This weekend: 26th, 27th & 28th May

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Yasssss …. it’s a long weekend and the weather is going to be toasty. We will respond to this winning combination in the traditional Antwerpian fashion by sloping around in the sunshine, eating and drinking. What luck! For this weekend seems to hold many opportunities to do just that. Just watch out for a wee bit of drizzle or thunder on Sunday, but nonetheless temperatures are set to be high …

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A fun event which is fairly new to the Antwerp Summer scene is Vakantie op T’ Zuid
which describes itself as a holiday market. This event is very much focused on food or drink and it is fairly easy to tailor your consumption to your budget, as the food ranges from small snacks and sweets to larger meals. It has a truly international feel with stands from all over the world, as well as some performances (we saw some Indonesian dancing last year). It takes place down on the Vlaamse Kaai, so there is also a handy playground for kids, as well as a play area for the event itself. Starts Thursday at midday and continues until Sunday.

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Mercado on Groenplaats is also having a food festival that takes place over the whole weekend (25th -28th May) offering -in addition to their usual stands – outdoor stands, street musicians and magicians, and kids’ entertainment.

Friday

Update: No picnic today apologies for the error!

Critical Mass takes place as usual for the last Friday of the month, meeting at 6pm -also on Theaterplein. Bring your bike for the musical edition of this monthly communal bike ride

Aper’eau is back for the summer -their kick-off event takes place on Groenplaats from 5pm. Outdoor drinks and cocktails in the sun in Antwerp’s most famous square. Sounds like a good way to start the weekend…

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Groenplaats

Saturday

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Brick Boat in Stadspark   This plinth (where different exhibits are featured) is a project from Middelheim Museum

Middelheim -Antwerp’s free  sculpture museum is a beautiful place to visit, but even more so when the weather is good. So this weekend should be a good time to take advantage of the opening event of the Richard Deacon exhibition, complete with a free guided tour.

Or enjoy a browse round the ABC (Antiques Books Curiosa) market at Den Beulebak from 11- 5pm. Free.

Sunday

Snitt are holding a second hand market at a fun location today: at Stack (formerly Convoi)  the container village down by Waagnatie. It’s free and you can bring your own secondhand items to donate to local initiative ‘de Collectie’.

Lambermontmartre is another regular presence on the Antwerp summer scene. It’s not only a chance to browse or buy lots of art works by local and amateur artists, and to support their work, but there is always a band and some good, cheap food and drinks. The area has some lovely cafés (Finjan’s is a favourite of mine for great Falafel and middle-Eastern food) and there is usually a table where kids can paint a canvas of their own for a small price.

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Ascension is the reason for the long weekend. If you would like to enjoy some choral music, head to the Begijnhofkerk at 3pm, where for 5 euros you can hear the Cathedral Singers of Oxford with special music for Ascensiontide.

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Miscellaneous

Buurtpleintjes is an initiative from Stad Antwerpen offering free sporting activities on local squares around the city. Last year my son really enjoyed a series of free basketball lessons on Sint Andriesplaats as part of this initiative. Start by checking here to see what’s on offer near you.

Next week Wednesday is the last Wednesday of the month so Antwerp City museums are free (Plantin Moretus, Rockox, Mayer van den Bergh, The MAS and The Red Star Line Museum).

During 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.

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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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Fabrik

 

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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This weekend: 21st, 22nd & 23rd April

NEXT POST: THURSDAY 27TH APRIL, FOR THE MAY DAY WEEKEND (LABOUR DAY) IN ANTWERP

Here’s the GOOGLE MAP FOR THIS WEEKEND

Friday

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Jacqueline van Castre #2 by Sacha Eckes

Last chance to catch the Life Will Be Great Soon exhibition at Praetoria Gallery: the finissage is this evening from 6-9pm

Saturday

It’s Record Store Day! In Antwerp Coffee & Vinyl, Fatkat Records, Wally’s Groove World, and Tune Up Records will be taking part. See their individual pages for details about events and live performances in-store. Record stores are marked with the Record Store Day logo on the Google Map.

More for music fans at Rock Berchem Festival (free).

At Antwerp Airport in Deurne it’s Luchtvaartdag (Aviation Day).

Sunday

It’s the Antwerp 10 Miles & Marathon Here’s the program; the first run begins at 9am.

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The Red Star Line Museum

It’s Heritage Day across Flanders. You can do a search of the many activities. The theme of this year’s Heritage Day is Care. So for, example, the Red Star Line Museum offer a guided tour which focuses on the role of the medical checks to which emigrants were subjected before departing Antwerp in Have You Been To The Doctor Yet? All city run museums are free on Heritage Day, and the Plantin Moretus museum will be holding a mini-food truck festival, with drinks and dishes prepared using herbs from their herb garden.

There’s a Vegan Pot Luck from 1pm at Cargo Summer Bar in Park Spoor Noord. Bring your vegan picnic with dishes to share in order to join in.

From 11 until 1pm kids aged 6-12 can enjoy some creative play at the library making pictures with a food theme.

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There’s an Easter Egg Hunt for kids over in the Militair Domein (Groen Kwartier) from 11am it is free but you have to register on a form in the Groen Kwartier Delhaize or in the bakery there.

And the garage sale at Steegsken 6 continues; Sundays throughout April (11am- 6pm) until May 7th.

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Miscellaneous

The weather should be mild with a slight chance of showers on Saturday morning, but Sunday is predicted to be dry. Temperatures of around 11 degrees, at best.

This English-speaking comedy night on Wednesdays is on my to-do list. Have you been?

Also, don’t forget that the last Wednedsay of the month means free entry to city museums (Plantin Moretus,  Museum Mayer van den Bergh,  Rockox, MAS and The Red Star Line Museum).

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Easter Weekend 2017

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Here’s the Google Map for Easter 2017

Thursday

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MAS

If you catch up with this blog on the day of pressing, you might like to know that there is a ‘Kijkavond’ on the roof of  MAS this evening. This is organised by urania.be  will go ahead if visibility is good, in which case it should be possible to see Mars and Jupiter.  Free.

Friday

Recently refurbed and re-opened Fish & Chips store on Kammenstraat opens a free art expo  at 6.30pm.

Saturday

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Grand Bazar

If you are shopping during the day with kids, there are some activities for them at Grand Bazar Shopping Centre between 11 and 5pm ( e.g. Easter basket and egg decorating)

swaajplogoSwaajp impro theater offer a double bill  with Meeza Impro group for a mere fiver at Zaal Zirkus at 8pm

Sunday -Easter Day
Easter Day is all about brunching. You might remember that back in March I wrote about the work of Maddilyn Goodwin and the Sunburnt Country Project  which takes place on 19th May at Singel.   WILD restaurant in the old town is hosting a fun fundraising event in the form of a brunch, at 11am- 3pm, to help establish the costs of building the concept. Guests can experience the culinary side of Australia while helping these passionate artists come together to expand the cultural offers of Antwerp. There will be Australian-inspired food, sweets, drinks, live music and a bit of trivia! Prices range from 6 euros to about 15, depending on what you have to eat/drink. You can come for a full lunch or just swing by for a drink.

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Maddi Goodwin -A Sunburnt Country

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.

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It’s a holiday and shops are closed, but there are two markets which will be worth checking out: Goegekregen will be on Theaterplein all day, with the usual fair of vintage, retro and second-hand clothes, toys, books and household items. Meanwhile in Borgerhout on the Krugerplein, there is the Easter edition of Krugermarkt (selling second hand goods and their own handmade creations) offering activities for kids (races and an egg hunt). There is also a brunch which you can join in for 15 euros pp by registering via mail at borgernatives@gmail.com Krugerplein is a pretty square with space for kids to play, or to have a picnic.

Last chance to take kids to the pop-up indoor play above Mercado, on Groenplaats ….

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Miscellaneous

Wednesday 19th April is Buitenspeeldag (Play Outside Day). There will be play activities and equipment for kids at Permeke Library and on Sint Andriesplaats between 1pm and 5pm. Free.

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

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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.

Miscellaneous

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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: 17th, 18th & 19th March

[Next post: Thursday 22nd March]

HERE’S THE GOOGLE MAP WITH ALL THIS WEEKEND’S LOCATIONS.

Friday

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Molly’s is Antwerp’s oldest Irish Bar

Happy St Patrick’s Day! Irish bars in the town will be celebrating and my calculations tell me that if you are keen enough, it is perfectly possible to have a Guinness at all of them. Kelly’s, Irish Times, Molly’s and An Sibhin are the four Irish bars in Antwerp. Kelly’s on Keyserlei will be offering live music throughout the day, starting at midday, as will Irish Times on Grote Markt, which also promises give-aways in the form of hats, T-shirts and more. Molly’s also open their doors at that time, but the live music will be on from 8pm, and the party will include Guinness and Jameson promos. An Sibhin kicks off its 20th celebration of St Patricks Day at 5, with music and also food (oysters, Irish stew).

Not only that, but for the first time Antwerp City Hall will be joining other landmarks around the world in  going green and will be lit up for St Patrick’s Day.

 

Saturday

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It’s the monthly free film night  at Het Roze Huis, where there will be a showing of Finnish film ‘Open Up To Me‘ at 8pm (free).

De Slegte book stores are taking part in Children’s Book Day (in Dutch) with read-alouds at 2 (8-12 year olds), 3 and 4pm (for 4-8 year olds). De Slegte book store is on Wapper.

De Groene Waterman bookstore is also taking part, between 2 and 4.30pm. You need to register your child(ren) by mail -groenewaterman@groenewaterman.com, or phone (03/232.93.94)

The Red Hackle Pipe Band and Highland Dancers of Belgium are celebrating their 50th year. To mark the opening of their birthday celebrations programme, they will be parading from St Jansvliet (starting at 12.30-1) and around the Grote Markt from 2pm.

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On Saturday afternoon De Roma theatre kicks off its Picknick The Streets event at 7.30, with music, film, reading, plus stands and stalls from community groups, committees, organisations and action groups from the area.

Sunday

If you have children (aged 8-14) interested in the Children’s University event it might still be possible to  register them for events and workshops which take place today at the University of Antwerp.

It’s the monthly book fair in front of the library (Permeke) on de Conninckplein from 10 until 4pm.

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The former Havenhuis

There are two second-hand sales on at the old Havenhuis (Entrepotkaai, near MAS) which has converted into a pop-up since Port of Antwerp moved. One is an opening for vintage furniture (Mr Frisko) and the other is Ieder Zenne Meug (vintage, retro design). Both start at 11am. This pop-up also now houses a new coffee bar called Het Eiland, which has a great view of MAS and Eilandje.

It is Father’s Day in Antwerp -celebrated today in Antwerp (along with Spain, Portugal and Italy) rather than June, because it is St. Joseph’s Day.

Alas, after last weekend’s pleasant weather, this weekend is not set to be quite so dry and sunny; some showers are likely on Saturday and on Sunday afternoon. Friday will be cooler but temperatures should be up a bit for the weekend (12-13 degrees).

Miscellaneous

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.

March is Youth Book Month.

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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

Finally – would you like to write a guest post for Nessascityblog? As you are probably aware, I post on Thursdays, weekly. I’d like to include a guest post for after the weekend is over, but before the new post is out (so Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday). I’d like posts in English which tell personal Antwerp stories -yours. Where are you from? What are you doing in Antwerp? Why? And what are your experiences of living and/ or working in Antwerp? What are the pleasures and challenges of adapting to life here? You don’t need to be Shakespeare and you don’t need to have English as your first language. I will proof-read and edit posts if necessary. Please get in touch via the About page if you would like to contribute. If you have a different idea for an Antwerp-related post I’d also love to hear it.

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This weekend: 3rd, 4th & 5th March

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Hello, March!

Here’s the GOOGLE MAP for all the places mentioned here. Wouldn’t want you getting lost.

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HAP  Food Trucks

JEFF the Youth Film Festival finishes up this weekend with films, activities and workshops taking place until (and including) Sunday.

HAP Food Trucks festival is on over the whole weekend at Park Spoor Noord Cargo Bar.
Friday

There’s a free mini- expo all about chocolate opening at MAS. Chocolate Secrets will be on until the 3rd September.

Permeke Library kicks off Youth Book Month at 6pm, with an evening aimed at 12-15 year olds. The book months has the theme of gender, identity, role-models and stereotyping. The kick-off event includes readings, music, a drink and a goodie-bag for those who attend. Register by emailing info.permeke@stad.antwerpen.be

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And don’t forget that- it being the first Friday of the month- it’s a good chance to had along to the Open Evening at  BATS Little Theatre on Paardenmarkt 111 at 8.30 to find out about their upcoming shows, or to find out about getting involved in BATS English speaking theatre productions in Antwerp.

Saturday

screen-shot-2017-02-28-at-18-54-39In response to a query on last weekend’s post, alas, I can’t find much in the way of second hand markets in town, this weekend. On Saturday, the nearest one is this one (left) in Deurne (also happening on Sunday)

Kinepolis on the Groenendaallaan is holding a free exhibition of volunteer work opportunities in the Antwerp area, from 1- 5pm.

Sunday

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shoppers on Meir

The first Sunday of the month always means Sunday Shopping in Antwerp city centre. If you are shopping in Grand Bazar, they have a Circus Atelier activity for kids, between 1 and 5pm.

The weather will continue to be largely unimpressive with temperatures between 9 -13 degrees. Sunday will feel cooler and there is the chance of showers on both days.

If you are in practice for the Antwerp 10 Miles, see below for a training run hosted by Sportoase.

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. And Sportoase are holding training runs (10.30 –Sunday, Groenplaats) to help you get in shape for it.

Finally – would you like to write a guest post for Nessascityblog? As you are probably aware, I post on Thursdays, weekly. I’d like to include a guest post for after the weekend is over, but before the new post is out (so Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday). I’d like posts in English which tell personal Antwerp stories -yours. Where are you from? What are you doing in Antwerp? Why? And what are your experiences of living and/ or working in Antwerp? What are the pleasures and challenges of adapting to life here? You don’t need to be Shakespeare and you don’t need to have English as your first language. I will proof-read and edit posts if necessary. Please get in touch via the About page if you would like to contribute. If you have a different idea for an Antwerp-related post I’d also love to hear it.

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This weekend: 10th, 11th & 12th February

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Greetings! I’m back in Antwerp after a great week in The Hague at THIMUN. Here goes for this, the Valentine edition, starting with the Google map for all the locations mentioned in this post.

Cake-lovers -it’s “Pateekesweek” until the end of the weekend: this means that for 10 euros you can pick up a set of tokens to be exchanged for pastries and cakes in participating bakers, food sellers and cafés. The offer assures that you get twice your money’s worth by taking part this way, and you can get the tokens at the tourist offices on either Grote Markt or central station, along with details of participating outlets.

Saturday

There’s what looks like a posh jumble sale at Plein Publiek at 2pm in the form of a Blogger Closet Sale.

Or the opening of this photography exhibit It’s Not About Cars at Gallery 51 at 2pm. If you prefer painting, there’s this one, starting at the same time.

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A music loving child might find this event will be perfect for them. It’s for kids aged 6-12 and offers a choice of 30 minute workshops focused on different instruments. Note that parking is described as ‘difficult’, so come by bike or public transport (trams 2/3/5/6. Stops -Handel or Elisabeth). Register your kid(s) from 1pm on the day.

If you are shopping with your beloved, there is the offer of a free photo at Grand Bazar shopping centre between 10 and 6pm.

Sunday

Runners – there’s the choice of a 5km or 10 km run at Rivierenhof which is free, although you need to register by email. It has a Valentines theme and starts at 11. Make sure you register before the 10th.

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Het Steen

I’ve not mentioned these for a while, but if you are getting short on ideas about what to do with the smalls during this lousy weather, there are workshops at Het Steen for kids aged 6+. It’s a nice venue, where accompanying adults can get a decent beer, and where supervisors are used to working with kids of various nationalities and will take an inclusive approach if your child is not a native Dutch speaker.

Also with a Valentines theme is this free 2 hour creative workshop at Permeke library for kids aged 6-12 from 11am.

The weather looks pretty chilly, but bright at times. Should be dry.

Miscellaneous

This week I took the kids to the indoor playground at Mercado on Groenplaats. It was 5 euros in (for accompanying adults also) which included a drink jeton. Kinds under 3 are free. Plus points were that the kids loved it -it’s a very big, airy space with a wide range of activities (climbing, triking, ball pit, arts and crafts). My kids did not want to leave

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Indoor play above Mercado on Groenplaats

For the accompanying adults, it’s not bad although I thought it could have been better heated (this is not an issue at for the kids who are constantly on the move) and I  was disappointed that there is no wifi available. Also despite getting a jeton along with each entrance, there aren’t any drinks on the menu that only cost a single jeton. The bar is nice, service was fine and there are plenty of seats and tables. Even on Wednesday afternoon (when Belgian schools are out) it was not too crowded by any means.

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Don’t forget that actual Valentine’s Day is next Tuesday. That’s not specific to Antwerp, but just a general reminder in case you have a partner who goes batshit if you forget.

 

For an old school date at the pictures, try  Cinema Cartoons in the old town, and then maybe spend some time in the bars around Vrijdagmarkt. I like Bar 2  for reliably tasty, well-made and reasonably priced dishes, or just for a drink.

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This weekend: 13th, 14th & 15th January

 —–NEXT POST THURSDAY 19TH JANUARY—–

If you’ve struggled with early starts again, and  your first days back at work, you might -like me – be inclined to spend the entire weekend sleeping. However, there are a few things definitely worth getting out of bed for, although I get the feeling there is a bit of a lull after the winter festivities.

***Here is the GOOGLE MAP with the places mentioned on this post***

Friday

MAF will be holding a vernissage for this exhibition starting at 8pm at their new location on Keistraat.

Later from 9pm there is a free mod all-nighter at Bar Gloed.

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Saturday

The first ‘rommelmarkt’ (second hand market) of the year will be at St Jansplein from 9am

It’s the yearly Christmas tree burning just over the water on Frederik van Eedenplein. Starts at 6.30, and there will be drinks, and live music from cover band Uncle Phil.

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Impro group Swaajp are doing their thing over at BATS Little Theatre on Paardenmarkt at 8pm. This week the guest is “Queen of Improvisation” Australian, Patti Stiles.

Sunday

Another secondhand market at Plein Publiek, starting at 1pm, and a fashion & vinyl market (Black Market) at Bar Gloed from midday.

It’s already the third Sunday of the month so there will as usual be a secondhand book market on de Coninckplein, from 10am, right in front of Permeke Library, where you can also take the kids for a read-aloud (in Dutch) at 11 with the new year themes of wishes. This is free, suitable for kids aged 4-8, and you do not need to register beforehand. I took my kids on Wednesday and they both enjoyed the stories very much and wanted to stay in the library.

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Off to the library

This Anton Corbijn photography exhibition is previewing at the Zeno x gallery in Borgerhout, from 3-6pm. If -like me -you enjoyed the film ‘Control’ you might be keen to see some of his pictures, many of which feature rock stars he has photographed over the years.

Miscellaneous

There is very stormy weather predicted for Friday, with likely flooding by the river.

Temperatures are predicted to be around 4-5 degrees, with the possibility of rain each day, but particularly on Saturday.

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A heads-up for runners: if you want to take part in the Plan Belgium Run on Sunday, March 12, 2017 (Park Spoor Noord) sign up soon (Antwerp Urban Trail on the drop-down menu), as places are running out (no pun intended).

If you are planning a New Year, post-festive clear-out of your home you might want to revisit this post for ideas about where to take still useable toys, books, household goods and wearable clothes, instead of throwing them out.You could also contact the EVA centre in Ekeren who often take items to assist the refugees that they welcome and care for.

Last weekend I spent some of Saturday afternoon at Mercado on Groenplaats and was pleasantly surprised. Previously when I had been in it had been so busy that it wasn’t pleasant, but by 2.30 last Saturday it was busy enough to be fun, but we were able to get a place (if you are with small kids, or prams and buggies, you might want to choose your time carefully). The interior of what was the old Post Office has been nicely done and the prices were not as high as I thought they would be. In particular, if you are on a budget, head for the Lebanese stand (Yalla Yalla). These Lebanese sandwiches were tasty (as was the falafel), and cost 5-6 euros.

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Thanks to MAF and SWAAJP for the use of their images.

This weekend: 6th, 7th & 8th January 2017

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***  Happy New Year and welcome back to Nessascityblog for 2017!  ***

Here’s the GOOGLE MAP with locations for this post.

There are a few events to take us into the New Year as the Christmas festivities in the town draw to a close this weekend.

tubingwinterinaStad Antwerp’s Winter Festivities conclude this weekend. The Christmas market can be found around Steenplein, Suikerrui, Groenplaats and Grotemarkt, with gluhwein and hot chocolate aplenty -but the 8th is the last day. There’s skating on Groenplaats, a tubing slide on Steenplein and the ferris wheel by the Schelde. The atmosphere is friendly and festive, and it’s a great place to take visiting friends or family and kids. The Nello & Patrasche (A Dog of Flanders) statue was unveiled at the opening of the Christmas market, in December, in front of the Cathedral. This beautiful piece is the work Batist Vermeulen of Studio Tist.

On social media, you can share your Antwerp festive pictures with the hashtag #WinterinA

Friday

There’s a Winter Festival over at Spoor Oost, starting at 4pm and continuing until 9pm, including a ‘Burning Dragon’ spectacle, and activities for kids.

BATS (English Speaking Theatre in Antwerp) hold their usual Friday Open Evening at their Little Theatre on Paardemarkt at 8.30pm -go along to meet members of BATS, have a drink at the bar, or to find out more about being part of the productions they do. Their pantomime is coming soon to Arenberg Theatre!
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Saturday

For a different type of guided walk, you may enjoy an Antwerp Ghost Walk – again a good way to get to know the city if you are new. The full agenda can be seen on the site; it costs 12,50 and starts at 20.30 on Steenplein (by the statue of Lange Wapper).

Het Roze Huis holds its New Year’s reception at Den Draak starting at 8pm -enjoy dancing, and the tombola which will be raising money for their current project: LGBT youth suicide prevention & awareness.

Sunday

If you are new to Antwerp, this New Year’s walk might be a great way to get to know the town. It is organised by Walk Antwerp and costs 18 euros (including a drink). It starts at 2pm from TeaKoff coffee shop (Grote Pieter Potstraat) and lasts about hours. You need to register beforehand by mailing walkantwerp@telenet.be and the walk will take you round the historic centre of Antwerp, with a local guide.

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Stadsfeestzaal Shopping Centre

And if you really haven’t had enough of shopping, you can head into town for the January sales -it’s the first Sunday of the month, so shops are open.

Alternatively, from 11am at de Roma theatre there is a vinyl & film expo all day until 17.30 for 4 euros in -tickets at the door.

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There’s a New Year’s BBQ at the Scheldekaaien by the pedestrian tunnel from midday until 5pm.

 

The weather will be cold, but hopefully not freezing (around 3 degrees). There could be some light rain and drizzle, especially on Saturday.

 

 

Miscellaneous

Monday the 9th of January is “Verloren Maandag” (“Lost Monday”). It’s a tradition to eat sausage bread (worstenbrood) and  appelbollen (fried apple cakes) on Verloren Maandag, which is always the first Monday after the 6th January (“Driekoningen”). There seem to be varying stories about this day, but it is celebrated in Antwerp province and was traditionally a day when no one worked and therefore lost a day’s salary (hence, “Lost” Monday). The city was supposed to provide during this day, and a cost-effective way of doing so was with the sausage bread and apple beignets. Some cafés and bars will observe the tradition by serving these foods.

If you have had a real Christmas tree in your home over the festive period, it can be put out with your regular rubbish in Antwerp throughout January for collection. Some will be burned to mark the end of the Winter In A season on Linkeroever next weekend.

A heads-up for runners: if you want to take part in the Plan Belgium Run on Sunday, March 12, 2017 (Park Spoor Noord) sign up soon (Antwerp Urban Trail on the drop-down menu), as places are running out (no pun intended).

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October in Antwerp -extended post

I am going to be away from Belgium for the next two weekends, so forgive me for producing this 3-in-1 post. As I am not returning until Thursday 20th October, it’s difficult to blog in detail for the next three weekends.

Normal weekly service will resume before November. Until then, here is a brief October guide – please add to it by posting links, suggestions and information in the comments.

Friday 7th

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The first Friday of the month is always Opening Evening at BATS Antwerp. Go along to the Little Theatre on Paardenmarkt, 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.

8 & 9th October

Saturday

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Street Art Antwerp comprises of Tim who will show you the hidden street art and graffiti work in Antwerp. Make a donation of your choosing and join the tour, starting at 11. Max 15 people so mail streetartantwerpen@gmail.com to enrol. The tour is in Dutch, but I hear that if there is sufficient interest, there may be tours in English too later (image courtesy of Street Art Antwerp).

Maybe we finally have to face up to the end of summer, because Cargo Summer bar closes this weekend, with events on both Saturday night (18h start) and Sunday (brunch).

Markt van Morgen is on Kloosterstraat (just round the corner from Sint-Andriesplaats) from 12 -6pm.

Sunday

There’s a big flea market at the Kinepolis Event Centre. 2,50 euros in (10am -6pm)

15th & 16th October

Saturday

The old post office on Groenplaats is re-opening as a foodhall and holding a Grand Opening this weekend, kicking off at 11am on Saturday, and also open on Sunday.

It’s the Antwerp Academy Book Fair (scroll down for information in English) from 10am -6pm.
UPDATE: Thank you to Erna aka Kasjanoova who got in touch to tell me about her exhibition and concert work at the Washboard Art and Jazz Café – from 7.30pm- 1am

It’s also the first birthday of this very blog. Happy birthday to me! (image: Pixabay)

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Sunday

Mercado Grand opening (see above)

The Ecohuis opens its doors for an Eco House Fest starting its program at 11am. There is a focus on creating and maintaining a roof garden as well as other activities and information on offer -e.g. a climbing wall. There is a supervised area for kids aged 0- 6. The Ecohuis also has a really good café, also with some toys and games for kids.

At the Permeke library is the regular book sale on de Coninckplein (10am -4pm)

22nd & 23rd October

Saturday

Well, the name of this event makes me think it might be something for me…

Sunday

Runners should register for the Decathlon Park Spoor Noord Run (5km, 10km or 15km; kids’ runs of 500m & 100m). Click here to register.

Miscellaneous

Please check out a Nessascityblog post of a different kind: our post EU referendum story so far. Might be of particular interest to UK passport holders applying for Belgian nationality in the wake of Brexit, but hopefully to others too.

Smaakmeester (Masters of Taste) continues in Antwerp throughout October.

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