We must be doing something right. Looking into the future, we see the realization in 2021 of a light rail that will connect the new hospital in Aalborg Øst with Mølholm via Aalborg’s center (Boulevarden, Østeraagade, Ved stranden) thanks to a 12 billion kr investment,’ stated Andersen.

He stressed that even if business is not as strong as it was in 2007 and 2008, and although there are empty shopfronts and other premises in the city center, Aalborg has not been hit as hard as other cities in North Jutland. ‘We can simply be happy that we function as the retail capital of North Jutland. We are the region’s locomotive…which means continued population growth and thus more customers to the city center,’ said the president.

Thanks, as usual, to the Midt-Vest Avis for these news clips, many of which are roughly translated by the blogger.