This weekend: 17th, 18th & 19th February

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Greetings. Well, it seems that things are a lot busier this weekend, with a good variety of happenings in the next few days and beyond, in the following weeks (so be sure not to miss the Miscellaneous section for those activities which require pre-registration).

likeroundIn other really rather thrilling news, Nessascityblog joins Events in Antwerp on Facebook to bring you Antwerp events and activities, in addition to those featured here. I’m joining Olly Ameen (of London Calling fame) there. It’s another way to get in touch if you have an event that you would like to publicise or recommend. So if you are on Facebook, please have a look and give us a LIKE.

Here’s the GOOGLE MAP for this post.

 

Saturday

At Plein Publiek there’s a second Blogger Closet Sale starting at midday.

Klein Antwerpen are holding an ‘unplugged’ night at their premises (De Reus, Lange Leemstraat) starting at 7pm.It’s free in, if you’d like to watch. Mail dereus-podium@outlook.be if you would like to perform.

Music fans may also enjoy this vinyl sale at Bar Bakeliet from midday -6pm.

Sunday

There’s a big second hand sale in Parkloods starting at 9am and continuing until 6pm. This

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Het Paleis

is a Goegekregen event.

And the monthly book sale (boekenplein) will be taking place on de Coninckplein (just in front of Permeke library) as usual.

At Costa there’s a free dance and musical improvisation event, starting at 1.30 -with further similar events to be held in March, April and June.

The annual Jeugd Film Festival (JEFF) opens at Het Paleis at 2pm with Storm Letters van Vuur (for kids 8+). Kids are invited to come dressed up as sportswomen and men, with the chance to win prize.. JEFF will be showing films and holding workshops throughout the Krokusvakantie at the Ecohuis and the Zuiderpershuis

There is an actual chance that the slightly improved weather we have enjoyed the last couple of days may endure for the weekend, with mild temperatures of around 10 degrees, very little wind and even some bright patches.

Miscellaneous

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Maddi Goodwin & A Sunburnt Country

I was pleased to be contacted by musician Maddi Goodwin, creator of A Sun Burnt Country project. I am very much looking forward to attending this eclectic event at de Singel on Friday 19th May. It’s a must for internationally-minded people, and doubly so if they are from- or have an interest in – Australia and Australian culture. The evening will comprise of music, readings and dance, and I am including it here because there is a 20% discount on tickets if you order them before the 1st March, which is not far away!

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Another reminder for those interested in taking to the stage: this fun course on impro theatre is due to begin on Tuesday and will run for 10 sessions. The first class is now a free drop-in class. Anyyone can come and try it out, then sign up for the rest of the course afterwards, if you think it’s for you.There’s also a student discount and the possibility to pay in instalments for those on a budget. For registration and questions, mail info@swaajp.be

If you have children (aged 8-14) interested in the Children’s University event on 19th March, you can register them from now.

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Also for kids -the spring break (Krokus vakantie) is coming up in Belgium (starting 27th February). If you have kids who are off that week and would enjoy some sports activities check out this Stad Antwerpen Page. The activities on offer can be seen here and you need to go here to register. Stad Antwerpen museums also offer some ateliers during the Krokus vakantie, some of these involve signing up for more than one day.

Idee Kids also offers a variety of activities and workshops during the holiday week.

If you took part in Lei Reijnder’s (Cloudknitters) Let Sky The Limit postcard mail-art project last year, you can now see all the entries on this film

Don’t forget that next Wednesday (22nd) is the last Wednesday of the month, so Antwerp City museums are free.

We are fast approaching the very end of the Stadhuis 450 expo, which closes in March. If you have been meaning to go but haven’t, then time is running out ….

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(Additional images for this post from Swaajp, A Sunburnt Country and Pixabay)

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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Have a great weekend … see you next Thursday 🙂

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This weekend: 2nd, 3rd & 4th September

Harumph …  there seems to be a lot of closing events, which compel us to acknowledge that summer is drawing to a close. But fear not! There is a lot going on to console Antwerp residents, and weekend visitors too…

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This is a BIG weekend for fashion in Antwerp, with events and shopping opportunities over the whole weekend. Check out antwerpfashionfestival.com for the full program. The website is in English. The weekend kicks off with a fashion show, costing 17,50 euros but there are also events which are free, including late night shopping and the fashion village on Plein Publiek and at Convoi (fashion pop-ups on the Rijnkaai).

(image courtesy of Antwerp Fashion Festival).

PIANO2Classical music fans will also be treated  for free this weekend. Klassiek in de Stad will be taking place on Sint Jansplein, with a programme that includes performances from Flanders Opera, Flanders Ballet and de Filharmonie.

The city marks the 1944 Liberation of Antwerp this weekend with a programme of commemoration starting with a dance (see Friday, below)

And if you are starting your weekend tonight (Thursday) check http://www.antwerpart.be/ for information about the Nocturnes (Thursday night openings every six weeks in galleries in the Zuid area of Antwerp).

Friday

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It’s Back to School for Belgian schools next week, so the kids will have to have their textbooks covered. If, like me, you have kids in a Belgian school but you are completely hopeless at ‘kaften’ then help (and free paper) is at hand from Het Paleis. Take all your textbooks along to the theatre foyer and cover them there from 3pm

After a summer break, BATS VZW will be holding their  Open Evenings again on the first Friday of each month, starting this weekend. Go along to the Little Theatre on Paardemarkt to meet the company and to learn how you can get involved in English speaking theatre in Antwerp.

Flying Pig are on Dageraadplaats (food, drinks, music) from 5pm.

Stad Antwerpen are holding a Liberation Ball on Groenplaats. It’s an old school style dance to commemorate the liberation of Antwerp in September 1944.

Saturday

Farmers’ Market MARTA will be at the Kattendijdok from 9-5, selling fresh food products from local producers.

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Bar Cour

There’s free live music on the Sint-Andriesplaats from 2pm with their event Bar Costa XL, continuing until 10pm, following which there will be an afterparty at Kavka  for a fiver.

Also at Kavka, Bar Cour is packing up for this year with a closing party starting at 2pm. As well as promising cheap drinks and music, Bar Cour will be selling off the contents of its pretty, well-tended garden (even down to the astro-turf).

Skaters should head to Antwerp Central Station for Antwerp City Drops from 10am.

Sunday

The Open Air Theatre, Rivierenhof is also finishing up with a free party at 4pm. Soprano Griet De Geyter will accompany Il Gardolino orchestra.

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Bocadero Summer Bar

Bocadero summer bar is also officially closing from midday.

It’s also the last day for Smokey Jo’s.

And it being the first Sunday of the month, its Sunday Shopping around the centre of town -perfect if you have been inspired by the Fashion Festival.

The weather is likely to stay warm (23- 24 degrees; a little cooler on Saturday) but it will be cloudy some of the time. There’s a likelihood of showers on Sunday, around late morning/ lunch time.

And a special mention to the BATS choir who will be singing at the Tank Ceremony (at the Cromwell Tank at 9.30am on the Jan Van Rijswijcklaan, near the Expo) as the liberation weekend concludes, in commemoration of the Liberation of Antwerp and organised by The Royal British Legion.

Miscellaneous

Here is the GOOGLE MAP with the locations from this post, so you can find your way…

 

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You can still sign up for Story Time in English which will start September 14 and will take place every Wednesday from 1:00- 2:30pm, for children aged aged 4-11. Each week will have a different theme/story, and there will also be activities, music and snacks based around that theme. The cost is 5 euro and the max number of kids is 25. Contact Kay via the Facebook page to register your child in advance. Location: Centraal Cafe, Sint-Pietersvliet 11, Antwerp 2000 (Image courtesy of Central Collective).

Cyprus- Belgium world cup qualifier showing on the big screen at Cargo Summer Bar (yes, that one is still open) on Thursday next -kick-off at 20.45pm

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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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This weekend: April 8th, 9th & 10th

Friday

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Café Ami

This weekend, why not check out Café Ami? It’s on the Katelijnevest, just off Meir, and is a friendly, unpretentious bar where there is often free music. This Friday it’s live blues & folk from Johan Corthals, at 8pm. More folk at Ami at the same time on Saturday night too.

 

Saturday

Recycle your clothes at the indoor Revive Market. Note: Plein Publiek is still closed; this event will take place at Nassaustraat 38, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium -that’s the Monique Stam store on Eilandje.

From 1.30 -5.30 there are sporting activities aimed at young people on Groenplaats. Jespo VZW  offers kids and young people the chance to try out various sports and activities.

The Grand Bazar still have the kids’ farm -finishing up this weekend, though. I was there last weekend and while it is nice for children to see animals, I have to say I don’t think it was a very animal-friendly initiative, and personally, I agree with many of the points raised in this open letter to Grand Bazar Shopping Centre regarding the welfare of the animals.

Sunday

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This weekend’s best fleamarket option is Goegekregen in Park Loods on Park Spoor Noord. It’s a good venue to have it in (airy, lots of space) and when last there I thought that there was a great mix of goods, with something for every pocket (clothes for mere eurocents, or more costly retro chic for your home) and is free entry. There is also one at Kinepolis starting at 10 -that’s 2.50 to get in though.

 

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Stadspark

 

Klein Antwerpen are organising an egg hunt in Stadspark. Come to the King Albert Statue (that’s the big one on the Rubenslei – Van Eycklei corner) at 11am.

 

 

mmewollAfter an Easter break, Madam Woll is open again for her regular knitting and crochet café from 10am -12, costing 8 euros. Mail info@madamwoll.be to register.

 

 

 

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Kloosterstraat

Markt van Morgen is back and on Kloosterstraat this Sunday from 12-6. Markt van Morgen spotlights local creative talent (jewellers, artists, designers) as well as being a social and friendly place to hang out.

 

 

 

… Or how about a Tea Dance (free entry) down by the river from 6pm?

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Summer season activities/ miscellaneous

A sweet-toothed friend of mine reminded me of the Pancake Boat here in Antwerp, which is deeply popular with all three of my kids. This has just started up again for the holiday season. It’s fun to do with kids and is a great activity if you have visitors with children.

Don’t forget that the summer bars will begin opening up from this point on. Cargo is already open. Bar Paniek will open later this month. Others will open when Zomer van Antwerpen begins. But maybe I am getting a bit ahead of myself here … I am very much looking forward to summer already.

Did you know that if you live in Antwerp, you could get a free climbing plant? The idea is to offer these to home-owning neighbours who would like to grow them from one side of their street (up the wall and above the street) to the other. If you and your neighbour are interested apply here. You will receive information, and assistance in choosing the right sort of plant if you don’t know that much about gardening.

And a reminder that from this year the cathedral is free to enter if you live in Antwerp.

The weather is predicted to be mainly dry, with the possibility of some light rain/ drizzle on Saturday.

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Easter weekend: 25th- 28th March

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Please note, this is the information I have about weekend events at the moment. If any are cancelled or rescheduled due to the recent raising of the security threat level, I will update the post as soon as I can and will Tweet additional info. Please comment here, or mention @nessascityblog in your own Tweet if you get information yourself, so that I can RT you, and edit this post. Thank you.

Tonight (Thursday) there will be a requiem mass at MAS and a chance to sign a book of condolence from 7.30pm

Silent Vigil is planned for Friday, at 6pm on Grote Markt.

In Borgerhout on Vincotteplein there will be one at 5pm.

Brussels Airport remains closed at least for today and tomorrow. For train information about the Brussels area you can check here.

Here are the weekend’s events, as usual, which as far as I presently know, are still on course to take place over the Easter weekend.

Good Friday

Assemble on Theaterplein with your bike at 6pm for the Easter edition of Critical Mass. After which you could cycle on to Park Spoor Noord where the Cargo Summer Bar is opening for 2016 from 7pm, with music, drinks and food. Unfortunately, the big-screen showing of the football match which was due to take place at Cargo have been cancelled in the light of the attacks in Brussels, as Belgium will not be playing against Portugal on Tuesday.

There’s a new bar and bookshop opening on Grote Markt. Come and check out Kobalt from 7pm.

Easter Saturday

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Head to the Spoor Oost Opening Party which kicks off at 11am and promises food, drinks, kids entertainment, playground, sport, fleamarket, BBQ and graffiti art space. Park Spoor Oost is going to serve as an huge public space and events venue for the Borgerhout/ Schijnpoort area of the city. Festivities will go on all day, and on into the night with an after-party starting at 9pm in Bahnhof (event venue/ bar).

For a traditional Antwerp experience, take part in the Semini Celebrations starting at 10am on Grote Markt, with traditional music and dance.
Who is is Semini? From Wikipedia: “At the entrance to Het Steen is a bas-relief of Semini, above the archway, around 2nd century. Semini is the Scandinavian God of youth and fertility (with symbolic phallus). A historical plaque near Het Steen explains that women of the town appealed to Semini when they desired children; the god was reviled by later religious clergy. Inhabitants of Antwerp previously referred to themselves as “children of Semini”. An organization concerned with the historic preservation of Het Steen and Semini, Antwerp Komitee Semini in Ere (AKSIE), formed in 1986, holds annual celebrations at Het Steen as cultural events.” 

By “reviled by later religious clergy”  what is actually meant is that the Jesuits chopped his phallus off. Prior to that, fragments of it had been supposedly chipped away by the women of Antwerp who believed they would help them conceive. Unlucky, Semini. He is a well known figure here and the people of Antwerp once referred to themselves as “Semini’s Children”.

Nonetheless, it’s still a special day to get married, if you are an Antwerp couple, and after the celebrations on Grote Markt, the procession will make its way to Sint Andriesplaats (coStA) arriving at around 1pm, for free musical performances and folk singers.

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Sint Andriesplaats

Not far away at the St Anna Tunnel -AKA Voetgangers (pedestrians) Tunnel- there will be a free urban dance event, The Antwerp Battle taking place just in front of the tunnel entrance, where there is a basketball court (St Jansplein). There’s a vintage/ antique market here each Sunday, but also one today.. If you have never been in the tunnel, it is really worth seeing. You can cross to Linkeroever, under the Schelde, by foot or by bike. The Antwerp Battle is one a a number of different dance events happening as part of Dans Promenade ,all of which are free.

Near Astridplein there is a free art market at the Afrikaans Cultureel Centrum, from midday.

Easter Day

If you are feeling sporty or need to run off an excess of chocolate, then head for Rivierenhof at 11am (meet at the lake in the centre of the estate) where you can join runners training for the Antwerp 10 miles & Marathon taking place this year on the 17th April.

It’s the last chance to see Le Bruit des Choses exhibition Middelheim Museum. Middelheim is free.

Easter Monday

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Note that most shops in Antwerp will be closed on Easter Monday.

I suggest eating some chocolate.

 

 

 

 

Tip for Wednesday: On the last Wednesday of the month, the permanent collections of the following museums are FREE. It’s worth noting that this Wednesday (30th) is a school holiday and taking the kids at this time will save you quite a bit. It’s useful to know that The Red Star Line museum is often particularly busy though, so have a Plan B if that is is full of visitors taking advantage of the free entrance.

 

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Museum Mayer van den Bergh

MAS

The Rubens House

Rockoxhuis Museum

Museum Mayer van den Bergh

Museum Vleeshuis

House of Literature

Plantin Moretus Museum

The Red Star Line Museum

 

 

 

Temperatures for the Easter weekend look fairly fresh and mild, but there is a distinct chance of rain on both Good Friday and Easter Day. Saturday and Monday are likely to be dry.

The attacks in Brussels at the start of this week cast a shadow over Easter for everyone living in Belgium. Perhaps you have changed your travel plans as a result. I know we are all thinking of those who lost their lives and were injured in the explosions. Let’s stay calm and not lead lives driven by fear. Wishing you a peaceful and happy Easter. X

 

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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: 22nd, 23rd, 24th January 2016

Friday 22nd

If you fancy starting your weekend with cocktails, head to the Zeppelin Bar on Damplein for a cocktail evening starting at 9pm.

If you are in the Borgerhout area, have a look at the schedule for Borger#8 -an annual collection of art events in galleries around Berchem, Zurenborg and Borgerhout, starting at 6pm. The best way to get from gallery to gallery is by bike. If you don’t have one, you might want to think about getting a pass or year card for an Antwerp Velo.

Saturday 23rd

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publicity shot: De Conninckplein Winterfeest

 

 

 

During the afternoon between 1 and 5pm there is a free “Winterfeest” on de Coninckplein

 

 

 

 

 

 

For your evening entertainment: free cinema at Het Roze Huis  on Draakplaats in Berchem. You can see  Mary Marie (no entrance cost) starting at 8pm.

BATS panto (Little Red Riding Hood) opens at Arenberg Theatre. You might be able to get tickets on the door, but why not order online, to be sure? Word is, that Sunday is very nearly SOLD OUT.

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Publicity poster from BATS Antwerp

If you want to be outdoors, have kids to entertain and the weather is not too cold, you might be interested to know that the children’s farm at the Rivierenhof Estate in Deurne is open again after a short winter closure.

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Rivierenhof, Deurne

Music lovers may want to head to Wally’s Groove World which is holding a new stock sale of “’80s funk, soul, disco, Hip Hop, 90’s house, rave, acid, Retro,techno, tech-house” and promises prices starting at just 1 and 2 euros.

If you are thinking of your holidays then head over to Expo for Vakantiesalon Vlaanderen which will help you decide where to go, and continues over the whole weekend.

For children who like to move and dance you might want to take them to Little Brewers Winter Garden for Dansen Met Lotte at 2pm (all kids) and for children aged 6+ from 4.30pm. LBWG is a large, airy, pop-up bar, which is going to be open until the end of February. It’s a really nice space, with some great beers (although personally I recommend avoiding the Gin Fizz which I had a couple of weeks ago, and is made with beer and raw egg white, and most definitely an acquired taste…) Other than that, a really nice hang- out for chilled weekend afternoons, with or without kids.

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Me at LBWG. Photo by Maurits Brands

 

On Saturday afternoon there is a free classical concert at Het Steen for anyone who might enjoy a bit of Brahms, Schumann or Haydn. It is free and starts at 5pm, but reserving is recommended by calling 03 202 83 80.

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Het Steen

 

And an exhibition opening in the evening at the Artelli Gallery, of works on paper by Albert Pepermans from 5pm.

Sunday

Ladies only! free Burlesque Fitness trial lesson at Urban City (near Eilandje) from 4.30/ 5pm until 6pm.

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Kids’ Activity and Workshop Space at Het Steen

Back to Het Steen: for kids 6+, again there is a workshop and activities based around the theme of Time, at Het Steen. I took my 7 year old son to this last weekend and he really liked it.

 

 

The space used for the activities is above the café, and is roomy and attractive. There is no need to register or reserve -you simply walk in and out as you wish from 1pm. It is completely accessible to English speaking children, as well as Dutch speakers.

At the Permeke Library there is a play-based singing & musical activity for kids from aged 2 and a half to 6. This costs 6 euros (4 euros if you get your tickets before the day).

Finally, there is a big second hand sale/ flea market  at the Kinepolis Event Centre (Groenendaallaan 394) for a 2,50 euro entrance fee, from 10am -6pm.

The weather is predicted to reach a max of 6 degrees, with chances of showers varying from 18%- 24%. So …. Brrrrr…

 

This weekend: 24th- 25th October

Stadspark

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.