This weekend in Antwerp: 21st, 22nd & 23rd September

All weekend

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Antwerp Port Area

Part of Antwerp is a 10 day festival which started last weekend and finishes this weekend. It is focussed on the area from Eilandje, taking in Schengenplein, Sloepenweg, Red Star Line Museum … up to the Zaha Hadidplein (at the new port of Antwerp building). Expect events which celebrate the city’s status as a major port, as well as food, music and parties in this much gentrified and historic area of the city. See the full program here. There’s lots on but personally I am especially pleased to see the reopening of the wonderful Red Star Line Museum which has been closed over summer for some improvements, and which is also celebrating its 5th birthday.

Round the Grote Markt area you can catch the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) World Cup Trials. My kids and I have been impressed by the stunts and skills on display by the sportsmen and women who compete in this event -definitely a fun watch.

If skating is more your thing, head to the Jordaenskaai for the Nokia Antwerp Skate Contest 2018 taking place on Saturday & Sunday.

 

Friday

TheaterpleinColourPopFlying Pig  will be on Theaterplein to start your weekend with their usual line-up of drinks, DJs and food.

UPDATE: Alas this event has been cancelled 😦

Saturday

Come and have a uniquely local Antwerp experience at the Reuzenstoet (“Giant Parade”) in Borgerhout. This is a very old and annual tradition, involving a procession of giant puppet-like figures. The details (and map) are here. The parade starts at 1pm and takes the following route: Gitschotelhof, Vosstraat, Gitschotellei, Bacchuslaan, Berchemlei, K. De Preterlei, Lt. Lippenslaan, Morckhovenlei, Griffier Schobbenslaan, Collegelaan, Stenenbrug, Turnhoutsebaan, Helmstraat, Groenstraat, Laar. Tournhoutsebaan would be a good place to see the parade (from around 3ish). There will be other activities in the area around the Roma Theater, and many people like to follow the giants on their journey.

And while you are in the area, you might want to pick up some fresh and local produce at Farmers’ market Kraakvers.

If you have kids to entertain, head to de Coninckplein at midday for a day of fun activities for the smalls: “ConincksKinderen” will have outdoor play, a bouncy castle, henna and other activities for them to enjoy.

 

Sunday

Music, food stands and a market on Krugerplein: It’s Bouger Bouger from 10am -6pm in this attractive, family oriented square in Borgerhout. Good for kids.  UPDATE: bad weather expected so alas this event has also been cancelled.

It’s the last chance to enjoy a drink and some live music on Flamingoplein (zoo entrance) at the zoo summer bar from 5 – 7pm.

Weather …. hmmm, it should remain mild (and possibly dry) so we can continue to pretend that it’s still summer, but there may be some showers on both Saturday and Sunday

Miscellaneous

Antwerp Art Fair is coming to Antwerp Expo in October and I will have 5 pairs of tickets to give away to Nessascityblog readers, so watch this space for more info and a chance to win soon!

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Runners! still time to register for the 6km Race For The Cure (there’s also a 3km walk if you don’t fancy running). A lovely event, and a very important cause, organised by Think Pink: the National Breast Cancer Campaign in Belgium. I will be running again this year, having had a great experience last year  Come and support survivors, runners and supporters of this cause.

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Race For The Cure

Click here for Bats Variety show info & tickets. “Around The World” on this weekend: Friday, Saturday & Sunday night.

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Next Wednesday is the last Wednesday of the month which means free access to city museums:  Plantin Moretus,  Rockox, Museum Mayer van den Bergh, & the MAS.

 

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This weekend: 4th, 5th & 6th November

Here is the GOOGLE MAP for the venues and locations listed in this weekend’s post.

Friday

Plein Publiek celebrates its first birthday this weekend and is worth a visit if you have not seen this interesting venue. Check their Facebook event page for the details of what is taking place there this weekend.

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A-Tower, Keyserlei

And if you enjoyed Bar Gloed, Klub Goud and other events at the A-Tower (Keyserlei) over summer, you will be pleased to learn that it is reopening for the winter edition following a seasonal make-over of the bar on the 4th floor, and the addition of a new restaurant on the top floor. This will be open until January 2017.

If you are interested in being involved in English speaking theatre in Antwerp, head along to BATS for their Open Evening at their friendly ‘Little Theatre’ on Paardenmarkt.

 

 

 

Saturday

It’s the last MARTA Farmers’ Market for this year at the Kattendijkdok (9am-5pm). Last chance to get your organic, locally produced veg, cheese and meat and other local food products -stock up for autumn and Christmas.

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Papa Jos

Head to Papa Jos for the first live performance by new local Band 110 at 9pm – Timo, Alex and Daniel providing tunes which combine rock sounds with electronic loops/ dance and chill-out beats.

Sunday

This weekend’s rommelmarkten (fleamarkets) are at Waagnatie (Rijnkaai 150) from 10 or Plein Publiek from midday.

And shops are open in the city centre for Sunday shopping, with most having a later opening hour of midday.

 

Last weekend we enjoyed more  mild weather, untypical for the start of November, but this weekend it looks as though it will be colder with increased chances of showers on all three days (less so on Sunday).

Miscellaneous

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Street Art Tour

Yesterday, I finally managed to strike off another item from my Antwerp to-do list and made it to a Street Art Tour led by Tim (aka Streetartwerpenaar). You can find out more about the tours on the link and also on Tim’s Facebook page under events. I really recommend this tour: it’s a different way to see the city and a great way to get out and about. It’s suitable for almost all ages -my 7 year old also enjoyed it very much.

 

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Works by Antwerp artist, Sacha Eckes (at ICU Sling Expo)

The Antwerp Book Exhibition 2016 is on at the Expo until 11th November. This is a huge event, for which you need tickets.

The Sling UCU Art Expo continues on both days this weekend. I went along last weekend and really enjoyed seeing both the artworks and the venue, which is a former mustard factory, now converted to large attractive exhibition and work spaces, which have both an airy yet industrial feel.

Badminton players: you can now enrol for a badminton festival run by Sporting A on the 3rd and 4th December. It costs just three euros per half day, and you can register here -you don;t need to be a top player: there are also tournaments for beginners.

For your calendar: 11th November is a public holiday (Wapenstilstand/ Armistice).

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This weekend: June 24th, 25th & 26th

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

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

Friday

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Flying Pig

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

 

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

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

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

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

Saturday

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

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

 

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Dubieus Design

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

 

 

 

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

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

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KOPLAND

 

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

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Sunday

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

Or there is a Vintage Market at Bocadero from midday.

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

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Check out Nessascityblog Instagram page with pictures from last weekend of Swan Market, Boekenplein, Goegekregen at Born In Antwerp and fans enjoying football at An Sibhin and on Groenplaats. And of course the blog can also be found on Twitter  and  Pinterest.

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