This Weekend: 31st March, 1st & 2nd April

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Tatt time in Antwerp this weekend

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Here’s the GOOGLE MAP!

If you are into your ink, then it’s the 18th Antwerp Tattoo Convention this weekend, at Waagnatie on both Saturday and Sunday. 

(pic courtesy of Yael Greenhalgh)

 

 

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Critical Mass sets off from Theaterplein

 

Friday

It is the Easter edition of Critical Mass. Assemble as usual at Theaterplein at 6pm, with your bike. Enjoy a spring bike ride with other cyclists around Antwerp. Rumour has it that this edition involves chocolate.

 

 

 

Saturday

7000 cyclists will be taking part in a  warm-up event (We Ride Flanders) for the Tour of Flanders (see Sunday) They are going to be setting off between 7 and 8am and following the same course as the Tour

Sunday

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Tour of Flanders flags on the Town Hall

The Tour of Flanders bike race starts today from Antwerp! It sets off from Het Steen at 10.30 but the festivities will be up and running from 8am on Grote Markt which will be transformed into a fan village for the day, with music, DJs and big screens to follow the action until 6pm.

It’s the first Sunday of the month, so many of the shops in the centre and the old town will be open for Sunday shopping.

Alternatively head to Parkloods (Park Spoor Noord) for Goegekregen’s rommelmarkt (secondhand with lots of retro and vintage bargains) from 9am -6pm, or to Markt van Morgen on Kloosterstraat from 12 -6pm. This market offers clothing, jewellery, accessories, stationery and household goods made by local creatives. There are usually snacks and drinks available, and it is a great place to pick up a special card or gift that you won’t find in the high street.

Or why not Tango on Draakplaats from 3 -8pm?

The weather is predicted to be warm and pleasant again, with some clouds at times; a 50% chance of a bit of rain on Saturday.

Miscellaneous

If all the biking this weekend has strengthened your resolve to cycle more, then check out Antwerp’s City Bike Scheme (Velo). And don’t forget kids: kids love to cycle but children’s bikes can be pricey. Apen op Wieltjes enables you to pay a one-off annual fee and then borrow bikes for your kid(s), returning them when they have grown out of them. They also offer workshops in bike maintenance and other activities. If you have a kid’s bike knocking around in your cellar or garage, you might want to donate it to this scheme, whose aim is to to ensure that every child in Antwerp gets to have a bike.

Random rec: Cafe de Kat (Wolstraat 22) an established, attractive ‘bruine kroeg’ in the old town, which I found myself in recently. It doesn’t look special from the outside but inside it’s roomy, fairly noisy and with a lovely, authentic interior.

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There’s still a small funfair on St Jansplein until 9th April.

 

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This weekend: 25th & 26th March

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Here’s the GOOGLE MAP with the locations from this post…

Saturday

This weekend it’s Antwerp’s annual “Semini viering” [Semini Celebration] from 10am on Grote Markt. There will be local song and dance, followed by a procession which will arrive at Sint Andriesplaats at 1.30. This is a very local festivity, dating back a long time in reverence of Semini, a fertility figure who can be spotted (sadly, minus his original phallus) in the stonework above the entrance to Het Steen. You can read his story here.

Also from 10am, there is a big second hand market on St Jansplein, where there is presently also a fun fair until 9th April.

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Holi will be celebrated at Cargo bar in Park Spoor Noord from 2pm until 9.30pm. This is a free event which is nice, as although Holi has been celebrated before in Antwerp, I have only ever seen paying events. There will be music and dance performances throughout the afternoon. Holi is a Hindu celebration of spring and of colours, which is observed in India and Nepal. Don’t wear your best clothes if you plan on attending as you could end up covered in an assortment of coloured powder which is traditionally thrown around at this occasion.

If you aren’t partied out by Holi, head to London Calling at Bar Venetie for Let’s Make Antwerp Rock ‘n’ Roll Again at 8pm. Expect to dance into the wee hours to your favourite Indie and Britpop tracks.

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Sunday

Jeugdboekenmaand (Youth Book  Month) finishes today. Permeke Library will be running a varied program to mark the conclusion of the book month, from 10am, for kids, young people and their parents. This is free and there is no need for prior registration.

Another family-friendly event is taking place over near Middelheim. It’s a chance to try out less well known sports which take place in Antwerp but with which you might not be familiar. It’s free and takes place between 1 and 5pm. There will be drinks and snacks afterwards. Come along if you would like to try your hand at cricket, frisbee, baseball, ice-hockey or cheerleading.

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Middelheim Sculpture Museum

If you are in that part of town and the weather is good -as it is rumoured it will be – take the chance to visit Middelheim Museum Park if you do not already know it (or even if you do). It’s a unique outdoor sculpture park; a beautiful green space incorporating some really special pieces of art. Great to take kids and a picnic. It’s free and open until 5pm.

The weather is going to be pretty decent this weekend. Maybe cloudy at times, but also a good chance of sunny periods. No rain forecast. Scorching top temps of 14 degrees!

Miscellaneous

Next Wednesday -being the last of the month -many museums are free in Antwerp.

Cycling fans are already looking forward to the Tour of Flanders on April 2nd. From this year Antwerp will be the start location of this famous race.

We are fast approaching the very end of the Stadhuis 450 expo, which closes at the end of this month. If you have been meaning to go but haven’t, then time is running out ….

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This Weekend: 17th, 18th & 19th March

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HERE’S THE GOOGLE MAP WITH ALL THIS WEEKEND’S LOCATIONS.

Friday

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Molly’s is Antwerp’s oldest Irish Bar

Happy St Patrick’s Day! Irish bars in the town will be celebrating and my calculations tell me that if you are keen enough, it is perfectly possible to have a Guinness at all of them. Kelly’s, Irish Times, Molly’s and An Sibhin are the four Irish bars in Antwerp. Kelly’s on Keyserlei will be offering live music throughout the day, starting at midday, as will Irish Times on Grote Markt, which also promises give-aways in the form of hats, T-shirts and more. Molly’s also open their doors at that time, but the live music will be on from 8pm, and the party will include Guinness and Jameson promos. An Sibhin kicks off its 20th celebration of St Patricks Day at 5, with music and also food (oysters, Irish stew).

Not only that, but for the first time Antwerp City Hall will be joining other landmarks around the world in  going green and will be lit up for St Patrick’s Day.

 

Saturday

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It’s the monthly free film night  at Het Roze Huis, where there will be a showing of Finnish film ‘Open Up To Me‘ at 8pm (free).

De Slegte book stores are taking part in Children’s Book Day (in Dutch) with read-alouds at 2 (8-12 year olds), 3 and 4pm (for 4-8 year olds). De Slegte book store is on Wapper.

De Groene Waterman bookstore is also taking part, between 2 and 4.30pm. You need to register your child(ren) by mail -groenewaterman@groenewaterman.com, or phone (03/232.93.94)

The Red Hackle Pipe Band and Highland Dancers of Belgium are celebrating their 50th year. To mark the opening of their birthday celebrations programme, they will be parading from St Jansvliet (starting at 12.30-1) and around the Grote Markt from 2pm.

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On Saturday afternoon De Roma theatre kicks off its Picknick The Streets event at 7.30, with music, film, reading, plus stands and stalls from community groups, committees, organisations and action groups from the area.

Sunday

If you have children (aged 8-14) interested in the Children’s University event it might still be possible to  register them for events and workshops which take place today at the University of Antwerp.

It’s the monthly book fair in front of the library (Permeke) on de Conninckplein from 10 until 4pm.

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The former Havenhuis

There are two second-hand sales on at the old Havenhuis (Entrepotkaai, near MAS) which has converted into a pop-up since Port of Antwerp moved. One is an opening for vintage furniture (Mr Frisko) and the other is Ieder Zenne Meug (vintage, retro design). Both start at 11am. This pop-up also now houses a new coffee bar called Het Eiland, which has a great view of MAS and Eilandje.

It is Father’s Day in Antwerp -celebrated today in Antwerp (along with Spain, Portugal and Italy) rather than June, because it is St. Joseph’s Day.

Alas, after last weekend’s pleasant weather, this weekend is not set to be quite so dry and sunny; some showers are likely on Saturday and on Sunday afternoon. Friday will be cooler but temperatures should be up a bit for the weekend (12-13 degrees).

Miscellaneous

We are fast approaching the very end of the Stadhuis 450 expo, which closes at the end of this month. If you have been meaning to go but haven’t, then time is running out ….

Talking of running -you can now register for the Antwerp 10 miles in April.

March is Youth Book Month.

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This weekend: 10th, 11th & 12th March

It feels good to be moving in to March, with a few signs of spring to lift the spirits. Here’s the GOOGLE MAP for this weekend’s locations and venues.

Friday

screen-shot-2017-03-06-at-11-44-31You could start your weekend at one of two free-entry food and drink events: there’s this  Warehouse Edition of Flying Pig at pop-up Contrair, which promises the usual fair of drinks, fingerfood and DJs from 5pm, or  StrEAT (not far away) at Felix Pakhuis from 6pm.

Saturday

Then you could jump on the Antwerp Soul Train at Bar Venetie from 10pm…

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It’s Retro Day from 10am -6pm in the eight Kringwinkels (thrift shops) of Antwerp. The Kringwinkel most central to Antwerp is at Jorispoort 29. It doesn’t look very eye catching from the outside but it has three floors of second hand household items, toys, books, furniture and clothes. On Twitter, Facebook and Instagram you could win a 25 euro voucher by sharing a picture of your own retro treasure(s) with the hashtags #retrodag and #dekringwinkelantwerpen

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Sint Jansplein

In a similar vein there is the regular, big secondhand and flea market on Sint Jansplein, starting at 9am.

Between 11- 5pm there’s a closet sale at Plein Publiek, held by Revive Collective.

For film fans, there is a festival of short films –Ciné Public)-at Cinema Zuid (that’s in the Photography Museum). It’s a fiver for a ‘block’ of short films (each block consists of about 7 films and last approximately 2 hours).

There’s a Breakdancing event on Saturday evening at Waagnatie. It doesn’t cost but you need to get your free ticket here beforehand. Doors open at 6.

Sunday

It’s the 5th Antwerp Urban Trail, which leaves from Park Spoor Noord in ‘waves’ every 20 minutes from 9am. This year the route will run via the new Port of Antwerp harbour building.

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Sacha Eckes, one of the artists exhibiting at Life Will Be Great Soon

Round off the weekend with this vernissage  (“Life Will Be Great Soon”) at the Praetoria Gallery in Berchem, from 2-6pm. Until 22nd April.

The weather looks reasonably mild and bright (12- 13 degrees) but there could be some showers around.

Miscellaneous

If you have children (aged 8-14) interested in the Children’s University event on 19th March, you can register them from now. You might also want to know that March is Youth Book Month.

We are fast approaching the very end of the Stadhuis 450 expo, which closes at the end of this month. If you have been meaning to go but haven’t, then time is running out ….

Talking of running -you can now register for the Antwerp 10 miles in April.

Have you spotted the Hard Rock Café that’s coming to Antwerp?

And I’d like to make a special mention of Freddy, an Antwerp student, who has launched this fundraiser for orphans in Thailand where she used to live. Do click and donate if you have some spare euros for a good cause.

And if you are interested in international education in Antwerp for your children, come to the Antwerp International School Open day on Wednesday

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This weekend: 3rd, 4th & 5th March

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Here’s the GOOGLE MAP for all the places mentioned here. Wouldn’t want you getting lost.

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HAP  Food Trucks

JEFF the Youth Film Festival finishes up this weekend with films, activities and workshops taking place until (and including) Sunday.

HAP Food Trucks festival is on over the whole weekend at Park Spoor Noord Cargo Bar.
Friday

There’s a free mini- expo all about chocolate opening at MAS. Chocolate Secrets will be on until the 3rd September.

Permeke Library kicks off Youth Book Month at 6pm, with an evening aimed at 12-15 year olds. The book months has the theme of gender, identity, role-models and stereotyping. The kick-off event includes readings, music, a drink and a goodie-bag for those who attend. Register by emailing info.permeke@stad.antwerpen.be

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And don’t forget that- it being the first Friday of the month- it’s a good chance to had along to the Open Evening at  BATS Little Theatre on Paardenmarkt 111 at 8.30 to find out about their upcoming shows, or to find out about getting involved in BATS English speaking theatre productions in Antwerp.

Saturday

screen-shot-2017-02-28-at-18-54-39In response to a query on last weekend’s post, alas, I can’t find much in the way of second hand markets in town, this weekend. On Saturday, the nearest one is this one (left) in Deurne (also happening on Sunday)

Kinepolis on the Groenendaallaan is holding a free exhibition of volunteer work opportunities in the Antwerp area, from 1- 5pm.

Sunday

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shoppers on Meir

The first Sunday of the month always means Sunday Shopping in Antwerp city centre. If you are shopping in Grand Bazar, they have a Circus Atelier activity for kids, between 1 and 5pm.

The weather will continue to be largely unimpressive with temperatures between 9 -13 degrees. Sunday will feel cooler and there is the chance of showers on both days.

If you are in practice for the Antwerp 10 Miles, see below for a training run hosted by Sportoase.

Miscellaneous

If you have children (aged 8-14) interested in the Children’s University event on 19th March, you can register them from now. You might also want to know that March is Youth Book Month.

We are fast approaching the very end of the Stadhuis 450 expo, which closes at the end of this month. If you have been meaning to go but haven’t, then time is running out ….

Talking of running -you can now register for the Antwerp 10 miles in April. And Sportoase are holding training runs (10.30 –Sunday, Groenplaats) to help you get in shape for it.

Finally – would you like to write a guest post for Nessascityblog? As you are probably aware, I post on Thursdays, weekly. I’d like to include a guest post for after the weekend is over, but before the new post is out (so Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday). I’d like posts in English which tell personal Antwerp stories -yours. Where are you from? What are you doing in Antwerp? Why? And what are your experiences of living and/ or working in Antwerp? What are the pleasures and challenges of adapting to life here? You don’t need to be Shakespeare and you don’t need to have English as your first language. I will proof-read and edit posts if necessary. Please get in touch via the About page if you would like to contribute. If you have a different idea for an Antwerp-related post I’d also love to hear it.

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