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.

Don’t forget to find me on Twitter, PinterestGoogle+,  and also Instagram, where you can see pictures of events featured in the regular weekly posts.

Have a great weekend!

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This Weekend: 23rd, 24th & 25th September

If you enjoyed the skaters in Central Station at the start of the month, you will be keen to check out the Antwerp City Drops agenda for this weekend -urban sports events will be taking place at various locations around the city, including a skate contest for which you need to register by email.

It’s the opening of the Havenhuis at the port. You can’t have missed the appearance on the Antwerp skyline of this amazing prestige piece of architecture, designed by Zaha Hadid, above the old fire station. Events to mark its public opening on both days this weekend.

If you’ve been to Hand Gemaakt markets at KAVKA and other locations around Antwerp, you might want to head to their new creative pop-up this weekend at Oever 21 -open from 10.30 -6 on Friday and Saturday, and 12-6 on Sunday.

And over both days Antwerp artists are opening their workspaces around the city for Open Ateliers 2016. I’m by no means familiar with all the ateliers, but this summer I visited the MAF atelier (Steegsken 6) and can recommend that one if you are after something completely different …

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MAF

 

Saturday

There’s a big rommelmarkt (second hand market) on Sint Jansplein from 9am.

And two free Zumba sessions (2-3pm and 4-5pm) on the Gedempte Zuiderdokken in conjunction with Think Pink ‘s Gezondheidsdag  (Health Day) who are also holding the Race For The Cure on Sunday (see below).

It’s Dag van de Klant in various local shops and businesses in the shopping areas, so you might be able to pick up freebies and goodies. Put your postcode (2000 if you are shopping around the centre of town) into the search frield to see which shops are taking part near where you will be.

Sunday

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It’s the last Lambermontmartre for 2016, starting from midday. If you haven’t made it to any of the others, I recommend it as a relaxing afternoon out. You can browse the work of local artists, listen to some music and there is always a stand to get a sandwich, piece of cake and a glass of wine. Kids are usually happy to be taken along ,as one of the stands supplies them with paint and card to make their own artworks, for a small price.

 

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Krugerplein is always a great location for neighbourhood parties –Bouger Bouger starts at 10am and continues thoroughout the day until 6: food, drink, music, a fleamarket, and again kids are usually pretty happy to be taken along as there is a good-sized playground on one side of the square. Their parents might enjoy a drink at Bar Leon which is also on that side of the square and has a handy terrace for keeping an eye on the kids.

Support the runners of Race For The Cure. Registration is now over (although not needed for the Kids’ Run) so come along to support the runners.
UPDATE: Due to the popularity of this event, the deadline for registering has been extended and you can still register throughout Thursday...

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The warm, mild September is predicted to continue with low chances of showers and warmest temperatures predicted for Saturday (23 degrees).

Miscellaneous

Find the venues and locations from this post on the Nessascityblog Google Map.


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Caffeine heads will be pleased to know that starting on Monday (26th) it’s Antwerp Coffee Week . You can find the full program in English  here. You will need the Yelp app for some of the events.


isf-logoisfkidsISF Active English teach English in a fun way to children up to 11 years old, after school at De Brug school, Zurenborg. Lessons taught by native English/ very experienced professional teachers, start at 16.10 and last for 40 minutes. Trial lessons are always possible. On Wednesday afternoons, it is time for creative fun. Children learn English through art, drama, music, cooking & games…13:00 – 15:00. These classes are very practical and always include lots of theme-based fun. Last week our theme was ‘Sharks’!! See the Facebook group (ISF Active English) for more information.  (Images courtesy of ISF).


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artwork by Leo Reijnders

A reminder about the postcard art project by Leo Reijnders, which has recently featured in Het Laatste Nieuws! It is not too late to be involved in this project:

To mark its 10th birthday, CLOUDKNITTERS is organising a MAIL ART PROJECT “The Sky’s The Limit” and is inviting every artist we know to participate and make a Mail Art Work, the size of a postcard. We also should like each artist to invite all his/ her artist friends and colleagues to do the same: our aim is to make an ‘artistic footprint’ of the Cloudknitters network.

These small pieces of art will be exhibited during the CLOUDKNITTERS 10- YEAR festival that lasts from 30th September until 23rd October in the Old Bourse, Hofstraat 15, 2000 Antwerp (Belgium)

This Old Bourse is the oldest stockmarket of Antwerp for international trading. The Pagadder Tower (1533) was a watch-tower whose purpose was to spot ships so they could be compelled to pay excise duties. This happened during the Spanish occupation, and the tower was manned by officers who were considered too small to fight. Pagador means paymaster in Spanish, but here in Antwerp they still use the word ‘pagadder’ (affectionately) for a small girl or boy.

Each of the little Mail Art works will be used for a video and will be exhibited on the internet.

On the last day of the exhibition, all of the works will be sold for 20 euros each and this money will be used to fund the Cloudknitters festival.

Thus, all the works that I receive before 23rd October can be part of this project. It starts from the moment you read this …until 23 October 2016. The theme is “THE CLOUDKNITTERS”.

Please send your postcard-sized artwork to: Leo Reijnders, Bouwensstraat 9, 2140 Borgerhout  (Belgium).

Let’s make the biggest MAIL ART PROJECT ever!


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SWAAJP is an impro theatre group who describe their shows as “full of new stories, surprising adventures with intriguing plot twists, sometimes emotional, frequently hilarious, always made up on the spot”  Swaajp Improtheater presents the first episode of their new regular improv theatre show ‘Swaajp Invites’: the guest for this show -on the 1st October -is Daniel Malmqvist (Sweden) and the show is in English. Tickets are 9 euros- available now via the website -seating is limited in this lovely -but petite- venue (BATS Little Theater), so don’t delay (image courtesy of SWAAJP).

 


Don’t forget that next Wednesday -it being the last of the month – some Antwerp museums will be free.


Storytime slideDon’t forget Storytime, which  offers read-aloud and activities in English for children aged 4- 11 every Wednesday.


Last week’s post was one of the most successful since I began this blog nearly a year ago – so huge thanks to everyone who reads, shares and says nice things about it!  Thanks also to those who get in touch with information about their low/ medium budget or free events, and everyone who has liked and commented on posts.

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Don’t forget to find me on Twitter, PinterestGoogle+ and also Instagram, where you can see pictures of events featured in the posts -most recently last weekend’s car-free day and Wild Jo’s Market. Feel free to tag your own Antwerp Insta pics with #nessascityblog too.

Have a great weekend … see you next Thursday 🙂

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This Weekend: 3rd, 4th & 5th June

(New Google Maps feature: this is in the Miscellaneous section at the bottom of this post)

Friday

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The first Friday of the month is always Open Evening at the Little Theatre at BATS. Go along and meet the crew if you are interested in being involved in English speaking theatre in Antwerp. It’s also a good chance to pick up tickets for their famous Variety Show, which has a 1950s theme this year.

From 6pm it’s Streat XXL at Felixpakhuis on Eilandje -free entry.

Over the whole weekend it’s the queer arts festival Strangelove at Het Bos. This begins on Thursday –check the full program here.

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Markies Book Fair

 

 

Also over the whole weekend, opening today is a stock sale of books at Zuiderpershuis -open from 10am -6pm each day (and next weekend too). It’s a good place to pick up bargains and gifts, with a wide selection of books for kids. Most books are in Dutch.

 

 

 

Saturday

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De Quaeye Werelt

Today and Sunday it’s the moment to time-travel back to 1477 and De Quaeye Werelt which is a thoroughly enjoyable event for people of all ages, and takes place at Sterkshof, part of the Rivierenhof domein. It’s on from 10am – 6pm both days. Many re-enactors travel from all over Europe to pitch their heavy canvas tents and set up home, or a stall for

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A market stall at De Quaeye Werelt

the weekend. There are demonstrations, re-enactments, music, market stands and a big noisy battle to watch (14.30pm). There is a lot for kids to enjoy, and the beer and snacks are always excellent.

MARTA, the famers’ market takes place on Kattendijkdok today, near the summer bar Bar Paniek and Born In Antwerp HQ, from 9am.

Head along to Sint Andriesplaats for Brasspartij at 2pm: six cafés in the area are going to be hosting this event and there will be brass bands from Belgium and The Netherlands, as well as food and beer trucks on the square.

There’s another big fleamarket on Sint-Jansplein from 8am -6pm.

For runners, it is the Deurne 10 miles (with shorter parcours for those who don’t want to run the full 10).  It costs 10 euros to register and starts at the Bosuilstadion.

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Het Geluk at Het Paleis

If you have any energy left after that, head to Club Het Geluk for the night which starts at 10 and is free until it’s full.

For something more off-beat, head to Dark Annie for a performance of light and video projections, with music, at the Eva Steynen Gallery.

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And a special shout-out to the best basisschool in Belgium: De Bunt who are having their school fête today!
Have lots of fun!

 

Sunday

Ongoing events (see Friday and Saturday) Book market at Zuiderpershuis, Strangelove & De Quaeye Werelt.

It will be your last chance to Tango Under The Bridge at Draakplaats at 3pm, with an extra long final edition of this event that includes live music starting at 8pm.

It’s the first Sunday of the month, so the shops in the city centre will be open for Sunday shopping.

More for runners: describing itself as ‘not the longest, but certainly the nicest’ the Sint Andries Run takes place today, with additional entertainment all day on the Sint Andriesplaats -be there at 11am to register at the tent. The first run begins at 1, and it is free to take part.

Catch the film Slumdog Millionaire for a mere fiver (4 euros if you order in advance) at Atlas Antwerpen at 11am.

… And Krugermarkt is taking place on the Krugerplein from midday.

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Apart from cooler temperatures and a little rain on Friday, it is mainly predicted to be warm and dry this weekend but with the possibility of a little storminess on Sunday.

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Miscellaneous

*For all the locations mentioned in this post check the Google map for directions. Click on the red pins to get directions from a specific location.

*Summer bar The Next Level is now open above Coffee Labs on Lange Klarenstraat (off Meir)

*Thrillseekers -don’t forget that Sinksenfoor (fun fair) is open on Spoor Oost from midday until 23.30.

*Here’s a link to a .pdf with LOADS of sporting activities for summer 2016 

*Pictures of events in Antwerp from last weekend are now on the Nessascityblog Instagram page, with snaps of Apereau, Antwerp Strongman Run, AIS Graduation and Lambermontmartre, which unfortunately suffered due to the weather -hopefully it will be dry for this event next month.

new-instagram-logo_1-xlarge_trans++qVzuuqpFlyLIwiB6NTmJwfSVWeZ_vEN7c6bHu2jJnT8If you are on Instagram and attend an event in the area (or snap a beautiful Antwerp location) -especially if you read about it on this blog -please hashtag it #nessascityblog to contribute to a stream! I’d love to see your images, as it is impossible for me to make it to everything that I feature on the weekend posts. I usually try to get to 2-3 of them though.

 

Have a great weekend!

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Second hand Antwerp: buying, selling, recycling & donating.

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Regular readers may have noticed that I frequently feature flea-markets on my blog posts.  (or “Rommelmarkten” in Dutch). I enjoy going to these markets -they are often sociable places to hang out, with snacks or drinks also on sale, or take place in a communal space like a local square. I believe that buying second hand, trading hand-me-downs with friends and borrowing are ways in which we can keep costs down and simultaneously reduce our carbon footprint. I often buy second hand clothes for myself and my kids, and I love to get a bag of hand-me-downs, from parents of bigger kids, rather than buy new. Here is a brief guide to some of the second- hand shops in Antwerp, as well as some suggestions about recycling and donating your own used items. Rommelmarkten.be lists secondhand markets all over Belgium and this site enables you to search by location and date.

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Oxfam books on Quellinstraat

Oxfam has two shops in Antwerp. One is at Quellinstraat 28 (off Keyserlei) and sells second-hand books. It is open from 10 -6 on Mondays to Saturdays and most (but not all books are in Dutch). The other Oxfam store is not a second hand store -it’s a “Wereld winkel” (world shop) and sells goods produced by people in developing countries, often as part of Oxfam initiatives. There is a Permekewide range of Fair Trade goods, and environmentally- friendly products such as those made by Ecover. Talking of books, don’t forget the Permeke Library on de Coninckplein (just through China Town) for borrowing books and DVDs. De Slegte on Wapper also sells (and will buy) second hand and antiquarian books.

My favourite second-hand shop is the “Kringwinkel” (recycling shop) at Sint-Jorispoort 29. It is really big and has four floors of second hand items, always in good condition. I have bought clothes, furniture and baby items at the Sint -Jorispoort Kringwinkel. It also sells toys, jewellery, kitchen and baby items. As well as buying from here, they will receive your used items at the front desk. For larger items, you can call them and they will take away your sofa or cupboard for free, if you arrange a time with them.

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There are a couple of great places for second- hand clothing in Antwerp. Perhaps best known is Think Twice which has three shops in Antwerp: on the Jezus Straat (off Meir), on Lange Klarenstraat (also off Meir) and on Kammenstraat (towards the old town, off Nationalestraat). The prices are more than you would pay at the Kringloopwinkel or at a flea-market, but the stock is in good condition, well chosen and often pretty hip.

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In a similar price range is Episode which also specialises in retro and vintage. It’s a roomy store with space to rummage and plenty of denim if you are looking for jeans, as well as fun fake fur, belts, shades … They are a chain  and also have stores in The Netherlands and in Copenhagen.

If you are buying new and have a reasonable budget Today Is A Good Day on Nationalestraat specialises in eco- friendly shoes and clothing, but as you can see from the website, it is not cheap. However, if you have eco-cheques, and want to use them for clothes or shoes, you can spend them here.

A little further down is the same street is Jutka en Riska selling vintage, retro and second hand clothing, accessories and shoes -this is also a bit more hip than a regular charity store and so some prices are a bit higher here. They do sell new clothes from their own label -these are not cheap, but you can get lucky, as they do good reductions. They will buy in your 60s, 80s & 90s clothing and accessories.

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Jutka & Riska, Nationalestraat

If you are looking for labels at second hand prices, cross Astridplein from the station and turn left, where you will find Pardaf on Gemeentestraat. It’s easy to miss and looks like a residence. Inside the rooms are small, but there is a good choice of second hand designer clothes, accessories and bags.

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Pardaf

In need of a second hand bike? Try Abakri. They also do bike repairs. Also, if you are going to be living in Antwerp for a limited time, you can buy a bike, return it within a year and get half the cost of the bike back.

Alternatively, there are the now distinctive red and white Antwerp Velos available for a cheap price at lots of handy locations around the city.

Gamers can get second hand games and consoles at Game Mania which also takes your used games for cash or store credit.

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Tune Up on Melkmarkt

Antwerp also has a few independent second hand vinyl stores – a couple of these are located not far from the cathedral, coming away from Grote Markt, such as Fat KatThe Vinyl Touch and Tune Up (above the International Magazine Store) which are all within a short walk of one another. Across the road from Vinyl Touch, at Wolstraat 1 is In’t Profijtelijk Boeksken (IBP books) which sells second hand books and vinyl.

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IBP Wolstraat 1

Head south along Volkstraat to Coffee and Vinyl which -as the name suggests -will provide you with caffeine also. Local artists also exhibit here.

Finally, don’t forget to recycle or donate your own used goods. As previously mentioned, the Kringwinkel will pick up larger goods for you, if you contact them and arrange a time. Clean, usable items which are smaller, can be taken directly to Sint- Jorispoort, or books to Oxfam.

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Some items you may just have to let go …

There are a number of selling pages on Facebook like this one or this one in English, but you might like to consider giving things away on Free & Recycled Antwerpen where you can also look at what others are giving away or post if there is something you need that someone else might be glad to get rid of (I once got rid of a bunch of old wood that had been hanging around on my balcony, but which some one else could put to good use). High street store  H & M is also accepting used clothes as part of a recycling initiative.

A really good cause in the Antwerp area is Moeders voor Moeders which supports parents and families in need by supplying clothing, baby items & equipment and food to those in need of it. On Thursday and Tuesdays between 9 and 4 you can drop off these items at Helmstraat 91, or on the first Saturday of each month between 10 and midday. They are also keen to receive school bags and equipment for local children who need them, as well as sheets and towels.

Antwerp is pretty good for second hand shopping, in my view. All these stores are just about within walking distance of one another, so it would be easy to plan an afternoon and browse them all. These are just a sample, I know there are some I have missed which I need to explore on Koepoortstraat and a couple more on Nationalestraat too, so I am sure I will have to do some updates to this post….

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So here sporting a gold-knit top from Blanco, a skirt from Morgan de Toi, with coat from Miss Selfridge, bag from Mexx (all second hand; total costs approximately 12 euros). The black and white houndstooth bangle was also second hand, but I don’t know where it is from.