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

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chineseny2017A very happy New Year to you if you celebrate Chinese New Year!

Chinese New Year is on Saturday, and the Year of the Rooster begins.

And The Antwerp Tower closes this weekend.

Here’s the GOOGLE MAP to help you find your way …

Friday

At Design Centre de Winkelhaak, it’s Dubieus Design a retro, vintage design market mainly offering furniture and interior household items. You can go for the evening opening for 5 euros (including a glass of bubbles) or for free on Saturday.

Assemble at 6pm on Theaterplein with your bike for the first Critical Mass Bike Ride of 2017.

Friday night offers the opportunity to tour the many galleries in Borgerhout from 6pm -11pm for the Borger #11 Nocturne. Best way to get from gallery to gallery is by bike.

Saturday

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Chinese New Year celebration on Antwerp’s streets

For Chinese New Year, expect noise, dragons and lions on the streets in the Antwerp’s Chinatown.

Permeke library is also heralding the Year of The Rooster with a free exhibition Legends of Liondance which opens today and continues until 16th February, during the library’s opening hours. There is further information on their Facebook page.

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110 at Papa Jos

Or come and see 110 performing at Papa Jos on Blindestraat at 9- this was a really good night last November. This time, with the addition of an open-synth. open-mic element for anyone who would like to join in for a jam. It’s also a chance to discover a really nice bar if you do not already know Papa Jos.

It’s the opening night for BATS Panto  -Jack and the Banstalk. You can get tickets via the Arenberg Theatre website. This traditional British panto will also be showing on Sunday afternoon (matinée), and Monday night.

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There’s a big second hand market all day on St Jansplein from 9am and the ABC  (Antiques, Books, Curiosa) Market at Den Beulebak from 11-5pm.

Sunday

Live Irish folk in Den Hopsack at 3, or if you prefer jazz  – Hopper  at 4

The weather is expected to be mild and bright on Saturday, but Sunday looking likely to be more showery.

Miscellaneous

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by Leo Reijnders

Leo Reijnders of The Cloudknitters opens an exhibition on Thursday (26th) at 6pm at Museumstraat 4. The work is described as follows: ‘In his ongoing series, of figurative narrative paintings, Leo Reijnders investigates issues of desire. While basing the work in the subconscious desires of the artist, they also seek to involve the viewer, by allowing enough undefined space to consider our own motivations and desires. Completed in one day, they represent “(day)-dreamscapes” where anything is possible”. This exhibition continues until February 19th.

 

 

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I am away from Belgium all next week for work reasons so the next post will be in two weeks’ time, unless it is possible for me to do a short post while I am away. If not, I’ll tweet or retweet links to any Antwerp event I spot.

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This weekend: 20th, 21st & 22nd January

A fairly brief post for today because it seems that the post-festive lull continues and it again feels like it’s not so busy in the city, and also because I will be away in beautiful Amsterdam all day on Saturday at the Women’s March.

Here is the GOOGLE MAP for the locations in this week’s post.

Saturday

Het Roze Huis (‘The Pink House’ -Antwerp’s LGBTQ+ centre) shows a film each month for free. This month, starting at 8pm it’s The Summer of Sangaile.

 

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Making lanterns

Over near de Koninck Brewery, Little Brewers’ Winter Garden is offering a lantern making activity for kids, as Chinese New Year approaches. This takes place between 2 and 5pm, is free and does not require registration beforehand. My kids went on Wednesday. They enjoyed doing this and were very positive about the nice supervisor!

 

Sunday

Goegekregen are back with a big second hand market in Park Loods -that’s in Park Spoor Noord -from 9am. It’s indoors, so don’t be put off by cold weather.

It’s been really cold this week, and it looks like it might remain so for the weekend with minimum temperatures at -1 to -3. Chances of rain are low over Saturday and Sunday but more likely on Friday.

Miscellaneous

Last week I was interviewed by Slovakian TV (RTVS news) about being a UK passport-holder resident in Belgium post-EU referendum. You can see that interview here (it starts at about 25 minutes in).

Don’t forget that next Wednesday (25th) is the last Wednesday of the month, so Antwerp City museums are free.

January sales continue in town (but shops are not open this Sunday)

Also on Wednesday, aspiring DJs should head to Kavka for Jammings January. Follow their Facebook group to get on the schedule.

And if you have enjoyed the Swaajp impro shows which have featured in this blog from time to time, you might be interested to know that you can now follow an impro course with them.

My random rec for this week is a bar called Rode Zeven on Sint Jansplein. It’s an attractive, unpretentious bar we sometimes like to go to on the way home from work, and is perfect whether you want a meal, or just a drink. The food is unfussy, tasty and home-made. The owner is friendly, and generally the place has an easy, informal atmosphere, and is also fine for kids (some toys are provided for them to play with).

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by Leo Reijnders

Leo Reijnders of The Cloudknitters opens an exhibition on Thursday at 6pm at Museumstraat 4. The work is described as follows: ‘In his ongoing series, of figurative narrative paintings, Leo Reijnders investigates issues of desire. While basing the work in the subconscious desires of the artist, they also seek to involve the viewer, by allowing enough undefined space to consider our own motivations and desires. Completed in one day, they represent “(day)-dreamscapes” where anything is possible”. This exhibition continues until February 19th.

 

 

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This weekend: 13th, 14th & 15th January

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If you’ve struggled with early starts again, and  your first days back at work, you might -like me – be inclined to spend the entire weekend sleeping. However, there are a few things definitely worth getting out of bed for, although I get the feeling there is a bit of a lull after the winter festivities.

***Here is the GOOGLE MAP with the places mentioned on this post***

Friday

MAF will be holding a vernissage for this exhibition starting at 8pm at their new location on Keistraat.

Later from 9pm there is a free mod all-nighter at Bar Gloed.

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Saturday

The first ‘rommelmarkt’ (second hand market) of the year will be at St Jansplein from 9am

It’s the yearly Christmas tree burning just over the water on Frederik van Eedenplein. Starts at 6.30, and there will be drinks, and live music from cover band Uncle Phil.

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Impro group Swaajp are doing their thing over at BATS Little Theatre on Paardenmarkt at 8pm. This week the guest is “Queen of Improvisation” Australian, Patti Stiles.

Sunday

Another secondhand market at Plein Publiek, starting at 1pm, and a fashion & vinyl market (Black Market) at Bar Gloed from midday.

It’s already the third Sunday of the month so there will as usual be a secondhand book market on de Coninckplein, from 10am, right in front of Permeke Library, where you can also take the kids for a read-aloud (in Dutch) at 11 with the new year themes of wishes. This is free, suitable for kids aged 4-8, and you do not need to register beforehand. I took my kids on Wednesday and they both enjoyed the stories very much and wanted to stay in the library.

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Off to the library

This Anton Corbijn photography exhibition is previewing at the Zeno x gallery in Borgerhout, from 3-6pm. If -like me -you enjoyed the film ‘Control’ you might be keen to see some of his pictures, many of which feature rock stars he has photographed over the years.

Miscellaneous

There is very stormy weather predicted for Friday, with likely flooding by the river.

Temperatures are predicted to be around 4-5 degrees, with the possibility of rain each day, but particularly on Saturday.

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A heads-up for runners: if you want to take part in the Plan Belgium Run on Sunday, March 12, 2017 (Park Spoor Noord) sign up soon (Antwerp Urban Trail on the drop-down menu), as places are running out (no pun intended).

If you are planning a New Year, post-festive clear-out of your home you might want to revisit this post for ideas about where to take still useable toys, books, household goods and wearable clothes, instead of throwing them out.You could also contact the EVA centre in Ekeren who often take items to assist the refugees that they welcome and care for.

Last weekend I spent some of Saturday afternoon at Mercado on Groenplaats and was pleasantly surprised. Previously when I had been in it had been so busy that it wasn’t pleasant, but by 2.30 last Saturday it was busy enough to be fun, but we were able to get a place (if you are with small kids, or prams and buggies, you might want to choose your time carefully). The interior of what was the old Post Office has been nicely done and the prices were not as high as I thought they would be. In particular, if you are on a budget, head for the Lebanese stand (Yalla Yalla). These Lebanese sandwiches were tasty (as was the falafel), and cost 5-6 euros.

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Thanks to MAF and SWAAJP for the use of their images.

This weekend: 6th, 7th & 8th January 2017

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***  Happy New Year and welcome back to Nessascityblog for 2017!  ***

Here’s the GOOGLE MAP with locations for this post.

There are a few events to take us into the New Year as the Christmas festivities in the town draw to a close this weekend.

tubingwinterinaStad Antwerp’s Winter Festivities conclude this weekend. The Christmas market can be found around Steenplein, Suikerrui, Groenplaats and Grotemarkt, with gluhwein and hot chocolate aplenty -but the 8th is the last day. There’s skating on Groenplaats, a tubing slide on Steenplein and the ferris wheel by the Schelde. The atmosphere is friendly and festive, and it’s a great place to take visiting friends or family and kids. The Nello & Patrasche (A Dog of Flanders) statue was unveiled at the opening of the Christmas market, in December, in front of the Cathedral. This beautiful piece is the work Batist Vermeulen of Studio Tist.

On social media, you can share your Antwerp festive pictures with the hashtag #WinterinA

Friday

There’s a Winter Festival over at Spoor Oost, starting at 4pm and continuing until 9pm, including a ‘Burning Dragon’ spectacle, and activities for kids.

BATS (English Speaking Theatre in Antwerp) hold their usual Friday Open Evening at their Little Theatre on Paardemarkt at 8.30pm -go along to meet members of BATS, have a drink at the bar, or to find out more about being part of the productions they do. Their pantomime is coming soon to Arenberg Theatre!
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Saturday

For a different type of guided walk, you may enjoy an Antwerp Ghost Walk – again a good way to get to know the city if you are new. The full agenda can be seen on the site; it costs 12,50 and starts at 20.30 on Steenplein (by the statue of Lange Wapper).

Het Roze Huis holds its New Year’s reception at Den Draak starting at 8pm -enjoy dancing, and the tombola which will be raising money for their current project: LGBT youth suicide prevention & awareness.

Sunday

If you are new to Antwerp, this New Year’s walk might be a great way to get to know the town. It is organised by Walk Antwerp and costs 18 euros (including a drink). It starts at 2pm from TeaKoff coffee shop (Grote Pieter Potstraat) and lasts about hours. You need to register beforehand by mailing walkantwerp@telenet.be and the walk will take you round the historic centre of Antwerp, with a local guide.

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Stadsfeestzaal Shopping Centre

And if you really haven’t had enough of shopping, you can head into town for the January sales -it’s the first Sunday of the month, so shops are open.

Alternatively, from 11am at de Roma theatre there is a vinyl & film expo all day until 17.30 for 4 euros in -tickets at the door.

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There’s a New Year’s BBQ at the Scheldekaaien by the pedestrian tunnel from midday until 5pm.

 

The weather will be cold, but hopefully not freezing (around 3 degrees). There could be some light rain and drizzle, especially on Saturday.

 

 

Miscellaneous

Monday the 9th of January is “Verloren Maandag” (“Lost Monday”). It’s a tradition to eat sausage bread (worstenbrood) and  appelbollen (fried apple cakes) on Verloren Maandag, which is always the first Monday after the 6th January (“Driekoningen”). There seem to be varying stories about this day, but it is celebrated in Antwerp province and was traditionally a day when no one worked and therefore lost a day’s salary (hence, “Lost” Monday). The city was supposed to provide during this day, and a cost-effective way of doing so was with the sausage bread and apple beignets. Some cafés and bars will observe the tradition by serving these foods.

If you have had a real Christmas tree in your home over the festive period, it can be put out with your regular rubbish in Antwerp throughout January for collection. Some will be burned to mark the end of the Winter In A season on Linkeroever next weekend.

A heads-up for runners: if you want to take part in the Plan Belgium Run on Sunday, March 12, 2017 (Park Spoor Noord) sign up soon (Antwerp Urban Trail on the drop-down menu), as places are running out (no pun intended).

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