This weekend: 4th, 5th & 6th March

Friday

Free openings on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this exhibition at the Trampoline gallery on Vlaamse Kaai.

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Stadsfeestzaal shopping centre, Meir

Over the weekend in the Stadsfeestzaal, Meir a number of events are planned for Onderbroken Stad which opens on Friday evening at 6.30 This marks the launch of ARIA (Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts). Artists, students, scientists and creatives will be holding debates, readings and demonstrations about their work.

Cafe Kiebooms is a bar I really like and on Friday evening they will be starting the weekend with a some  Swing Jazz music at 9.15.

If you are looking for a regular music night to start your weekends on Fridays, the The Irish Times on Grote Markt has music every weekend. This weekend Irish musician Steve Jones will be playing from 10pm.

And BATS has its monthly Open Evening at its venue on Paardenmarkt 111, starting at 8.30 -an opportunity to enjoy their bar and find out about upcoming productions, or even getting involved in some dramatics yourself!

Saturday

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If you are interested in volunteer work in Antwerp and not sure where to look in order to find the right work for you, then this exhibition between 1pm and 5pm at Kinepolis Event Center looks like a good place to start. Volunteers Week 2016 runs until the 6th March.

Registration for the Antwerp Urban Trail is full, but you can see the runners off from Park Spoor Noord on a 12km route that will take them through the city and back to PSN. Runners will depart in groups of 100 from 9am. This year the 10,000 runners will actually pass through Sportpaleis as part of the route.

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Krugerplein

On Krugerplein, Borgerhout, there is a spring edition of the Krugermarkt for drinks, snacks, general hanging out and bargain hunting. Entertainment for kids also promised, but not yet specified.

From the 5th- 20th March it’s Children’s Book Week(s) and there will be various events at libraries around Antwerp, such as this one for kids aged 4-8 in De Poort library, Berchem (2-3pm) which is free. The theme of this year’s events is “Weg van de Stad” (away from the city). Here’s the agenda, but note that some activities are for school classes.

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Sunday

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Personally, I am falling out of love a bit with the current trend for Food Trucks, as I find that it often ends up being a lot more expensive than I anticipate (especially if you are en famille) given that it is usually marketed as ‘Street Food’, however for those who are still keen there is Dimange at Felix Pakhuis, in Eilandje.

There is an exhibition opening at Zeno X gallery in Borgerhout (Johannes Kahrs) -the preview for this exhibition takes place between 3 and 6pm..

 

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BATS (British American Theatrical Society)  begin preparing for their annual variety show. This year it has a 50s theme, so if you would like to be involved, I have been told that you must put on your blue suede shoes and hot-foot it to Paardenmarkt 111 for 7pm in order to be part of the show, which will take place at the end of May/ beginning of June, and will include music and sketches.

 

 

… It’s the first Sunday of the month so … Sunday shopping.

For kids aged 8 -14 with an interest in science, the Children’s University is taking place at the University of Antwerp (Prinsstraat 13, 2000 Antwerpen). Children can attend lectures, workshops, quizzes and experiments and need to register here. All activities are free.

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Although the temperatures aren’t predicted to be freezing cold this weekend, there is a chance of rain on both Saturday and Sunday, especially during the afternoons. Hope you have fun anyway, and thanks as ever for following and sharing- here, on Twitter @nessascityblog, and elsewhere.

 

 

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This weekend: February 5th, 6th & 7th

Friday

Opening on Friday evening at 5, and continuing over Saturday and Sunday too is The Image Generator II an art ‘happening’ comprising events, performances and talks at Extra City  (Eikelstraat 31, 2600 Antwerpen).

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Also on Friday night is BATS Antwerp monthly open evening (also with a quiz this Friday) so feel free to head along to Paardenmarkt 111 from 8.30pm if you enjoyed their recent panto and would like to know more about getting involved in English speaking theatre productions in Antwerp.

 

 

 

Saturday

At Plein Publiek there is a design market from 11-5pm for a 2 euro entry cost.

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summer fun on Krugerplein

 

On Krugerplein in Borgerhout the Krugermarkt is taking place from 4pm, offering food, drink and locally made products such as textiles and jewellry. It’s worth checking out this cute neighbourhood if you don’t already know it. The square where the market is taking place is socially the heart of the neighbourhood and has a play area for little ones. This blog post has some really nice pictures of previous markets held there.

Another neighbourhood event is taking place on Dageraadplaats: starting at two and continuing until midnight there is a winter festival including music, dance, DJs, kids’ entertainment, and food & drink stands.

 

The Youth Film Festival (JEFF) starts today and runs until the 13th February. A number of short films for kids are showing in the Zuiderpershuis and there are other activities like this one, also at the Zuiderpershuis (all day, all ages, for free). The Antwerp agenda for JEFF comprises film showings, workshops and labs at both Zuiderpershuis and the Ecohuis, Antwerpen.

Sunday

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Meir

 

 

A reminder that it’s the first Sunday of the month, so ….Sunday shopping!

 

 

For cheaper bargains, there’s a Rommelmarkt at Waagnatie (events venue) down by the river.

There’s a food market (local produce, food trucks and kids’ entertainment) at Felix Pakhuis, down at Eilandje (near MAS).

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And two reasons to visit Madam Woll today: a 2 hour kids’ knitting atelier at 10am (8 euros; register beforehand via email: info@madamwoll.be & bring your own materials) and a kids’ clothes exhibition at 12.30 from Titi and Paca.

 

 

Take your brolly -there is a high chance of showers on all days over the weekend, alas.

Finally, a reminder that next week is half-term holiday for all Belgian schools (Krokus Vakantie). If you haven’t done so already have a read of this post which contains links to a number of activities, workshops and camps which are running for kids at this time. There may be some spaces left on some of the activities.

Do comment, mail & Tweet your feedback and suggestions -are there events I am missing? Let me know.

Until next Thursday  🙂

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This weekend: 21st- 22nd November 2015

 

rainystreetSome rainy day outings for grown-ups …. after last week’s kid-centric post. There seems to be a more mature offering this weekend, as the weather turns more wintry …

Saturday

The photography museum celebrates 50 years with a number of events and exhibitions over the entire weekend.

Also for the culturally minded a Zine Fest which is also taking place over the whole weekend as is “Veterans Day” , a symposium of events celebrating 1960s Antwerp (fashion, design, art and music). You can find the full program here.

Festive shoppers may be in luck at the handcrafted market where creatives will be selling their own home-made products. I like the Berlin bar which is nearby, if you are stopping for a drink.

… and a new bar is opening in Antwerp Saturday evening.

Sunday

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If, like me,  you are shopping for kids in the near future (in our home we celebrate Sinterklaas, Christmas and the birthdays of all three children during winter!) then you may want to head to a second hand toy market at De Roma Theatre.

Science Day is taking place in various locations around Antwerp on Sunday. All activities are free, but you need to register for some of them. These activities will be in Dutch, although for some activities language might not be so significant -like the exhibits and activities around Astrid Plein and Central Station.

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Koningin Astridplein

 

 

This weekend: 24th- 25th October

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Saturday

Film lovers might be interested in taking the opportunity to discover Filmhuis Klappei. It’s a very small film theatre, not too far from de Coninckplein On the 24th, film fans can catch three classic American noir movies for a very low price. Klappei also has a nice bar and is perfect if you want to get away from the multiplexes.

There is a new sculpture exhibition opening at Middelheim Museum. It’s really worth discovering this place which is a lovely place to visit whenever the weather is dry. There are some big names in sculpture as permanent exhibits here, and lots of space for kids to run free.

Shoppers with excess money burning a hole in their pocket might want to check out stores participating in Belmodo Fashion Days on both Saturday and Sunday.

Sunday

If you have kids (or a sweet tooth) you may need to be quick if you want to book The Pancake Boat . This is a tour along the harbour, while simultaneously eating pancakes. The boat is packing up for the season, so this will be the last weekend (until next spring) that you can take a trip. It’s reasonably priced, and the serving of pancakes is friendly and efficient, so you aren’t waiting for long. The trip is about the right length, so smaller kids do not get bored

Espectro is an evening of arts and music, right in the centre of town on Sunday evening (Rooseveltplaats is where all the busses go to/ from). If you register on their site in advance you will get a free drink on arrival, and it is only 4 euros to get in.

Fleamarket at the Eco -café which is easy to find from Central Station. Cross Astridplein next to the station, turning right as you face Aquatopia and the Radisson. It’s about 10-15 minutes’ walk on your left. As well as the café, you can visit the Eco Huis, which is a resource and exhibition space devoted to eco -friendly living.

If you like knitting and want to chill out in a café with other knitters and improve your skills then The Sunday Sock Club starting at 10am will interest you. 8 euros.

For something a bit more active there is a Dance festival starting at 2pm at the Arenberg Theatre (right near Theatreplein) and costing 10 euros -various different types of dance will be featured. Price includes coffee & cake.

Thursday 29th October

OK, not strictly the weekend, but put the date in your diary ahead of time if you want to go to An Sibhin’s Quiz Night It’s my favourite Irish Bar (always friendly, unpretentious, welcoming of kids during the day, great sandwiches, soups, home-made cake) and can be found on Nationalestraat, not far from Groenplaats, and just past the fashion museum. Why is the quiz not on Hallowe’en itself? Hmmmm …..my guess is that the pub is going to be showing the Rugby World Cup Final that night. Thursday’s quiz will be in English and you need to be in a team of max. 5 people. Send a PM via the Facebook page to register.

This weekend: 17th -19th October 2015

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Saturday 17th October 2015

There is a flea market on Sint Jans Plein, starting at 9 am. I like this part of town and, if the weather is good, it is a short walk away from the Park Spoor Noord, which is handy if kids need to play or to kick a ball around. Free.

Saturday is shaping up to be a good day for thrifty shoppers because it is also Dag van de Kringwinkel (Thrift Shop Day) which means that there will be extra bargains around in the second hand shops on that day:
– vintage clothing on Abdijstraat 104, Antwerpen
– retro videogames, mirrors and frames at Sint-Jorispoort 29, Antwerpen
– musical instruments at Kroonstraat 166, Borgerhout and at Vosstraat 305, Deurne
– comics and vinyl in Bredabaan 397, Merksem

Book Fair on Saturday (pic taken from the Facebook page of Royal Academy of Fine Art Antwerp)
Book Fair on Saturday (pic taken from the Facebook page of Royal Academy of Fine Art Antwerp)

Also on Saturday, there is a brewing fair fair on the Rijnkaai. Note this is a fair for small brewers and micro-brewers, rather than a beer festival, and the ticket price is 9 euros.

Foodwise, if you enjoy oysters, head to Docks Cafe by the river on Saturday between midday and 3pm

Strangelove Queer arts festival will still be going on in Borgerhout at Cafe het Werkhuys, but the afterparty is on Rijnkaai at 23.30 and costs 5 euros.

If you would like to see some theatre in English, take a look at this production from BATS which opens on Friday 16th October and runs for two weekends. BATS provides English speaking theatre in Antwerp that you might want to watch or even get involved with. You can also count on them to produce a fun Panto each year: this year it’s Red Riding Hood, and tickets are already on sale, via their site.

Sunday 18th October


You can no longer register (“inschrijven”)  online for the Linkeroever half marathon but you can do so on the day itself, from midday. There is also a kids’ run.  It does cost 15 euros, but proceeds go to a children’s cancer charity.

Permeke, on de Coninckplein, is Antwerp’s best known public library. On Sunday there will be an open-air book fair (also comics and graphic novels) staring at 10am. If you are new to Antwerp, you can easily reach de Coninckplein from Astridplein (next to central station): walk through the Chinese district- down the street with the lion statues, next to Aquatopia, and you are there.

If the weather is not great, and you are looking for something indoors, don’t forget that the Town Hall on Grote Markt is open as part of its 450th anniversary, and you can tour the inside. This is free, but you should reserve online.

Have a great weekend. Don’t forget to keep an ear to the ground for anything happening next weekend, and let me know.

Vanessa