This weekend in Antwerp: 7th, 8th & 9th June

OXOtia! is a free festival taking place in and around Sterckshof Castle (Rivierenhof; you may know it from the recent de Quaeye Werelt event) over the whole weekend. It’s a weekend of arts, music, dance, performances and workshops. Some activities require registration beforehand via the contact form.

Stormkop logoAnother whole weekend option is the STORMKOP Festival: five days of kids’ activities centred around protecting the environment and living creatively in an eco-friendly way. Documentaries, science, food, workshops, cycling, eco-activism, music and even a parent-creche where kids can drop off their burdensome grown-ups, to be safely looked after while they enjoy the festival.

Friday

I’m going to give Dokmarkt another mention as it is set to be really warm on Friday afternoon and evening, and this location is a nice one for outdoor drinks (Napoleonkaai, near MAS) from 3pm -8pm, as well as for buying locally made food products to take home.

NB: Unfortunately, Flying Pig on Operaplein has been cancelled 😦

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Saturday

Antwerp’s biggest annual funfair opens at Park Spoor Oost: Sinksenfoor 2019 starts today – a traditional funfair with all the rides, colour, noise and high-carb food  you could wish for! Sinksenfoor is on daily until the 7th July.

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Sinksenfoor

Over in the Green Quarter, there will be a day of music and circus action with Circus Marcel from 2pm. This is a lovely area of Antwerp and a great place to take kids.

In Park Spoor Noord it’s the  200 Festival -celebrating 200 years of schools and learning in Antwerp, the day will be marked with talks, workshops, music, performance, activities, demonstrations and of course plenty of food and drink. Plenty going on for kids and their grown-ups. From 11am -8.30pm

Theatre fans: it’s the Flemish Impromarathon hosted by Swaajp and taking place at the Theater Het Klokhuis. It’s a 12 hour marathon, with performances in both English and Dutch (Dutch shows between 10am -4pm). Tickets here for either the full day or a half day.

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Sunday

Screen Shot 2019-06-04 at 16.03.32Gardeners and lovers of flowers in Antwerp always speak highly of the beautiful blooms at the annual Rivierenhof Rozenfeest -it’s not just a chance to see the roses but also to get gardening advice, and enjoy other activities such as performances, music, a picnic and yoga. Rozenfeest takes place from 11am- 6pm, and is free.

Circus seems to be very much in this summer: catch Sinjor Circo on Falconplein from 1pm- 6pm.

Swan Market is on Grote Markt from 11am- 6pm, with their usual brand of locally crafted jewellery, accessories, household items, stationery and foods.

Good luck to you if you’re running in the Borgerhout Reuzenloop (urban run), which occurs at the same time as the Terlopleinfeest, a free neighbourhood street party offering food, drinks, performances, facepainting and of course a bouncy castle. Both events start at 1pm; the festival continues until 8pm.

The weather will continue warm -especially Friday (up to 23 degrees)- cooling off a bit on Saturday. There may be some showers.

Miscellaneous

Cafe Capital has opened in Stadspark (on the spot where the nightclub Cafe Capital once stood, until it burned down in a fire in 2010) and this week we took the kids along for lunch. I totally recommend it, as I have often sat in the park while the kids played, wishing that there was a terrace where I could get a glass of wine or a coffee and now there is. They also serve food (I am vegetarian and really enjoyed the roasted carrot salad). Watchful parents have a good view of pretty much the whole playground from the terrace -perfect!

Monday (10th June) is a public holiday in Belgium (Whit Monday). Goegekregen will be on Theaterplein for a holiday edition of their retro/ vintage/ second hand markets

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The complete Antwerp summer programme (Zomer van Antwerpen) was released on 28th May at http://www.zva.be/ -get in early for ticketed events that you are interested in. Helpfully, there are English and French versions of the programme in downloadable pdf form.

nature-4202726_640You may remember Daniel McBrearty from his fascinating guest post on Nessascityblog all about the Plantin Moretus museum. Daniel has launched a campaign in Belgium to persuade the supermarket chain Colruyt to reduce plastic packaging and single-use plastics in their stores. Please support the campaign! You can listen to him explain its reasoning in this short film, and the links to the campaign are here (in English), here (in het Nederlands) and here (en Francais).

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It’s show time at BATS VZW! don’t forget to order your tickets for their annual show via their website -this year’s extravaganza promises to be a riot of colour and fun.

Break a leg, BATS!

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This weekend in Antwerp: 6th, 7th & 8th October

AS EVER, HERE’S YOUR TRUSTY MAP FOR THIS WEEKEND IN ANTWERP!

Friday

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Kunstwerk 5 at Plein Publiek

A rather special exhibition at Plein Publiek from 6pm: the fifth and final Kunst/Werk expo to take place at this special location will feature work in a variety of media from a group of local artists, displayed not only in the old apartments of the ‘Fierensblokken’ but also in other parts of the venue. It’s a unique location in which to view artwork (closing for refurb in January, so not so many more chances to see it in its original form) and when you are done admiring the artwork, Plein Publiek itself is a cool place to linger on for a while and have a drink or some food. Table bookings: reserveren@pleinpubliek.be / 0474 07 48 92 or online via: https://goo.gl/Dmol84 

The featured image for this post is a work by Sacha Eckes (“Untitled (Thumb)”) who will be exhibiting at Kunstwerk 5

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BATS Theatre Society hold their monthly Open Evening at the Little Theatre on Paardenmarkt 111 from 8.30pm. A good chance to find about joining in with some local English- speaking theatre, and also to get tickets for their upcoming production of Dracula -in time for Hallowe’en (I’ve already got mine!)

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Dracula -pic courtesy of BATS Antwerp VZW

Saturday

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Sint Jansplein

There’s one of the regular enormous ‘rommelmarkts’ on Sint Jansplein between 10am and 6pm. There’s also a regular market every Wednesday on Sint Jansplein, with food, clothing and household goods.

Or take a wander into Berchem for a food market –the Berchem Bazar -on Driekoningenstraat and Statiestraat. Many local shops, café and food producers are taking part, including Nellie’s Café/ House of Sweets & Things which I finally had the pleasure of visiting this week, for a delicious scone with real clotted cream and jam.

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Corner Boy

For your Saturday night entertainment, you could head to An Sibhin Irish pub on Nationalestraat for some live music at 9pm. An Sibhin will shortly be celebrating their 20th birthday (more info soon) in the meantime, warm up for the celebrations with Irish band Corner Boy

Sunday

What’s not to like about a stroll along Kloosterstraat? This Sunday with the addition of Kloosterfest! From 11am -6pm.

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Colour Collective

Or if you enjoyed Colour Collective’s concerts at Bar Paniek, you might want to make your way to Deurne for their Cava Concert & Dance at La Luna. It’s a combined chamber music concert with contemporary dance performance. Included in the ticket price (10 euros) is a glass of Cava (or orange juice).

Over at Rivierenhof, it’s the annual Ecodroom event: stall and stands offering environmentally-friendly  and local products and food, a repair café (including bike-repair atelier), a second-hand market, vegetarian and vegan snacks, and a green café for kids (as well as the usual wide green spaces and petting farm that children can enjoy). Ecodroom takes place from 1-6pm around the Kasteel Rivierenhof  and Parkweg Rivierenhof.

Temperatures around 14 -15 degrees this weekend, with the chance of some showers. Take a brolly!

Miscellaneous

It’s Fair Trade Week from the 4th- 14th October. Search the Fair Trade Week Belgium site for events in Antwerp.

If you use public transport a lot in Antwerp, you may be interested in the City Pass Antwerp from De Lijn.

Next week’s post will be a brief round-up as I am away in London. For London pics, follow the #nessascitybloglondon hashtag on Instagram.

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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.

 

This weekend: 6th, 7th & 8th November 2015 (also 11-11-15)

I am away for the weekend in Berlin, which is why I am publishing early this week. However,  I have found the following events and activities for you. Enjoy!

Don’t forget the Book Expo is still on (until 11th November).

And this work by Anselm Kiefer recently arrived in Antwerp and can be seen for free, until early next year.

Friday 6th November

How about an evening of music and wine at Vino Teka wine bar with the Down to Earth Diva?

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Nicola Mills AKA The Down-to-Earth Diva (pic courtesy of Nicola Mills)

For kids, coming to the end of their autumn holiday, The wonderful Red Star Line Museum is holding an evening event which begins at 18h and costs 5 euros. The children complete the tour as émigrés, and will be taken on their journey by the captain of the Red Star Line.

Also on Friday:

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English speaking theatre group BATS are holding an opening evening. This may interest you if you would like to know more about getting involved, or about upcoming productions. Additionally, there will be Indian music to enjoy. I can guarantee that you will be warmly welcomed at their theatre on Paardemarkt (Belfry Little Theatre, Paardenmarkt 111, 2000 Antwerpen, Ticket 12 euros on the door; 8 euros for students)

Saturday

This week’s fleamarket will be on St Jans Plein. Hopefully the weather will be as sunny as dry as last weekend!

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Autumn on the Sint Jansplein

Sunday

On both Saturday and Sunday (and on Wednesday 11th), Antwerp’s Ecohuis will be holding open days with tours and information about environmentally friendly living. The Ecohuis is a good place to visit with kids, and it also has a nice café on the ground floor.

On both Saturday and Sunday, amateur photography club, fotoklub72 will be holding their annual and free exhibition of their work.

For foodies and kids, there is an Oriental buffet & kids’ corner at Umami. It’s not cheap at 35 euros per adult (15 per child) but it does include activities for the children, such as face-painting and learning to make sushi.

Next week

Don’t forget that Wednesday 11th of November is a public holiday (“Wapenstilstand”) and there will be a large  Flea market on Theaterplein, and an afternoon/ evening SKRÄP market at Antwerp Cruise Terminal, including food, drinks and musical performances, from 1pm -10pm.