This Weekend: 29th, 30th & 31st January 2016

Friday 29th

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Photo from: Critical Mass Antwerpen

Antwerp has its own Critical Mass bike rides, which take place on the last Friday of every month. Cyclists assemble on Theaterplein at 6pm and cycle in and around the city together for around an hour, for a healthy and eco-friendly start to the weekend.

Afterwards, you might wish to head to An Sibhin on Nationale Straat where Croque Manouche will be playing at 9. The kitchen is going to be open later than usual and serving food from 6.30 (chilli con carne, beef burritos, veggie burgers and beef burgers) if you want to eat beforehand.

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“Pateekes” in an Antwerp shop window

The 29th January marks the start of Antwerp Patisserie Week (Pateekes week) which involves various bakeries, and tea & coffee houses round the town. This is an annual event and the way it works is that you buy a “Pateekes Pass” for 10 euros at the Tourist office on Grote Markt. This provides you with 10 vouchers (‘bonnetjes’) which you can exchange for cakes and pastries at the participating venues -you will be provided with a list of these when you buy the pass.

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Designcenter De Winkelhaak

At 6pm head over to Design Center Winkelhaak for a retro and second hand furniture & design market called Dubieus Design. It’s 5 euros in (includes a glass of bubbles) but is also on on Saturday from 10am -6pm for free.  

In the same building is the lovely Bar Oscar if you are feeling hungry or thirsty….

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Bar Oscar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday 30th

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Kids dancing at LBWG

If you have children who like to move and dance you might want to take them to Little Brewers Winter Garden for Dansen Met Lotte at 2pm (all kids) and for children aged 6+ from 4.30pm. LBWG is a large, airy, pop-up bar, which is going to be open until the end of February. It’s a really nice, chilled space with plenty of room, but is likely to be busier and noisier when the kids’ dance event is taking place.

For adults who also love to dance there is a Flamenco festival at the Zuiderpershuis on both Saturday and Sunday night, it’s a little pricier than most events that I list here (36 euros pre-sale; 40 at the venue) but it is obviously an event that is a big deal if you are a flamenco fan!

At artist-run space Pink House Italielei 63, there’s a performance festival starting at 2pm, for 5 euros.

Sunday 31st

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image courtesy of Madam Woll

At 10am there’s Madame Woll’s monthly  knitting atelier for 8 euros (bring your own materials).

There’s also a big fleamarket on The Schijnpoortweg from 10-6pm, 2,50 entrance.

And Het Steen is open for kids (6+) for the free time-themed atelier which takes place above the café -walk in any time between 1pm and 4pm.

 

At 11am (-12.30) children aged 6+ can see the film Orla de Kikkersliker at Permeke Library for 2 euros.

And a cinema tip for grown-up film fans:  the Belgian-made film Problemski Hotel, which is now showing in Antwerp at Cartoons Cinema near the cathedral was warmly recommended to me by a colleague this week.

Weather is likely to be much milder in terms of temperatures, this weekend, but with the possibility of some showers in the afternoon on Saturday and Sunday (and breezy). Friday is forecast to be dry all day.

Do comment, mail & Tweet your feedback and suggestions -are there events I am missing? Let me know.

Until next Thursday 🙂

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This Weekend: 22nd, 23rd, 24th January 2016

Friday 22nd

If you fancy starting your weekend with cocktails, head to the Zeppelin Bar on Damplein for a cocktail evening starting at 9pm.

If you are in the Borgerhout area, have a look at the schedule for Borger#8 -an annual collection of art events in galleries around Berchem, Zurenborg and Borgerhout, starting at 6pm. The best way to get from gallery to gallery is by bike. If you don’t have one, you might want to think about getting a pass or year card for an Antwerp Velo.

Saturday 23rd

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publicity shot: De Conninckplein Winterfeest

 

 

 

During the afternoon between 1 and 5pm there is a free “Winterfeest” on de Coninckplein

 

 

 

 

 

 

For your evening entertainment: free cinema at Het Roze Huis  on Draakplaats in Berchem. You can see  Mary Marie (no entrance cost) starting at 8pm.

BATS panto (Little Red Riding Hood) opens at Arenberg Theatre. You might be able to get tickets on the door, but why not order online, to be sure? Word is, that Sunday is very nearly SOLD OUT.

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Publicity poster from BATS Antwerp

If you want to be outdoors, have kids to entertain and the weather is not too cold, you might be interested to know that the children’s farm at the Rivierenhof Estate in Deurne is open again after a short winter closure.

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Rivierenhof, Deurne

Music lovers may want to head to Wally’s Groove World which is holding a new stock sale of “’80s funk, soul, disco, Hip Hop, 90’s house, rave, acid, Retro,techno, tech-house” and promises prices starting at just 1 and 2 euros.

If you are thinking of your holidays then head over to Expo for Vakantiesalon Vlaanderen which will help you decide where to go, and continues over the whole weekend.

For children who like to move and dance you might want to take them to Little Brewers Winter Garden for Dansen Met Lotte at 2pm (all kids) and for children aged 6+ from 4.30pm. LBWG is a large, airy, pop-up bar, which is going to be open until the end of February. It’s a really nice space, with some great beers (although personally I recommend avoiding the Gin Fizz which I had a couple of weeks ago, and is made with beer and raw egg white, and most definitely an acquired taste…) Other than that, a really nice hang- out for chilled weekend afternoons, with or without kids.

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Me at LBWG. Photo by Maurits Brands

 

On Saturday afternoon there is a free classical concert at Het Steen for anyone who might enjoy a bit of Brahms, Schumann or Haydn. It is free and starts at 5pm, but reserving is recommended by calling 03 202 83 80.

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Het Steen

 

And an exhibition opening in the evening at the Artelli Gallery, of works on paper by Albert Pepermans from 5pm.

Sunday

Ladies only! free Burlesque Fitness trial lesson at Urban City (near Eilandje) from 4.30/ 5pm until 6pm.

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Kids’ Activity and Workshop Space at Het Steen

Back to Het Steen: for kids 6+, again there is a workshop and activities based around the theme of Time, at Het Steen. I took my 7 year old son to this last weekend and he really liked it.

 

 

The space used for the activities is above the café, and is roomy and attractive. There is no need to register or reserve -you simply walk in and out as you wish from 1pm. It is completely accessible to English speaking children, as well as Dutch speakers.

At the Permeke Library there is a play-based singing & musical activity for kids from aged 2 and a half to 6. This costs 6 euros (4 euros if you get your tickets before the day).

Finally, there is a big second hand sale/ flea market  at the Kinepolis Event Centre (Groenendaallaan 394) for a 2,50 euro entrance fee, from 10am -6pm.

The weather is predicted to reach a max of 6 degrees, with chances of showers varying from 18%- 24%. So …. Brrrrr…

 

“Krokus Vakantie” (Feb half-term week) for kids.

All Belgian schools have a week’s holiday at the same time (8th- 12th February) and some of the English speaking schools (for example Antwerp International School) are also off that week.

During holiday times there are a number of kids’ activities available. These range from one-day activities or workshops to camps which are on daily for the entire week.

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This is not an exhaustive list (and feel free to send additional links; I’ll edit to add them) but will provide some suggestions for keeping children occupied, happy and social during their time off. Please note: these activities tend to be popular, and you should enrol your child(ren) as soon as possible to be sure of a place/places. Some are more expensive than others. If your child is not a Dutch speaker, be sure to check that the activity is suitable. Also be aware that some places provide a lunch, and for other activities you need to make sure your child has lunch with them.

Here is a list of Sport Camps and activites in an around Antwerp. The price given is for the full week. For more information (and even details of the Easter holiday agenda) there are contact details on this page.

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Publicity image from JEFF Facebook page

The Youth Film festival (JEFF) is running workshops and film showings at two locations: the Zuiderpershuis and the Ecohuis). Each activity consists of the screening of a children’s film (Dutch) and a creative activity. Here is the schedule for Antwerp order tickets and enrol here to receive your ticket as a .pdf via email.

Also,  ISF Active English run activity weeks in English, every holiday, except for Christmas. The February courses are filling up fast. Contact them via Facebook for more information.

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Idee Kids is running a workshop for kids (7+) who like to cook at the Koninklijk Lyceum daily from 9am -4pm.

This one (same times, same location) is for younger kids (5+) and has a viking adventure theme.

This one completes the offering at KLA for the youngest group (3+).

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Museum Mayer van den Bergh

 

Museums in and around Antwerp also offer art-based and creative activities at this time. These tend to be one-day workshops, or interactive guided tours, rather than a course for the whole week. You can search by location and age-group  here.

For musical kids who play an instrument the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp is offering two days of workshops on the 9th and 10th February. Details here. Register here.

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Finally, don’t forget this post which has general information about places to go in Antwerp with your small people.

 

This weekend: 15th, 16th, 17th January 2016

Friday 15th

If you like live music there are a few choices this evening -you might want to start your weekend listening to Kollectiv playing jazz at Cafe Kiebooms on Conninckplein at 9pm; or singer Kuba Kesy at The Irish Times bar on Groote Markt at 10pm. Described as ‘melancholy folk pop’, Second Son Sam will be playing Bar Lucy also at 9pm.

For something a bit darker and edgier, try The Land of the Creeps at De Kleine Hedonist

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Image: publicity shot from De Kleine Hedonist

And if you are starting out immediately after work, head to Plein Publiek from 5pm

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Image: publicity shot from Plein Publiek

Saturday 16th

If you are shopping round the Meir area and are a fan of second hand and retro clothing, then turn down Jezusstraat and head to Think Twice to celebrate the branch’s first birthday from 1 -6pm.

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Think Twice

 

 

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Grand Bazar

 

More conventional sales continue in the shopping area, with the second round of reductions in the big stores on Meir and in Grand Bazar …

 

Sunday 17th

Art lovers will want to head to Antwerp’s gallery of modern art (MuHKA) for Art’s Birthday. There will be a selection of events and activities from 2 until 6pm.
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And very close by at the bar Chat le Roi is an exhibition of books and vinyl.

 

 

Crochet lovers may want to attend this workshop at Madam Woll (knitting café) on Sunday morning for 8 euros. Register by email beforehand.

For kids aged 4-8 there is story telling (Dutch) at Permeke Library at 11am. And at Het Steen from 1pm there is a free workshop  (in Dutch) exploring ( the theme of TIME.

Also for families with kids, here’s a heads-up for next weekend: order your tickets now for BATS panto (in English) next weekend. It’s Little Red Riding Hood this year! You can order online from the Arendberg Theatre.
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And a last reminder that the (renovated) cathedral is now free for Antwerp city dwellers …

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Have a lovely weekend – the weather is not likely to be glorious, with some showers on Saturday, but Sunday predicted to be dry.

 

 

8th, 9th & 10th January 2016

signpostsWelcome to 2016 on the Nessascity Antwerp blog!

Here are the first suggestions for the new year!

Friday 8th

A new year’s reception  in the evening at the Zuiderpershuis, including a theatrical performance, suitable for kids 5+. I don’t see a price on this one, so am assuming that it is free. Organised by Stad Antwerpen and Groen Antwerpen.

Saturday 9th

The Antwerp Opera opens it doors to children today, for a dance costing 8 euros for kids aged 6+ who would like to dress in their best finery and learn a few classical moves from a dance teacher. For 6 euros at 2pm and 3.30 children aged 4+ can get a guided walk through the world of opera.

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Antwerp Opera

 

Acroyoga, as the name suggests, combines yoga and acrobatic moves. If you would like to try it out, or are already familiar with it then this free event in Borgerhout could be for you. You can also do a trial class for 5 euros at the same location, in the morning (10am).

On Saturday night Het Roze Huis welcomes LGBT party-goers for a New Year’s Reception starting at 8pm on the Draakplaats near Café den Draak.

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publicity photo: Het Roze Huis

Starting at 2pm and going on until 10pm at night is a Food Truck Festival around The Crowne Plaza Hotel to the south of Antwerp. Admission free.

For something more low-key, a photography exhibition opening at 6pm

Sunday 10th

There will be some live music, drinks and snacks at this New Year’s Reception on Sint Jansplein at 2pm.

Plein Publiek offer winter cocktails, music, and brunch from 2pm for an entrance fee of 8 euros.

For children aged 6+ there is a free workshop at 1pm based around the theme of TIME at Het Steen (affiliated to Het Paleis).

Also worth knowing for 2016, is that the cathedral will be free for city dwellers from 1st January 2016. It was extensively renovated during 2015, and previously cost 6 euros to visit.

Have a great weekend. I’m looking forward to keeping you up-to-date with Antwerp happenings in English throughout 2016, and to hearing your suggestions and tips for the best places to hang out in Antwerp!

*In the coming weeks, I am planning to do a post for stay-at-home parents who have toddlers and pre-schoolers at home during the week, so if there is something you do in town with your little ones on Mondays -Fridays, please let me know about it. It might be really useful for other stay-at-home-parents, or those people who have some time off during the week with their children. Thanks!