This weekend: 30th September, 1st & 2nd October

Greetings! Here’s the Google Map with locations for this post…

This weekend, there seems to be a huge choice of activities which happen over the entire weekend.

I’ll start with Antwerp Fashion Weekend as I really enjoyed the Fashion Festival a few weeks back, so another fashion event in this city, which seems to have a constantly snowballing reputation for great shopping and design, is very welcome. Here’s the programme for the weekend which kicks off on Friday night.

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Shopping on Meir

If you are more of a foodie than a fashion fiend, then Smaakmeesters will be more your bag than a Delvaux … Smaakmeesters (‘Tastemasters’) continues throughout October but this weekend will see all the opening events -around the Zuid area, Eilandje and the Old Town, which are set to become food markets offering a busy programme between midday and 6pm.

And if you’re only here for the beer as they say then check out  Modeste Bier festival at the de Koninck Brewery. It’s a much smaller affair than the Bollekesfeest but very enjoyable -busy and friendly with a chance to sample a good range of beers and accompanying locally produced snacks such as meats and cheeses.

For chocoholics -this opening event on Meir at La Maison du Chocolat Belge.

Born in Antwerp marks the end of a successful and diverse season of creativity, events and activities with a weekend of closing events over at the Kattendijdok.

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And  it’s still Antwerp Coffee Week  – until the 2nd. You can find the full program in English  here. You will need theYelp app for some of the events. Flair Magazine have a handy guide to the bars taking part.

On the Vrijdagmarkt the renewed and renovated Plantin- Moretus Museum re-opens and will be free to visit this weekend.

 

Friday 

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Flying Pigs

Foodies Flying Pig will be offering food and drink stands on Theaterplein from 5pm, and there will also be music. Summer is not dead yet, right?

It being the last Friday of the month, Critical Mass will be assembling – also on Theaterplein at 6pm for a special student edition of their bike ride, concluding with a beer at Het Bos (Ankerrui)

There is a selection of art nocturnes in Borgerhout, Berchem and Zurenborg. Best way to enjoy these is by going from gallery to gallery by bike. A full list of participating galleries can be found on the Facebook page for this event (Borger #10).

And a yoyo event in Stadsfeestzaal Shopping centre featuring demos and free workshops on both days (10- 18.30 on Saturday and 12- 18h on Sunday).

Saturday

There’s a Revive Market at Plein Publiek from 10am -6pm (vintage, retro, interior, second hand)

… and a big fleamarket on Sint Jansplein

And MARTA (local produce, organic produce, vegetables) at Kattendijkdok/ Born in Antwerp from 9am- 5pm

And a second-hand vinyl sale in Bato Batu.

Sunday

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The Colour Collective

Round off your weekend with a free classical concert from The Colour Collective at Born in Antwerp/ Kattendijkdok. Bring a cushion or blanket and a picnic to enjoy while the musicians play a selection of works by Rachmaninov, Sciarrino, Berio, Glass, Ustvolskaya …among others. (Image courtesy of The Colour Collective)

 Sunday shopping this weekend -will coincide with Antwerp Fashion Weekend events

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Omnishambles

I’m shamelessly plugging my next post which is going to be of a different kind. As you might be aware, I’m a British national who has been living in Antwerp for 10 years. My next post is about my feelings on Brexit (you don’t get any prizes for guessing that I am NOT in favour) and the decision I made to apply for Belgian nationality after the disastrous outcome brought about by a small majority of the British electorate on 23rd June this year. I’ll be pressing that on Sunday evening, once all the events listed on this post are winding down. I hope you’ll read it and respond in the comments with your thoughts. I’d be very interested to hear the thoughts and experiences of anyone who has been through a similar process, or is considering it. By that I don’t mean just British readers, but anyone who has had the experience of changing their nationality, or applying for dual. (Brexit image: Pixabay)

Weather looks pretty promising -everyone’s talking about the Indian summer and I think it’s going to carry on for this weekend. There’s a slight possibility of passing showers on Sunday  (around lunchtime/ afternoon) -otherwise, warm and dry with top temperatures of 17 degrees.

Don’t forget to find me on Twitter, PinterestGoogle+,  and also Instagram, where you can see pictures of events featured in the regular weekly posts.

Have a great weekend!

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This Weekend: 23rd, 24th & 25th September

If you enjoyed the skaters in Central Station at the start of the month, you will be keen to check out the Antwerp City Drops agenda for this weekend -urban sports events will be taking place at various locations around the city, including a skate contest for which you need to register by email.

It’s the opening of the Havenhuis at the port. You can’t have missed the appearance on the Antwerp skyline of this amazing prestige piece of architecture, designed by Zaha Hadid, above the old fire station. Events to mark its public opening on both days this weekend.

If you’ve been to Hand Gemaakt markets at KAVKA and other locations around Antwerp, you might want to head to their new creative pop-up this weekend at Oever 21 -open from 10.30 -6 on Friday and Saturday, and 12-6 on Sunday.

And over both days Antwerp artists are opening their workspaces around the city for Open Ateliers 2016. I’m by no means familiar with all the ateliers, but this summer I visited the MAF atelier (Steegsken 6) and can recommend that one if you are after something completely different …

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MAF

 

Saturday

There’s a big rommelmarkt (second hand market) on Sint Jansplein from 9am.

And two free Zumba sessions (2-3pm and 4-5pm) on the Gedempte Zuiderdokken in conjunction with Think Pink ‘s Gezondheidsdag  (Health Day) who are also holding the Race For The Cure on Sunday (see below).

It’s Dag van de Klant in various local shops and businesses in the shopping areas, so you might be able to pick up freebies and goodies. Put your postcode (2000 if you are shopping around the centre of town) into the search frield to see which shops are taking part near where you will be.

Sunday

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It’s the last Lambermontmartre for 2016, starting from midday. If you haven’t made it to any of the others, I recommend it as a relaxing afternoon out. You can browse the work of local artists, listen to some music and there is always a stand to get a sandwich, piece of cake and a glass of wine. Kids are usually happy to be taken along ,as one of the stands supplies them with paint and card to make their own artworks, for a small price.

 

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Krugerplein is always a great location for neighbourhood parties –Bouger Bouger starts at 10am and continues thoroughout the day until 6: food, drink, music, a fleamarket, and again kids are usually pretty happy to be taken along as there is a good-sized playground on one side of the square. Their parents might enjoy a drink at Bar Leon which is also on that side of the square and has a handy terrace for keeping an eye on the kids.

Support the runners of Race For The Cure. Registration is now over (although not needed for the Kids’ Run) so come along to support the runners.
UPDATE: Due to the popularity of this event, the deadline for registering has been extended and you can still register throughout Thursday...

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The warm, mild September is predicted to continue with low chances of showers and warmest temperatures predicted for Saturday (23 degrees).

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Find the venues and locations from this post on the Nessascityblog Google Map.


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Caffeine heads will be pleased to know that starting on Monday (26th) it’s Antwerp Coffee Week . You can find the full program in English  here. You will need the Yelp app for some of the events.


isf-logoisfkidsISF Active English teach English in a fun way to children up to 11 years old, after school at De Brug school, Zurenborg. Lessons taught by native English/ very experienced professional teachers, start at 16.10 and last for 40 minutes. Trial lessons are always possible. On Wednesday afternoons, it is time for creative fun. Children learn English through art, drama, music, cooking & games…13:00 – 15:00. These classes are very practical and always include lots of theme-based fun. Last week our theme was ‘Sharks’!! See the Facebook group (ISF Active English) for more information.  (Images courtesy of ISF).


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artwork by Leo Reijnders

A reminder about the postcard art project by Leo Reijnders, which has recently featured in Het Laatste Nieuws! It is not too late to be involved in this project:

To mark its 10th birthday, CLOUDKNITTERS is organising a MAIL ART PROJECT “The Sky’s The Limit” and is inviting every artist we know to participate and make a Mail Art Work, the size of a postcard. We also should like each artist to invite all his/ her artist friends and colleagues to do the same: our aim is to make an ‘artistic footprint’ of the Cloudknitters network.

These small pieces of art will be exhibited during the CLOUDKNITTERS 10- YEAR festival that lasts from 30th September until 23rd October in the Old Bourse, Hofstraat 15, 2000 Antwerp (Belgium)

This Old Bourse is the oldest stockmarket of Antwerp for international trading. The Pagadder Tower (1533) was a watch-tower whose purpose was to spot ships so they could be compelled to pay excise duties. This happened during the Spanish occupation, and the tower was manned by officers who were considered too small to fight. Pagador means paymaster in Spanish, but here in Antwerp they still use the word ‘pagadder’ (affectionately) for a small girl or boy.

Each of the little Mail Art works will be used for a video and will be exhibited on the internet.

On the last day of the exhibition, all of the works will be sold for 20 euros each and this money will be used to fund the Cloudknitters festival.

Thus, all the works that I receive before 23rd October can be part of this project. It starts from the moment you read this …until 23 October 2016. The theme is “THE CLOUDKNITTERS”.

Please send your postcard-sized artwork to: Leo Reijnders, Bouwensstraat 9, 2140 Borgerhout  (Belgium).

Let’s make the biggest MAIL ART PROJECT ever!


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SWAAJP is an impro theatre group who describe their shows as “full of new stories, surprising adventures with intriguing plot twists, sometimes emotional, frequently hilarious, always made up on the spot”  Swaajp Improtheater presents the first episode of their new regular improv theatre show ‘Swaajp Invites’: the guest for this show -on the 1st October -is Daniel Malmqvist (Sweden) and the show is in English. Tickets are 9 euros- available now via the website -seating is limited in this lovely -but petite- venue (BATS Little Theater), so don’t delay (image courtesy of SWAAJP).

 


Don’t forget that next Wednesday -it being the last of the month – some Antwerp museums will be free.


Storytime slideDon’t forget Storytime, which  offers read-aloud and activities in English for children aged 4- 11 every Wednesday.


Last week’s post was one of the most successful since I began this blog nearly a year ago – so huge thanks to everyone who reads, shares and says nice things about it!  Thanks also to those who get in touch with information about their low/ medium budget or free events, and everyone who has liked and commented on posts.

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Don’t forget to find me on Twitter, PinterestGoogle+ and also Instagram, where you can see pictures of events featured in the posts -most recently last weekend’s car-free day and Wild Jo’s Market. Feel free to tag your own Antwerp Insta pics with #nessascityblog too.

Have a great weekend … see you next Thursday 🙂

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This weekend: 17th & 18th September

It’s all about being outside this weekend! So don’t stay in -enjoy the dry weather while it lasts!

Saturday

dkbeerfToday and on Sunday there’s Wild Jo’s Market over at Boomgaardstraat 17 (near the de Koninck Brewery) where until recently the summer bar “Smokey Jo’s” could be found. It’s open from 10am until midnight and is 3 euros in, but that includes a drink. Local designers and creatives will be selling their fashion, accessories, retro and vintage goods, and art. There will also be music, food trucks and -of course -a bar.

There’s the 2016 Antwerp Harbour Run taking place at 3pm. There’s a 15km run and three 5km runs. You can see the route here and registration for the 15km remains open online until Friday, but you can also register on the day itself at the event site from midday.

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Born in Antwerp is holding three fashion design sessions during September. These are free and held on the Kattendijkdok at BiA HQ.

 

 

 

And in Borgerhout there will be a procession of giants on and around the Turnhoutsebaan. Be around de Roma Theatre at 1 o’clock for a good view of the 304th edition of this unusual parade.

Sunday

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Antwerpen Autovrij Activities

Today is Antwerp’s car -free day. Roads in and around the centre will be closed to cars between 10am and 6pm. This map shows the car-free zone. Instead of cars, there will be plenty of bikes, trikes, pedestrians, wheelchair users and outdoor play activities claiming the streets, as well as stands offering lots of information about environmentally-friendly transport initiatives, and activities. It’s a really good day to be in the town, particularly if you have kids and the weather is good. Additionally on Twaalfmaandenstraat (off Meir) there will be a Food Market.

Keep walking, and head to the Stadspark for the Goegekregen second hand market between 9am and 6pm on the van Eycklei side of the park.

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Swan Market

Or if you are heading down to the old town, you’ll find Swan Market on Grote Markt between midday and 6pm. (image from Swan Market)

A little further afield it’s Wild Jo’s Market again (see Saturday, above).

Down on Vorstermanstraat 1 near the kaaien, Flamenco Centre Peña al Andalus is holding an Open Day and offering the chance to have a free trial lesson.

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Into Pokemon Go? Pokemon Go Belgium have organised another event in Antwerp:  Meet & Walk starting at 10am at Eilandje (that’s the area around MAS museum). (Image from Pixabay)

 

The temperatures are likely to drop off from the remarkable highs we have had this week, and it could be cloudier at times, but the weather is still predicted to be warm and dry on Saturday and Sunday. There maybe some showers on Friday during the middle of the day.

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Here is the GOOGLE MAP  with all of the locations you will need this weekend.

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Don’t forget the Roald Dahl Program throughout September at the Permeke Library. You can also download Roald Dahl activities for yourself from the Roald Dahl site.

If you use the tram regularly around the town centre, be aware that Metro Station Opera is closed (for at least a year) due to the work on the Noorderlijn.

 

This weekend: 9th, 10th & 11th September

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Aper’eau in Stadspark

Friday

It’s the last Antwerp Aper’eau event of the season at Eilandje (Napoleonkaai, near MAS). Drinks and snacks from 5pm.

Saturday

The Damsefeesten is a neighbourhood party taking place in the Damwijk area of town -the area just to the north of the city, and bordering Park Spoor Noord. There will be music on Twee Netenstraat and contests and races around the Langelobroekstraat -see the link for the race course and starting point. There will be rommelmarkten (second hand markets) in the streets around this area. The area will be closed off to cars between 9am and 5pm.

If you’d like to do some volunteering check out this 10 Minutes A Day event -litter collecting around the centre of the city. Meet at the gates of the zoo, on Astridplein, at 10am.

A Rommelmarkt (fleamarket)  will be taking place on Sint Jansplein from 9am.

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Permeke Library/ de Coninckplein

And this week on de Coninckplein there is a rommelmarkt (and kids’ activities) just for youngsters aged 6-15. Kids can sell (max. 5 euros) or swap their items, or things they have made themselves. Bring your things, and a blanket to put them on, and register here -click on ‘inschrijven’ on the right hand side. There will be other activities available for kids to enjoy between 12 and 5 -all with a supernatural/ ghoulish theme. Perfect if you feel like an early Hallowe’en…

Sunday

In the Permeke library, which is also on de Coninckplein, there will be a showing of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at 11am for 6 euros (only 4 euros if you get your ticket in advance). This is part of a series of events for children (and the young-at-heart) marking 100 years of Roald Dahl throughout September.

Sunday is Open Monumentendag (Heritage Day) throughout Flanders. This means that Heritage sites in the area will be open and a number of activities (tours, bike rides, exhibitions and readings) will be on offer. Check the Antwerp area for specific details, but -for example – it will be open-doors at the beautiful  Roma Theatre from 10am, following extensive restoration work which can now be seen by the public. It’s also a chance to see a 1950s projector cabin and check out their program for the coming season. Drinks and refreshments will be served, including free chocolate milk for kids.

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If you are looking on the site for family-friendly or kids activities on this day, click on the fly graphic (Uit Met Vlieg) which you might recognise from the kids’ activities which took place a couple of weeks back (Cultuur Markt van Vlanderen).

And there’s a Rommelmarkt (‘Pavement Sale‘) on Walvisstraat, which is near Dageraadplaats (Zurenborg area).

Markt van Morgen (jewellery, accessories, gifts -all made by local creatives) will be on Kloosterstraat from midday.

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This weekend should be dry and warm, with top temperatures occurring on Saturday afternoon evening -possibly up to 26 degrees. Huzzah! Like I said, summer is NOT OVER YET.

Miscellaneous

Click here for the Google map featuring all the locations in this post.

There seem to be quite a few second- hand events this weekend, and coming up, around Antwerp. If you are interested in recycling and buying second-hand goods then here’s a previous post about that from this blog.

SINGERS! BATS choir will be taking place throughout September and October.

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And a reminder to artists about this project, which is not yet over:

If you would like to try something creative and think that starting small would be the best way to begin, this project, which is the brainchild of Antwerp-based artist Leo Reijnders is perfect for you:

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Image by Leo Reijnders

To mark its 10th birthday, CLOUDKNITTERS is organising a MAIL ART PROJECT “Let Sky The Limit” and is inviting every artist we know to participate and make a Mail Art Work, the size of a postcard. We also should like each artist to invite all his/ her artist friends and colleagues to do the same:

Our aim is to make an ‘artistic footprint’ of the Cloudknitters network.

These small pieces of art will be exhibited during the CLOUDKNITTERS 10- YEAR festival that lasts from 30th September until 23rd October in the Old Bourse, Hofstraat 15, 2000 Antwerp (Belgium)

This Old Bourse is the oldest stockmarket of Antwerp for international trading. The Pagadder Tower (1533) was a watch-tower whose purpose was to spot ships so they could be compelled to pay excise duties. This happened during the Spanish occupation, and the tower was manned by officers who were considered too small to fight. Pagador means paymaster in Spanish, but here in Antwerp they still use the word ‘pagadder’ (affectionately) for a small girl or boy.

See the Toren here.

Each of the little Mail Art works will be used for a video and will be exhibited on the internet.

On the last day of the exhibition, all of the works will be sold for 20 euros each and this money will be used to fund the Cloudknitters festival.

Thus, all the works that I receive before 23rd October can be part of this project. It starts from the moment you read this …until 23 October 2016.

The theme is “THE CLOUDKNITTERS”.
Please send your postcard-sized artwork to:

Leo Reijnders , Bouwensstraat 9, 2140 Borgerhout  (Belgium)

Let’s make the biggest MAIL ART PROJECT ever!

Further links:
http://www.thecloudknitters.be

Kunstproject “The Cloudknitter At Vauban’s House”

https://thecloudknitteratvaubanshouse.wordpress.com

And …

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Don’t forget: Story Time in English will start September 14 and will be every Wednesday from 1:00- 2:30pm, for children aged aged 4-11. Each week will have a different theme/story, and there will also be activities, music and snacks based around that theme. The cost is 5 euro and the max number of kids is 25. Contact Kay via the Facebook page to register your child.

Location: Centraal Cafe, Sint-Pietersvliet 11, Antwerp 2000

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This weekend: 2nd, 3rd & 4th September

Harumph …  there seems to be a lot of closing events, which compel us to acknowledge that summer is drawing to a close. But fear not! There is a lot going on to console Antwerp residents, and weekend visitors too…

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This is a BIG weekend for fashion in Antwerp, with events and shopping opportunities over the whole weekend. Check out antwerpfashionfestival.com for the full program. The website is in English. The weekend kicks off with a fashion show, costing 17,50 euros but there are also events which are free, including late night shopping and the fashion village on Plein Publiek and at Convoi (fashion pop-ups on the Rijnkaai).

(image courtesy of Antwerp Fashion Festival).

PIANO2Classical music fans will also be treated  for free this weekend. Klassiek in de Stad will be taking place on Sint Jansplein, with a programme that includes performances from Flanders Opera, Flanders Ballet and de Filharmonie.

The city marks the 1944 Liberation of Antwerp this weekend with a programme of commemoration starting with a dance (see Friday, below)

And if you are starting your weekend tonight (Thursday) check http://www.antwerpart.be/ for information about the Nocturnes (Thursday night openings every six weeks in galleries in the Zuid area of Antwerp).

Friday

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It’s Back to School for Belgian schools next week, so the kids will have to have their textbooks covered. If, like me, you have kids in a Belgian school but you are completely hopeless at ‘kaften’ then help (and free paper) is at hand from Het Paleis. Take all your textbooks along to the theatre foyer and cover them there from 3pm

After a summer break, BATS VZW will be holding their  Open Evenings again on the first Friday of each month, starting this weekend. Go along to the Little Theatre on Paardemarkt to meet the company and to learn how you can get involved in English speaking theatre in Antwerp.

Flying Pig are on Dageraadplaats (food, drinks, music) from 5pm.

Stad Antwerpen are holding a Liberation Ball on Groenplaats. It’s an old school style dance to commemorate the liberation of Antwerp in September 1944.

Saturday

Farmers’ Market MARTA will be at the Kattendijdok from 9-5, selling fresh food products from local producers.

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Bar Cour

There’s free live music on the Sint-Andriesplaats from 2pm with their event Bar Costa XL, continuing until 10pm, following which there will be an afterparty at Kavka  for a fiver.

Also at Kavka, Bar Cour is packing up for this year with a closing party starting at 2pm. As well as promising cheap drinks and music, Bar Cour will be selling off the contents of its pretty, well-tended garden (even down to the astro-turf).

Skaters should head to Antwerp Central Station for Antwerp City Drops from 10am.

Sunday

The Open Air Theatre, Rivierenhof is also finishing up with a free party at 4pm. Soprano Griet De Geyter will accompany Il Gardolino orchestra.

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Bocadero Summer Bar

Bocadero summer bar is also officially closing from midday.

It’s also the last day for Smokey Jo’s.

And it being the first Sunday of the month, its Sunday Shopping around the centre of town -perfect if you have been inspired by the Fashion Festival.

The weather is likely to stay warm (23- 24 degrees; a little cooler on Saturday) but it will be cloudy some of the time. There’s a likelihood of showers on Sunday, around late morning/ lunch time.

And a special mention to the BATS choir who will be singing at the Tank Ceremony (at the Cromwell Tank at 9.30am on the Jan Van Rijswijcklaan, near the Expo) as the liberation weekend concludes, in commemoration of the Liberation of Antwerp and organised by The Royal British Legion.

Miscellaneous

Here is the GOOGLE MAP with the locations from this post, so you can find your way…

 

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You can still sign up for Story Time in English which will start September 14 and will take place every Wednesday from 1:00- 2:30pm, for children aged aged 4-11. Each week will have a different theme/story, and there will also be activities, music and snacks based around that theme. The cost is 5 euro and the max number of kids is 25. Contact Kay via the Facebook page to register your child in advance. Location: Centraal Cafe, Sint-Pietersvliet 11, Antwerp 2000 (Image courtesy of Central Collective).

Cyprus- Belgium world cup qualifier showing on the big screen at Cargo Summer Bar (yes, that one is still open) on Thursday next -kick-off at 20.45pm

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