This weekend in Antwerp: 16th & 17th March

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It’s St Patrick’s day on Sunday, but as the ‘day’ has long since morphed into an entire weekend, it’s worth listing all of Antwerp’s Irish bars on this post. They will all be offering promos, music and other events or offers this weekend.

Nearest the station is Kelly’s – popular with tourists and sports fans, this is the most central of the bars, and the largest.

Also popular with tourists is The Irish Times on Grote Markt, a busy bar with a great location, it’s also known for sports and for live music on Friday and Saturday nights.

MollysFMolly’s Irish Pub is tucked away on Jesuitenrui on the old town -it’s smaller, very friendly and also popular for sport.

And last (but never least) An Sibhin on Nationalestraat -like Molly’s it’s smaller and friendly, with a relaxed crowd, sports and live music (also excellent sandwiches).

In a city the size of Antwerp, these pubs are not far from each other, so there is no reason why you shouldn’t aim high and hope to do a crawl which takes in all four of them this weekend.

Saturday

If you are interested in ebikes, Park Spoor Noord is the place to be for this E-bike test event from 10am- 5pm.

It’s the monthly film night at Het Roze Huis, Draakplaats. Film nights and free and you don’t need to reserve. Starting at 8pm, the film this month is the 2011 Dutch documentary film “Allemaal Lesbisch” by Mildred Roethof.

guinnessFThere’s a Guinness promo (and the chance to pour your own Guinness) at Molly’s all day, with music from 8pm (and a very similar program for the next day too).

Sunday (St Patrick’s Day)

From 10am it’s the usual second book market at the library (“boekenplein”).

Art lovers -enjoy a selection of Antwerp galleries opening their doors on and around the Leopoldplaats: it’s the second of the Leopold Sundays this year (participating galleries are Annie Gentils, Artelli Gallery, (re)D., Geukens & De Vil, mariondecanniere, Philippe Piessens, Keteleer Gallery and Next Door.)

An Sibhin will be great for food with Irish breakfasts being served from 11am and, oysters and stew on the terrace for lunch / afternoon. There will be a live band at 6pm.

If you like a really big, traditional sound, a St Patrick’s Day highlight for you could be the Red Hackle Pipe Band at 3pm in Kelly’s bar.

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A different way of going green on St Patrick’s Day would be these gardening workshops at Rivierenhof 2100 Deurne (near the kids’ farm). They’re free but you do need to register in advance here. Choose a 10am or 2pm start time.

Look out for runners taking part in the Antwerp Urban Trail.

The weather will be reasonably mild (top temps of 12 -13 degrees) but showers likely each day.

Miscellaneous

chocopassFChocolate Week continues in Antwerp – if you are familiar with Pateekes Week, then you will know the format, as it is the same: get your Chocolate Pass (“chocoladepas”; pic right) for 10 euros and then benefit from special chocolatey bargains around the city by exchanging the vouchers on the pass. You can buy the pass at one of Antwerp’s tourist offices (in central station, and on Grote Markt). Chocolate week continues until Sunday and you can see a list of participating chocolatiers and cafés here. Not only do you get bargain-priced chocolate but you can get in free to the Expo Chocolat Martougin which tells the interesting story story of this Antwerp brand (which has been revived and is being sold again in the city from this year) and its founder, Alfred Martougin (1875-1952).  I stumbled across this exhibition on Wednesday and found it all really intriguing. It is in Dutch but there are some lovely images and examples of Martougin products and packaging over the years which anyone would enjoy.

March is Youth Book Month -encourage your young reader by checking out the agenda: there will be lots going on at Bib Permeke.

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This weekend in Antwerp: 8th, 9th & 10th March

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Richard Egarr Conductor and Harpsichardist Photo; Marco Borggreve

On Saturday March 16th, the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra plays Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3, known as the Scottish, under the baton of the British conductor Richard Eggar (pictured left; photo by Marco Borggreve) at the Queen Elisabeth Hall, Antwerp.

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Friday

Friday is International Women’s Day. Join the Women’s Strike Festival on Theaterplein from 4pm. Take part in the activism and also enjoy some food, drink and kids entertainment; you can read about the women’s strike here.50751067_372479183531775_2584346929412440064_o

On Friday evening there is a group exhibition from a new art platform called Pas de Soucis (pic right). You can find them on the Van Diepenbeeckstraat 22 from 7pm onwards and offering drinks, snacks, music, painting, photography, video installations and fashion.

Chocolate Week begins in Antwerp – if you are familiar with Pateekes Week, then you will know the format, as it is the same: get your Chocolate Pass for 10 euros and then benefit from special chocolatey bargains around the city by exchanging the vouchers on the pass. You can buy the pass at one of Antwerp’s tourist offices (in central stration, and on Grote Markt). Chocolate week continues until the 17th March and you can see a list of participating chocolatiers and cafés here.

Saturday

Hurrah, it’s RETRO DAY in the second hand shops (“kringwinkels”) of Antwerp. There are eight second hand shops in Antwerp; you can find them listed here. Pick up an authentic bargain and support the eco-friendly work of your local second hand store. And don’t forget that if you have items to recycle, the Kringwinkel offer a free pick-up service if you ring to arrange it: 03 217 25 10

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Sunday

Swan Market is back in Antwerp today, with their regular brand of food trucks, and market stands offering clothes, accessories and home products produced by small businesses. Swan Market is at Meatpack (Samberstraat 40) from11am- 6pm.

From 9am- 6pm purveyors of second hand clothing, accessories, shoes, toys, antiques, vinyl and household goods …. Goegekregen are at Waagnatie. This is a free “rommelmarkt”. There will also be streetfood, and drinks.

Last day of kids’ film festival JEF -see miscellaneous, below.

Weather – Friday could be bright, cool and pleasant; light rain expected over Saturday and Sunday.

Miscellaneous

March is Youth Book Month -encourage your young reader by checking out the agenda: there will be lots going on at Bib Permeke.

JEF2019JEF is an annual film festival for children and young people in Belgium, with events taking place in various locations across the country. There is of course, a JEF program in Antwerp featuring screenings, activities and workshops for all ages. Most of these take place in the Zuiderpershuis, with a few at the Ecohuis too. JEF runs until the 10th March and is well worth looking at if you have kids to entertain during the Spring half-term break (“Krokusvakantie”).

 

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This weekend in Antwerp: 2nd, 3rd & 4th March

I’ve been asked to publicise this good cause. The event (an exhibition costing just 5 euros entry) is raising money to research Wolfram Syndrome -a rare condition affecting children and young people. The event is called EYEOPENER and takes place over Saturday and Sunday this weekend at KASKA on Blindestraat (no. 35) from 11am -5pm.

You can find EYEOPENER and all the other locations mentioned on this post on the GOOGLE MAP as usual.

Friday

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Koekenstad Chocolate Week

Antwerp Chocolate Week begins today and works on the same principle as the Pateekes Week: get your 10 euros Chocolate Pass from the tourist offices, and you will be able to sample discounted chocolatey treats at the participating chocolatiers, coffee shops and cake shops

Another interesting Antwerp tour: City Gossip (in English) from Achterklap, starting at 3pm (meet at Restaurant aan de Stroom, Ernest Van Dijkkaai 37) and make sure you register beforehand by mailing katrien.van.geystelen1@telenet.be A local walking tour can be a great way to see the city if you are a recent arrival, or if you have visitors to whom you would like to show your new home city!

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Achterklap Tours (pic courtesy of Achterklap)

Saturday

For kids, there is indoor play at Park Loods Jungle Jump for kids aged 2-15 (below 2, over 15 and accompanying adults are free, otherwise it’s 5 euros per kid; 8 euros for a 2-day ticket). Tickets here.

Sunday

Jungle Jump (see above)

Sunday shopping -shops are open in the centre of town and in other areas like Quartier Nationale because it is the first Sunday of the month (winkelzondag)

Swan Market (Dutch and Belgian artisans and creators) takes place today at a new Antwerp venue (Meatpack- so, indoors!). 11-5pm.

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Sunday Shopping: Stadsfeeszaal

Miscellaneous

If you are a runner, you can now register for the Antwerp Ten Miles which takes place on  the 22nd April.

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Check out this month’s agenda for Colectivo Amorika for March (left). They provide cultural and language activities for Spanish speaking families in the Antwerp area, and those with an interest in understanding Spanish culture and language.

Brrrr! It has been incredibly cold this week. Temperatures are set to rise above freezing this weekend, but it will still be cold on Friday (with the possibility of some snow). Saturday will be better (around 8 degrees) and dry, but showers are expected on Sunday.

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This weekend: 30th September, 1st & 2nd October

Greetings! Here’s the Google Map with locations for this post…

This weekend, there seems to be a huge choice of activities which happen over the entire weekend.

I’ll start with Antwerp Fashion Weekend as I really enjoyed the Fashion Festival a few weeks back, so another fashion event in this city, which seems to have a constantly snowballing reputation for great shopping and design, is very welcome. Here’s the programme for the weekend which kicks off on Friday night.

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Shopping on Meir

If you are more of a foodie than a fashion fiend, then Smaakmeesters will be more your bag than a Delvaux … Smaakmeesters (‘Tastemasters’) continues throughout October but this weekend will see all the opening events -around the Zuid area, Eilandje and the Old Town, which are set to become food markets offering a busy programme between midday and 6pm.

And if you’re only here for the beer as they say then check out  Modeste Bier festival at the de Koninck Brewery. It’s a much smaller affair than the Bollekesfeest but very enjoyable -busy and friendly with a chance to sample a good range of beers and accompanying locally produced snacks such as meats and cheeses.

For chocoholics -this opening event on Meir at La Maison du Chocolat Belge.

Born in Antwerp marks the end of a successful and diverse season of creativity, events and activities with a weekend of closing events over at the Kattendijdok.

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And  it’s still Antwerp Coffee Week  – until the 2nd. You can find the full program in English  here. You will need theYelp app for some of the events. Flair Magazine have a handy guide to the bars taking part.

On the Vrijdagmarkt the renewed and renovated Plantin- Moretus Museum re-opens and will be free to visit this weekend.

 

Friday 

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Flying Pigs

Foodies Flying Pig will be offering food and drink stands on Theaterplein from 5pm, and there will also be music. Summer is not dead yet, right?

It being the last Friday of the month, Critical Mass will be assembling – also on Theaterplein at 6pm for a special student edition of their bike ride, concluding with a beer at Het Bos (Ankerrui)

There is a selection of art nocturnes in Borgerhout, Berchem and Zurenborg. Best way to enjoy these is by going from gallery to gallery by bike. A full list of participating galleries can be found on the Facebook page for this event (Borger #10).

And a yoyo event in Stadsfeestzaal Shopping centre featuring demos and free workshops on both days (10- 18.30 on Saturday and 12- 18h on Sunday).

Saturday

There’s a Revive Market at Plein Publiek from 10am -6pm (vintage, retro, interior, second hand)

… and a big fleamarket on Sint Jansplein

And MARTA (local produce, organic produce, vegetables) at Kattendijkdok/ Born in Antwerp from 9am- 5pm

And a second-hand vinyl sale in Bato Batu.

Sunday

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The Colour Collective

Round off your weekend with a free classical concert from The Colour Collective at Born in Antwerp/ Kattendijkdok. Bring a cushion or blanket and a picnic to enjoy while the musicians play a selection of works by Rachmaninov, Sciarrino, Berio, Glass, Ustvolskaya …among others. (Image courtesy of The Colour Collective)

 Sunday shopping this weekend -will coincide with Antwerp Fashion Weekend events

Miscellaneous

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Omnishambles

I’m shamelessly plugging my next post which is going to be of a different kind. As you might be aware, I’m a British national who has been living in Antwerp for 10 years. My next post is about my feelings on Brexit (you don’t get any prizes for guessing that I am NOT in favour) and the decision I made to apply for Belgian nationality after the disastrous outcome brought about by a small majority of the British electorate on 23rd June this year. I’ll be pressing that on Sunday evening, once all the events listed on this post are winding down. I hope you’ll read it and respond in the comments with your thoughts. I’d be very interested to hear the thoughts and experiences of anyone who has been through a similar process, or is considering it. By that I don’t mean just British readers, but anyone who has had the experience of changing their nationality, or applying for dual. (Brexit image: Pixabay)

Weather looks pretty promising -everyone’s talking about the Indian summer and I think it’s going to carry on for this weekend. There’s a slight possibility of passing showers on Sunday  (around lunchtime/ afternoon) -otherwise, warm and dry with top temperatures of 17 degrees.

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Have a great weekend!

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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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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.

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