This Weekend: 18th, 19th & 20th August

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Here’s the GOOGLE MAP to help you find your way this weekend …

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Evening on Steenplein at Bollekesfeest

After Pride last weekend, we are once again lucky enough to have a great party event which which will dominate the weekend: this weekend is Bollekesfeest!  This beer festival primarily promotes and sells Antwerp’s best known local brew de Koninck (aka bollekes) but over the years it’s become more than that and lots of other breweries and food sellers are involved. If you are new to the city, it is a great way to feel part of local life and it is enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.

I would even go so far as to say, that you can enjoy this beer festival if you do not drink beer or alcohol, as on two occasions since I lived here I have not been drinking due to being pregnant but I have still had a good time with friends. It is also perfectly OK to take kids to this event during the day time and evenings. There will be more information here on the City of Antwerp site soon, but in my experience the best place if you are en famille is the Steenplein (although the fountains for them to play in have in previous years been on Groenplaats) during the afternoons and earlier part of the evening, but keep an eye on the link as there may be more information about kids’ areas. Either way, all three locations are very close by one another (Steenplein, Grote Markt and Groenplaats, so pick your spot.)

Friday

Bollekesfeest: 1pm -midnight

basketballeventOn de Coninckplein from midday until 7pm there is a selection of basketball contests and activities for all ages. There will also be live music, and the basketball fun continues on Saturday too, and it is all free.

Saturday

Bollekesfeest: 11am -midnight
Basketball continues on de Coninckplein
There’s the regular big rommelmarkt (fleamarket) on Sint Jansplein from 9 am

Sunday

Bollekesfeest: 11am -8pm

From 10am Snitt will be holding a vintage and second-hand market at Stack container village.

And back to de Coninckplein for their regular second-hand book, graphic novel and magazine market from 10am

Yoyogi (part of ZvA) is back for Sundays in August -not just yoga, but music, games, workshops and other activities are on offer for free between 2- 7pm on the green at Rivierenhof.

The weather looks like it might be showery on Friday afternoon, but thereafter likely dry for Saturday and Sunday, with temperatures of 18-20 degrees.

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Don’t forget that all Zomer van Antwerpen events can be found on the zva site (I can’t list them all individually here).

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sportopiaFSportopia is on in Park Spoor Noord (in the Loods building) for kids and teens until the 27th August. It will stay open in September and October at the weekends only (except the 24th September) and will be open again on weekdays for one week during the October break (28th October- 5th November).

Buurtpleintjes is an initiative from Stad Antwerpen offering free sporting activities on local squares around the city, until October. Last year, my son really enjoyed a series of free basketball lessons on Sint Andriesplaats as part of this initiative. Start by checking here to see what’s on offer near you.

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This Weekend: 5th, 6th & 7th May

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Next ‘Weekend’ post: Thursday 11th May

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As the weather gets warmer, festivals are starting up and summer bars are opening!

Here’s the GOOGLE MAP for this weekend.

This amateur arts festival also concludes this weekend at various locations in Antwerp and in surrounding areas like Ekeren. Check the programme to find an event which interests you!

Friday

Summer bar, Bar Jardim opens for the summer season at 5pm with drinks, tapas and a BBQ. Bar Paniek opened last weekend.

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And BATS vzw hold their monthly Open Evening where all are welcome to come along and find out about the upcoming theatrical programme or about getting involved in English speaking theatre in Antwerp.

Saturday

This weekend it’s Festiveuzzel in Berchem today and also on Sunday. Tickets are 10 euros and under-12s go free.

fblogo left festivalOver the water, in Linkeroever it’s Left Festival  which is free, and kid friendly. There will also be a fleamarket, kids entertainment and food trucks. There’s even a Highland Games, for teams of 6-9 people. You can register your team via the site (costs 25 euros per team). And if you are a townie who has never taken the beautiful  St Anna tunnel -by foot or by bike -under the river, Left Festival is a good reason to do so.

It’s a good day to head down to your local second hand shop with clean usable items that you no longer need because it’s Dag Van de Gever -the second hand shops are open to receive you and your donations with an event that celebrates those who donate to the Kring winkels by offering some chocolate and a bunch of discount vouchers for in the shops and elsewhere. The largest second hand store in Antwerp is on St Jorispoort (29).

 

Sunday

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Shopping in Stadsfeestzaal (Meir)

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

From 1pm -10pm there is a Turkish Cultural day  (2600 Turkije) in Berchem at the Cultuur Centrum.

And the Sunday garage sales at Steegsken 6 have been extended to continue throughout May (11am- 6pm).

Markt van Morgen is also on Klooster Straat from midday.

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And at Het Eiland there is a mini-flea market hosted by Het Eiland and Ieder Zenne Meug, free, from 11am -6pm

The weather is predicted to be warm and dry this weekend -although sometimes cloudy – with top temperatures of 19 degrees.

Miscellaneous

Coming up: Belmodo Fashion Days

Check out the newly re-opened Museum of Modern Art (MuHKA)

And if you are looking for information about other Belgian music festivals this summer here’s a list.

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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: 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.

This weekend: 31st October -1st November 2015

Saturday

Saturday is Hallowe’en. There is a separate post about Hallowe’en activities, and bars which are celebrating Hallowe’en around Antwerp; be sure to check it if you are going out.

The Antwerp Book Fair begins this weekend (continuing until the 11th November). Lots of Flemish writers, publishers and retailers will be present, but there will be books of all sorts and in many different languages, including English. Writers Robert Harris and Kate Mosse will be in attendance this year.

The young people’s theatre group Up With People are in Antwerp and performing two musical shows here. These will be in English at Theater Elckerlyck .

Over this weekend there are a number of activities and events for Plein Publiek which open on the afternoon of the 30th October and continues until Sunday. Details of specific events (music, brunch, workshops) can be found on Facebook

Sunday

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Yoga flashmob, promoting “Yoga For The People” Event.

There will be an enormous yoga event this Sunday, at Sportpaleis, starting at 12.30 and concluding at 4pm. You can register here and find out more about the program. It doesn’t cost to register but the event’s purpose is to raise money for Medecins sans Frontieres/ Doctors without Borders.

It’s the first Sunday of the month, so shoppers will be pleased to learn that on and around Meir many shops will be open for business, even though it is All Saints Day, and officially a holiday too.

Bargain hunters may prefer one of two flea-markets on this Sunday, at either Park Spoor Noord (starting 9am) or Kinepolis (starting 10am, also on Saturday)

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