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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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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
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.
Have a great weekend!