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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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 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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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: February 19th, 20th & 21st

Friday

If you are starting your weekend with a night out …

London Calling are hosting a special tribute night to Bowie at a new venue in Borgerhout (Bar Venetie) starting at 10pm.

Or …

For a more unplugged and acoustic start to your weekend, go to Klein Antwerpen for Muziek zonder Elektriek which is open-mic  and free (although you might like to throw something into the hat for the performers). It starts at 7pm, and if you would like to perform, register by email to  dereus-podium@outlook.be .

Or…

Drinks and Dancing at Plein Publiek starting at 4

Antwerp Chocolate week starts today! It works in much the same way as the ‘pateekes week’: for 10 euros you get your vouchers at the tourist office on Grote Markt and these can be traded in at participating chocolatiers around the town.

 

Saturday

 

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Little Brewers Winter Garden

From 2pm in Little Brewers Winter Garden there is free kids’ entertainment in the form of a candy cake making activity.

LBWG is a winter pop-up bar which will be closing at the end of this month.

 

 

 

Het Roze Huis are offering free film again! This time a chance to see The New Girlfriend (French) at 8pm.

 

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Steen

Kids aged 6- 12 can enjoy a workshop based around the theme of Time at Het Steen for 6 euros from 2 – 4pm. Register by email hetsteen@hetpaleis.be

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An Sibhin

 

For live music head to An Sibhin for some slightly eccentric country rock from Jailhouse Chili at 8pm.

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday

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pic from Goedgekregen

 

 

 

In Park Spoor Noord from 10am (free) is the first Goedgekregen Second Hand Market. It’s undercover, so it is still very much worth attending even if the weather is wet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cinema Zuid, down by the Kaaien is offering two kids films starting at 10.30am for 5 euros a ticket (so cheaper than the mainstream cinemas). There’s Mini en de Muggen for kids aged 4+, and Phantom Boy for kids aged 6+ (both in Dutch).

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Angst Essen Seele Auf  is the name of a new exhibition opening at LLs 387 at 7pm, with performances. The exhibition will run until 3rd April.

Bookworms and graphic novel fans should make their way to De Coninckplein in front of Permeke library, for a book fair between 10am  and 4pm, featuring new and second hand books. Free.

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de Coninckplein

 

If dancing is more your thing head to an open stage Dance Jam at Costa Sint Andries community centre at Sint-Andriesplaats 24 at 1.30. This is free.

Designer clothing fans, and bargain hunters may enjoy this outlet sale at Expo.

Antwerp Green Party (Groen Antwerpen) are holding a film lunch at cinema Klappei. 10 euros will get you a ticket for the film, a 1-hour panel discussion afterwards, and then lunch. The doors open at 10am and the film being shown is a 2009 documentary called Katanga Business. Email tom.vandenborne@groen.be if you would like to attend. More information here.

Weather is likely to be milder (after a VERY chilly week) but with a fair chance of showers during Saturday.

Thanks for reading! Have a great weekend and keep following: here, and on Twitter @nessascityblog

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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: December 19th & 20th

 

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Christmas Wheel

 

The Christmas market is in full swing and will be on until 3rd January. Go on a clear day for great views from the top of the wheel, down by the Schelde. The bamboo installation on Grote Markt is also very impressive.

If you are looking ahead already, and would like to see a panto in English in the new year, you can order tickets already for the BATS production of Little Red Riding Hood. Guaranteed to provide traditional fun and please children of all ages.

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http://www.batsantwerp.be

Saturday

Fashion Market  Plein publiek

Free showing of the film The Normal Heart at Het Roze Huis at 20h.

Free Art Exhibition at Bar Lucy in aid of Flemish Refugees.

On De Conninckplein, it’s the last day to a “Spiegeltent” which opens on the evening of the 17th December for a four day program by Time Circus. There will be music performances and various activities (face painting, Tibetan music, food workshops) on the De Conninckplein (in front of Permeke library) on the Saturday, which is Family Day.

 

Sunday

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Fleamarket at Park Spoor Noord, 10am -18pm, under cover of Park Loods- free. Also one on Krugerplein

 

 

High street shopping can be done on and around Meir, as shops will be open for the last Sunday before Christmas.

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Story reading hour (in Dutch) at Permeke Library at 11am for children aged 4-8. The theme is sleep and dreams. Meanwhile, outside the library there is a revue starting at 14h, costing 2 euros.

 

 

 

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Use the #WinterinA hashtag for your pictures on social media

For anyone wishing to volunteer or donate over Christmas (or beyond), here are a few links:

De Grijze Kat (Antwerp north)

Sant’ Egidio

volunteering via Stad Antwerpen

Moeders voor Moeders

Give away your stuff

 

Christmas day: Shops will be closed; Christmas market will be open; UGC cinema and the zoo will be open; some restaurants will be open and offering Christmas menus. Check for times, as there may be later opening hours for anything that is open. It’s business as usual for Turkish and Moroccan shops.

Have a fantastic Christmas!  I will be posting again on a regular basis in 2016, and possibly before then with some suggestions for the days around New Year.

Thanks so much for following; please leave comments, feedbacks and any suggestions for events which you think I should include.

 

Vanessa