This weekend: 17th, 18th & 19th February

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Greetings. Well, it seems that things are a lot busier this weekend, with a good variety of happenings in the next few days and beyond, in the following weeks (so be sure not to miss the Miscellaneous section for those activities which require pre-registration).

likeroundIn other really rather thrilling news, Nessascityblog joins Events in Antwerp on Facebook to bring you Antwerp events and activities, in addition to those featured here. I’m joining Olly Ameen (of London Calling fame) there. It’s another way to get in touch if you have an event that you would like to publicise or recommend. So if you are on Facebook, please have a look and give us a LIKE.

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Saturday

At Plein Publiek there’s a second Blogger Closet Sale starting at midday.

Klein Antwerpen are holding an ‘unplugged’ night at their premises (De Reus, Lange Leemstraat) starting at 7pm.It’s free in, if you’d like to watch. Mail dereus-podium@outlook.be if you would like to perform.

Music fans may also enjoy this vinyl sale at Bar Bakeliet from midday -6pm.

Sunday

There’s a big second hand sale in Parkloods starting at 9am and continuing until 6pm. This

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Het Paleis

is a Goegekregen event.

And the monthly book sale (boekenplein) will be taking place on de Coninckplein (just in front of Permeke library) as usual.

At Costa there’s a free dance and musical improvisation event, starting at 1.30 -with further similar events to be held in March, April and June.

The annual Jeugd Film Festival (JEFF) opens at Het Paleis at 2pm with Storm Letters van Vuur (for kids 8+). Kids are invited to come dressed up as sportswomen and men, with the chance to win prize.. JEFF will be showing films and holding workshops throughout the Krokusvakantie at the Ecohuis and the Zuiderpershuis

There is an actual chance that the slightly improved weather we have enjoyed the last couple of days may endure for the weekend, with mild temperatures of around 10 degrees, very little wind and even some bright patches.

Miscellaneous

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Maddi Goodwin & A Sunburnt Country

I was pleased to be contacted by musician Maddi Goodwin, creator of A Sun Burnt Country project. I am very much looking forward to attending this eclectic event at de Singel on Friday 19th May. It’s a must for internationally-minded people, and doubly so if they are from- or have an interest in – Australia and Australian culture. The evening will comprise of music, readings and dance, and I am including it here because there is a 20% discount on tickets if you order them before the 1st March, which is not far away!

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Another reminder for those interested in taking to the stage: this fun course on impro theatre is due to begin on Tuesday and will run for 10 sessions. The first class is now a free drop-in class. Anyyone can come and try it out, then sign up for the rest of the course afterwards, if you think it’s for you.There’s also a student discount and the possibility to pay in instalments for those on a budget. For registration and questions, mail info@swaajp.be

If you have children (aged 8-14) interested in the Children’s University event on 19th March, you can register them from now.

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Also for kids -the spring break (Krokus vakantie) is coming up in Belgium (starting 27th February). If you have kids who are off that week and would enjoy some sports activities check out this Stad Antwerpen Page. The activities on offer can be seen here and you need to go here to register. Stad Antwerpen museums also offer some ateliers during the Krokus vakantie, some of these involve signing up for more than one day.

Idee Kids also offers a variety of activities and workshops during the holiday week.

If you took part in Lei Reijnder’s (Cloudknitters) Let Sky The Limit postcard mail-art project last year, you can now see all the entries on this film

Don’t forget that next Wednesday (22nd) is the last Wednesday of the month, so Antwerp City museums are free.

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

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This weekend: 19th, 20th and 21st August

Over the whole weekend Bollekesfeest will be taking place (4-day beer festival, plus local food products) started on Thursday evening at Steenplein, Groenplaats, Suikerui and Grote Markt. This is fast becoming a very important and enjoyable annual fixture on the Antwerp calendar, even though the event only began in 2007 (so 2016 is the 10th edition!). Great fun, also for kids, with activities and entertainment for younger ones on the Steenplein part of the festival. Buy the Gazet van Antwerpen on Thursday, Friday & Saturday and you will find a voucher for a free beer. (pic courtesy of Stephanie Hughes. Grote Markt image by Daniel Ruiz-Ceccenello).

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Dancing on Steenplein at Bollekesfeest

Friday

The Redball Project is a public art event that has travelled through 25 cities around the world and comes to Antwerp Central Station today. I can’t tell you much more about it at the moment; you need to sign up via email to receive info/ notification.

*UPDATE:  #redballproject will be at the market/ Het Paleis on Saturday and at MAS on Sunday.

On Friday evening at 5pm the Repair Café returns to ‘T Werkhuys in Borgerhout. Bring your broken items (e.g. clothes, furniture, tech) and maybe they can be fixed for free, or if you like fixing things, you might be able to help someone else. There’s also going to be a share market -bring things to give away that you no longer want. If you take part you will be able to pick three items from others who are doing the same.

Saturday

Here’s one that’s a bit different if you want an unusual alternative to Bollekesfeest …bat watching at Rivierenhof. Free, but reserve beforehand by email rivierenhof@provincieantwerpen.be or call 03 360 52 18. Starts at 7.30.

If you haven’t checked out any of the movies showing as part of Cinema Urbana (Zomer van Antwerpen) Saturday might be a good time to do so: there’s a showing of The Martian at Plantinkaai by the river. It’s free and starts at 10pm.

Sunday

If you are enjoying Bollekesfeest (see above) but by Sunday are feeling the need to finish festivities at a more relaxed location, then the Wild Jo’s Market might be the perfect destination. It’s on Vrijdagmarkt which is a really pleasant, smaller square which can be found off Reyndersstraat or Hoogstraat, so it is just a walk away from the rest of the beer festival.

It’s the third Sunday of the month so it’s the Strip & Boekenplein (graphic novels/ book market) on De Coninckplein

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At Park Spoor Noord it’s World Picknick Day. Bring your own picnic basket -there will also be snacks for sale, and some sports sessions provided by Sport Club Het Eiland.

(image courtesy of Sport Club Het Eiland)

 

 

 

From 4pm -7pm at Rivierenhof, it’s Yoyogi again -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).

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Colour Collective

Design Market Ieder Zenne Meug is taking place on the Kattendijkdok today from 11am -6pm and you could then stay put at the same location to round off your weekend with some classical music: this free concert by trio Colour Collective will also take place at Born In Antwerp (Kattendijkdok), starting at 7pm. It’s recommended that you bring along a picnic blanket, camping chair or cushion to sit on. (image courtesy of Colour Collective)

… And the Redball will be at the Diamantpaviljoen, at MAS…

The weather should be pretty good for Friday with warm temperatures, although there might be showers in the evening. Alas, it’s likely to be cloudier, and less predictable in general over the weekend, with the possibility of showers both days. Temperatures remain good for Saturday, but fall a bit on Sunday.

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To help you find the places mentioned in this blog, check the Google map for this post.

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A heads-up on Story Time in English which will start September 14 and will take place every Wednesday from 1:00- 2:30pm, for children aged aged 4-11. Each week will have a different theme/story, and there will also be activities, music and snacks based around that theme. The cost is 5 euro and the max number of kids is 25. Contact Kay via the Facebook page to register your child in advance. Location: Centraal Cafe, Sint-Pietersvliet 11, Antwerp 2000 (Image courtesy of Central Collective)

Kids will also enjoy being taken to the summer edition of Sportopia in Park Loods (Park Spoor Noord). 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. Finishing up soon (28th August).

Next Wednesday, being the last Wednesday of the month, District Antwerp museums are free.

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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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MAS

 

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!

 

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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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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: 3rd, 4th & 5th June

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Friday

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The first Friday of the month is always Open Evening at the Little Theatre at BATS. Go along and meet the crew if you are interested in being involved in English speaking theatre in Antwerp. It’s also a good chance to pick up tickets for their famous Variety Show, which has a 1950s theme this year.

From 6pm it’s Streat XXL at Felixpakhuis on Eilandje -free entry.

Over the whole weekend it’s the queer arts festival Strangelove at Het Bos. This begins on Thursday –check the full program here.

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Markies Book Fair

 

 

Also over the whole weekend, opening today is a stock sale of books at Zuiderpershuis -open from 10am -6pm each day (and next weekend too). It’s a good place to pick up bargains and gifts, with a wide selection of books for kids. Most books are in Dutch.

 

 

 

Saturday

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De Quaeye Werelt

Today and Sunday it’s the moment to time-travel back to 1477 and De Quaeye Werelt which is a thoroughly enjoyable event for people of all ages, and takes place at Sterkshof, part of the Rivierenhof domein. It’s on from 10am – 6pm both days. Many re-enactors travel from all over Europe to pitch their heavy canvas tents and set up home, or a stall for

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A market stall at De Quaeye Werelt

the weekend. There are demonstrations, re-enactments, music, market stands and a big noisy battle to watch (14.30pm). There is a lot for kids to enjoy, and the beer and snacks are always excellent.

MARTA, the famers’ market takes place on Kattendijkdok today, near the summer bar Bar Paniek and Born In Antwerp HQ, from 9am.

Head along to Sint Andriesplaats for Brasspartij at 2pm: six cafés in the area are going to be hosting this event and there will be brass bands from Belgium and The Netherlands, as well as food and beer trucks on the square.

There’s another big fleamarket on Sint-Jansplein from 8am -6pm.

For runners, it is the Deurne 10 miles (with shorter parcours for those who don’t want to run the full 10).  It costs 10 euros to register and starts at the Bosuilstadion.

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Het Geluk at Het Paleis

If you have any energy left after that, head to Club Het Geluk for the night which starts at 10 and is free until it’s full.

For something more off-beat, head to Dark Annie for a performance of light and video projections, with music, at the Eva Steynen Gallery.

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And a special shout-out to the best basisschool in Belgium: De Bunt who are having their school fête today!
Have lots of fun!

 

Sunday

Ongoing events (see Friday and Saturday) Book market at Zuiderpershuis, Strangelove & De Quaeye Werelt.

It will be your last chance to Tango Under The Bridge at Draakplaats at 3pm, with an extra long final edition of this event that includes live music starting at 8pm.

It’s the first Sunday of the month, so the shops in the city centre will be open for Sunday shopping.

More for runners: describing itself as ‘not the longest, but certainly the nicest’ the Sint Andries Run takes place today, with additional entertainment all day on the Sint Andriesplaats -be there at 11am to register at the tent. The first run begins at 1, and it is free to take part.

Catch the film Slumdog Millionaire for a mere fiver (4 euros if you order in advance) at Atlas Antwerpen at 11am.

… And Krugermarkt is taking place on the Krugerplein from midday.

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Apart from cooler temperatures and a little rain on Friday, it is mainly predicted to be warm and dry this weekend but with the possibility of a little storminess on Sunday.

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Miscellaneous

*For all the locations mentioned in this post check the Google map for directions. Click on the red pins to get directions from a specific location.

*Summer bar The Next Level is now open above Coffee Labs on Lange Klarenstraat (off Meir)

*Thrillseekers -don’t forget that Sinksenfoor (fun fair) is open on Spoor Oost from midday until 23.30.

*Here’s a link to a .pdf with LOADS of sporting activities for summer 2016 

*Pictures of events in Antwerp from last weekend are now on the Nessascityblog Instagram page, with snaps of Apereau, Antwerp Strongman Run, AIS Graduation and Lambermontmartre, which unfortunately suffered due to the weather -hopefully it will be dry for this event next month.

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Have a great weekend!

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This weekend: May 27th, 28th & 29th

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Friday

From 5 at Theaterplein it’s Aper’eau promising summery food, drinks and music.

It being the last Friday of the month, Critical Mass bike ride takes place as usual -assemble with your bike -also at Theaterplein (6pm)

Saturday

A special mention to my Grade 12 IB students who are graduating from Antwerp International School. I am missing you already!

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Publicity image from BATS

Also a special mention for BATS whose 50s themed variety show opens tonight at their Little Theater on Paardenmarkt -with performances also on Sunday and Monday.

At 2pm at Kleine Hedonist there is a presentation and concert for this underground record release.

Saturday sees the arrival of a new market in Antwerp: an  Evening Market on the Vlaamsekaai (near the playground), starting at 3pm and continuing until 9pm, promising 100+ stands offering food, jewelry, leather goods & snacks.

On the same day, at the same location, is a second hand children’s toy market.

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Kelly’s on Keyserlei

 

At 4pm, footie fans might want to catch the Belgium -Switzerland friendly. This will be showing on the big screens at An Sibhin and Plein Publiek. It will also be showing at Kelly’s on Keyserlei and at  The Irish Times, who will additionally be screening Real Madrid v Athletico Madrid later on (as will An Sibhin, offering pitchers of Stella or Jupiler for just 8€ during the game). When UEFA 2016 starts in June, Cargo Summer Bar will be showing all games on the big screen there. Take your pick.

 

 

 

 

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Antwerp Stadspark

 

In the Stadspark, Klein Antwerpen will be holding walks, storytelling and a chance to try some Taiko (Japanese drumming) from midday -bring your picnic! I couldn’t see exactly where in the park they will be starting, but they usually meet at the large statue on the corner at Belgielei/ Van Eycklei.

 

 

Sunday

Den Hopsack is a small, friendly and diverse music bar in the old town -just a little off the beaten track (off Sint Jansvliet). On Sunday they are having a jam of traditional Irish music starting at 3pm. This is a monthly session, and is free.

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SKETCH at Lambermontmatre

Lambermontmartre opens this weekend! This is a really nice monthly art market which takes place on the last Sunday of each month throughout summer, enabling local artists to sell their work, but also offering great snacks, a small bar and music. As well as checking out the art work on sale, you can take part by creating some art of your own, courtesy of SKETCH, and there is a space for children to paint too. You can find Lambermontmarte in the square directly in front of the Fine Art Museum from midday. Music from gypsy swing band Croque Manouche.

It’s also the last chance to catch this exhibition on the Mechelsesteenweg.

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I’m trying out a Google map facility this weekend: Click here to see all the locations mentioned in this post (plus central station to help you orientate yourself!) If you want directions from a specific starting point, click on the red pin of the location you want to find. Let me know what you think of this function and whether it is working properly for you.

Photos from last weekend (Swan Market and Antwerp Art Weekend) can be found on the Nessascityblog Instagram page. Look out for pictures of this weekend’s events, as they are posted.

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This Weekend: 20th, 21st & 22nd May

 

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Antwerp Art Weekend takes place over all three days. This features special exhibits in numerous galleries, some of which are very well-known in Antwerp, such as MAS and The Red Star line, but crucially, this provides the opportunity to check out the smaller galleries around the city. If you are not sure where to start, check out the routes and tours page of the website, or simply look at what’s on offer and devise your own route. The best way to enjoy Antwerp Art weekend and to get from one gallery to another is by bike. More info (also featured here) on the hyperlink and on Facebook.

 

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Sacha Eckes: Imposter at Life Is Art Gallery

 

Friday

Plein Publiek and Bar Gloed both offering a cool after-work vibe to start the weekend.

Or begin your arty weekend with a Nocturne at Life Is Art Gallery and the Imposter exhibition by Sacha Eckes, from 1pm -10pm.

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12:00 – 18:00 hrs * All exhibitions are open *
18:00 – 22:00 hrs * All galleries and art spaces are open for a city-wide Antwerp Art Weekend Night
22:00 – 24:00 hrs * Inauguration permanent neon installation by Pascal Petrus on De Studio’s facade + after drink

 

 

Saturday

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BoRgERriO (image courtesy of District Borgerhout)

Did you know that Antwerp has an annual carnival? It’s called Borgerrio and takes place this Saturday. A lot of the activities and stall will be on the Turnhoutsebaan, but you can check the full programme here. It all kicks off at 2.30 with the Carnival Parade.

Not far away, there’s another party going on in the form of the Damse Feesten, just beyond Park Spoor Noord. This one seems to have a Mexican feel, with music and events occurring around the Twee Netenstraat from midday, and also on the Lange Lobroekstraat.

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There will be a big open-air second-hand market on Sint Jansplein from 8.30am -4pm.

 

If you are in need of some nail glamour, head to the Lak Store between 12 and 6 to get your nails painted for free.

Art weekend info: 
12:00 – 18:00 hrs * All exhibitions are open *
14:30 – 23:00 hrs * Opening Peter Rogiers @ Middelheim
21:00 – 06:00 hrs * Nacht van de Beeldende Kunst @ DE Studio

 

Sunday

Swan Market  is back in Antwerp -this time on the Grote Markt between 12 and 6pm.

 

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Logo from Madam Woll

Knitters – get away from it all at a sock knitting workshop with Madam Woll for 8 euros (excl drink & materials).

Register by mailing info@madamwoll.be

 

 

 

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And for something else a bit different, you could cross the river to Linkeroever for this Kite Flying Event between 1pm and 6pm. As well as kite-related events and activities, there will be music, market stalls and other children’s activities.

 

Or go for a run through Middelheim Museum (open air sculpture park). This is a beautiful park and sculpture museum that is well worth knowing about for summer days outside.

 

 

Art Weekend info:

12:00 – 18:00 hrs * All exhibitions are open *
12:00 – 17:00 hrs * Antwerp Art Weekend Lectures: In dialogue with @ DE Studio
18:00 – 20:00 hrs * Finissage Next Level (Antwerp Art) *
20:00 – 22:00 hrs * Circles of Confusion & In Camera                                                                          (film + concert) at LLS 387

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Weather will be mild to warm, with a possibility of showers on each day, but particularly on Saturday.

 

 

Miscellaneous

Many Antwerp museums are free on the last Wednesday of the month (25th May)

Antwerp’s annual funfair- Sinksenfoor -is now open every day until June 19th.

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Basketball on Sint-Andriesplaats

Last session of free basketball for kids aged 6+. My son has really enjoyed the sessions on the Sint-Andriesplaats.

 

See Nessascityblog  on Instagram for pictures from last weekend!

 

 

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This weekend: April 22nd, 23rd & 24th

Friday

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Theaterplein

How about a Picnic lunch on Theaterplein? If you didn’t order a lunch, you can just turn up with your own. There will be hot and cold drinks and musical performances -starts at midday. Proceeds to Studio GloboOxfam and Broederlijk Delen.

‘Curtis’ -a Joy Division tribute evening at 8pm at De Kleine Hedonist should get your weekend off to a cheery start.

Summer bar Bar Paniek opens tonight on the Kattendijkdok, Oostkaai 21B.

It’s time for the free monthly film at Het Roze Huis (The Pink House). This Saturday showing Saint Laurent at 8pm. In French and English, it tells the story of famous fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent during the years when he was at the height of his success.

Saturday

There is the 2018 festival on the Konijnenwei park, starting at 10am with a fleamarket, but also including musical performances from local bands, and entertainment for kids, throughout the day.

A festival of a different sort is on at ‘t Werkhuys in Borgerhout -for 3 euros fans of comics and cartoons can enjoy talks, expos and events at Klaxon Festival, starting at midday and continuing until 11.oo pm.

It’s the great big Antwerp Spring Clean! Enjoy – if you and your neighbours have registered for that. Don’t forget to take beer breaks.

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… And they will be having a clear-out in Berchem too, with a second hand sale on  Woeringenstraatstreet.

 

If you’re tired out from spring cleaning, head to An Sibhin on Nationalestraat for some acoustic indie-folk with Dries at 8pm.

Looking for a course of study in Antwerp? Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool of Antwerp are holding their Info Markt on Meistraat (that’s right by Theaterplein) from 11am -4pm.

Sunday

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Nicola Mills, The Down to Earth Diva

More music -from the lovely and talented Down to Earth Diva who is fundraising for Urban Renewal at Café de Lijnstok at midday. Your donation will contribute to a good cause, and enable you to hear Nicola singing a variety of songs. There will also be a brunch.

 

 

 

At 3pm there is a folk jam in Den Hopsack which is a friendly little music bar tucked away on Grote Pieter Potstraat in the old town.

Sunday is Heritage Day across Brussels and Flanders. There’s lots going on in the Antwerp area. There are many events (readings, film, walking tours, dance performances) celebrating rituals and traditions of different types. Many activities are free but check the details carefully in case reservation is required.

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Steen

The project Coming World Remember Me has started and will continue until the 8th May. At workshops at Steen, you can make a sculpture out of clay to honour one of the Belgian fallen of World War One. These sculptures will form an installation in Ypres which will be opened in 2018. Each one will incorporate a dog tag with the name of a soldier. You will be provided with the dog tag. It is free to take part but you need to register by calling 03 292 36 51 or mailing info@vredescentrum.be

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Poster

From 10.30am at Cinema Zuid there are 5 short films for children (6+) for 5 euros, including Oscar winning The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.

… And not far away at Chatleroi there’s a record sale.

Swan Market comes to Antwerp. Previously having taken place at Grote Markt (and where it will be again, on 22nd May), but -NB- this time it’s at Park Loods, in Park Spoor Noord, from midday until 6pm. Food trucks, drinks and snacks, and lots of stands selling gifts, jewellery, accessories, antique and vintage items. It has a nice vibe and won’t break the banks. Always handy if you are looking for a special present (or want to treat the kids or yourself to a yummy homemade cupcake or two)….

 

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A previous edition of Swan Market in Antwerp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The weather is due to be mild and cloudy with a fair chance of showers on Sunday.

Miscellaneous

Fashion fiends and label addicts might want to check out Belmodo Fashion Days 2016 which take place until the 24th April and promise to supply designer pieces at below their usual prices at various locations around Antwerp. Check this link for times and locations.

 

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William Shakespeare

 

The 23rd of April marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare‘s death. I couldn’t find a great deal going on around Antwerp except in the bookshop De Groene Waterman where there will be a reading and talk (in Dutch) analysing why Shakespeare’s themes and plays continue to endure to this day. This is free and starts at 4pm.

image from Photobucket.

 

 

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Sporting A is offering free basketball coaching for kids aged 6- 14 years of age every Wednesday from 20th April until 25th May. It’s on in various locations from 2pm -4pm (except Sint-Jansplein where it’s 3-5pm).  No need to register, just show up if you are interested. My seven year old really enjoyed it this week.

 

Enjoy the weekend!

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This weekend: April 15th, 16th & 17th

Friday

There’s free live music at The Irish Times (Steve Jones) at 10pm, and if you are around earlier, you can see Augustana (currently supporting Dixie Chicks at Lotto Arena!) at Cafè Ami at 3pm for a matinée. If you are looking for after-work drinks, Gusta is serving from 5pm with music from Böky Bros. Gusta is also a useful address to know if you need gluten -free and dairy-free resources.

Saturday

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image from AIS

A big shout out to the Antwerp International School in Ekeren! Today is their International Day where all the various communities come together to show off their nation’s food, drink, and culture. There’s much to see and enjoy -both indoors and outdoors. It only happens once every two years and is a chance to see the school at its very best!

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It’s a day to get planting, if you live in Antwerp. You can pick up a free sack of potting soil, courtesy of Stad Antwerpen, between 11 and 4pm today as part of Dag van de Potgrond -an initiative to encourage residents to add some greenery or flowers to their street. Pick up at Cargo Summer Bar (Park Spoor Noord) or at coStA.

Independent record stores celebrate Record Store Day today. In Antwerp, this will happen in Coffee & Vinyl from 10am and in Fatkat Records from midday with in-store performances.

Sunday

It’s Flanders’ largest running event: The Antwerp 10 miles & Marathon! Good luck to everyone running today. Here’s the schedule if you would like to go and cheer the runners on. You can cross the river by free ferry on the day of the run, between 11.30 am and 7.30pm (Steenplein -St Annastrand)

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If you prefer a less energetic type of recreation you could Travel The World in 80 Games (that’s board and table games) at Atlas on Carnotstraat for free. It’s not far from de Coninckplein where the book fair will be taking place right in front of the library between 10am and 4pm.

 

 

 

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Rommel!

 

This week’s free flea market takes place at Skate Planet, near Sportpaleis between 10am and 6pm.

 

 

 

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fairytales at Rivierenhof

On Sundays at Rivierenhof, there are fairytale readings (in Dutch) for 5 euros from 2 -3.30pm. Reserve for your kid(s) via the link.

The weather is predicted to be mild (tops of 12 degrees) with the possibility of a some showers on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. Some bright spells on Sunday too.

 

 

 

Miscellaneous ….

For beautiful Antwerp views …did you know that during the summer period the roof of MAS museum is free and open until midnight, Tuesday to Sunday?

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Steen

… and the project Coming World Remember Me has started and will continue until the 8th May. At workshops at Steen, you can make a sculpture out of clay to honour one of the Belgian fallen of World War One. These sculptures will form an installation in Ypres which will be opened in 2018. Each one will incorporate a dog tag with the name of a soldier. You will be provided with the dog tag.

It is free to take part but you need to register by calling 03 292 36 51 or mailing info@vredescentrum.be

Sporting A is offering free basketball coaching for kids aged 6- 14 years of age every Wednesday from 20th April until 25th May. It’s on in various locations from 2pm -4pm (except Sint-Jansplein where it’s 3-5pm).  No need to register, just show up if you are interested.

And a special mention to BATS Antwerp who featured recently in Fans Of Flanders and whose play Three More Sleepless Nights opens today, until 24th April (tickets here). Break a leg, Batty Ones!

 

Finally …

If you follow the blog on Twitter, you will know that I spent some of my weekend trying to counter some misinformation that was being spread by a Belgian blogger who claimed that the police had issued a warning to stay away from Meir. I tweeted the police who confirmed that this was not true. Members of my own family were on Meir and were clear that all was well there: it was sunny, and packed with shoppers as usual. The police had extra security in some places because of information they had received.

It was a useful lesson in cross-referencing, as one Tweet and a bit of Googling demonstrated that the blogger in question was spreading misinformation and alarm. In times where it is not unreasonable to be anxious about such things, we tend to focus on information sources that seem to keep us up to date (especially if you require the information to be in English). Although I demonstrated that the content of the blog post was false in this regard, the blogger has unfortunately declined to alter it.

I will do my best to keep you informed about the official advice as best I can; here and on Twitter. I am happy to correct any information that is shown not to be correct, so don’t hesitate to let me know if you spot a factual error. However,  Nessascityblog is for weekend event information and I’d like it to stay that way, so here are a couple of sources where you can check for yourself: if there are any precautions advised by the security authorities, I am sure that the Gazet van Antwerpen will report the news very quickly. If you need news in English, check out the very useful Flanders Today. Additionally, you can aways check the page of the Antwerp police, or follow them on Twitter. Another good source for security information in Belgium is the Crisis Centre, who are also on Twitter with tweets in Dutch, French and English. It’s always a good idea to check with sources like those before sharing anything that adds to the general anxiety or causes worry to our loved ones, especially those in other countries. The current situation is that the threat level is at 3, and there are no warnings to stay away from Antwerp city centre, or any other area around Antwerp.

… So enjoy a peaceful, spring weekend in Antwerp!

 

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This weekend: April 8th, 9th & 10th

Friday

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Café Ami

This weekend, why not check out Café Ami? It’s on the Katelijnevest, just off Meir, and is a friendly, unpretentious bar where there is often free music. This Friday it’s live blues & folk from Johan Corthals, at 8pm. More folk at Ami at the same time on Saturday night too.

 

Saturday

Recycle your clothes at the indoor Revive Market. Note: Plein Publiek is still closed; this event will take place at Nassaustraat 38, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium -that’s the Monique Stam store on Eilandje.

From 1.30 -5.30 there are sporting activities aimed at young people on Groenplaats. Jespo VZW  offers kids and young people the chance to try out various sports and activities.

The Grand Bazar still have the kids’ farm -finishing up this weekend, though. I was there last weekend and while it is nice for children to see animals, I have to say I don’t think it was a very animal-friendly initiative, and personally, I agree with many of the points raised in this open letter to Grand Bazar Shopping Centre regarding the welfare of the animals.

Sunday

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This weekend’s best fleamarket option is Goegekregen in Park Loods on Park Spoor Noord. It’s a good venue to have it in (airy, lots of space) and when last there I thought that there was a great mix of goods, with something for every pocket (clothes for mere eurocents, or more costly retro chic for your home) and is free entry. There is also one at Kinepolis starting at 10 -that’s 2.50 to get in though.

 

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Stadspark

 

Klein Antwerpen are organising an egg hunt in Stadspark. Come to the King Albert Statue (that’s the big one on the Rubenslei – Van Eycklei corner) at 11am.

 

 

mmewollAfter an Easter break, Madam Woll is open again for her regular knitting and crochet café from 10am -12, costing 8 euros. Mail info@madamwoll.be to register.

 

 

 

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Kloosterstraat

Markt van Morgen is back and on Kloosterstraat this Sunday from 12-6. Markt van Morgen spotlights local creative talent (jewellers, artists, designers) as well as being a social and friendly place to hang out.

 

 

 

… Or how about a Tea Dance (free entry) down by the river from 6pm?

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Summer season activities/ miscellaneous

A sweet-toothed friend of mine reminded me of the Pancake Boat here in Antwerp, which is deeply popular with all three of my kids. This has just started up again for the holiday season. It’s fun to do with kids and is a great activity if you have visitors with children.

Don’t forget that the summer bars will begin opening up from this point on. Cargo is already open. Bar Paniek will open later this month. Others will open when Zomer van Antwerpen begins. But maybe I am getting a bit ahead of myself here … I am very much looking forward to summer already.

Did you know that if you live in Antwerp, you could get a free climbing plant? The idea is to offer these to home-owning neighbours who would like to grow them from one side of their street (up the wall and above the street) to the other. If you and your neighbour are interested apply here. You will receive information, and assistance in choosing the right sort of plant if you don’t know that much about gardening.

And a reminder that from this year the cathedral is free to enter if you live in Antwerp.

The weather is predicted to be mainly dry, with the possibility of some light rain/ drizzle on Saturday.

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This weekend: 11th, 12th & 13th March

Friday

There are a couple of events which start on Friday and continue over the weekend. Over Tijd is a music and arts festival comprising of new electronic music, art, installations and readings. Check the link to see what is on over five Antwerp locations.

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Another is Calamartes (opening on Thursday) which is a cultural festival run in conjunction with the University of Antwerp and also coincides with Open Campus Day (see Saturday)

Saturday

Open Campus Day is taking place all over Antwerp. If you or someone you know, is interested in studying in Antwerp, then today is the day to inform yourself, about the University of Antwerp or Artesis Plantijn University College between 10 and 17h, or The Royal Conservatoire or KdG (Karel de Grote University College) or Sint Lucas School of Arts (at the congress campus).

For younger, curious minds there is a Time Workshop for kids at Het Steen at 2pm.

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Kids’ workshop space, Het Steen
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Kiebooms

Music in the evening in Den Beulebak (which is a folk venue, but this performer combines electronic sounds with traditional ones) and also in Kiebooms (Polly Goes Psycho) on De Coninckplein, and at Sound Design Festival (The Royal Academy) where 10 students will be exhibiting their musical and audiovisual work for free.

 

For something entirely different there is the Antwerp Ghost Walk departing from Steenplein at 6.30pm and costing 7,50.

 

 

 

Sunday

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Permeke Library

A couple of things for kids -firstly at Permeke Library a story-telling show for kids aged 6+ at 11am -tickets are only 4 euros if you get them in advance or you could get lucky and win free tickets on their Facebook Page.

At ‘Twerkhuys in Borgerhout there is second hand kids’ clothes and toys event.

And two large-scale fleamarkets at Kinepolis,  and at Schijnpoort, both events start at 10am and cost 2,50

Volkskeuken (Peoples’ Kitchen) takes place at the Fabriek Noord where you can come and enjoy food from a variety of cultures and make a donation in order to take part.

 

Finally, a couple of heads ups: if you were inspired by the runners in last weekend’s Urban Trail, you may wish to sign up for the Antwerp 10 miles 5km runs & marathon. Info in English: Antwerp Marathon, and 5km & 10km runs. And Runners -register online here.

And if you can afford/ cope with a hangover on Friday this week, don’t forget that it is Saint Patrick’s Day on Thursday. An Sibhin, Kelly’s and The Irish Times being Antwerp’s best known Irish Bars, and no doubt all worthy venues for a St Paddy’s Day party.

 

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An Sibhin                                            The Irish Times                                            Kellys

 

The weather this weekend is looking pretty chilly and sometimes bright, with fairly low chances of rain (20-30%) on both days.

A talented Grade 12 student of mine is singing in this concert at Elzenveld -it promises a mixture of choral pieces, modern Flemish folk pieces and some acapella numbers!

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Antwerp International School

Lastly, a big shout out to all the students taking part in NECIS basketball tournament at Antwerp International School this weekend –HAVE A GREAT TIME!

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