This weekend in Antwerp: 31st August, 1st & 2nd September

Here is the GOOGLE MAP for this weekend!

It’s a good weekend for music lovers of various sorts. On Saturday and Sunday it’s the annual free classical music concerts on Sint-Jansplein: Klassiek In De Stad which features opera and dance  (from the Flemish opera and ballet companies) as well as orchestral pieces performed live on the stage by the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra

Friday

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Friday evening’s Critical Mass is a special edition for kids, brought to you in conjunction with the Fietsers Bond and with corresponding events in Antwerpen, Gent, Brussels, Aalst, Hasselt, Tienen and Ternat. Assemble at Theaterplein at 6pm with your kids, bikes, tagalongs, kids’ bikes and bike seats, to help make a point about the importance of safe cycling for children and young people in Antwerp.

Urban Meets Baroque takes place on de Coninckplein (in front of Permeke Library) as part of the ongoing Baroque Season in Antwerp. Urban Meets Baroque kicks off a weekend of related events which form the Festival Royal taking place over Saturday and Sunday as well.

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Saturday

The Paulusfeest is a new music, street theatre and arts festival on two locations: Sint-Paulusplaats and at Het Stadsmagazijn. It starts at 10 am and the last musical performance begins on the square at 9.15pm

500 years  ago the towers of Antwerp’s famous cathedral were completed. This is being celebrated by the city at an event called Onze Toren 500 which starts at 4pm and finishes at 10pm, with the promise of free cake on Grote Markt at 5pm.

Sunday

Two local markets on today:

Swan Market  from midday on Grote Markt from 11am -5pm

and Markt van Morgen on the Kloosterstraat from midday. Both markets offer products made by small local businesses and creatives. You can find jewellery, stationery, household goods and accessories for sale. Swan Market is the larger of the two markets.

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Open Studios

Local artists open their ateliers and work spaces all over Antwerp today between 2pm and 7pm as part of Open Studios.

It’s the last chance to enjoy the Zomerbar as the ZVA programme comes to a close.

 

It’s the first Sunday of the month which means Sunday shopping in Antwerp centre and other shopping areas of the city (e.g. Nationalestraat, Kloosterstraat)

The weather is likely to be warm and dry (although cloudy at times) with temperatures of around 20- 22 degrees.

Miscellaneous

Belgian schools go back on Monday, so roads will be busier at school times.

On Tuesday, look out for a special blog post from a reader in Scotland who was part of the street music scene in Antwerp from 1998 -2012 and has written a fascinating account of his time here …Dave is a man with great Antwerp stories to tell, so much so I am hoping that there will be a sequel to Tuesday’s guest post.

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This weekend in Antwerp: 20th & 21st January

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Saturday

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It’s National Tulip Day –really. It marks the beginning of the tulip season, and while this might be more of a big deal for our friends in the Netherlands, it will be marked here in Antwerp too, with a tulip garden on Astridplein where you may pick one bunch of tulips for free, between 1pm -4.30pm

It’s the annual Children’s Ball at Opera Vlaanderen (Frankrijklei 3) at 11pm. Tickets are 8 euros via the link

At Het Roze Huis it’s the regular free film night. Tonight showing the 1990 Madonna movie-  Strike a Pose at 8pm.

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Or head for the Little Theatre on Paardenmarkt for an evening of fun impro theatre (in English) courtesy of Swaajp at 8pm. Tickets are 9 euros (a mere 6 for students) and this week the special guest is Hila di Castro, from Israel.

 
Sunday

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Permeke Library and Café

Two events at Permeke library today: the first is the regular “boekenplein” (second hand books, graphic novels, magazines and more) which takes place on the third Sunday of every month on de Coninckplein from 10am -4pm) and the second is a read-aloud hour for kids aged 4-8 at 11am (Dutch). Both are free. I also really like the cafe at Permeke (that’s the glassy green cube by the library entrance).

If  your finances are looking a bit on the thin side after the festive season, you will be pleased to know it’s the first Goegekregen/ SNITT second hand market (‘rommelmarkt’ in Dutch) this year -at the Park Loods from 9am -6pm. Free.

And here’s a children’s opera-based show which caught my eye. There are two performances on Sunday (at 3pm and 5pm), for kids aged 8+ and tickets cost 8 euros (via the link).

Wrap up, Antwerplings! It’s been a chilly week and not going to be a warm weekend, and alas, both Saturday and Sunday are likely to be showery.

Miscellaneous

One week to go until BATS panto …. the last remaining tickets can be purchased here.

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If you want to keep those winter warmth feelings going for as long as you can, winter bar Aspen Bocadero is still open (until January 21st)

If you are young and in a band and want to play live at the Antwerp 2018 Festival in May, check out this contest run at KAVKA -you need to register by the end of the month.

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This weekend: 1st, 2nd & 3rd September

Zomer van Antwerpen finishes this weekend, so it’s your last chance to enjoy the ZvA summer bar (Sloepenweg) which closes on Sunday….

But there’s a lot still going on -September is busy and fun in Antwerp. Here’s your very google-maps-1797882_640own GOOGLE MAP to help you find your way this weekend.

Friday

Mark the liberation of Antwerp on Groenplaats at the Bal van de Bevrijding from 6pm (free): dancing, workshops, DJs and lots of retro music including a big band.

Flying Pig will be offering food, drink and music on Theaterplein from 5pm.

If you enjoyed the Cultuurmarkt last weekend you may have happened upon theater company BATS (British & American Theatrical Society) on the Groenplaats, offering information about their upcoming program (which includes Dracula next month). After a summer break, BATS begin their monthly open evenings once again at The Little Theatre (Paardenmarkt 111, first Friday of the month, from 8.30pm), where they open their doors (and their friendly, bijoux bar area) to anyone who would like to inform themselves about getting involved on stage or behind the scenes.

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Members of BATS at the Cultuurmarkt last weekend

Saturday

Hurrah! Antwerp Fashion Festival starts today, and continues until tomorrow. Shops will be open until 10pm with participating stores offering added incentives to lure fashion lovers into their shops. Here’s an extra map to help find your way.
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Also on both days is this Food Fest on Sint Andriesplaats, with food truck, kids playground, cocktails and a design market (Ieder Zenne Meug).

And on another popular neighbourhood square (Sint Jansplein), it’s the annual free festival Klassiek in de Stad.  It starts at 8.30pm with ballet highlights and continues on Sunday with free orchestral and operatic performances.

Sunday

Sunday shopping, as Antwerp Fashion Festival continues….

Sunday snacking, as Food Fest continues (from midday) …

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The stage for Klassiek in de Stad being set up on Sint-Jansplein earlier this week

Sunday music, as Klassiek in de Stad continues (from 11.30am).

… Or browse Markt van Morgen on Kloosterstraat from midday until 6pm -gifts, clothes, accessories, home interior items, jewellery -all made by local creatives and small businesses.

The weather looks OK, but temperatures falling off a bit from last weekend with top temperatures of around 20 degrees. It might be showery from time to time.

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Think Pink Run

Runners! You can register now for Race For The Cure which is a 6km run (or 3km walk) taking place on 24th September on the Kaaien, in aid of Breast Cancer research and awareness. It’s a special edition of the run, as this year Think Pink celebrates its 10th birthday.

Also for runners -the Bollekesloop takes place on the 10th of September. You can register until the 7th and it costs 10 euros (the 1km kids’ run is free). You get a free shirt (while supplies last), and -when you hand in your runner’s number at the end – a bolleke (for over 18s).

Belgian schools go back either on this Friday or next Monday, so expect roads and cycle paths to be busier at the beginning and end of the school day.

Open- air swimming pools are open until 17th September.

Images courtesy of Antwerp Fashion Festival, Pixabay & Think Pink. Stage image by Hannah McCulloch.

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This weekend: 19th, 20th & 21st May

It’s a busy weekend this weekend. You get a gold star if you can do all of this lot. Here’s the GOOGLE MAP to help you find your way…

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There are two events which takes place over the whole weekend. The first is the opening of Bar Noord (formerly The Cargo Summer Bar) in Park Spoor Noord. After nine years, the bar and is having a re-furb and getting a new name. This part of town has changed and developed greatly over recent years and Bar Noord has stated its intention to strengthen its position as a place for the community and for families, in what is becoming a distinct area of the city. This summer Bar Noord promises more sporting activities and live music than it has in the past, and aims to engage more members of this increasingly diverse, multicultural community. I’m curious to see what that is going to look like, as for my family this location has been the go-to destination when the weather is good during school holidays -it’s a great location. Bar Noord opening party kicks off on Friday at 6pm, with further events on both Saturday and Sunday.

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Antwerp Art Weekend is also on over the whole weekend, from Friday at midday. There is more information on the Antwerp Art website (click on ‘venues’) to see which galleries are participating.Although larger museums are involved, Antwerp Art Weekend is a celebration of the many smaller galleries which display contemporary art around the city. For example, this temporary exhibition at Gallery M146, which opens on Friday evening with a reception.
The best way to work it, is to figure out what you want to see and go by bike from gallery to gallery between midday and 6pm. For night owls, there’s Nacht van de Beeldende Kunst or Night of the Visual Arts, at de Studio on the Saturday, costing a tenner and starting at 9pm.

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Untitled 3 by Michael Laird @ Open Systems, M146. Antwerp Art Weekend

At Antwerp Expo there’s a book & hobby fair. It’s free in, and opening at 10am on all three days.

Friday

Fabrik is a relatively new café venue near Theaterplein. They also offer live sessions on Fridays. This week, the wonderful 110 (a trippy, three piece improvisational electro rock band from the city of Antwerp) will be playing, starting at 9pm. Here’s a sample of what they do!

You can still get tickets for the one and only performance of A Sunburnt Country: a unique celebration of Australian music, dance and literature by Maddi Goodwin at de Singel. Hurry, hurry!

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Saturday

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If you have musical children, head to the Antwerp International School for this special children’s performance of The Magic Flute at 2pm.

Borgerrio is a free, colourful, carnival-style festival that takes place along the Turnhoutsebaan from 2.30, when it begins with a parade. Check the full program for the food, stalls, and other entertainment that will be on offer.

Runners – head to the Rivierenhof for the park runs starting at 2pm. There are 300m (14h) and 800m (14.15h) races for kids, which are free;  and then 5km (14.30h) and 10km (15.30h) races for adults, costing 5 euros. If you have not already registered, you can do so there from 12, before the runs begin.

Sunday

It’s the third Sunday of the month, so as usual, there will be a second hand book and comics market in front of the Permeke Library from 10am; on this occasion accompanied by a piano marathon.

Food, live music, DJs and a flea market taking place for Bouger Bouger #11 on Krugerplein between 10am and 5pm.

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There’s a Re: set Closet sale at Het Eiland from 10am- 5.30pm

And Swan Market is on Grote Markt from 11am.

The weather this weekend is predicted to be warm and dry (around 18-19 degrees), so not as hot as temperatures enjoyed earlier this week. It could be cloudy a times, and there is a chance of rain -particularly on Friday.

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A Sunburnt Country: Friday at de Singel

Miscellaneous

AkaartF2During summer Antwerp offers two open-air swimming pools which are now open! It is free to swim at Boekenberg, but there is a small entrance charge at the Linkeroever pool (it is also recommended that you have a 1 euro coin with you to use the lockers; and your A-kaart, if you have one).

Runners again -here’s a run with a difference: Silver Run takes you up and down towerblocks, on the 11th June, for which you can register now. It does cost to take part, unless you live in social housing, in which case it is free.

I’m proud to share my first guest blog post on Nessascityblog! If you missed it, have a read of Dolrish’s personal story of coming to live and work in Antwerp, all the way from the Philippines. And if you’d like to contribute and tell your story, please get in touch via nessascityblog@gmail.com

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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!