This Weekend: 13th, 14th & 15th May

It’s Pentecost weekend, so maybe you have a long weekend due to Whit Monday, which is a public holiday in Belgium. Once again there are a few events occurring over the whole weekend (and some on Monday too). These include:-

BarriocantinaTRUCKpic– The Barrio Cantina Food Trucks Festival at Steen. This is a great location for this event, although some of the food is pricey -if you are planning on going with your family, it will be expensive if you are all eating the equivalent of a meal. However, it is OK for a snack, and there are usually some nice kids activities (last year they had cupcake decorating and face painting). Also on Monday.

– Five Years of MAS (also until Monday)- Follow the link to order tickets for the whole weekend which will get you access to all museum rooms for 3 days for 5 euros (free to under- 12s). There will be other events on the square around the museum. As you are probably aware, I am keen on recycling/ upcycling and eco events, so I am going to particularly draw your attention to an Upcycling Workshop from Het Vindingrijk at 5pm on the Saturday!

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Plein Publiek

 

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– ‘Fierensweekend’ at Plein Publiek -DJs, exhibitions, brunch, music, second hand market….

– And Sinksenfoor – Antwerp’s annual funfair-held previously at the Zuiderdokken -which will be on until 19th June at Spoor Oost.

 

 

Friday

Do you need your bike fixed? Take it along to the  Repair Café at ‘t Werkhuys from 5pm.

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A-Tower

 

Klub Goud is opening on the 21st floor of the A-Tower (11pm) Tickets are 10 euros on the door or order online beforehand. Alternatively at the same location there is Bar Gloed on the 4th floor, which has been open for a couple of weeks now for food and drinks. It has a nice terrace (complete with sand pit for kids) with views of the station building and of Meir, and Pretbederf from 9pm.

 

 

Another summer bar, Bocadero opens today at midday (near Waagnatie) by the river, until the 4th September.

 

 

 

Saturday

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Café Storm & MAS

 

International Fair Trade Day will be marked in the Oxfam ‘Wereldwinkel’ on Minderbroedersrui and focuses on the sugar trade.

Concept store st vincents opens its doors at 3pm for a festival of food, design, fashion, music and gin on Kleine Markt.

This weekend’s fleamarket can be found on Sint Jansplein, 9am -6pm.

Café Storm at MAS (also celebrating its 5 year birthday, as previously mentioned) celebrates six years with a party -free entry before midnight.

 

 

Sunday

Permeke Library has its regular monthly Sunday book market on De Coninckplein and at the same time there will be a  piano marathon taking place (10am -6pm). Both the book fair and its musical accompaniment are free.

The PVDA have a full schedule on offer at their 2016 Diversity Festival in Park Spoor Noord from 2pm

 

sun-159378_640Alas, the weather is unlikely to be as good as last weekend. Friday likely to be warmest, but with a high chance of showers. Saturday and Sunday predicted to be mild and cloudy, with some sunny spells on Sunday. Showers possible.
(image: Pixabay)

 

 

Miscellaneous

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basketball on Sint- Andriesplaats

Still three more chances to get free basketball sessions for your 6+ kids in various squares around the city (2-4pm; 3-5pm on Sint Jansplein).

 

Born in Antwerp is a Stad Antwerpen supported creative initiative taking place until October of this year. An app will keep you informed of events, or you can follow the agenda online.

 

 

 

50If you’d like to see some free midweek stand- up comedy, then head to Kelly’s Irish Pub on Keyserlei on alternate Thursday nights (starting this week). They are starting a program of international comedy acts, starting with Jason Waddell, described as “straight outta Texas with jokes and a certain je-ne-sais-quoi. What that exactly is, is something for you to find out during the show!”

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…Yes, I know it has a new logo, but no one likes it!

 

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…And of course, Nessascityblog is still on Twitter.

 

 

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This weekend: February 19th, 20th & 21st

Friday

If you are starting your weekend with a night out …

London Calling are hosting a special tribute night to Bowie at a new venue in Borgerhout (Bar Venetie) starting at 10pm.

Or …

For a more unplugged and acoustic start to your weekend, go to Klein Antwerpen for Muziek zonder Elektriek which is open-mic  and free (although you might like to throw something into the hat for the performers). It starts at 7pm, and if you would like to perform, register by email to  dereus-podium@outlook.be .

Or…

Drinks and Dancing at Plein Publiek starting at 4

Antwerp Chocolate week starts today! It works in much the same way as the ‘pateekes week’: for 10 euros you get your vouchers at the tourist office on Grote Markt and these can be traded in at participating chocolatiers around the town.

 

Saturday

 

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Little Brewers Winter Garden

From 2pm in Little Brewers Winter Garden there is free kids’ entertainment in the form of a candy cake making activity.

LBWG is a winter pop-up bar which will be closing at the end of this month.

 

 

 

Het Roze Huis are offering free film again! This time a chance to see The New Girlfriend (French) at 8pm.

 

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Steen

Kids aged 6- 12 can enjoy a workshop based around the theme of Time at Het Steen for 6 euros from 2 – 4pm. Register by email hetsteen@hetpaleis.be

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An Sibhin

 

For live music head to An Sibhin for some slightly eccentric country rock from Jailhouse Chili at 8pm.

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday

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pic from Goedgekregen

 

 

 

In Park Spoor Noord from 10am (free) is the first Goedgekregen Second Hand Market. It’s undercover, so it is still very much worth attending even if the weather is wet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cinema Zuid, down by the Kaaien is offering two kids films starting at 10.30am for 5 euros a ticket (so cheaper than the mainstream cinemas). There’s Mini en de Muggen for kids aged 4+, and Phantom Boy for kids aged 6+ (both in Dutch).

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Angst Essen Seele Auf  is the name of a new exhibition opening at LLs 387 at 7pm, with performances. The exhibition will run until 3rd April.

Bookworms and graphic novel fans should make their way to De Coninckplein in front of Permeke library, for a book fair between 10am  and 4pm, featuring new and second hand books. Free.

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de Coninckplein

 

If dancing is more your thing head to an open stage Dance Jam at Costa Sint Andries community centre at Sint-Andriesplaats 24 at 1.30. This is free.

Designer clothing fans, and bargain hunters may enjoy this outlet sale at Expo.

Antwerp Green Party (Groen Antwerpen) are holding a film lunch at cinema Klappei. 10 euros will get you a ticket for the film, a 1-hour panel discussion afterwards, and then lunch. The doors open at 10am and the film being shown is a 2009 documentary called Katanga Business. Email tom.vandenborne@groen.be if you would like to attend. More information here.

Weather is likely to be milder (after a VERY chilly week) but with a fair chance of showers during Saturday.

Thanks for reading! Have a great weekend and keep following: here, and on Twitter @nessascityblog

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This Weekend: December 5th & 6th 2015

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Lights on the Keyserlei

If you have not noticed the festive feeling starting up in Antwerp, then you really need to get out and do so, if you can. For us -as a family resident in Belgium, with both Dutch and UK influences- this weekend is the one where Christmas overlaps with Sinterklaas, so this post will hopefully contain a bit of both ….

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Plein Publiek -Van Craesbeeckstraat

If you are ready to start the weekend immediately after work on Friday, I recommend Plein Publiek which opens at 4 for drinks, 5 for food and the dancing starts at 9. It’s a very attractive venue, placed in the middle of a now-disused social housing complex, near Nationalestraat..

Saturday

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If you have walked through the old town this week, you will have seen the stalls being set up for the Christmas Market which will dominate this part of the city from this Saturday when it opens. Stalls selling Christmas goods, foods and snacks will be found near the cathedral, on Grote Markt, Suikkerui, Groenplaats and Steenplein. The ice rink is usually on Steenplein, and the Christmas wheel is nearby. It’s the perfect place to meet friends, or take family. The market is on daily until 27th December. sintgrandbazar

For a smaller and more off-beat Christmas Market experience, head to the Vrijdag Markt at 4pm for music, DJs and food trucks.

BUT … If you have children who are in Sinterklaas mode, then he can be seen in various locations around the town centre and will be stopping in Grand Bazar; this is usually quite busy, with kids queuing, seeing Sint and being pictured with him. He is also believed to be visiting this fleamarket on the Sint Jansplein, at 2pm, with his Pieten.

I recommend the bookmarket at the Zuiderpershuis, which is still on. It’s a stock sale and the reductions are good. Most titles offered are in Dutch, but with some fashion, design and art books in English. Lots of books for children and toddlers, if you are buying gifts for kids and babies. It’s worth going just to see this attractive venue, if you don’t already know it, and it is a short walk from FOMU and Cinema Zuid, which are also worth knowing about.

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book sale at Zuiderpershuis.

If you like to donate and recycle at this time of year, why not take clothes, food and children’s items to Moeders voor Moeders on Helmstraat? They receive deliveries on the first Saturday of each month, between 10 and 12, and work to support families with children in need, in the Antwerp area.

Sunday

It’s the first Sunday of the month, so there is Sunday shopping around the town centre (note that most shops open a little later, though, at around midday).

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Eva Steynen (photo courtesy of Eva Steynen)

However, maybe you would like to get away from Sinterklaas, Christmas and shopping, to a vernissage (3pm) at this Gallery in Zurenborg curated by local artist, Eva Steynen?

There is a different type of Exhibition for fans of Tintin (and other Belgian comic book characters)  which finishes up on Sunday.

Another way to take a break from the consumerist side of this season would be to donate clothing to The Empty Shop project, which is running until the 12th December at the Youth Hostel on Bogaardplein. Your clothing will be restyled and sold to raise funds for the Kamiano Restaurant which provides meals for homeless people in Antwerp.

Whether you are enjoying Christmas, Sinterklaas, shopping or something a bit different, have a great weekend. Alas, it might be a good idea to take an umbrella out with you so that the predicted drizzle doesn’t spoil your fun

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Grote Markt on a winter’s night by Daniel Ruiz- Cecconello

 

 

 

 

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

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It seems impossible to write a post without mentioning the security alerts that all residents of this part of the world have been living with this past week. The decision we made in our home has been to continue to going to events we enjoy, unless otherwise advised by the police. Security has been visible around Antwerp central station but last weekend, we went to the market as usual on Saturday, and on Sunday to the 50th Birthday celebrations at FOMU which were lots of fun. Everyone has to make their own decisions about the risks they want to take, but we prefer to try to keep calm and enjoy our free time as much as we usually do. If Madge isn’t cancelling her gig on Saturday at Sportpaleis, then I don’t see why we shouldn’t be out and about as usual ;-).  For updates on the situation, you can follow @crisiscenterBE on Twitter.

And so to the weekend ….

If you want to avoid the shopping hordes, Friday offers the perfect excuse because it is Buy Nothing Day . Alternatively, you could go along to Meir anyway, just to check out Antwerp’s own Diva, Nicola Mills who will (weather permitting) be getting into the festive spirit by carolling with a group of four singers between 2 and 4pm. You could head out later in the evening to join the Critical Mass Bike Ride at 6pm on Theaterplein.

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There are a couple of events which are occurring over both days: a book market  and a Kids’ Paradise promising toys, games, gadgets and clothes for sale. There are also some activities and workshops for kids. Both of these events are at the Zuiderpershuis on the Waalse Kaai. If you are feeling sporty, you can swim for free  at Antwerp swimming pools all weekend.

Saturday

Kids who want to see Sinterklaas, can do so at The Century Shopping Centre on Keyserlei between 10 and 6pm, where they can also take part in a Sinterklaas quest activity. Other than that, it seems rather quiet this Saturday, so I will probably be at the market as usual!

Sunday

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If you are someone who is looking forward to the opening of the winter bars, and the taste of Gluhwein, this Winter Terrace event will please you, if you can’t wait until the Christmas market in December.

If you have children aged 5+ to entertain, then you could take them to this production of Tom Thumb for just 4 euros a ticket or for the same price to a showing of this animated film at the Permeke library (for kids aged 3+).

 

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This weekend’s fleamarket is being held in Schijnpoort and costs 2,50 to get in.

 

Finally, Sunday is the last day of Week van de Friet, so if you have a voucher from De Zondag you can pick up freebies (like an extra beer or snack) at participating chippies. In Antwerp, that’s Frituur Max on Groenplaats.

Have fun and stay safe. 🙂

This Weekend: 14th- 15th November 2015

This weekend, there are a lot of activities on of interest to children (and the grown-ups who seek to keep them entertained) …. I’ve also tried to seek out events for those of us who don’t want the entire weekend dominated by the arrival of a certain robed and bearded old gentleman from Spain …. You could start the weekend and precede kiddie-orientated mayhem on Friday at Little Brewers Winter Garden which opens as a winter bar at 8pm this Friday, having formerly been the summer bar, Bar Josephine’s.

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Bar Josephine will become Little Brewers Winter Garden

Saturday

INTREDE SINTERKLAAS!

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Scenes from the arrival of Sinterklaas

(Groote Markt 2014)

This is the kiddie mayhem part….

Saturday is pretty much the most important day of the year for you if you are a kid in Antwerp. At 1pm or thereabout Sinterklaas will arrive on his steam boat. He will alight at Steenplein and with his travelling companions (Pieten) will make his way to Groote Markt, where he will address the crowds (read: lots of children overdosing on cheap confectionary) from the Town Hall, relaying his important findings re: whether there are any naughty children in Antwerp this year. There is music and entertainment to keep kids occupied on Grootemarkt while they wait. You may wish to avoid Groote Markt like the plague, if you are either not a child or are kiddie-free.

If you prefer something more gruesome, you may enjoy a Ghost Walk through Antwerp’s darker sidestreets on Saturday night, costing 10 euros, starting at 8.30pm. You may need to reserve for this.

Sunday

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On Sunday there is a Food Market at the Felix Pakhuis, featuring food trucks, culinary demonstrations and kids’ entertainment. Felix Pakhuis is on the Godefrieduskaai which is at Eilandje, near MAS.

All around Antwerp at various locations there are activities for children as part of Kunsten Dag Voor Kinderen (Arts Day for Children).

… And there’s a book and comic book fair at the Permeke Library

Saturday, Sunday & beyond

For a week, starting on the 12th November, there are going to be a series of film showings, taking place at the Permeke Libray and at Filmhuis Klappei. The films are in a variety of languages, and the ticket price is just 4 euros (3 euros for students) so much cheaper than a trip to mainstream cinemas. For details of the agenda, check here.

Fleamarkets on both days at Antwerp Expo

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Brickmania for Lego-lovers, this weekend.

A MUST for Lego fans! It’s Brickmania at Waagnatie on both days. At only 4 euros in (free for kids under 6) this is a lot cheaper than many Lego events I have heard about.

… And if you are need of something more contemplative and restful after a manic time with the kids at Brickmania or at the Intrede, there is a free art exhibition both days, down at Noorderterras, “Kunst aan de Schelde” and another one here.

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Publicity poster from Swenson Art

This weekend: 31st October -1st November 2015

Saturday

Saturday is Hallowe’en. There is a separate post about Hallowe’en activities, and bars which are celebrating Hallowe’en around Antwerp; be sure to check it if you are going out.

The Antwerp Book Fair begins this weekend (continuing until the 11th November). Lots of Flemish writers, publishers and retailers will be present, but there will be books of all sorts and in many different languages, including English. Writers Robert Harris and Kate Mosse will be in attendance this year.

The young people’s theatre group Up With People are in Antwerp and performing two musical shows here. These will be in English at Theater Elckerlyck .

Over this weekend there are a number of activities and events for Plein Publiek which open on the afternoon of the 30th October and continues until Sunday. Details of specific events (music, brunch, workshops) can be found on Facebook

Sunday

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Yoga flashmob, promoting “Yoga For The People” Event.

There will be an enormous yoga event this Sunday, at Sportpaleis, starting at 12.30 and concluding at 4pm. You can register here and find out more about the program. It doesn’t cost to register but the event’s purpose is to raise money for Medecins sans Frontieres/ Doctors without Borders.

It’s the first Sunday of the month, so shoppers will be pleased to learn that on and around Meir many shops will be open for business, even though it is All Saints Day, and officially a holiday too.

Bargain hunters may prefer one of two flea-markets on this Sunday, at either Park Spoor Noord (starting 9am) or Kinepolis (starting 10am, also on Saturday)

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