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

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

Friday

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Sint-Andriesplaats

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

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

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

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

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

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lots on for Beer lovers this weekend!

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

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

Saturday

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

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

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

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The Zoo Summer Bar (pic by Zoo Antwerpen)

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

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

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

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

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Lambermontmartre

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

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

Miscellaneous

 

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Bolt (source: Instagram)

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

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

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

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

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

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This Weekend: 23rd, 24th & 25th September

If you enjoyed the skaters in Central Station at the start of the month, you will be keen to check out the Antwerp City Drops agenda for this weekend -urban sports events will be taking place at various locations around the city, including a skate contest for which you need to register by email.

It’s the opening of the Havenhuis at the port. You can’t have missed the appearance on the Antwerp skyline of this amazing prestige piece of architecture, designed by Zaha Hadid, above the old fire station. Events to mark its public opening on both days this weekend.

If you’ve been to Hand Gemaakt markets at KAVKA and other locations around Antwerp, you might want to head to their new creative pop-up this weekend at Oever 21 -open from 10.30 -6 on Friday and Saturday, and 12-6 on Sunday.

And over both days Antwerp artists are opening their workspaces around the city for Open Ateliers 2016. I’m by no means familiar with all the ateliers, but this summer I visited the MAF atelier (Steegsken 6) and can recommend that one if you are after something completely different …

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MAF

 

Saturday

There’s a big rommelmarkt (second hand market) on Sint Jansplein from 9am.

And two free Zumba sessions (2-3pm and 4-5pm) on the Gedempte Zuiderdokken in conjunction with Think Pink ‘s Gezondheidsdag  (Health Day) who are also holding the Race For The Cure on Sunday (see below).

It’s Dag van de Klant in various local shops and businesses in the shopping areas, so you might be able to pick up freebies and goodies. Put your postcode (2000 if you are shopping around the centre of town) into the search frield to see which shops are taking part near where you will be.

Sunday

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It’s the last Lambermontmartre for 2016, starting from midday. If you haven’t made it to any of the others, I recommend it as a relaxing afternoon out. You can browse the work of local artists, listen to some music and there is always a stand to get a sandwich, piece of cake and a glass of wine. Kids are usually happy to be taken along ,as one of the stands supplies them with paint and card to make their own artworks, for a small price.

 

barpaniekfMeanwhile at Bar Paniek, it’s all getting very rustic with their Farmer’s Ball … from 2pm.

Krugerplein is always a great location for neighbourhood parties –Bouger Bouger starts at 10am and continues thoroughout the day until 6: food, drink, music, a fleamarket, and again kids are usually pretty happy to be taken along as there is a good-sized playground on one side of the square. Their parents might enjoy a drink at Bar Leon which is also on that side of the square and has a handy terrace for keeping an eye on the kids.

Support the runners of Race For The Cure. Registration is now over (although not needed for the Kids’ Run) so come along to support the runners.
UPDATE: Due to the popularity of this event, the deadline for registering has been extended and you can still register throughout Thursday...

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The warm, mild September is predicted to continue with low chances of showers and warmest temperatures predicted for Saturday (23 degrees).

Miscellaneous

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Caffeine heads will be pleased to know that starting on Monday (26th) it’s Antwerp Coffee Week . You can find the full program in English  here. You will need the Yelp app for some of the events.


isf-logoisfkidsISF Active English teach English in a fun way to children up to 11 years old, after school at De Brug school, Zurenborg. Lessons taught by native English/ very experienced professional teachers, start at 16.10 and last for 40 minutes. Trial lessons are always possible. On Wednesday afternoons, it is time for creative fun. Children learn English through art, drama, music, cooking & games…13:00 – 15:00. These classes are very practical and always include lots of theme-based fun. Last week our theme was ‘Sharks’!! See the Facebook group (ISF Active English) for more information.  (Images courtesy of ISF).


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artwork by Leo Reijnders

A reminder about the postcard art project by Leo Reijnders, which has recently featured in Het Laatste Nieuws! It is not too late to be involved in this project:

To mark its 10th birthday, CLOUDKNITTERS is organising a MAIL ART PROJECT “The Sky’s 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.

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!


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SWAAJP is an impro theatre group who describe their shows as “full of new stories, surprising adventures with intriguing plot twists, sometimes emotional, frequently hilarious, always made up on the spot”  Swaajp Improtheater presents the first episode of their new regular improv theatre show ‘Swaajp Invites’: the guest for this show -on the 1st October -is Daniel Malmqvist (Sweden) and the show is in English. Tickets are 9 euros- available now via the website -seating is limited in this lovely -but petite- venue (BATS Little Theater), so don’t delay (image courtesy of SWAAJP).

 


Don’t forget that next Wednesday -it being the last of the month – some Antwerp museums will be free.


Storytime slideDon’t forget Storytime, which  offers read-aloud and activities in English for children aged 4- 11 every Wednesday.


Last week’s post was one of the most successful since I began this blog nearly a year ago – so huge thanks to everyone who reads, shares and says nice things about it!  Thanks also to those who get in touch with information about their low/ medium budget or free events, and everyone who has liked and commented on posts.

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Have a great weekend … see you next Thursday 🙂

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This weekend: February 13th & 14th

 

Saturday

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Park Spoor Noord

 

Over both Saturday and Sunday HAP food festival will be at Park Spoor Noord from midday until 10pm.

 

 

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Also over both days at Little Brewer’s Winter Garden is Wild Jo’s Market also free entry. Wild Jo is a relatively new beer from Antwerp’s De Koninck brewery which is very close by LBWG.

Young photographers might be interested in these free workshops from Stamp Media. Register by mail or their Facebook page. Saturday’s workshop is about online tools.

 

 

 

Sunday (Valentine’s Day)

If you are feeling a love of running this Valentine’s Day, head to Rivierenhof for the Valentine’s Day Run. It is free, but pre-registration via Antwerp Athletics (scroll down for the form).

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Fitness seems to be a Valentine’s Day theme this year as Think Pink host a free Zumbathon on Groenplaats from 2pm

MAS seems pretty busy this weekend, with activities and guided tours for visitors of all ages.  Some activities need to be booked in advance and a couple are fully booked already. In particular, the “Wereldstad” exhibition is closing after 5 years at the end of this month, with the last guided tours for this now taking place on Sundays.

And from 5pm Fabriek Noord are holding a multi-cultural food evening which is free.

For more costly eating, there seem to be a number of brunch events occurring, if you are in the mood to splash the cash on your beloved, such as this one at Plein Publiek, this one at Local Store or this one at Umami. For a Scottish take on the Valentines Brunch, contact The Highlander Café (for details and reservations) who are also holding one.

This week’s fleamarket is at Kinepolis , starting at 10am and costing 2,50 in.

Weather looks not to bad, with temperatures of around 6 degrees, and some light showers expected on Saturday afternoon and Sunday evening.

For fans of second-hand, vintage & retro (clothes, books vinyl) I published an extra post this week on the subject of second- hand shopping, recycling and donating in Antwerp. Please check it out if you haven’t already done so, and give me a follow on Twitter @nessascityblog for midweek updates and Antwerp- related Tweets.