I am away in London (follow #nessascityblogLondon for pics if you are interested) at the moment, so it’s just a mini-post this week.
It’s Antwerp Fashion Weekend 2019 ! The city that brought the world The Antwerp Six enjoys a full weekend of fashion shows and catwalks at various locations around the city, in-store events and offers, a fashion run, evening shopping and a Fashion Sweep on Kammenstraat – this last one to be particularly recommended for lovers of secondhand fashion and given that the fashion industry is the second most polluting industry in the world. Bring your clean, pre-loved clothing to Kammenstraat and get the change to go home with a new-to-you piece, or pieces.
A fortnight of culinary treats and events opens on Saturday: it’s Smaakmeesters 2019 but if you’re only here for the beer this weekend then Modeste Beer Festival at de Konninck Brewery on Saturday and Sunday is for you
Over at Rivierenhof, on Sunday it’s the annual Ecodroom Event – from 1pm -6pm, featuring a fleamarket, stalls and a repair café.
This animal festival (also on Sunday) called Beestig! (beastly) will please all animal lovers, and offers lots of child and family friendly activities.
Shops are open on Sunday -coinciding with Fashion Weekend.
The weather may continue to feel autumnal, with top temperatures (18 degrees) on Saturday, which should also be dry.Some showers on Sunday.
Also over both Saturday and Sunday: the Antwerp Tattoo Convention at Waagnatie, where tattooist from Belgium and beyond show off their latest works and styles.
Good times! Summer must be in the air when Bar Noord opens its doors for the season, which it does this weekend, from Friday at 4pm … with DJs, VJs, cocktails, fire show, dancing and an open kitchen.
If you prefer something a little darker, then Antwerp Ghostwalk (pic left) are offering one of their spooky tours in English this evening, starting at 8.30pm at Steen (by the statue of Lange Wapper). Reservations via this link; pay (cash) on the tour.
Before the pros take to the road on Sunday, the We Ride Flanders event will showcase the route on Saturday with keen, super-fit amateur cyclists racing enjoying the thrill of racing along the route that will be followed by the elite cyclists the following day. There are four races of differing lengths but the longest starts in Antwerp: an early start for this race- the starting gun will be fired between 7am and 8am on the Ernest van Dijkkaai (near Het Steen).
A fun part of the Antwerp Fashion Weekend are the catwalk shows with take places regularly on the important shopping streets of Antwerp: Meir, Wilde Zee and Nationalestraat and also at The Fashion Exchange (see schedule right).
New this year as part of AFW will be the Fashion Sweep clothing swap on Kammenstraat -bring your clothes to exchange; make a donation to Kamiano- who work with the homeless in Antwerp- and take home a new-to-you, pre-loved piece.
Over at Stormkop you can help out with a clean-up on the banks of the Schelde. Explanation in English and sign-up doc can be found here.
Today is Slow Art Day.MUHKA is marking the occasion with two tours (at 14h and 17h) and a workshop (at 15h).
The pros ride on Sunday: there will be a fan village on Groenplaats from 10am (including a big screen where you can follow the action once the race has departed Antwerp) and a stage on Grote Markt where the sporting slebs will mingle with the autograph hunters, and you can snap a selfie on the podium (see insta pic below).
New this year is the VeloFoor on the Gedempte Zuiderdokken, featuring stunt bikes, a parcours for kids and other fun biking activities to test your skills.
If you have an eye on summer already, you may wish to know that the Open Air Theatre (OLT) in Rivierenhof has finalised its program which you can see here. Tickets go quickly for the popular acts so get in early.
Similarly, Zomer van Antwerpen are getting ready for 2019 and they’re hiring. If you’d like a summer job with them, see their ‘vacatures’.
There are a number of events which are on over the course of the weekend; both on Saturday and Sunday. In fact, whatever you like to do, there’s something for everyone on this weekend….
For beer lovers: The Modeste Beer Festival 2018 is free and takes place for the 8th time over at the de Koninck brewery on Saturday and Sunday, from 11am -7pm. Over 25 small brewers will be present at the festival, offering tastings for a euro each (+ 3 euros for glass hire) For fashion lovers:Antwerp Fashion Weekend is always fun. Check the program
for fashion related events, shows and promos in various stores around the city. Key areas to check out include: Meir, Grand Bazar, Kammenstraat, Nationalestraat & Kloosterstraat.
For foodies:Smaakmeesters 2018 The old town, Eilandje and the Zuid are the key areas for this festival of food, which has an extensive program (see the Smaakmeesters link) of markets, activities, food orientated guided walks and exhibitions
For shoppers:Weekend van de Klant means lots of promos and offers in participating stores (this coincides with Antwerp Fashion Weekend)
For party people: The re-opening of Plein Publiek (new location). This restaurant/ bar/ night venue was previously in the Sint Andries area, in the centre of the ‘Fierensblokken’ and hosted a variety of events. It’s relocating to D’Herbouvillekaai 19 (just south of the Kaaien) and the opening festivities will take place over Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Sint Andries Harvest Festival is a new event on Sint Andriesplaats -a relaxed, community-focused square near the Kloosterstraat and Nationalestraat. From 1pm there will be music, drink, snack food and a bouncy castle for kids.
Swan Market is on Grote Markt from 11- 6pm today, with its usual offering of stalls selling products such as jewellery, stationery, accessories, and hand-made goods. There’s also always food, drink and a kids’ area.
If that’s not enough consumerism for you, then -being the first Sunday of the month – it’s also Shopping Sunday in Antwerp (this coincides with Antwerp Fashion Weekend).
The weather looks like it will be pleasant and dry this weekend (especially on Friday and Saturday, but remaining mild for Sunday too).
For a more relaxed Sunday try Ecodroom at Riviernhof: info stands, workshops, a repair cafe, and a second hand market -all focused on the idea of a greener way of life.
Think Pink’s “Race For The Cure” last weekend was a busy and lively event. There was a multi-generational effort from my family (my mum, myself and my son) who crossed the finish line. Congratulations to all who ran. If you’d like to donate to this great cause click here to make a contribution.
If you would like to get involved with BATS VZW -Antwerp’s English speaking theatre group, now might be the time! BATS do a panto every year in January. This year it’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, and auditions take place soon.
I’ll be away this week in London. If you’d like to follow via Instagram, check out the hashtag #nessascityblogLondon Next week’s Antwerp post will be a brief round-up, as I won’t be here, or have much time on my hands, as I will be hoofing it round some London galleries supervising an Arts trip.
ART: Continuing this weekend on Saturday and on Sunday is Open Ateliers which offers the opportunity to see artists and their work in the context of their own workshops and ateliers. On the OA website, you can select the medium which most interests you and pick which ateliers and art spaces you would like to see, or you can head to Zuiderperhuis between 11am and 6pm (on both Saturday and Sunday) for an overview of the whole event.
FOOD: Also over both days it’s food fest Smaakmeesters: tastings, walks and workshops at various locations round the city. The four key locations are Groenplaats, Leopold de Waelplaats, Nassaustraat and Vrijdagmarkt, with programmes for Saturday and Sunday.
BEER: If beer is more your cup of tea. then the Modeste Beer Festival is on over at the de Koninck Brewery from 11am -7pm. I like this one -many different beers, not too pricey and a very informal atmosphere. If the weather is nice, there’s space to hang out outside too.
This week’s “and now for something slightly different” spot is occupied by this vernissage at MAF from 7.30pm (Keistraat 1, 2000 Antwerp). I have to admit a certain bias here: I own a large trunk painted by Djuna, and although it is assigned the inglorious function of containing my dirty laundry, it is very beautiful.
The last Friday of the month means Critical Mass: assemble on Theaterplein at 6pm as usual -it’s the back-to-college edition, but everyone is welcome, as ever.
Or you could go and get your household items (PCs, electrical goods, furniture or sewing work) fixed for free at The Repair Café, ‘Twerkhuys, Borgerhout between 4 and 7pm.
There’s a food fest on Jezusstraat (off Meir) from 10am -10pm to coincide with the Antwerp Fashion Weekend, while Grand Bazar shopping centre has a surprise offer for their Dag van de Klant between 10am- 6.30pm.
It’s the first Sunday of the month, so Antwerp shops are open for continued enjoyment of AFW, and general shopping.
A dry, mild weekend is forecast with some sun and temperatures of around 16 degrees. Friday afternoon/ evening will be warmest, and might be the best time for one more “terasje”…
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