This weekend in Antwerp: 28th, 29th & 30th June

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Summer is underway and it’s the last day of school on Friday. There are a lot of inexpensive events to enjoy, and new places to hangout. This is a great link which provides the names and locations of all the summer bars in Antwerp!

Friday

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Sint-Andriesplaats

Music, food, DJs, performance and kids games and entertainment at the Sint Andries Feesten  (pic right)from 3pm, in the square (Sint-Andriesplaats).

Circus Boelaere takes place over the whole weekend and has an extensive program of music, workshops, kids’ entertainment with a circus theme. It also comes with a reader recommendation from a local who got in touch to recommend that it be included in this week’s post!

Bar Oost also opens this weekend in Park Spoor Oost and they are holding their opening weekend (same venue as Sinksenfoor).

Take part in the monthly Critical Mass bike ride, starting as usual on Theaterplein at 6pm

Aper’eau  are on Leopold de Waalplaats -that’s the square right in front of the fine arts museum (aka KMSKA) with summer cocktails, wines and beers, DJs, and al fresco drinking from 5pm -11pm

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lots on for Beer lovers this weekend!

Down at the Seefbeer brewery and cafe, they’re holding a beergarden opening with festivities continuing over the weekend, starting at 3pm on Friday and including live music, a BBQ and a bouncy castle for the kids. Seef makes some really good beers and this is a lovely, slightly out-of-the way venue -recommended!

And there’s even more for beerlovers: all weekend on Groenplaats it’s the annual Bierpassie Weekend!

Saturday

kiloAt Plein Publiek there’s another vintage Kilo Sale from 12 -5pm, where as the name suggests you make your vintage/ retro/ pre-loved clothing purchases by the kilo (20 euros per kilo).

Lovers of street art should head to the Permeke Library reading garden (leestuin) today where street art festival Colours of Antwerp is taking place; check the agenda on the link since some activities require pre-registration. Most of them are free, except the tour led by Antwerp’s most popular and knowledgeable street art guide, Tim Marschang.

The ZOO summer bar opens today at 4pm; it’s a real little oasis of a summer bar just next to the flamingos at the zoo entrance and a lovely place to hang out right in the centre, next to the station, with frequent live music performances on the bandstand. ZOOmerbar is open until 19th August.

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The Zoo Summer Bar (pic by Zoo Antwerpen)

triodesfemmeRound off your Saturday with something a bit different in the form of this boisterous performance hosted by Antwerp’s English speaking theatre group Mixed and United, welcoming Trio de Femmes (pic right) and their show Girly Show: What We Sacrifice For The Dream of Love. Tickets 10euros, via email to info@mixedandunited.be
(stating: 1. show name: GirlyShow & 2. Names of the attendees).
Sunday

Fabric and craft fans, today is your day: it’s the fabric market on Grote Markt  brought to you by Stoffencircus from 10am -5pm, for all your stitching, sewing and fabric needs.

Around the St Pauluskerk area it’s the Utopia Festival -see the link for the full programme which comprises music, reading, guided tours and kids’ activities.

There’s an hour’s free zumba in the Harmoniepark from 4-5pm.

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Lambermontmartre

It’s the second Lambermontmartre of the season: Antwerp’s most relaxed and friendly art market, Lambermontmartre takes place in front of KMSKA on five Sundays over summer from midday until 5pm. It supports local artists in selling their work and is the perfect way to spend a stress-free summer afternoon. There’s always a band; snacks and drinks for sale and some kid-friendly art activities too.

Not only is Plantin Moretus an amazing place to visit because of what is inside the museums, but also because of what is outside and today is the day to go and find out about their historical gardens because it’s Open Gardens 2019 which is an annual event run by Open Tuinen VZW. This is an extra activity provided for visitors to the museum today (so you do need to pay the cost of visiting the museum, which is a must in itself)

Miscellaneous

 

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Bolt (source: Instagram)

The most important thing in this section this week is Bolt The Bearded Dragon! Just before term ended, I had the pleasure of guest-teaching a class of young bloggers at Antwerp International School who were improving their English skills by beginning blogs and writing blog entries. They all made amazing blogs, but this blog post was voted as the best one: it’s by Julian who blogs about looking after his fascinating and unusual pet -a very handsome bearded dragon who goes by the name of Bolt. Please have a look and give him a LIKE to encourage this young blogger -keep on writing, Julian!

(NB: Bolt also has his own Instagram account!)

On Monday last week, I published a helpful guest post by Jon Kemp all about how and where to learn Dutch in Antwerp

It’s truly summer when Summer HQ opens in the form of the Zomerbar on Sloepenweg which it did on the 24th June (last Monday) at 2pm. It’s a familiar and essential summer hangout that’s very relaxed and kid-friendly. Note: Stad Antwerp summer bars will be cashless this year.

The complete Antwerp summer programme (Zomer van Antwerpen) was released on 28th May at http://www.zva.be/ -get in quick for ticketed events that you are interested in. Helpfully, there are English and French versions of the programme in downloadable pdf form.

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This weekend: 5th, 6th & 7th August

aqafThe Antwerp Queer Arts Festival is on all weekend and beyond. Buy tickets online to get into events for less and keep track of the different events and activities on The AQAF Facebook page. (pic from AQAF)

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Also over the whole weekend is the Linkerwoofer festival. It’s 10 euros per person (kids less than a metre tall go free). Alongside the music, there is plenty of kids’ entertainment, as well as a market) and begins on Friday night at 6pm. Take the Sint Anna tunnel under the river and you are there. Great views of the Antwerp skyline from the other side of the water! (pic from Linkerwoofer)

 

Friday

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A Flying Pig event from earlier this year (Steenplein)

Flying Pig (music, food trucks, drinks) is on Sint Andriesplaats this Friday evening from 5pm.

There’s a choice of free (world) music on Dageraadplaats and kids’ entertainment at 7.30 as part of Muziek in de Wijk or at Rivierenhof Openlucht Theater at 8.30. Folk music fans should head to Bar Ami for their usual Friday night fayre at 8.30.
pokemon-1536849_640And for those swept up in the Pokemon Go craze … head to Antwerp Zoo at 7pm for a Zoo Pokehunt until 8.30. It’s free, but participants are encouraged to donate 3 euros (image from Pixabay).

Saturday

The Antwerp Queer Arts Festival opens today and continues until the 14th August. The free opening event takes place at Gallerie Verbeeck-VanDyck (near MAS/ Eilandje) and coincides with Museum Night (see below)

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Loads of Antwerp museums will be open until 1am for Museum Night on Saturday night. 10 euros will get you into them all – a mere 8 euros if you reserve beforehand. It’s only 5 euros if you are under 26, and free if you are under 12.

During the day, from 10am there’s a second hand market on St Jansplein.

MARTA the farmers’ market, is at Born In Antwerp on the Kattendijkdok from 9am

 

 

 

 

Sunday

Today’s second hand/ fleamarket is in Park Spoor Noord, from 9am -6pm, courtesy of Goegekregen.

From 4pm -7pm at Rivierenhof, it’s Yoyogi -an open performance opportunity for anyone who would like to come along and demonstrate their music, dance or performance skills, or to watch others. It’s free and there are also various workshops (e.g. kungfu, acro-yoga, ropeskipping, tai chi).

Antwerpen Zingt! is a fun event at 6.30 at the Gedempte Zuiderdokken/ Vlaamse Kaai. It’s basically a great big sing-a-long. It’s free and you will be provided with a song sheet -there is usually a mix of well-known popular songs and some Flemish ones. The singing is lead from a large stage, and there are some additional performances.

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

Weather

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After a disappointingly drizzly week, this weekend looks set to be largely dry (some possibility of showers on Saturday) and cloudy, with warmest temperatures (24- 26 degrees) on Sunday, which could also be sunny…. Fingers crossed!

 

Miscellaneous

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To find your way to all and any of the locations mentioned in this post see the Nessascityblog Google map. (Image from Pixabay)

 

For full details of ZvA events check the Zomer van Antwerpen website.

Kids

Bibfabriek at Permeke Library is keeping kids entertained for free on every Wednesday afternoon throughout August (from 2- 4pm).

Cargo Summer Bar is also providing kids entertainment on Wednesdays at 2 (games, face-painting, workshops, dance.) Keep an eye on their Facebook page in case activities are cancelled or rescheduled due to weather.

Speel-O-Rama is on daily (Mon- Fri) at Zuiderpershuis for kids aged7-13, from 10am- 4.30pm for 2 euros per child. For the week 08/08 -12/08 the theme is Street Theater. There are other ongoing activities and workshops too.

Kids will enjoy being taken to the summer edition of Sportopia in Park Loods (Park Spoor Noord) which returns on July 20th. The winter version of this was good -my kids enjoyed it on more than one occasion, although it can get busy. It costs 6 euros per session, but is less than that if you have an A-Kaart and free to under 4s, or those with 10 points on their A-Kaart. Open 10- 6pm Wednesdays- Sundays.

Get Involved In An Interesting Art Project… 

If you would like to try something creative this summer, and think that starting small would be the best way to begin, this project, which is the brainchild of Antwerp-based artist Leo Reijnders is perfect for you:

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Image by Leo Reijnders

 

To mark its 10th birthday, CLOUDKNITTERS is organising a MAIL ART PROJECT “Let Sky The Limit” and is inviting every artist we know to participate and make a Mail Art Work, the size of a postcard. We also should like each artist to invite all his/ her artist friends and colleagues to do the same:

Our aim is to make an ‘artistic footprint’ of the Cloudknitters network.

These small pieces of art will be exhibited during the CLOUDKNITTERS 10- YEAR festival that lasts from 30th September until 23rd October in the Old Bourse, Hofstraat 15, 2000 Antwerp (Belgium)

This Old Bourse is the oldest stockmarket of Antwerp for international trading. The Pagadder Tower (1533) was a watch-tower whose purpose was to spot ships so they could be compelled to pay excise duties. This happened during the Spanish occupation, and the tower was manned by officers who were considered too small to fight. Pagador means paymaster in Spanish, but here in Antwerp they still use the word ‘pagadder’ (affectionately) for a small girl or boy.

See the Toren here.

Each of the little Mail Art works will be used for a video and will be exhibited on the internet.

On the last day of the exhibition, all of the works will be sold for 20 euros each and this money will be used to fund the Cloudknitters festival.

Thus, all the works that I receive before 23rd October can be part of this project. It starts from the moment you read this …until 23 October 2016.

The theme is “THE CLOUDKNITTERS”.
Please send your postcard-sized artwork to:

Leo Reijnders , Bouwensstraat 9, 2140 Borgerhout  (Belgium)

Let’s make the biggest MAIL ART PROJECT ever!

Further links:
http://www.thecloudknitters.be

Kunstproject “The Cloudknitter At Vauban’s House”

https://thecloudknitteratvaubanshouse.wordpress.com

 

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This Weekend: 29th, 30th & 31st January 2016

Friday 29th

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Photo from: Critical Mass Antwerpen

Antwerp has its own Critical Mass bike rides, which take place on the last Friday of every month. Cyclists assemble on Theaterplein at 6pm and cycle in and around the city together for around an hour, for a healthy and eco-friendly start to the weekend.

Afterwards, you might wish to head to An Sibhin on Nationale Straat where Croque Manouche will be playing at 9. The kitchen is going to be open later than usual and serving food from 6.30 (chilli con carne, beef burritos, veggie burgers and beef burgers) if you want to eat beforehand.

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“Pateekes” in an Antwerp shop window

The 29th January marks the start of Antwerp Patisserie Week (Pateekes week) which involves various bakeries, and tea & coffee houses round the town. This is an annual event and the way it works is that you buy a “Pateekes Pass” for 10 euros at the Tourist office on Grote Markt. This provides you with 10 vouchers (‘bonnetjes’) which you can exchange for cakes and pastries at the participating venues -you will be provided with a list of these when you buy the pass.

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Designcenter De Winkelhaak

At 6pm head over to Design Center Winkelhaak for a retro and second hand furniture & design market called Dubieus Design. It’s 5 euros in (includes a glass of bubbles) but is also on on Saturday from 10am -6pm for free.  

In the same building is the lovely Bar Oscar if you are feeling hungry or thirsty….

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Bar Oscar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday 30th

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Kids dancing at LBWG

If you have children who like to move and dance you might want to take them to Little Brewers Winter Garden for Dansen Met Lotte at 2pm (all kids) and for children aged 6+ from 4.30pm. LBWG is a large, airy, pop-up bar, which is going to be open until the end of February. It’s a really nice, chilled space with plenty of room, but is likely to be busier and noisier when the kids’ dance event is taking place.

For adults who also love to dance there is a Flamenco festival at the Zuiderpershuis on both Saturday and Sunday night, it’s a little pricier than most events that I list here (36 euros pre-sale; 40 at the venue) but it is obviously an event that is a big deal if you are a flamenco fan!

At artist-run space Pink House Italielei 63, there’s a performance festival starting at 2pm, for 5 euros.

Sunday 31st

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image courtesy of Madam Woll

At 10am there’s Madame Woll’s monthly  knitting atelier for 8 euros (bring your own materials).

There’s also a big fleamarket on The Schijnpoortweg from 10-6pm, 2,50 entrance.

And Het Steen is open for kids (6+) for the free time-themed atelier which takes place above the café -walk in any time between 1pm and 4pm.

 

At 11am (-12.30) children aged 6+ can see the film Orla de Kikkersliker at Permeke Library for 2 euros.

And a cinema tip for grown-up film fans:  the Belgian-made film Problemski Hotel, which is now showing in Antwerp at Cartoons Cinema near the cathedral was warmly recommended to me by a colleague this week.

Weather is likely to be much milder in terms of temperatures, this weekend, but with the possibility of some showers in the afternoon on Saturday and Sunday (and breezy). Friday is forecast to be dry all day.

Do comment, mail & Tweet your feedback and suggestions -are there events I am missing? Let me know.

Until next Thursday 🙂

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