This weekend: May 27th, 28th & 29th

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

Friday

From 5 at Theaterplein it’s Aper’eau promising summery food, drinks and music.

It being the last Friday of the month, Critical Mass bike ride takes place as usual -assemble with your bike -also at Theaterplein (6pm)

Saturday

A special mention to my Grade 12 IB students who are graduating from Antwerp International School. I am missing you already!

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Publicity image from BATS

Also a special mention for BATS whose 50s themed variety show opens tonight at their Little Theater on Paardenmarkt -with performances also on Sunday and Monday.

At 2pm at Kleine Hedonist there is a presentation and concert for this underground record release.

Saturday sees the arrival of a new market in Antwerp: an  Evening Market on the Vlaamsekaai (near the playground), starting at 3pm and continuing until 9pm, promising 100+ stands offering food, jewelry, leather goods & snacks.

On the same day, at the same location, is a second hand children’s toy market.

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Kelly’s on Keyserlei

 

At 4pm, footie fans might want to catch the Belgium -Switzerland friendly. This will be showing on the big screens at An Sibhin and Plein Publiek. It will also be showing at Kelly’s on Keyserlei and at  The Irish Times, who will additionally be screening Real Madrid v Athletico Madrid later on (as will An Sibhin, offering pitchers of Stella or Jupiler for just 8€ during the game). When UEFA 2016 starts in June, Cargo Summer Bar will be showing all games on the big screen there. Take your pick.

 

 

 

 

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Antwerp Stadspark

 

In the Stadspark, Klein Antwerpen will be holding walks, storytelling and a chance to try some Taiko (Japanese drumming) from midday -bring your picnic! I couldn’t see exactly where in the park they will be starting, but they usually meet at the large statue on the corner at Belgielei/ Van Eycklei.

 

 

Sunday

Den Hopsack is a small, friendly and diverse music bar in the old town -just a little off the beaten track (off Sint Jansvliet). On Sunday they are having a jam of traditional Irish music starting at 3pm. This is a monthly session, and is free.

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SKETCH at Lambermontmatre

Lambermontmartre opens this weekend! This is a really nice monthly art market which takes place on the last Sunday of each month throughout summer, enabling local artists to sell their work, but also offering great snacks, a small bar and music. As well as checking out the art work on sale, you can take part by creating some art of your own, courtesy of SKETCH, and there is a space for children to paint too. You can find Lambermontmarte in the square directly in front of the Fine Art Museum from midday. Music from gypsy swing band Croque Manouche.

It’s also the last chance to catch this exhibition on the Mechelsesteenweg.

clouds-1293230_640Temperatures are going to be good this weekend (21 +) but with a chance of showers (some stormy) throughout the weekend. Enjoy the warm weather, but bring a brolly, just in case! (image: Pixabay)

 

Miscellaneous

I’m trying out a Google map facility this weekend: Click here to see all the locations mentioned in this post (plus central station to help you orientate yourself!) If you want directions from a specific starting point, click on the red pin of the location you want to find. Let me know what you think of this function and whether it is working properly for you.

Photos from last weekend (Swan Market and Antwerp Art Weekend) can be found on the Nessascityblog Instagram page. Look out for pictures of this weekend’s events, as they are posted.

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This Weekend: 20th, 21st & 22nd May

 

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Antwerp Art Weekend takes place over all three days. This features special exhibits in numerous galleries, some of which are very well-known in Antwerp, such as MAS and The Red Star line, but crucially, this provides the opportunity to check out the smaller galleries around the city. If you are not sure where to start, check out the routes and tours page of the website, or simply look at what’s on offer and devise your own route. The best way to enjoy Antwerp Art weekend and to get from one gallery to another is by bike. More info (also featured here) on the hyperlink and on Facebook.

 

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Sacha Eckes: Imposter at Life Is Art Gallery

 

Friday

Plein Publiek and Bar Gloed both offering a cool after-work vibe to start the weekend.

Or begin your arty weekend with a Nocturne at Life Is Art Gallery and the Imposter exhibition by Sacha Eckes, from 1pm -10pm.

Art weekend info
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12:00 – 18:00 hrs * All exhibitions are open *
18:00 – 22:00 hrs * All galleries and art spaces are open for a city-wide Antwerp Art Weekend Night
22:00 – 24:00 hrs * Inauguration permanent neon installation by Pascal Petrus on De Studio’s facade + after drink

 

 

Saturday

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BoRgERriO (image courtesy of District Borgerhout)

Did you know that Antwerp has an annual carnival? It’s called Borgerrio and takes place this Saturday. A lot of the activities and stall will be on the Turnhoutsebaan, but you can check the full programme here. It all kicks off at 2.30 with the Carnival Parade.

Not far away, there’s another party going on in the form of the Damse Feesten, just beyond Park Spoor Noord. This one seems to have a Mexican feel, with music and events occurring around the Twee Netenstraat from midday, and also on the Lange Lobroekstraat.

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There will be a big open-air second-hand market on Sint Jansplein from 8.30am -4pm.

 

If you are in need of some nail glamour, head to the Lak Store between 12 and 6 to get your nails painted for free.

Art weekend info: 
12:00 – 18:00 hrs * All exhibitions are open *
14:30 – 23:00 hrs * Opening Peter Rogiers @ Middelheim
21:00 – 06:00 hrs * Nacht van de Beeldende Kunst @ DE Studio

 

Sunday

Swan Market  is back in Antwerp -this time on the Grote Markt between 12 and 6pm.

 

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Logo from Madam Woll

Knitters – get away from it all at a sock knitting workshop with Madam Woll for 8 euros (excl drink & materials).

Register by mailing info@madamwoll.be

 

 

 

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Image: Pixabay

And for something else a bit different, you could cross the river to Linkeroever for this Kite Flying Event between 1pm and 6pm. As well as kite-related events and activities, there will be music, market stalls and other children’s activities.

 

Or go for a run through Middelheim Museum (open air sculpture park). This is a beautiful park and sculpture museum that is well worth knowing about for summer days outside.

 

 

Art Weekend info:

12:00 – 18:00 hrs * All exhibitions are open *
12:00 – 17:00 hrs * Antwerp Art Weekend Lectures: In dialogue with @ DE Studio
18:00 – 20:00 hrs * Finissage Next Level (Antwerp Art) *
20:00 – 22:00 hrs * Circles of Confusion & In Camera                                                                          (film + concert) at LLS 387

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Weather will be mild to warm, with a possibility of showers on each day, but particularly on Saturday.

 

 

Miscellaneous

Many Antwerp museums are free on the last Wednesday of the month (25th May)

Antwerp’s annual funfair- Sinksenfoor -is now open every day until June 19th.

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Basketball on Sint-Andriesplaats

Last session of free basketball for kids aged 6+. My son has really enjoyed the sessions on the Sint-Andriesplaats.

 

See Nessascityblog  on Instagram for pictures from last weekend!

 

 

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This Weekend: 13th, 14th & 15th May

It’s Pentecost weekend, so maybe you have a long weekend due to Whit Monday, which is a public holiday in Belgium. Once again there are a few events occurring over the whole weekend (and some on Monday too). These include:-

BarriocantinaTRUCKpic– The Barrio Cantina Food Trucks Festival at Steen. This is a great location for this event, although some of the food is pricey -if you are planning on going with your family, it will be expensive if you are all eating the equivalent of a meal. However, it is OK for a snack, and there are usually some nice kids activities (last year they had cupcake decorating and face painting). Also on Monday.

– Five Years of MAS (also until Monday)- Follow the link to order tickets for the whole weekend which will get you access to all museum rooms for 3 days for 5 euros (free to under- 12s). There will be other events on the square around the museum. As you are probably aware, I am keen on recycling/ upcycling and eco events, so I am going to particularly draw your attention to an Upcycling Workshop from Het Vindingrijk at 5pm on the Saturday!

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Plein Publiek

 

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– ‘Fierensweekend’ at Plein Publiek -DJs, exhibitions, brunch, music, second hand market….

– And Sinksenfoor – Antwerp’s annual funfair-held previously at the Zuiderdokken -which will be on until 19th June at Spoor Oost.

 

 

Friday

Do you need your bike fixed? Take it along to the  Repair Café at ‘t Werkhuys from 5pm.

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A-Tower

 

Klub Goud is opening on the 21st floor of the A-Tower (11pm) Tickets are 10 euros on the door or order online beforehand. Alternatively at the same location there is Bar Gloed on the 4th floor, which has been open for a couple of weeks now for food and drinks. It has a nice terrace (complete with sand pit for kids) with views of the station building and of Meir, and Pretbederf from 9pm.

 

 

Another summer bar, Bocadero opens today at midday (near Waagnatie) by the river, until the 4th September.

 

 

 

Saturday

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Café Storm & MAS

 

International Fair Trade Day will be marked in the Oxfam ‘Wereldwinkel’ on Minderbroedersrui and focuses on the sugar trade.

Concept store st vincents opens its doors at 3pm for a festival of food, design, fashion, music and gin on Kleine Markt.

This weekend’s fleamarket can be found on Sint Jansplein, 9am -6pm.

Café Storm at MAS (also celebrating its 5 year birthday, as previously mentioned) celebrates six years with a party -free entry before midnight.

 

 

Sunday

Permeke Library has its regular monthly Sunday book market on De Coninckplein and at the same time there will be a  piano marathon taking place (10am -6pm). Both the book fair and its musical accompaniment are free.

The PVDA have a full schedule on offer at their 2016 Diversity Festival in Park Spoor Noord from 2pm

 

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(image: Pixabay)

 

 

Miscellaneous

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basketball on Sint- Andriesplaats

Still three more chances to get free basketball sessions for your 6+ kids in various squares around the city (2-4pm; 3-5pm on Sint Jansplein).

 

Born in Antwerp is a Stad Antwerpen supported creative initiative taking place until October of this year. An app will keep you informed of events, or you can follow the agenda online.

 

 

 

50If you’d like to see some free midweek stand- up comedy, then head to Kelly’s Irish Pub on Keyserlei on alternate Thursday nights (starting this week). They are starting a program of international comedy acts, starting with Jason Waddell, described as “straight outta Texas with jokes and a certain je-ne-sais-quoi. What that exactly is, is something for you to find out during the show!”

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…Yes, I know it has a new logo, but no one likes it!

 

!!! New for Nessascity: The blog is now on Instagram -Give us a follow for additional pictures of weekend events which are mentioned here- as they happen, or shortly afterwards.

 

…And of course, Nessascityblog is still on Twitter.

 

 

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This weekend: 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th May

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Theaterplein

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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April 29th, 30th & 1st May

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Image from Vakantie op’t Zuid Facebook page


Vakantie op’t Zuid takes place over the whole weekend on the gedempte Zuiderdokken, and promises four days (it opens today, Thursday, at 10am) of speciality food stalls, drinks, entertainment, music and kids spaces (think bouncy castles).

Friday

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Sacha Eckes

Just back from exhibiting in Detroit, Antwerp artist Sacha Eckes opens her Imposter exhibition at 7pm. This is on at the Life Is Art gallery on Sint-Jorispoort until mid-June. You may be familiar with her weekly cartoons in Week Up. The works exhibited will be available to buy.

 

 

There’s also a vernissage at Design Center Winkelhaak. It’s free and starts at 7pm and features the photography of Jasper Léonard and his Antwerp Resized exhibition.

It’s the last Friday of the month so bike riding advocates Critical Mass assemble on Theaterplein at 6pm for a bike ride through Antwerp.

Plein Publiek reopens, following a hiccup with its license. It is open over the whole weekend, starting on Friday night at 8pm with aperitifs and a DJ.

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Plein Publiek

Saturday

30th April is World Tai Chi and Qigong Day. If you are interested in taking part, head to Steenplein between 10am and 4pm for the Antwerp event.

Park festival (free) takes place in Koning Albertpark from 2pm -11pm, and there is an afterparty at Het Bos.

If you have a bit more cash to spare, then beer, whiskey and wine lovers should head to the Zuiderpershuis today for the Meug festival starting at 2pm. It’s 10 euros to get in (+ drink costs) and promises over 120 different beverages to taste. Tip: you can get an 8 euro ticket using the promo code Meug2016 via this link. (NB -this is a temporary offer, for the first 100 tickets only).

 

Sunday

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image courtesy of ABVV

The 1st May is International Workers’ Day (AKA Labour Day) and is a public holiday in Belgium and in many countries around the world. In Antwerp there is a May Day Parade, going from Leopold De Waelplaats (that’s just in front of the Fine Arts Museum) to Grote Markt. It will depart at 11.15 and proceed through Leopold De Waelstraat, Volkstraat, Lange Vlierstraat, Kloosterstraat, Den Oever, Sint Jansvliet, Ernest Van Dijckkaai and Suikerrui, before arriving at Grote Markt around 1.30, where there will be bands, and rides for the kids.

There is a fleamarket on Sint Jansplein from 10- 5pm. And Krugermarkt is on in Borgerhout on the Krugerplein.

… And a holiday market at MAS.

 

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A-Tower

 

 

You must know the Antwerp tower on the crossroads between Keyserlei and Meir. On the 1st May it opens it doors until October with a series of summer events, expos and pop-ups. A roomy bar on the 4th floor will be a fixture throughout.

It’s the first Sunday of May, so many shops are open for  Sunday shopping.

 

 

 

 

 

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Moderate/ cool temperatures expected this weekend with the possibility of light rain on Friday, and heavier showers on Sunday. Hopefully no hail …  :-/

 

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Next post, next Thursday.

Have a great weekend!

 

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This weekend: April 22nd, 23rd & 24th

Friday

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Theaterplein

How about a Picnic lunch on Theaterplein? If you didn’t order a lunch, you can just turn up with your own. There will be hot and cold drinks and musical performances -starts at midday. Proceeds to Studio GloboOxfam and Broederlijk Delen.

‘Curtis’ -a Joy Division tribute evening at 8pm at De Kleine Hedonist should get your weekend off to a cheery start.

Summer bar Bar Paniek opens tonight on the Kattendijkdok, Oostkaai 21B.

It’s time for the free monthly film at Het Roze Huis (The Pink House). This Saturday showing Saint Laurent at 8pm. In French and English, it tells the story of famous fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent during the years when he was at the height of his success.

Saturday

There is the 2018 festival on the Konijnenwei park, starting at 10am with a fleamarket, but also including musical performances from local bands, and entertainment for kids, throughout the day.

A festival of a different sort is on at ‘t Werkhuys in Borgerhout -for 3 euros fans of comics and cartoons can enjoy talks, expos and events at Klaxon Festival, starting at midday and continuing until 11.oo pm.

It’s the great big Antwerp Spring Clean! Enjoy – if you and your neighbours have registered for that. Don’t forget to take beer breaks.

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… And they will be having a clear-out in Berchem too, with a second hand sale on  Woeringenstraatstreet.

 

If you’re tired out from spring cleaning, head to An Sibhin on Nationalestraat for some acoustic indie-folk with Dries at 8pm.

Looking for a course of study in Antwerp? Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool of Antwerp are holding their Info Markt on Meistraat (that’s right by Theaterplein) from 11am -4pm.

Sunday

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Nicola Mills, The Down to Earth Diva

More music -from the lovely and talented Down to Earth Diva who is fundraising for Urban Renewal at Café de Lijnstok at midday. Your donation will contribute to a good cause, and enable you to hear Nicola singing a variety of songs. There will also be a brunch.

 

 

 

At 3pm there is a folk jam in Den Hopsack which is a friendly little music bar tucked away on Grote Pieter Potstraat in the old town.

Sunday is Heritage Day across Brussels and Flanders. There’s lots going on in the Antwerp area. There are many events (readings, film, walking tours, dance performances) celebrating rituals and traditions of different types. Many activities are free but check the details carefully in case reservation is required.

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Steen

The project Coming World Remember Me has started and will continue until the 8th May. At workshops at Steen, 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. It is free to take part but you need to register by calling 03 292 36 51 or mailing info@vredescentrum.be

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Poster

From 10.30am at Cinema Zuid there are 5 short films for children (6+) for 5 euros, including Oscar winning The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.

… And not far away at Chatleroi there’s a record sale.

Swan Market comes to Antwerp. Previously having taken place at Grote Markt (and where it will be again, on 22nd May), but -NB- this time it’s at Park Loods, in Park Spoor Noord, from midday until 6pm. Food trucks, drinks and snacks, and lots of stands selling gifts, jewellery, accessories, antique and vintage items. It has a nice vibe and won’t break the banks. Always handy if you are looking for a special present (or want to treat the kids or yourself to a yummy homemade cupcake or two)….

 

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A previous edition of Swan Market in Antwerp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The weather is due to be mild and cloudy with a fair chance of showers on Sunday.

Miscellaneous

Fashion fiends and label addicts might want to check out Belmodo Fashion Days 2016 which take place until the 24th April and promise to supply designer pieces at below their usual prices at various locations around Antwerp. Check this link for times and locations.

 

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William Shakespeare

 

The 23rd of April marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare‘s death. I couldn’t find a great deal going on around Antwerp except in the bookshop De Groene Waterman where there will be a reading and talk (in Dutch) analysing why Shakespeare’s themes and plays continue to endure to this day. This is free and starts at 4pm.

image from Photobucket.

 

 

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Sporting A is offering free basketball coaching for kids aged 6- 14 years of age every Wednesday from 20th April until 25th May. It’s on in various locations from 2pm -4pm (except Sint-Jansplein where it’s 3-5pm).  No need to register, just show up if you are interested. My seven year old really enjoyed it this week.

 

Enjoy the weekend!

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This weekend: April 15th, 16th & 17th

Friday

There’s free live music at The Irish Times (Steve Jones) at 10pm, and if you are around earlier, you can see Augustana (currently supporting Dixie Chicks at Lotto Arena!) at Cafè Ami at 3pm for a matinée. If you are looking for after-work drinks, Gusta is serving from 5pm with music from Böky Bros. Gusta is also a useful address to know if you need gluten -free and dairy-free resources.

Saturday

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A big shout out to the Antwerp International School in Ekeren! Today is their International Day where all the various communities come together to show off their nation’s food, drink, and culture. There’s much to see and enjoy -both indoors and outdoors. It only happens once every two years and is a chance to see the school at its very best!

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It’s a day to get planting, if you live in Antwerp. You can pick up a free sack of potting soil, courtesy of Stad Antwerpen, between 11 and 4pm today as part of Dag van de Potgrond -an initiative to encourage residents to add some greenery or flowers to their street. Pick up at Cargo Summer Bar (Park Spoor Noord) or at coStA.

Independent record stores celebrate Record Store Day today. In Antwerp, this will happen in Coffee & Vinyl from 10am and in Fatkat Records from midday with in-store performances.

Sunday

It’s Flanders’ largest running event: The Antwerp 10 miles & Marathon! Good luck to everyone running today. Here’s the schedule if you would like to go and cheer the runners on. You can cross the river by free ferry on the day of the run, between 11.30 am and 7.30pm (Steenplein -St Annastrand)

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If you prefer a less energetic type of recreation you could Travel The World in 80 Games (that’s board and table games) at Atlas on Carnotstraat for free. It’s not far from de Coninckplein where the book fair will be taking place right in front of the library between 10am and 4pm.

 

 

 

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Rommel!

 

This week’s free flea market takes place at Skate Planet, near Sportpaleis between 10am and 6pm.

 

 

 

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fairytales at Rivierenhof

On Sundays at Rivierenhof, there are fairytale readings (in Dutch) for 5 euros from 2 -3.30pm. Reserve for your kid(s) via the link.

The weather is predicted to be mild (tops of 12 degrees) with the possibility of a some showers on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. Some bright spells on Sunday too.

 

 

 

Miscellaneous ….

For beautiful Antwerp views …did you know that during the summer period the roof of MAS museum is free and open until midnight, Tuesday to Sunday?

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Steen

… and the project Coming World Remember Me has started and will continue until the 8th May. At workshops at Steen, 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.

It is free to take part but you need to register by calling 03 292 36 51 or mailing info@vredescentrum.be

Sporting A is offering free basketball coaching for kids aged 6- 14 years of age every Wednesday from 20th April until 25th May. It’s on in various locations from 2pm -4pm (except Sint-Jansplein where it’s 3-5pm).  No need to register, just show up if you are interested.

And a special mention to BATS Antwerp who featured recently in Fans Of Flanders and whose play Three More Sleepless Nights opens today, until 24th April (tickets here). Break a leg, Batty Ones!

 

Finally …

If you follow the blog on Twitter, you will know that I spent some of my weekend trying to counter some misinformation that was being spread by a Belgian blogger who claimed that the police had issued a warning to stay away from Meir. I tweeted the police who confirmed that this was not true. Members of my own family were on Meir and were clear that all was well there: it was sunny, and packed with shoppers as usual. The police had extra security in some places because of information they had received.

It was a useful lesson in cross-referencing, as one Tweet and a bit of Googling demonstrated that the blogger in question was spreading misinformation and alarm. In times where it is not unreasonable to be anxious about such things, we tend to focus on information sources that seem to keep us up to date (especially if you require the information to be in English). Although I demonstrated that the content of the blog post was false in this regard, the blogger has unfortunately declined to alter it.

I will do my best to keep you informed about the official advice as best I can; here and on Twitter. I am happy to correct any information that is shown not to be correct, so don’t hesitate to let me know if you spot a factual error. However,  Nessascityblog is for weekend event information and I’d like it to stay that way, so here are a couple of sources where you can check for yourself: if there are any precautions advised by the security authorities, I am sure that the Gazet van Antwerpen will report the news very quickly. If you need news in English, check out the very useful Flanders Today. Additionally, you can aways check the page of the Antwerp police, or follow them on Twitter. Another good source for security information in Belgium is the Crisis Centre, who are also on Twitter with tweets in Dutch, French and English. It’s always a good idea to check with sources like those before sharing anything that adds to the general anxiety or causes worry to our loved ones, especially those in other countries. The current situation is that the threat level is at 3, and there are no warnings to stay away from Antwerp city centre, or any other area around Antwerp.

… So enjoy a peaceful, spring weekend in Antwerp!

 

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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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This weekend: April 1st, 2nd & 3rd

I hope you have enjoyed a peaceful Easter so far. I can hardly believe it is April already.

Friday

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The first Friday of the month is always Opening Evening at BATS Antwerp. Go along to the Little Theatre on Paardemarkt, to find out what they are up to, enjoy a drink at their
friendly bar or get involved on or off-stage, if you are interested in being part of English-speaking theatre productions locally. This Friday is special as it coincides with World Theatre Day and so there will also be a quiz at 8.30!

 

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Image from Grand Bazar Shopping Centre

 

 

On Friday and over the whole weekend, there is going to be a kids’ farm in Grand Bazar and on Grote Markt, starting each day at 1pm and promising guineau pigs, bunnies, goats and piglets.

Saturday

This weekend’s fleamarket will be on Sint Jansplein and starts at 8am, if you are up early to catch a bargain.

For kids, on both Saturday and Sunday Het Steen have their free open atelier from 1pm -4pm -walk in with your 6+ offspring at any time during the session.

In the evening, if you are in the old town area, you could head to Café Cabron which is reopening after refurbishment, just off Grote Markt.

DIY enthusiasts can do this short workshop for free at the Ecohuis at 10am -just ensure that you register first.

Free art expo with a New York theme at the lovely Coffee & Vinyl from 11am.

Sunday

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

For a different kind of shopping, you could catch the last day of The Really Really Affordable Art Fair (also on Friday and Saturday)

There’s a food market at Felix Pakhuis on Eilandje, or a local neighbourhood Krugermarkt  in Borgerhout (food, drink, local products)

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Eilandje

If you are feeling energetic, go dancing on Draakplaats (right near Berchem station) courtesy of Den Draak café and their Tango Under The Bridge event starting at 3pm.

It is predicted to be a mild weekend, and even warm at times, with only low chances of showers.

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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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Image: Publicity poster, Stad Antwerpen

 

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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window of an Antwerp chocolatier

 

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: 18th, 19th & 20th March

Happy St Patrick’s Day to Irish followers of this blog! St Paddy’s will be celebrated in Antwerp’s Irish bars tonight …

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An Sibhin                                           The Irish Times                                        Kelly’s

 

And it’s the last weekend to catch the small fun-fair on Sint-Jansplein, which finishes on Sunday.

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Friday

Two art exhibitions open today: one in Gallery Sofie van de Velde (Arnulf Rainer) at 6pm, and the other (photography) at the Ingrid Deuss Gallery,  at 7pm.

If you are interested in seeing  Revolutionary Road and enjoying a  meal of Syrian and vegetarian food for a mere 5 euros (+donation of choice for the movie) the head to ‘T Werkhuys at 6.30pm for their Filmavond + Volxkeuken. ‘T werkhuys are also currently looking for volunteers to help out with their Friday evening program.

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Het Geluk on Theaterplein is usually a kid-friendly café but this Friday night it has a more grown-up offering of music, DJs and dancing. It’s free but once it’s full, there’s no further admittance.

Saturday

During the day on Groenplaats and Meir, there are a number of activities aimed at young drivers intended to develop considerate driving habits. These activities take place between 12 and 5 and are free.

De Kleine Hedonist is an immensely likeable  and friendly, small venue, and their Saturday night ‘Gothic Fairytale Party 6: Snow White’s Revenge‘ looks like a fun night if you are looking for something a little different or dark for your evening entertainment.

And there’s more free film at Het Roze Huis at 8pm, when they will be showing Anni Felici.

Sunday

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Strip & Boekenplein

On De Conninckplein (in front of Permeke Library), it’s the monthly “Strip- & Boekenplein” which takes place on the third Sunday of every month and is a good place to snap up a bargain if you are into second hand books, collector’s books and graphic novels.

In the library itself, story reading for kids aged 4- 8 (free) starting at 11am for an hour.

On Sint Andriesplaats there’s a second-hand flea market and antique market. This is a pleasant local square to hang out on. There’s a little play area for kids and there’s a nice bar/ bistro called Het Missverstand with outdoor seating where you can enjoy a beer and keep an eye on your kids. I like this place in summer -it’s just slightly off the tourist track and a good place to enjoy good weather.

On a smaller scale The Cappucino Club (Klapdorp 37) is celebrating its second birthday with a party and flea-market from 11am if you are around the old town.

Temperatures are coolish, with reasonably low chance of rain on both Saturday and Sunday.

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This weekend: 11th, 12th & 13th March

Friday

There are a couple of events which start on Friday and continue over the weekend. Over Tijd is a music and arts festival comprising of new electronic music, art, installations and readings. Check the link to see what is on over five Antwerp locations.

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Another is Calamartes (opening on Thursday) which is a cultural festival run in conjunction with the University of Antwerp and also coincides with Open Campus Day (see Saturday)

Saturday

Open Campus Day is taking place all over Antwerp. If you or someone you know, is interested in studying in Antwerp, then today is the day to inform yourself, about the University of Antwerp or Artesis Plantijn University College between 10 and 17h, or The Royal Conservatoire or KdG (Karel de Grote University College) or Sint Lucas School of Arts (at the congress campus).

For younger, curious minds there is a Time Workshop for kids at Het Steen at 2pm.

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Kids’ workshop space, Het Steen
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Kiebooms

Music in the evening in Den Beulebak (which is a folk venue, but this performer combines electronic sounds with traditional ones) and also in Kiebooms (Polly Goes Psycho) on De Coninckplein, and at Sound Design Festival (The Royal Academy) where 10 students will be exhibiting their musical and audiovisual work for free.

 

For something entirely different there is the Antwerp Ghost Walk departing from Steenplein at 6.30pm and costing 7,50.

 

 

 

Sunday

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Permeke Library

A couple of things for kids -firstly at Permeke Library a story-telling show for kids aged 6+ at 11am -tickets are only 4 euros if you get them in advance or you could get lucky and win free tickets on their Facebook Page.

At ‘Twerkhuys in Borgerhout there is second hand kids’ clothes and toys event.

And two large-scale fleamarkets at Kinepolis,  and at Schijnpoort, both events start at 10am and cost 2,50

Volkskeuken (Peoples’ Kitchen) takes place at the Fabriek Noord where you can come and enjoy food from a variety of cultures and make a donation in order to take part.

 

Finally, a couple of heads ups: if you were inspired by the runners in last weekend’s Urban Trail, you may wish to sign up for the Antwerp 10 miles 5km runs & marathon. Info in English: Antwerp Marathon, and 5km & 10km runs. And Runners -register online here.

And if you can afford/ cope with a hangover on Friday this week, don’t forget that it is Saint Patrick’s Day on Thursday. An Sibhin, Kelly’s and The Irish Times being Antwerp’s best known Irish Bars, and no doubt all worthy venues for a St Paddy’s Day party.

 

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An Sibhin                                            The Irish Times                                            Kellys

 

The weather this weekend is looking pretty chilly and sometimes bright, with fairly low chances of rain (20-30%) on both days.

A talented Grade 12 student of mine is singing in this concert at Elzenveld -it promises a mixture of choral pieces, modern Flemish folk pieces and some acapella numbers!

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Antwerp International School

Lastly, a big shout out to all the students taking part in NECIS basketball tournament at Antwerp International School this weekend –HAVE A GREAT TIME!

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