This weekend in Antwerp: 8th, 9th & 10th March

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Richard Egarr Conductor and Harpsichardist Photo; Marco Borggreve

On Saturday March 16th, the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra plays Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3, known as the Scottish, under the baton of the British conductor Richard Eggar (pictured left; photo by Marco Borggreve) at the Queen Elisabeth Hall, Antwerp.

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Friday

Friday is International Women’s Day. Join the Women’s Strike Festival on Theaterplein from 4pm. Take part in the activism and also enjoy some food, drink and kids entertainment; you can read about the women’s strike here.50751067_372479183531775_2584346929412440064_o

On Friday evening there is a group exhibition from a new art platform called Pas de Soucis (pic right). You can find them on the Van Diepenbeeckstraat 22 from 7pm onwards and offering drinks, snacks, music, painting, photography, video installations and fashion.

Chocolate Week begins in Antwerp – if you are familiar with Pateekes Week, then you will know the format, as it is the same: get your Chocolate Pass for 10 euros and then benefit from special chocolatey bargains around the city by exchanging the vouchers on the pass. You can buy the pass at one of Antwerp’s tourist offices (in central stration, and on Grote Markt). Chocolate week continues until the 17th March and you can see a list of participating chocolatiers and cafés here.

Saturday

Hurrah, it’s RETRO DAY in the second hand shops (“kringwinkels”) of Antwerp. There are eight second hand shops in Antwerp; you can find them listed here. Pick up an authentic bargain and support the eco-friendly work of your local second hand store. And don’t forget that if you have items to recycle, the Kringwinkel offer a free pick-up service if you ring to arrange it: 03 217 25 10

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Sunday

Swan Market is back in Antwerp today, with their regular brand of food trucks, and market stands offering clothes, accessories and home products produced by small businesses. Swan Market is at Meatpack (Samberstraat 40) from11am- 6pm.

From 9am- 6pm purveyors of second hand clothing, accessories, shoes, toys, antiques, vinyl and household goods …. Goegekregen are at Waagnatie. This is a free “rommelmarkt”. There will also be streetfood, and drinks.

Last day of kids’ film festival JEF -see miscellaneous, below.

Weather – Friday could be bright, cool and pleasant; light rain expected over Saturday and Sunday.

Miscellaneous

March is Youth Book Month -encourage your young reader by checking out the agenda: there will be lots going on at Bib Permeke.

JEF2019JEF is an annual film festival for children and young people in Belgium, with events taking place in various locations across the country. There is of course, a JEF program in Antwerp featuring screenings, activities and workshops for all ages. Most of these take place in the Zuiderpershuis, with a few at the Ecohuis too. JEF runs until the 10th March and is well worth looking at if you have kids to entertain during the Spring half-term break (“Krokusvakantie”).

 

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This Weekend in Antwerp: 9th, 10th & 11th March

Friday

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Band 110 & Fabrik

Nessascityblog’s absolute favourite Antwerp band –Band 110 – are playing Fabrik, starting at 9.30pm. 110 are a three-piece improvisational electro-rock band from Antwerp described thus: “sometimes downtempo and haunting, other times whirring with energy, 110 make atmospheric, trippy instrumental music based around sampled loops”.

 

 

Saturday

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image courtesy of Retrodag

If you are a bargain hunter head to your nearest second hand or thrift store (‘Kringwinkel’) -it’s Thrift Store Day; an ideal time to pick up a bargain and keep your carbon footprint a little smaller. The theme is retro and vintage -so if you are keen on old-school furniture, decor, household items, clothes and shoes, today (‘retrodag’) is your day. Each shops has a focus (e.g. musical instruments in Deurne; wooden toys in Merksem) as well as a range of other second hand goods. You can see a list of the participating shops and their locations here.

Sunday

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It’s the Antwerp Urban Trail -the walk is fully subscribed, but you can register for the run right up until the 10th (Saturday). The route takes in some Antwerp landmarks, with participants running inside (through offices and bars!) as well as outside around the city. It starts at Park Spoor Noord (in the shelter) and ends at nearby Park Loods Sport Hall.

Last Day to register for the Antwerp Spring Clean (‘Lentepoets’)-this is a neighbourhood initiative that you can do along with others in your street. The idea is that you clean up your street (doorsteps, doorways, pavements, benches etc) while getting to know your neighbours better. All participants get a lunch box for taking part, and a flower pot with flowers.

The weather looks like it not be too cold but will be showery, on and off all weekend. So don’t forget your brolly.

Miscellaneous

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Street art in Antwerp (pic courtesy of streetart360)

Are you interested in Street Art in Antwerp? Here are a couple of links which may interest you: firstly this one on Facebook where Street Art enthusiast and expert Tim posts details of guided street art walks (keep a close eye though, as they often get fully booked quite quickly). My young son and I did one a while back and they are very good. I also received an email this week from Streetart360 who featured Antwerp recently in their Antwerp Street Art Guide.

There’s a funfair on Sint-Jansplein -I have no idea how long it will be there. They pop up from time to time and I noticed it, biking back from work today.

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Check out this month’s agenda for Colectivo Amorika for March (left). They provide cultural and language activities for Spanish speaking families in the Antwerp area, and those with an interest in understanding Spanish culture and language.

If you are a runner, you can now register for the Antwerp Ten Miles which takes place on  the 22nd April.

If you are a young reader, or parent of a young reader, you might be interested to know that March is Youth Book Month – this year with a science & tech theme.

 

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This weekend: 7th, 8th & 9th April

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Here’s the Google Map for this weekend!

Friday

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BATS (English speaking theatre in Antwerp) hold their monthly open evening at their Little Theatre and bar on Paardenmarkt. Swing by from 8.30pm to find out about their current program or about getting involved with one of their productions.

 

 

Saturday

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Kunst In Huis  ©Artur Eranosian

 

It is Slow Art Day – go and take a look at the works on show at Kunst in Huis Antwerpen, Montignystraat 18-20. Kunst In Huis (Art In The Home) acts as an art library. If you register with them you can borrow (or buy) modern artworks for affordable prices.

 

You can pick up the pace a bit on Saturday night from 9pm at the HAVN Church (Italielei 8) with Zurenborg Beats – sounds provided by DJs from bars around Dageraadplaats. 5 euros in before midnight.

Sunday

If you are an RAFC fan you probably don’t need to be told that today the club and its entourage will be making its way through the town and to the Bosuil stadium as it marks its return to the Belgian first division after 13 years, with a victory parade. This begins at 10.45 on Grote Markt.

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pick up a bargain at Steegsken 6

You are spoiled for choice today if you like to rummage. Here are your second-hand market options:

Second hand clothing and fashion sale at Parkloods from 11 -6pm.

If you are in the old town, swing by Steegsken 6 for a small garage sale which is well worth a visit -throughout April, on Sundays from 11 -6pm. I picked up some nice shades and a new Converse bag there last weekend, for an absolute steal …

Fleamarket and second hand goods on Sint Jansplein from 9am, and at Kinepolis from 10am

And they are freecycling ( a ‘geefplein’) at Costa Sint Andries from 11am where the motto is ‘you give what you can; you take what you need” -bring your own unwanted goods to donate to others who can use them.

Also on Sint Jansplein -last day of the funfair.

For a quieter Sunday afternoon (2pm -6pm), you can take part in a guided walk for free through Berchem (from E.Rijckaertplein at the entrance to Berchem Station) courtesy of Natuurpunt and learn about the trees that grow in this area. Pre-registration is preferred via wandeling@natuurpuntantwerpenstad.be

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Hurrah!  Markt van Morgen is on Kloosterstraat again from 12 -6pm, and they are 10 years old this year. This market offers clothing, jewellery, accessories, stationery and household goods made by local creatives. There are always snacks and drinks available, and it is a great place to pick up a special card or gift that you won’t find in the high street

(pic courtesy of Markt van Morgen).

The weather is set to be dry, mild and cloudy on Friday and Saturday, but will get quite a bit warmer and sunnier on Sunday, with a possible top temp of 20 degrees.

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The Beast

You may have noticed a huge inflatable dinosaur on Astridplein. For three euros you can enter “The Beast” …

If you have kids aged 7-13 on their Easter break and needing to fill their days, they can do so at Speel -O-Rama for just 2 euros per day from Monday 10th April -Thursday 13 April (inclusive) 10am-4.30pm over at Kiel. There’s a swimming pool there, so make sure they take their swim things and a towel.

You can still register for the Antwerp 10 Miles next weekend.

 

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This weekend: 10th, 11th & 12th March

It feels good to be moving in to March, with a few signs of spring to lift the spirits. Here’s the GOOGLE MAP for this weekend’s locations and venues.

Friday

screen-shot-2017-03-06-at-11-44-31You could start your weekend at one of two free-entry food and drink events: there’s this  Warehouse Edition of Flying Pig at pop-up Contrair, which promises the usual fair of drinks, fingerfood and DJs from 5pm, or  StrEAT (not far away) at Felix Pakhuis from 6pm.

Saturday

Then you could jump on the Antwerp Soul Train at Bar Venetie from 10pm…

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It’s Retro Day from 10am -6pm in the eight Kringwinkels (thrift shops) of Antwerp. The Kringwinkel most central to Antwerp is at Jorispoort 29. It doesn’t look very eye catching from the outside but it has three floors of second hand household items, toys, books, furniture and clothes. On Twitter, Facebook and Instagram you could win a 25 euro voucher by sharing a picture of your own retro treasure(s) with the hashtags #retrodag and #dekringwinkelantwerpen

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Sint Jansplein

In a similar vein there is the regular, big secondhand and flea market on Sint Jansplein, starting at 9am.

Between 11- 5pm there’s a closet sale at Plein Publiek, held by Revive Collective.

For film fans, there is a festival of short films –Ciné Public)-at Cinema Zuid (that’s in the Photography Museum). It’s a fiver for a ‘block’ of short films (each block consists of about 7 films and last approximately 2 hours).

There’s a Breakdancing event on Saturday evening at Waagnatie. It doesn’t cost but you need to get your free ticket here beforehand. Doors open at 6.

Sunday

It’s the 5th Antwerp Urban Trail, which leaves from Park Spoor Noord in ‘waves’ every 20 minutes from 9am. This year the route will run via the new Port of Antwerp harbour building.

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Sacha Eckes, one of the artists exhibiting at Life Will Be Great Soon

Round off the weekend with this vernissage  (“Life Will Be Great Soon”) at the Praetoria Gallery in Berchem, from 2-6pm. Until 22nd April.

The weather looks reasonably mild and bright (12- 13 degrees) but there could be some showers around.

Miscellaneous

If you have children (aged 8-14) interested in the Children’s University event on 19th March, you can register them from now. You might also want to know that March is Youth Book Month.

We are fast approaching the very end of the Stadhuis 450 expo, which closes at the end of this month. If you have been meaning to go but haven’t, then time is running out ….

Talking of running -you can now register for the Antwerp 10 miles in April.

Have you spotted the Hard Rock Café that’s coming to Antwerp?

And I’d like to make a special mention of Freddy, an Antwerp student, who has launched this fundraiser for orphans in Thailand where she used to live. Do click and donate if you have some spare euros for a good cause.

And if you are interested in international education in Antwerp for your children, come to the Antwerp International School Open day on Wednesday

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This weekend: 26th, 27th & 28th August

Friday

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Theaterplein

 

It’s the last Friday of the month, so Critical Mass takes place as usual -it’s the Back To School edition. Assemble on Theaterplein at 6pm, with your bike, as usual

Aper’eau (outdoor wine and beer bars) will be in the Stadspark for the 6th Antwerp edition, starting at 5pm and continuing until midnight.

Free Fridays at Openluchtheater offers a Lou Reed tribute act starting at 8.30 (doors open at 7 … first come, first served).

 

Saturday

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KAVKA/ Bar Cour

Biking again: if you have a bike needing fixed come to Kavka’s Fietskeuken (Bike Kitchen). You can get it fixed by learning how to do bike repairs.It’s free and starts at 7, and Bar Cour summer bar is in the same venue and open until 10pm.

It’s the end of the summer programme at Spoor Oost -they are closing with a party from 1pm -10pm

SKRÄP brings us today’s second hand market in Harmonie Park from 9am -8pm. There’s a summer bar in this park too (De Living) and this is SKRÄP’s last market for this year. There’s also one on St Jansplein from 9am.

The #redballproject (see last weekend’s post and nessascityblog instagram) will be in the Stadspark.

Sunday

If you still need more second-hand goodies, Goegekregen fleamarket is at Kattendijkdok/ Born in Antwerp from 10-6pm.

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Leopold de Waelplaats (Lambermonmartre)

And the local art market, Lambermonmartre,  is at KMSKA (fine arts museum) on the Leopold de Waelplaats from midday, where you can also enjoy drinks, music from a gypsy swing band (les Baptistes) and snacks.

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Cultuurmarkt flags on Meir

Also for culture vultures, Antwerp will be part of the Flanders Culture Market which takes place each year across various venues, but you will see much of it if you make your way down Meir from the station. The Cultuurmarkt van Vlaanderen which through performances and information stands enables you to explore a range of cultural programmes for the coming year. The programme is very extensive, and there are a range of theatres and museums opening their doors to be part of this event too. If you have kids, look for information, stands and activities with a fly symbol: kids under 12 can follow a route (vliegroute) which enables them to collect points by taking part in creative and fun activities. They can exchange these for a free gift.

Also for kids if you haven’t taken them yet, be aware that today is the last day of Sportopia at Parkloods, Park Spoor Noord. #redballproject will also be in PSN today.

… And there’s a Vintage market at Bocadero. [UPDATE: this event may be cancelled. I am checking and will try to update again soon, but I am getting no response to my enquiry]
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Temperatures are going to continue high, after a toasty week, but might fall off a bit on Sunday. Possible summer storminess late Saturday afternoon. Mostly sunny!

Miscellaneous

Find all the locations mentioned here on the Google Map for this post.

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Cargo Summer Bar, Park Spoor Noord

If you have been pining for more big screen football since the end of the Euros Cargo Summer Bar will be showing the World Cup qualifiers Belgium games, starting with Belgium- Spain on the 1st September (Thursday).

Belgian schools go back next week (Thursday) so expect roads and bike paths to be busier.

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This weekend: June 24th, 25th & 26th

Hello! It’s going to be a bit of a brisk round-up this week as we are enjoying spending time with visitors from the UK and our summer holidays have begun. Next month also, there will be a reduced service when I am away on holiday, but I am planning to write a post which lists the most important links for the summer season.

Note that a couple of events listed here (Ramblas, Bierpassie and Barrio Latino) take place on both Saturday and Sunday.

Friday

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Flying Pig

Flying Pig at Het Steen was a cool start to the weekend a couple of weeks back. The Second Edition of Flying Pig is at Napoleonkaai (near MAS museum) and kicks off at 5.

 

For after-work drinks, many of the summer bars are now open including  CargoBocaderoThe Next LevelBar PaniekSmokey Joes Garage (previously Bar Josephine) Bar Gloed on the Keyserlei (Antwerp Tower) and Zomer Fabriek.

For Beer lovers, head straight to Groenplaats for the start of Bierpassieweekend at 5pm. All beers 2 euros (pay with jetons). Bierpassie continues on Saturday and Sunday.

And for cyclists, it’s a party edition of Critical Mass -assemble with your bike on Theaterplein at 6pm; the ride will conclude with drinks and music at Moorkensplein Borgerhout.

Mechelsepleinfeesten (see below) is also already underway for Friday.

Saturday

Its the Mechelsepleinfeesten this weekend from 4pm – 11pm each day, promising food trucks, music, performances and more.

A similar event takes place on Falconplein, but with an emphasis on international food and music: Ramblas starts at 10am both Saturday and Sunday with four music stages, and food and drink from a variety of different countries. And in a similar vein, but with an emphasis on dance is Barrio Latino on the Paardenmarkt

 

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Dubieus Design

Dubieus Design is a retro/ vintage design market that has previously taken place in Winkelhaak but this weekend, heads for Born In Antwerp (Kattendijkdok) starting at midday.

 

 

 

There’s an antique and bric-a-brac market on Sint Nicolasplaats, starting at 11am.

KOPLAND is a new co-working space on Amerikalei which will be open to the public today, with displays, an open atelier, music and catering -from 2pm -9pm (image courtesy of KOPLAND). 

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KOPLAND

 

And HAPPY 60th BIRTHDAY BATS Antwerp!  Head along to their bithday BBQ at the Little Theater on Paardenmarkt at 2pm. It’s 5 euros in for non-members, and a great chance to find out more about English speaking theatre in Antwerp. It’s a dress-up party with the theme of a  film from 1956: Around The World In Eighty Days. (image: Pixabay)

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Sunday

The first Lambermontmartre was spoiled by rainy weather last month. Let’s hope it stays dry this Sunday, when it is back on Leopold de Waelplaats (that’s in front of the fine art museum – KMSKA) this Sunday from midday. As well as the chance to see and buy a variety of works by local artist, there is food and drink available, and a chance for kids to paint too.

Or there is a Vintage Market at Bocadero from midday.

If you have kids to amuse then this free performance at 3 at Ramblas on Falconplein for kids aged 3+ might be fun!

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Second hand Antwerp: buying, selling, recycling & donating.

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Regular readers may have noticed that I frequently feature flea-markets on my blog posts.  (or “Rommelmarkten” in Dutch). I enjoy going to these markets -they are often sociable places to hang out, with snacks or drinks also on sale, or take place in a communal space like a local square. I believe that buying second hand, trading hand-me-downs with friends and borrowing are ways in which we can keep costs down and simultaneously reduce our carbon footprint. I often buy second hand clothes for myself and my kids, and I love to get a bag of hand-me-downs, from parents of bigger kids, rather than buy new. Here is a brief guide to some of the second- hand shops in Antwerp, as well as some suggestions about recycling and donating your own used items. Rommelmarkten.be lists secondhand markets all over Belgium and this site enables you to search by location and date.

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Oxfam books on Quellinstraat

Oxfam has two shops in Antwerp. One is at Quellinstraat 28 (off Keyserlei) and sells second-hand books. It is open from 10 -6 on Mondays to Saturdays and most (but not all books are in Dutch). The other Oxfam store is not a second hand store -it’s a “Wereld winkel” (world shop) and sells goods produced by people in developing countries, often as part of Oxfam initiatives. There is a Permekewide range of Fair Trade goods, and environmentally- friendly products such as those made by Ecover. Talking of books, don’t forget the Permeke Library on de Coninckplein (just through China Town) for borrowing books and DVDs. De Slegte on Wapper also sells (and will buy) second hand and antiquarian books.

My favourite second-hand shop is the “Kringwinkel” (recycling shop) at Sint-Jorispoort 29. It is really big and has four floors of second hand items, always in good condition. I have bought clothes, furniture and baby items at the Sint -Jorispoort Kringwinkel. It also sells toys, jewellery, kitchen and baby items. As well as buying from here, they will receive your used items at the front desk. For larger items, you can call them and they will take away your sofa or cupboard for free, if you arrange a time with them.

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There are a couple of great places for second- hand clothing in Antwerp. Perhaps best known is Think Twice which has three shops in Antwerp: on the Jezus Straat (off Meir), on Lange Klarenstraat (also off Meir) and on Kammenstraat (towards the old town, off Nationalestraat). The prices are more than you would pay at the Kringloopwinkel or at a flea-market, but the stock is in good condition, well chosen and often pretty hip.

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In a similar price range is Episode which also specialises in retro and vintage. It’s a roomy store with space to rummage and plenty of denim if you are looking for jeans, as well as fun fake fur, belts, shades … They are a chain  and also have stores in The Netherlands and in Copenhagen.

If you are buying new and have a reasonable budget Today Is A Good Day on Nationalestraat specialises in eco- friendly shoes and clothing, but as you can see from the website, it is not cheap. However, if you have eco-cheques, and want to use them for clothes or shoes, you can spend them here.

A little further down is the same street is Jutka en Riska selling vintage, retro and second hand clothing, accessories and shoes -this is also a bit more hip than a regular charity store and so some prices are a bit higher here. They do sell new clothes from their own label -these are not cheap, but you can get lucky, as they do good reductions. They will buy in your 60s, 80s & 90s clothing and accessories.

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Jutka & Riska, Nationalestraat

If you are looking for labels at second hand prices, cross Astridplein from the station and turn left, where you will find Pardaf on Gemeentestraat. It’s easy to miss and looks like a residence. Inside the rooms are small, but there is a good choice of second hand designer clothes, accessories and bags.

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Pardaf

In need of a second hand bike? Try Abakri. They also do bike repairs. Also, if you are going to be living in Antwerp for a limited time, you can buy a bike, return it within a year and get half the cost of the bike back.

Alternatively, there are the now distinctive red and white Antwerp Velos available for a cheap price at lots of handy locations around the city.

Gamers can get second hand games and consoles at Game Mania which also takes your used games for cash or store credit.

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Tune Up on Melkmarkt

Antwerp also has a few independent second hand vinyl stores – a couple of these are located not far from the cathedral, coming away from Grote Markt, such as Fat KatThe Vinyl Touch and Tune Up (above the International Magazine Store) which are all within a short walk of one another. Across the road from Vinyl Touch, at Wolstraat 1 is In’t Profijtelijk Boeksken (IBP books) which sells second hand books and vinyl.

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IBP Wolstraat 1

Head south along Volkstraat to Coffee and Vinyl which -as the name suggests -will provide you with caffeine also. Local artists also exhibit here.

Finally, don’t forget to recycle or donate your own used goods. As previously mentioned, the Kringwinkel will pick up larger goods for you, if you contact them and arrange a time. Clean, usable items which are smaller, can be taken directly to Sint- Jorispoort, or books to Oxfam.

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Some items you may just have to let go …

There are a number of selling pages on Facebook like this one or this one in English, but you might like to consider giving things away on Free & Recycled Antwerpen where you can also look at what others are giving away or post if there is something you need that someone else might be glad to get rid of (I once got rid of a bunch of old wood that had been hanging around on my balcony, but which some one else could put to good use). High street store  H & M is also accepting used clothes as part of a recycling initiative.

A really good cause in the Antwerp area is Moeders voor Moeders which supports parents and families in need by supplying clothing, baby items & equipment and food to those in need of it. On Thursday and Tuesdays between 9 and 4 you can drop off these items at Helmstraat 91, or on the first Saturday of each month between 10 and midday. They are also keen to receive school bags and equipment for local children who need them, as well as sheets and towels.

Antwerp is pretty good for second hand shopping, in my view. All these stores are just about within walking distance of one another, so it would be easy to plan an afternoon and browse them all. These are just a sample, I know there are some I have missed which I need to explore on Koepoortstraat and a couple more on Nationalestraat too, so I am sure I will have to do some updates to this post….

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So here sporting a gold-knit top from Blanco, a skirt from Morgan de Toi, with coat from Miss Selfridge, bag from Mexx (all second hand; total costs approximately 12 euros). The black and white houndstooth bangle was also second hand, but I don’t know where it is from.

 

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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