This weekend: 15th, 16th, 17th January 2016

Friday 15th

If you like live music there are a few choices this evening -you might want to start your weekend listening to Kollectiv playing jazz at Cafe Kiebooms on Conninckplein at 9pm; or singer Kuba Kesy at The Irish Times bar on Groote Markt at 10pm. Described as ‘melancholy folk pop’, Second Son Sam will be playing Bar Lucy also at 9pm.

For something a bit darker and edgier, try The Land of the Creeps at De Kleine Hedonist

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Image: publicity shot from De Kleine Hedonist

And if you are starting out immediately after work, head to Plein Publiek from 5pm

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Image: publicity shot from Plein Publiek

Saturday 16th

If you are shopping round the Meir area and are a fan of second hand and retro clothing, then turn down Jezusstraat and head to Think Twice to celebrate the branch’s first birthday from 1 -6pm.

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Think Twice

 

 

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Grand Bazar

 

More conventional sales continue in the shopping area, with the second round of reductions in the big stores on Meir and in Grand Bazar …

 

Sunday 17th

Art lovers will want to head to Antwerp’s gallery of modern art (MuHKA) for Art’s Birthday. There will be a selection of events and activities from 2 until 6pm.
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And very close by at the bar Chat le Roi is an exhibition of books and vinyl.

 

 

Crochet lovers may want to attend this workshop at Madam Woll (knitting café) on Sunday morning for 8 euros. Register by email beforehand.

For kids aged 4-8 there is story telling (Dutch) at Permeke Library at 11am. And at Het Steen from 1pm there is a free workshop  (in Dutch) exploring ( the theme of TIME.

Also for families with kids, here’s a heads-up for next weekend: order your tickets now for BATS panto (in English) next weekend. It’s Little Red Riding Hood this year! You can order online from the Arendberg Theatre.
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And a last reminder that the (renovated) cathedral is now free for Antwerp city dwellers …

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Have a lovely weekend – the weather is not likely to be glorious, with some showers on Saturday, but Sunday predicted to be dry.

 

 

8th, 9th & 10th January 2016

signpostsWelcome to 2016 on the Nessascity Antwerp blog!

Here are the first suggestions for the new year!

Friday 8th

A new year’s reception  in the evening at the Zuiderpershuis, including a theatrical performance, suitable for kids 5+. I don’t see a price on this one, so am assuming that it is free. Organised by Stad Antwerpen and Groen Antwerpen.

Saturday 9th

The Antwerp Opera opens it doors to children today, for a dance costing 8 euros for kids aged 6+ who would like to dress in their best finery and learn a few classical moves from a dance teacher. For 6 euros at 2pm and 3.30 children aged 4+ can get a guided walk through the world of opera.

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Antwerp Opera

 

Acroyoga, as the name suggests, combines yoga and acrobatic moves. If you would like to try it out, or are already familiar with it then this free event in Borgerhout could be for you. You can also do a trial class for 5 euros at the same location, in the morning (10am).

On Saturday night Het Roze Huis welcomes LGBT party-goers for a New Year’s Reception starting at 8pm on the Draakplaats near Café den Draak.

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publicity photo: Het Roze Huis

Starting at 2pm and going on until 10pm at night is a Food Truck Festival around The Crowne Plaza Hotel to the south of Antwerp. Admission free.

For something more low-key, a photography exhibition opening at 6pm

Sunday 10th

There will be some live music, drinks and snacks at this New Year’s Reception on Sint Jansplein at 2pm.

Plein Publiek offer winter cocktails, music, and brunch from 2pm for an entrance fee of 8 euros.

For children aged 6+ there is a free workshop at 1pm based around the theme of TIME at Het Steen (affiliated to Het Paleis).

Also worth knowing for 2016, is that the cathedral will be free for city dwellers from 1st January 2016. It was extensively renovated during 2015, and previously cost 6 euros to visit.

Have a great weekend. I’m looking forward to keeping you up-to-date with Antwerp happenings in English throughout 2016, and to hearing your suggestions and tips for the best places to hang out in Antwerp!

*In the coming weeks, I am planning to do a post for stay-at-home parents who have toddlers and pre-schoolers at home during the week, so if there is something you do in town with your little ones on Mondays -Fridays, please let me know about it. It might be really useful for other stay-at-home-parents, or those people who have some time off during the week with their children. Thanks!

 

 

 

 

This weekend: 17th -19th October 2015

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Saturday 17th October 2015

There is a flea market on Sint Jans Plein, starting at 9 am. I like this part of town and, if the weather is good, it is a short walk away from the Park Spoor Noord, which is handy if kids need to play or to kick a ball around. Free.

Saturday is shaping up to be a good day for thrifty shoppers because it is also Dag van de Kringwinkel (Thrift Shop Day) which means that there will be extra bargains around in the second hand shops on that day:
– vintage clothing on Abdijstraat 104, Antwerpen
– retro videogames, mirrors and frames at Sint-Jorispoort 29, Antwerpen
– musical instruments at Kroonstraat 166, Borgerhout and at Vosstraat 305, Deurne
– comics and vinyl in Bredabaan 397, Merksem

Book Fair on Saturday (pic taken from the Facebook page of Royal Academy of Fine Art Antwerp)
Book Fair on Saturday (pic taken from the Facebook page of Royal Academy of Fine Art Antwerp)

Also on Saturday, there is a brewing fair fair on the Rijnkaai. Note this is a fair for small brewers and micro-brewers, rather than a beer festival, and the ticket price is 9 euros.

Foodwise, if you enjoy oysters, head to Docks Cafe by the river on Saturday between midday and 3pm

Strangelove Queer arts festival will still be going on in Borgerhout at Cafe het Werkhuys, but the afterparty is on Rijnkaai at 23.30 and costs 5 euros.

If you would like to see some theatre in English, take a look at this production from BATS which opens on Friday 16th October and runs for two weekends. BATS provides English speaking theatre in Antwerp that you might want to watch or even get involved with. You can also count on them to produce a fun Panto each year: this year it’s Red Riding Hood, and tickets are already on sale, via their site.

Sunday 18th October


You can no longer register (“inschrijven”)  online for the Linkeroever half marathon but you can do so on the day itself, from midday. There is also a kids’ run.  It does cost 15 euros, but proceeds go to a children’s cancer charity.

Permeke, on de Coninckplein, is Antwerp’s best known public library. On Sunday there will be an open-air book fair (also comics and graphic novels) staring at 10am. If you are new to Antwerp, you can easily reach de Coninckplein from Astridplein (next to central station): walk through the Chinese district- down the street with the lion statues, next to Aquatopia, and you are there.

If the weather is not great, and you are looking for something indoors, don’t forget that the Town Hall on Grote Markt is open as part of its 450th anniversary, and you can tour the inside. This is free, but you should reserve online.

Have a great weekend. Don’t forget to keep an ear to the ground for anything happening next weekend, and let me know.

Vanessa