PRIDE weekend: August 11th, 12th & 13th

This weekend Pride is the main event! There is too much on to list all events here, but the Antwerp Pride page has all the deets. They also have a Facebook page too. 2017 is a special year: Antwerp Pride turns ten! Already underway, and coinciding with Pride, is the Antwerp Queer Arts Festival – their Facebook Page is also very helpful in keeping you up-to-date with their many events. 

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Here’s the GOOGLE MAP for this weekend.

Friday

You could start your Pride weekend on Theaterplein at Roof of Love from 3pm …

Alternatively Apereau are serving drinks from 5pm at Hangar 26/ 27 on the Rijnkaai

Saturday

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It’s Pride parade day! The Parade starts at 2pm and follows a route from the south, then along the river, thusly: Vlaamse Kaai (start) – Verschansingsstraat – Leopold De Waelplaats – Karel Rogierstraat – Marnixplaats – Scheldestraat – Scheldekaaien – Sint-Pietersvliet (end). The end of the route is right near Steenplein which is where the Pride Party will be happening from 4pm. This is free -there will be 2 stages with DJs, drinks and food. This is usually a busy, noisy and fun party.

Bos Uitstap is a day festival at Noord Kasteel Oost which only costs a fiver for a ticket (10 if you want the BBQ too).

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For something a bit different, how about this Open Air Chess Tournament on Groenplaats (near the Rubens Statue) from 10am -18.30.

 

From 10am there is the regular fleamarket on Sint Jansplein -I like this one. It’s very diverse and Sint Jansplein is a sociable neighbourhood square, with a playground.

From 7pm until 11pm it is in Antwerp Night of The Churches in Antwerp: 25 churches in the Antwerp area will open their doors for free expos, music, bell ringing and guided tours. Twelve of these are close to the centre of the city and can be seen on this map.

Sunday

Yoyogi (part of ZvA) is back for Sundays in August -not just yoga, but music, games, workshops and other activities are on offer for free between 2- 7pm on the green at Rivierenhof.

Pride’s closing festival will be on Grote Markt from 1.30pm with music and live bands (including Army of Lovers) until 6.30pm. It might be advisable to get to Grote Markt on time if you are keen to attend, as the square will be closed once full.

At 3pm you can get a free guided tour of St Andries Church

Or get away from the city centre and head to Bar Noord (Park Spoor Noord) with Urban Sundayz (music, poetry, spoken word, soul food & DJs)

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Urban Sundayz: free, from 14h -22h- Bar Noord

hetsteenateliersFA reminder for anyone with kids aged 6+ who need to be amused -Het Steen runs workshops each Sunday from 1pm. These are free and you can turn up at any time while they are on (bear in mind that this Sunday the area will be particularly busy because of the Pride Party) and while Belgian school holidays are on (i.e. until 1st September) the workshops will also take place on Saturdays.

The weather looks as though it will be similar to last weekend -cloudy with some sun and warm (but not hot) temperatures of around 20- 22 degrees. Chances of rain are low.

Miscellaneous

In case you missed it – have a read of Sally’s story on last week’s Nessascityblog Guest Post … a fascinating personal story. If you would like to share your story on a guest post, please get in touch: nessascityblog@gmail.com

sportopiaFSportopia is on in Park Spoor Noord (in the Loods building) for kids and teens until the 27th August.

Buurtpleintjes is an initiative from Stad Antwerpen offering free sporting activities on local squares around the city, until October. Last year, my son really enjoyed a series of free basketball lessons on Sint Andriesplaats as part of this initiative. Start by checking here to see what’s on offer near you.

Next Tuesday (15th) is a public holiday. But why? I hear you cry. Well,  it’s a Mother’s Day celebration which is unique to this area. This, from the Wikipedia Mother’s Day page:  “…There are also many people who celebrate Mother’s Day on 15 August instead; these are mostly people around Antwerp, who consider that day (Assumption) the classical Mother’s Day and the observance in May an invention for commercial reasons. It was originally established on that day as the result of a campaign by Frans Van Kuyck, a painter and Alderman from Antwerp”. Many cafés and restaurants will be offering Mother’s Day brunches and lunches, if you want to treat your mum, and there is a Rubensmarkt in the old town (round Suikerrui and along the kaaien by the river, near Steenplein) where the stall holders dress up in 17th century costume.

… And on Wednesdays at Bibfabriek, there are activities for children.

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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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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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This weekend: June 24th, 25th & 26th

Hello! It’s going to be a bit of a brisk round-up this week as we are enjoying spending time with visitors from the UK and our summer holidays have begun. Next month also, there will be a reduced service when I am away on holiday, but I am planning to write a post which lists the most important links for the summer season.

Note that a couple of events listed here (Ramblas, Bierpassie and Barrio Latino) take place on both Saturday and Sunday.

Friday

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Flying Pig

Flying Pig at Het Steen was a cool start to the weekend a couple of weeks back. The Second Edition of Flying Pig is at Napoleonkaai (near MAS museum) and kicks off at 5.

 

For after-work drinks, many of the summer bars are now open including  CargoBocaderoThe Next LevelBar PaniekSmokey Joes Garage (previously Bar Josephine) Bar Gloed on the Keyserlei (Antwerp Tower) and Zomer Fabriek.

For Beer lovers, head straight to Groenplaats for the start of Bierpassieweekend at 5pm. All beers 2 euros (pay with jetons). Bierpassie continues on Saturday and Sunday.

And for cyclists, it’s a party edition of Critical Mass -assemble with your bike on Theaterplein at 6pm; the ride will conclude with drinks and music at Moorkensplein Borgerhout.

Mechelsepleinfeesten (see below) is also already underway for Friday.

Saturday

Its the Mechelsepleinfeesten this weekend from 4pm – 11pm each day, promising food trucks, music, performances and more.

A similar event takes place on Falconplein, but with an emphasis on international food and music: Ramblas starts at 10am both Saturday and Sunday with four music stages, and food and drink from a variety of different countries. And in a similar vein, but with an emphasis on dance is Barrio Latino on the Paardenmarkt

 

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Dubieus Design is a retro/ vintage design market that has previously taken place in Winkelhaak but this weekend, heads for Born In Antwerp (Kattendijkdok) starting at midday.

 

 

 

There’s an antique and bric-a-brac market on Sint Nicolasplaats, starting at 11am.

KOPLAND is a new co-working space on Amerikalei which will be open to the public today, with displays, an open atelier, music and catering -from 2pm -9pm (image courtesy of KOPLAND). 

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KOPLAND

 

And HAPPY 60th BIRTHDAY BATS Antwerp!  Head along to their bithday BBQ at the Little Theater on Paardenmarkt at 2pm. It’s 5 euros in for non-members, and a great chance to find out more about English speaking theatre in Antwerp. It’s a dress-up party with the theme of a  film from 1956: Around The World In Eighty Days. (image: Pixabay)

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Sunday

The first Lambermontmartre was spoiled by rainy weather last month. Let’s hope it stays dry this Sunday, when it is back on Leopold de Waelplaats (that’s in front of the fine art museum – KMSKA) this Sunday from midday. As well as the chance to see and buy a variety of works by local artist, there is food and drink available, and a chance for kids to paint too.

Or there is a Vintage Market at Bocadero from midday.

If you have kids to amuse then this free performance at 3 at Ramblas on Falconplein for kids aged 3+ might be fun!

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Check out Nessascityblog Instagram page with pictures from last weekend of Swan Market, Boekenplein, Goegekregen at Born In Antwerp and fans enjoying football at An Sibhin and on Groenplaats. And of course the blog can also be found on Twitter  and  Pinterest.

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