This weekend: 27th, 28th & 29th November

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It seems impossible to write a post without mentioning the security alerts that all residents of this part of the world have been living with this past week. The decision we made in our home has been to continue to going to events we enjoy, unless otherwise advised by the police. Security has been visible around Antwerp central station but last weekend, we went to the market as usual on Saturday, and on Sunday to the 50th Birthday celebrations at FOMU which were lots of fun. Everyone has to make their own decisions about the risks they want to take, but we prefer to try to keep calm and enjoy our free time as much as we usually do. If Madge isn’t cancelling her gig on Saturday at Sportpaleis, then I don’t see why we shouldn’t be out and about as usual ;-).  For updates on the situation, you can follow @crisiscenterBE on Twitter.

And so to the weekend ….

If you want to avoid the shopping hordes, Friday offers the perfect excuse because it is Buy Nothing Day . Alternatively, you could go along to Meir anyway, just to check out Antwerp’s own Diva, Nicola Mills who will (weather permitting) be getting into the festive spirit by carolling with a group of four singers between 2 and 4pm. You could head out later in the evening to join the Critical Mass Bike Ride at 6pm on Theaterplein.

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There are a couple of events which are occurring over both days: a book market  and a Kids’ Paradise promising toys, games, gadgets and clothes for sale. There are also some activities and workshops for kids. Both of these events are at the Zuiderpershuis on the Waalse Kaai. If you are feeling sporty, you can swim for free  at Antwerp swimming pools all weekend.

Saturday

Kids who want to see Sinterklaas, can do so at The Century Shopping Centre on Keyserlei between 10 and 6pm, where they can also take part in a Sinterklaas quest activity. Other than that, it seems rather quiet this Saturday, so I will probably be at the market as usual!

Sunday

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If you are someone who is looking forward to the opening of the winter bars, and the taste of Gluhwein, this Winter Terrace event will please you, if you can’t wait until the Christmas market in December.

If you have children aged 5+ to entertain, then you could take them to this production of Tom Thumb for just 4 euros a ticket or for the same price to a showing of this animated film at the Permeke library (for kids aged 3+).

 

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This weekend’s fleamarket is being held in Schijnpoort and costs 2,50 to get in.

 

Finally, Sunday is the last day of Week van de Friet, so if you have a voucher from De Zondag you can pick up freebies (like an extra beer or snack) at participating chippies. In Antwerp, that’s Frituur Max on Groenplaats.

Have fun and stay safe. 🙂

This weekend: 21st- 22nd November 2015

 

rainystreetSome rainy day outings for grown-ups …. after last week’s kid-centric post. There seems to be a more mature offering this weekend, as the weather turns more wintry …

Saturday

The photography museum celebrates 50 years with a number of events and exhibitions over the entire weekend.

Also for the culturally minded a Zine Fest which is also taking place over the whole weekend as is “Veterans Day” , a symposium of events celebrating 1960s Antwerp (fashion, design, art and music). You can find the full program here.

Festive shoppers may be in luck at the handcrafted market where creatives will be selling their own home-made products. I like the Berlin bar which is nearby, if you are stopping for a drink.

… and a new bar is opening in Antwerp Saturday evening.

Sunday

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If, like me,  you are shopping for kids in the near future (in our home we celebrate Sinterklaas, Christmas and the birthdays of all three children during winter!) then you may want to head to a second hand toy market at De Roma Theatre.

Science Day is taking place in various locations around Antwerp on Sunday. All activities are free, but you need to register for some of them. These activities will be in Dutch, although for some activities language might not be so significant -like the exhibits and activities around Astrid Plein and Central Station.

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Koningin Astridplein

 

 

This Weekend: 14th- 15th November 2015

This weekend, there are a lot of activities on of interest to children (and the grown-ups who seek to keep them entertained) …. I’ve also tried to seek out events for those of us who don’t want the entire weekend dominated by the arrival of a certain robed and bearded old gentleman from Spain …. You could start the weekend and precede kiddie-orientated mayhem on Friday at Little Brewers Winter Garden which opens as a winter bar at 8pm this Friday, having formerly been the summer bar, Bar Josephine’s.

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Bar Josephine will become Little Brewers Winter Garden

Saturday

INTREDE SINTERKLAAS!

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Scenes from the arrival of Sinterklaas

(Groote Markt 2014)

This is the kiddie mayhem part….

Saturday is pretty much the most important day of the year for you if you are a kid in Antwerp. At 1pm or thereabout Sinterklaas will arrive on his steam boat. He will alight at Steenplein and with his travelling companions (Pieten) will make his way to Groote Markt, where he will address the crowds (read: lots of children overdosing on cheap confectionary) from the Town Hall, relaying his important findings re: whether there are any naughty children in Antwerp this year. There is music and entertainment to keep kids occupied on Grootemarkt while they wait. You may wish to avoid Groote Markt like the plague, if you are either not a child or are kiddie-free.

If you prefer something more gruesome, you may enjoy a Ghost Walk through Antwerp’s darker sidestreets on Saturday night, costing 10 euros, starting at 8.30pm. You may need to reserve for this.

Sunday

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On Sunday there is a Food Market at the Felix Pakhuis, featuring food trucks, culinary demonstrations and kids’ entertainment. Felix Pakhuis is on the Godefrieduskaai which is at Eilandje, near MAS.

All around Antwerp at various locations there are activities for children as part of Kunsten Dag Voor Kinderen (Arts Day for Children).

… And there’s a book and comic book fair at the Permeke Library

Saturday, Sunday & beyond

For a week, starting on the 12th November, there are going to be a series of film showings, taking place at the Permeke Libray and at Filmhuis Klappei. The films are in a variety of languages, and the ticket price is just 4 euros (3 euros for students) so much cheaper than a trip to mainstream cinemas. For details of the agenda, check here.

Fleamarkets on both days at Antwerp Expo

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Brickmania for Lego-lovers, this weekend.

A MUST for Lego fans! It’s Brickmania at Waagnatie on both days. At only 4 euros in (free for kids under 6) this is a lot cheaper than many Lego events I have heard about.

… And if you are need of something more contemplative and restful after a manic time with the kids at Brickmania or at the Intrede, there is a free art exhibition both days, down at Noorderterras, “Kunst aan de Schelde” and another one here.

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Publicity poster from Swenson Art

This weekend: 6th, 7th & 8th November 2015 (also 11-11-15)

I am away for the weekend in Berlin, which is why I am publishing early this week. However,  I have found the following events and activities for you. Enjoy!

Don’t forget the Book Expo is still on (until 11th November).

And this work by Anselm Kiefer recently arrived in Antwerp and can be seen for free, until early next year.

Friday 6th November

How about an evening of music and wine at Vino Teka wine bar with the Down to Earth Diva?

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Nicola Mills AKA The Down-to-Earth Diva (pic courtesy of Nicola Mills)

For kids, coming to the end of their autumn holiday, The wonderful Red Star Line Museum is holding an evening event which begins at 18h and costs 5 euros. The children complete the tour as émigrés, and will be taken on their journey by the captain of the Red Star Line.

Also on Friday:

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English speaking theatre group BATS are holding an opening evening. This may interest you if you would like to know more about getting involved, or about upcoming productions. Additionally, there will be Indian music to enjoy. I can guarantee that you will be warmly welcomed at their theatre on Paardemarkt (Belfry Little Theatre, Paardenmarkt 111, 2000 Antwerpen, Ticket 12 euros on the door; 8 euros for students)

Saturday

This week’s fleamarket will be on St Jans Plein. Hopefully the weather will be as sunny as dry as last weekend!

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Autumn on the Sint Jansplein

Sunday

On both Saturday and Sunday (and on Wednesday 11th), Antwerp’s Ecohuis will be holding open days with tours and information about environmentally friendly living. The Ecohuis is a good place to visit with kids, and it also has a nice café on the ground floor.

On both Saturday and Sunday, amateur photography club, fotoklub72 will be holding their annual and free exhibition of their work.

For foodies and kids, there is an Oriental buffet & kids’ corner at Umami. It’s not cheap at 35 euros per adult (15 per child) but it does include activities for the children, such as face-painting and learning to make sushi.

Next week

Don’t forget that Wednesday 11th of November is a public holiday (“Wapenstilstand”) and there will be a large  Flea market on Theaterplein, and an afternoon/ evening SKRÄP market at Antwerp Cruise Terminal, including food, drinks and musical performances, from 1pm -10pm.