This weekend in Antwerp: 31st May, 1st & 2nd June

macaroons-1957310_640There’s a few two-three day events this weekend, and if you are a food and drink lover (that’s a polite way of saying GLUTTON)  it’s going to be a great (if expensive) weekend for you, as with a little planning you could eat and drink your way along the Schelde from Friday to Sunday (even from Thursday if you are already peckish).

Down on the Plantinkaai it’s Fiesta Europa – this is a fun mix of  on-the-spot eating, drink ing and socialising, and a market with plenty of stands selling food products to take home: European products are central, so plenty in the way of great cheeses, meats, olives, honeys and tapenades. Food and drink stands a-plenty throughout means it’s a fun hang-out if the weather is good, especially since the event is always kid-friendly (yes, there is the obligatory bouncy castle!). Thanks to reader, Arwin, for reminding me about this event!

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HAP Festival is another food festival, this one is more focussed on food trucks and hip street food. It’s on Steenplein and although can be pricey. It’s not kid-unfriendly, but Fiesta Europa is better if you have small people to consider.

Antwerp Wine Festival is also on Steenplein; this is more for the grown-ups for obvious reasons, and wines from 12 different countries form the centre of this event.

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And last, but by no means least, one of my absolutely favourite events of the year De Quaeye Werelt! In which the Rivierenhof is transformed into a bustling medieval community of  traders, knights, noblemen and ladies, and artisans of every type. Re-enactors hold a noisy battle. It’s the historical element which makes this event so special

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re-enactors at De Quaeye Werelt

(it’s 1477) as well as the good natured, enthusiastic and friendly atmosphere created by everyone who takes part. There’s loads of cheap, hearty food and affordable drinks -if the weather is nice bring a picnic blanket and settle in for the day. The kids will love the battle, the puppet show and the costumes (but the littlest ones might want ear-defenders if they are near the battle, which is very loud indeed).

Friday

If you’re worried about what all this will do to your waistline, why not join Critical Mass for their monthly bike ride through the streets of Antwerp? Assemble at 6pm at Theaterplein, with your bike as usual. I expect Critical Mass will still be riding high on the buzz created by last weekend’s fantastic Critical Mass Belgium ride, and party at Park Spoor Noord, which is captured in this footage made by Critical Mass riders from Brussels who looked as though they enjoyed themselves here in Antwerp!

 

Aper’eau will be on Antwerp’s newest outdoor party place: Operaplein from 5pm to start the weekend with their usual blend of outdoor drinking, summer cocktails and DJs.

Saturday

For a more local food experience, farmers’ market Kraakvers are in Borgerhout on the Vincottestraat from 10am-3pm.

Sunday

vegansstuffAnother healthy food option could be Vegan Vibes Picnic at Park Spoor Noord from 11am- 7pm. Food trucks and stands selling vegan only options – see the link for the exact location (it is near – but not right at – Bar Noord).

If you cannot eat another thing, maybe a browse round this vinyl market would suit you. It’s at Giraffenplein (behind of the zoo) and hosted by Vitesse Coffee & Cycling.

Finally a reminder that it’s Sunday Shopping in Antwerp, and the regular shops will be open too, in the main shopping areas of the city, like Meir, Nationalestraat Kammenstraat and Kloosterstraat.

A warm and dry (though sometimes cloudy) weekend is predicted, with possible top temps as high as 27 degrees (Sunday).

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

Runners: you can now register for the Reuzenloop in Borgerhout (choose from runs of 4, 8 or 12 km; there is also a free kids’ run). This takes place on the 9th June: click on ‘schrijf hier in!’ to sign up.

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

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Hello! What a crappy week it has been, but if you are catching this post on Thursday, then you still have time to catch a holiday rommelmarkt on Theaterplein, courtesy of Goegekregen, from 9am -6pm as the 1st November is a public holiday. Good.

I always think there is a bit of a lull in events and activities at this time of year, between summer and winter, but here are a few things coming up this weekend.

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There’s the annual huge Antwerp Book Expo on at the moment and until 11th November. For non-Dutch speakers there are a few stands exhibiting books in English.

Friday

For something a little different why not start your weekend at Bar Venetie on Turnhoutsebaan at a Dia de los muertos party starting at 8pm, 5 euros in. Playing music from recently departed greats. Also New Orleans funeral music.

Saturday

Down at Costa Sint Andries it’s the Opening of Lokaal 25 a community pop-up on Sint-Andriesplaats. Discover what’s on offer in terms of events, readings and workshops between 10am and 2pm -music and snacks on offer too.

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Meanwhile in the same area it’s local Farmers’ Market Kraakvers on the square from 9am -2pm.

On the other side of town (but not too far away) it’s the “mega groote rommelmarkt” on Sint-Jansplein from 10am -6pm

Sunday

It’s the first Sunday of the month, so shops will be open on Meir and other shopping areas in town (Kloosterstraat, Nationalestraat) for Sunday shopping.

Swan Market (food, gifts, design, stationery, jewellery, accessories) will be at Meatpack on Samberstraat from 11-5pm

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I am pleased to share this interview I did for The Bulletin about life in Antwerp.

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Rain is predicted up to and including Friday, but thereafter it could be dry and reasonably mild (13- 14 degrees).

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This weekend in Antwerp: 5th, 6th & 7th October

All weekend

There are a number of events which are on over the course of the weekend; both on Saturday and Sunday. In fact, whatever you like to do, there’s something for everyone on this weekend….

modestebeerfestFor beer lovers: The Modeste Beer Festival 2018 is free and takes place for the 8th time over at the de Koninck brewery on Saturday and Sunday, from 11am -7pm. Over 25 small brewers will be present at the festival, offering tastings for a euro each (+ 3 euros for glass hire)
For fashion lovers: Antwerp Fashion Weekend is always fun. Check the program
for fashion related events, shows and promos in various stores around the city. Key areas to check out include: Meir, Grand Bazar, Kammenstraat, Nationalestraat & Kloosterstraat.

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For foodies: Smaakmeesters 2018 The old town, Eilandje and the Zuid are the key areas for this festival of food, which has an extensive program (see the Smaakmeesters link) of markets, activities, food orientated guided walks and exhibitions

For shoppers: Weekend van de Klant means lots of promos and offers in participating stores (this coincides with Antwerp Fashion Weekend)

For party people: The re-opening of Plein Publiek (new location). This restaurant/ bar/ night venue was previously in the Sint Andries area, in the centre of the ‘Fierensblokken’ and hosted a variety of events. It’s relocating to D’Herbouvillekaai 19 (just south of the Kaaien) and the opening festivities will take place over Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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Friday

Head to the Brederodefeesten for this weekend’s Saturday street party

Saturday

Sint Andries Harvest Festival is a new event on Sint Andriesplaats -a relaxed, community-focused square near the Kloosterstraat and Nationalestraat. From 1pm there will be music, drink, snack food and a bouncy castle for kids.

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Swan Market on Grote Markt

Sunday

Swan Market is on Grote Markt from 11- 6pm today, with its usual offering of stalls selling products such as jewellery, stationery, accessories, and hand-made goods. There’s also always food, drink and a kids’ area.

If that’s not enough consumerism for you, then -being the first Sunday of the month – it’s also Shopping Sunday in Antwerp (this coincides with Antwerp Fashion Weekend).
The weather looks like it will be pleasant and dry this weekend (especially on Friday and Saturday, but remaining mild for Sunday too).

For a more relaxed Sunday try Ecodroom at Riviernhof: info stands, workshops, a repair cafe, and a second hand market -all focused on the idea of a greener way of life.

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Think Pink’s “Race For The Cure” last weekend was a busy and lively event. There was a multi-generational effort from my family (my mum, myself and my son) who crossed the finish line.  Congratulations to all who ran. If you’d like to donate to this great cause click here to make a contribution.

If you would like to get involved with BATS VZW -Antwerp’s English speaking theatre group, now might be the time! BATS do a panto every year in January. This year it’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, and auditions take place soon.

I’ll be away this week in London. If you’d like to follow via Instagram, check out the hashtag #nessascityblogLondon Next week’s Antwerp post will be a brief round-up, as I won’t be here, or have much time on my hands, as I will be hoofing it round some London galleries supervising an Arts trip.

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This weekend in Antwerp: 21st, 22nd & 23rd September

All weekend

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Antwerp Port Area

Part of Antwerp is a 10 day festival which started last weekend and finishes this weekend. It is focussed on the area from Eilandje, taking in Schengenplein, Sloepenweg, Red Star Line Museum … up to the Zaha Hadidplein (at the new port of Antwerp building). Expect events which celebrate the city’s status as a major port, as well as food, music and parties in this much gentrified and historic area of the city. See the full program here. There’s lots on but personally I am especially pleased to see the reopening of the wonderful Red Star Line Museum which has been closed over summer for some improvements, and which is also celebrating its 5th birthday.

Round the Grote Markt area you can catch the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) World Cup Trials. My kids and I have been impressed by the stunts and skills on display by the sportsmen and women who compete in this event -definitely a fun watch.

If skating is more your thing, head to the Jordaenskaai for the Nokia Antwerp Skate Contest 2018 taking place on Saturday & Sunday.

 

Friday

TheaterpleinColourPopFlying Pig  will be on Theaterplein to start your weekend with their usual line-up of drinks, DJs and food.

UPDATE: Alas this event has been cancelled 😦

Saturday

Come and have a uniquely local Antwerp experience at the Reuzenstoet (“Giant Parade”) in Borgerhout. This is a very old and annual tradition, involving a procession of giant puppet-like figures. The details (and map) are here. The parade starts at 1pm and takes the following route: Gitschotelhof, Vosstraat, Gitschotellei, Bacchuslaan, Berchemlei, K. De Preterlei, Lt. Lippenslaan, Morckhovenlei, Griffier Schobbenslaan, Collegelaan, Stenenbrug, Turnhoutsebaan, Helmstraat, Groenstraat, Laar. Tournhoutsebaan would be a good place to see the parade (from around 3ish). There will be other activities in the area around the Roma Theater, and many people like to follow the giants on their journey.

And while you are in the area, you might want to pick up some fresh and local produce at Farmers’ market Kraakvers.

If you have kids to entertain, head to de Coninckplein at midday for a day of fun activities for the smalls: “ConincksKinderen” will have outdoor play, a bouncy castle, henna and other activities for them to enjoy.

 

Sunday

Music, food stands and a market on Krugerplein: It’s Bouger Bouger from 10am -6pm in this attractive, family oriented square in Borgerhout. Good for kids.  UPDATE: bad weather expected so alas this event has also been cancelled.

It’s the last chance to enjoy a drink and some live music on Flamingoplein (zoo entrance) at the zoo summer bar from 5 – 7pm.

Weather …. hmmm, it should remain mild (and possibly dry) so we can continue to pretend that it’s still summer, but there may be some showers on both Saturday and Sunday

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Antwerp Art Fair is coming to Antwerp Expo in October and I will have 5 pairs of tickets to give away to Nessascityblog readers, so watch this space for more info and a chance to win soon!

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Runners! still time to register for the 6km Race For The Cure (there’s also a 3km walk if you don’t fancy running). A lovely event, and a very important cause, organised by Think Pink: the National Breast Cancer Campaign in Belgium. I will be running again this year, having had a great experience last year  Come and support survivors, runners and supporters of this cause.

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Race For The Cure

Click here for Bats Variety show info & tickets. “Around The World” on this weekend: Friday, Saturday & Sunday night.

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Next Wednesday is the last Wednesday of the month which means free access to city museums:  Plantin Moretus,  Rockox, Museum Mayer van den Bergh, & the MAS.

 

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This weekend in Antwerp: 24th, 25th & 26th August

Thanks for checking out Nessascityblog now that weekly posts have resumed! This time I managed to find the time to make the usual GOOGLE MAP pinpointing the locations mentioned in this post, so that you can find your way around what is set to be quite a busy weekend in Antwerp. I hope you find something fun here, especially if you are recently arrived in the city.

I’ve found three events for you which are ongoing over the whole weekend. These are:

HAP Food Festival which takes place on Schengenplein in the Cadixwijk from 4pm on Friday and continues on Saturday (12 -12) and Sunday (12- 10pm). This is a food truck festival and entry is free. A good chance to check out this nice area  -just beyond Eilandje -which seems to be an up and coming place to hang out.

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HAP food stands from a previous event at Park Spoor Noord

Also over the whole weekend, it’s the Mechelseplein Feesten on (unsurprisingly) The Mechelseplein, which actually starts on Thursday at 4pm. This is a very small, friendly square surrounded by local bars which are worth checking out. It is a free kid-friendly event. Times are: Friday 4pm -12; Saturday 4pm -12; Sunday 12- 8pm. The festival offers food, drink and live performances: see the full programme here.

Bargain hunters should drop by this garage sale on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Gierstraat 9 from 1- 6pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Gierstraat is just round the corner from the Vrijdagmarkt which is a cute local square, a little off the beaten tourist track and worth stopping by..

Friday

If you are a fan of markets, you might want to head down to Eilandje to scope out this new weekly market which opens today: Dok Markt offering fruit, vegetables and flowers. It’s an afternoon market (3pm- 8pm) so even if you’re working you might be able to catch it in the evening.

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Tuinstraat on De Pretstraat

Swaajp is an energetic impro theatre group which consistently gets good reviews. Over on Tuinstraat (Natie buurt) you can see them for free as part of events on this local street . You may have noticed “Tuinstraat” (“Garden Street”) on De Pretstraat) -it is near Park Spoor Noord (off Ellermanstraat) and it is currently a car free, attractive green space hosting catering and performance events designed to bring the community together, as well as being a place where locals can sit out and socialise.

Saturday

For more fresh and local produce head to Borgerhout for Kraakvers -Antwerp’s farmers market: fruit & veg, cheese, bread, preserves, chocolate, local honey, fresh coffee and more, from 9am -2pm on Vincotteplein.

Sunday

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Cultuurmarkt flags

It’s the annual Flemish Culture Market today: many, many cultural organisations (theatre, music, dance, art, literature and more) showcase their upcoming programmes at various locations around the city, offering free performances, freebies and tons of information. The programme is extensive; you can find it here.

Have you been to the brewery  Cafe Seefhoek? It’s worth a visit. It’s somewhat tucked away and it’s where Seefbier is brewed. It also features a nice, airy bar and sunny courtyard. The food is good, fresh and reasonably priced (share some tapas with friends) and this weekend they are additionally holding a second hand market there, featuring second hand goods, vinyl and crafts from midday until 6pm.

Lambermonmartre on Leopold de Waelplaats is Antwerp’s summer open-air monthly art fair, enabling local artists and creatives to showcase and sell their work. It takes place from midday, just in front of the Museum of Fine Art (KMSKA). There is also always a food and drink stand, and a band playing at 2.30 and at 5pm to add to the atmosphere.

The weather is expected to be mainly dry, with some brief showers possible on Saturday and Sunday morning. Temperatures will cool off a bit but stay warm, with highs of around 18 degrees.

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Don’t forget that Zomer van Antwerpen is not over yet! Here’s the website.

Baroque Antwerp season continues until January 2019.

The OLT (Open Air Theatre) concert season program is here. To go for free, see events entitled “Gratis Vrijdagen” (Free Fridays)

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This weekend: 4th, 5th & 6th November

Here is the GOOGLE MAP for the venues and locations listed in this weekend’s post.

Friday

Plein Publiek celebrates its first birthday this weekend and is worth a visit if you have not seen this interesting venue. Check their Facebook event page for the details of what is taking place there this weekend.

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A-Tower, Keyserlei

And if you enjoyed Bar Gloed, Klub Goud and other events at the A-Tower (Keyserlei) over summer, you will be pleased to learn that it is reopening for the winter edition following a seasonal make-over of the bar on the 4th floor, and the addition of a new restaurant on the top floor. This will be open until January 2017.

If you are interested in being involved in English speaking theatre in Antwerp, head along to BATS for their Open Evening at their friendly ‘Little Theatre’ on Paardenmarkt.

 

 

 

Saturday

It’s the last MARTA Farmers’ Market for this year at the Kattendijkdok (9am-5pm). Last chance to get your organic, locally produced veg, cheese and meat and other local food products -stock up for autumn and Christmas.

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Papa Jos

Head to Papa Jos for the first live performance by new local Band 110 at 9pm – Timo, Alex and Daniel providing tunes which combine rock sounds with electronic loops/ dance and chill-out beats.

Sunday

This weekend’s rommelmarkten (fleamarkets) are at Waagnatie (Rijnkaai 150) from 10 or Plein Publiek from midday.

And shops are open in the city centre for Sunday shopping, with most having a later opening hour of midday.

 

Last weekend we enjoyed more  mild weather, untypical for the start of November, but this weekend it looks as though it will be colder with increased chances of showers on all three days (less so on Sunday).

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Street Art Tour

Yesterday, I finally managed to strike off another item from my Antwerp to-do list and made it to a Street Art Tour led by Tim (aka Streetartwerpenaar). You can find out more about the tours on the link and also on Tim’s Facebook page under events. I really recommend this tour: it’s a different way to see the city and a great way to get out and about. It’s suitable for almost all ages -my 7 year old also enjoyed it very much.

 

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Works by Antwerp artist, Sacha Eckes (at ICU Sling Expo)

The Antwerp Book Exhibition 2016 is on at the Expo until 11th November. This is a huge event, for which you need tickets.

The Sling UCU Art Expo continues on both days this weekend. I went along last weekend and really enjoyed seeing both the artworks and the venue, which is a former mustard factory, now converted to large attractive exhibition and work spaces, which have both an airy yet industrial feel.

Badminton players: you can now enrol for a badminton festival run by Sporting A on the 3rd and 4th December. It costs just three euros per half day, and you can register here -you don;t need to be a top player: there are also tournaments for beginners.

For your calendar: 11th November is a public holiday (Wapenstilstand/ Armistice).

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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.

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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: 5th, 6th & 7th August

aqafThe Antwerp Queer Arts Festival is on all weekend and beyond. Buy tickets online to get into events for less and keep track of the different events and activities on The AQAF Facebook page. (pic from AQAF)

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Also over the whole weekend is the Linkerwoofer festival. It’s 10 euros per person (kids less than a metre tall go free). Alongside the music, there is plenty of kids’ entertainment, as well as a market) and begins on Friday night at 6pm. Take the Sint Anna tunnel under the river and you are there. Great views of the Antwerp skyline from the other side of the water! (pic from Linkerwoofer)

 

Friday

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A Flying Pig event from earlier this year (Steenplein)

Flying Pig (music, food trucks, drinks) is on Sint Andriesplaats this Friday evening from 5pm.

There’s a choice of free (world) music on Dageraadplaats and kids’ entertainment at 7.30 as part of Muziek in de Wijk or at Rivierenhof Openlucht Theater at 8.30. Folk music fans should head to Bar Ami for their usual Friday night fayre at 8.30.
pokemon-1536849_640And for those swept up in the Pokemon Go craze … head to Antwerp Zoo at 7pm for a Zoo Pokehunt until 8.30. It’s free, but participants are encouraged to donate 3 euros (image from Pixabay).

Saturday

The Antwerp Queer Arts Festival opens today and continues until the 14th August. The free opening event takes place at Gallerie Verbeeck-VanDyck (near MAS/ Eilandje) and coincides with Museum Night (see below)

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Loads of Antwerp museums will be open until 1am for Museum Night on Saturday night. 10 euros will get you into them all – a mere 8 euros if you reserve beforehand. It’s only 5 euros if you are under 26, and free if you are under 12.

During the day, from 10am there’s a second hand market on St Jansplein.

MARTA the farmers’ market, is at Born In Antwerp on the Kattendijkdok from 9am

 

 

 

 

Sunday

Today’s second hand/ fleamarket is in Park Spoor Noord, from 9am -6pm, courtesy of Goegekregen.

From 4pm -7pm at Rivierenhof, it’s Yoyogi -an open performance opportunity for anyone who would like to come along and demonstrate their music, dance or performance skills, or to watch others. It’s free and there are also various workshops (e.g. kungfu, acro-yoga, ropeskipping, tai chi).

Antwerpen Zingt! is a fun event at 6.30 at the Gedempte Zuiderdokken/ Vlaamse Kaai. It’s basically a great big sing-a-long. It’s free and you will be provided with a song sheet -there is usually a mix of well-known popular songs and some Flemish ones. The singing is lead from a large stage, and there are some additional performances.

It’s the first Sunday of the month, so it’s Sunday shopping!

Weather

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After a disappointingly drizzly week, this weekend looks set to be largely dry (some possibility of showers on Saturday) and cloudy, with warmest temperatures (24- 26 degrees) on Sunday, which could also be sunny…. Fingers crossed!

 

Miscellaneous

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To find your way to all and any of the locations mentioned in this post see the Nessascityblog Google map. (Image from Pixabay)

 

For full details of ZvA events check the Zomer van Antwerpen website.

Kids

Bibfabriek at Permeke Library is keeping kids entertained for free on every Wednesday afternoon throughout August (from 2- 4pm).

Cargo Summer Bar is also providing kids entertainment on Wednesdays at 2 (games, face-painting, workshops, dance.) Keep an eye on their Facebook page in case activities are cancelled or rescheduled due to weather.

Speel-O-Rama is on daily (Mon- Fri) at Zuiderpershuis for kids aged7-13, from 10am- 4.30pm for 2 euros per child. For the week 08/08 -12/08 the theme is Street Theater. There are other ongoing activities and workshops too.

Kids will enjoy being taken to the summer edition of Sportopia in Park Loods (Park Spoor Noord) which returns on July 20th. The winter version of this was good -my kids enjoyed it on more than one occasion, although it can get busy. It costs 6 euros per session, but is less than that if you have an A-Kaart and free to under 4s, or those with 10 points on their A-Kaart. Open 10- 6pm Wednesdays- Sundays.

Get Involved In An Interesting Art Project… 

If you would like to try something creative this summer, and think that starting small would be the best way to begin, this project, which is the brainchild of Antwerp-based artist Leo Reijnders is perfect for you:

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Image by Leo Reijnders

 

To mark its 10th birthday, CLOUDKNITTERS is organising a MAIL ART PROJECT “Let Sky 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.

See the Toren here.

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!

Further links:
http://www.thecloudknitters.be

Kunstproject “The Cloudknitter At Vauban’s House”

https://thecloudknitteratvaubanshouse.wordpress.com

 

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This weekend: 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th May

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Thursday is Ascension Day  (‘Hemelvaartsdag’ in Dutch) with Belgian schools also taking Friday off to make a long weekend. There is going to be a big fleamarket on Theaterplein, one from Skrap on the Gedempte Zuiderdokken (10am -10pm) and a fabric market on Groenplaats.

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Looking up from Bar Gloed terrace

 

 

Also worth knowing is that another summer bar –Bar Gloed -has just opened. The kitchen is open from 9am -9pm daily. It’s on the 4th floor of The Antwerp Tower.

 

(A night club -Klub Goud- will be opening on the 21st floor soon …)

 

 

 

 

There are a couple of events which take place over all four days:

Antwerpen Proeft is a food and drink festival at Waagnatie which is near Eilandje. You can get tickets per day, or for all four days. It takes place inside the events venue, but also outside at Bocadero, – a summer bar at this location, which opens officially next weekend on the 13th.

Another four day event is the Zeezichtfeesten on Dageraadplaats, with performances and activities for all ages.

Friday

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BATS have their regular opening evening on the first Friday of every month from 8.30pm. Go and join them at their theatre bar if you would like to find out more about being involved in English speaking theatre productions in Antwerp.

 

Grand Bazar is open for Mother’s Day treats and offers from 13.30 -5.30pm (also on Saturday)

 

Saturday

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International Family Equality Day is celebrated in Park Spoor Noord today, at an event hosted by Het Roze Huis whose purpose is to bring together and celebrate LGBT families. Check the program and register via this link.  Bring a picnic!

 

 

 

 

 

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image courtesy of Handgemaakt

 

Another edition of Handgemaakt (handmade) market in Kavka (on the Oudaan, opposite the big police station building) from 1pm -6pm. Free entry. I got some very pretty little pieces of jewellery here as Christmas gifts at the end of last year. Get a last minute Mother’s Day gift with a difference (see Sunday).

There’s a record fair at the bar Bato Batu on Lange Nieuwstraat, 12 -6pm, and MARTA (farmers’ market) takes place on Kattendijkdok between 9 and 4. MARTA is going to be a regular fixture on the first Saturday of each month.

 

Sunday

Sunday is Mother’s Day in Belgium  and in various countries around the world (not to be confused with the specifically Antwerp Mother’s Day on August 15th each year. Because we like to be different).

Bouger bouger is a nice neighbourhood event in Borgerhout on the Krugerplein food drink, DJs, a fleamarket and lots of space to play for kids.

 

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works on the Frankrijklei, showing the old city wall.

 

Did you know that the roadworks on the Leien have unearthed a section of the Antwerp city wall built by the Spanish in the 16th?

On Sunday between 11 and 5pm you can go and see it (on the corner where Maria-Theresialei meets Frankrijklei).

 

 

 

 

There’s a Markt van Morgen from midday on Kloosterstraat -a market for local designers and creatives selling art, jewellery and accessories. There will also be food and DJs. Should you perchance have neglected to buy mum a gift, this would be a good place to put that right.

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SKETCH is back, in Plein Publiek -its mission is to engage everyone in drawing and it provides the materials for you to join in, and local artists to inspire you. Even if you don’t want to draw you can come and watch the artists sketch and have a drink.

It’s the final chance to be involved in the Coming World Remember Me project at CWRM @ Het Steen where you can make a sculpture out of clay to honour one of the Belgian fallen of World War One. These sculptures will form an installation in Ypres which will be opened in 2018. Each one will incorporate a dog tag with the name of a soldier. You will be provided with the dog tag.

 

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The weather is promising to be great -no, really, it is! No showers forecast this weekend, and a possible max of 25 degrees on Saturday, so get out and enjoy all the outside events without packing a bunch of raincoats and umbrellas. It might even be time to break out the sunscreen – especially for kids. Have a sunny weekend! (image from Pixabay)

 

 

AND ….. Nessascityblog is now on Instagram.

 

 

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