Each year in December you can go ice skating for free in Antwerp at "de grote markt" round the statue of Brabo with a magnificent view on the city hall and the cathedral.Especially in the evening when it is allready dark it is wonderfull.Bring your ice skates or you can rent them at a very cheap price.If you bring your own it is free.It takes place at the grote markt between the cathedral and the city hall.
Every last week of July Antwerpen is partying a whole week long.
You will be able to enjoy free concerts each day at the Grote Markt and often additional concerts of other performances at the Groenplaats.
The week starts with a R&B festival.
On Tuesday I went to see a Reggae group Waza Roots. It was such a fun!
We danced from beginning till end and cried our lungs out for more bis numbers, which we generously got!
I took my daughter out (or did she took me out??) and met up with friends of her. I am always in full amazement how those guys can move at the rhythm of music!
It is a lust for the eye to see them dance.
The song leader of Waza left the podium a few times to walk into the crowd and sing and dance with the audiance.
You can see a picture of him with his rasta out fit on the compilation.
This evening was a real succes!
Cosmopolitan Antwerp uses to host multicultural festivals too.
Regardless of elections results in this area, Antwerpian people seem to be open-minded, at least those I met there.
Polé Polé, Sfinks festivals are among events to celebrate multiculturality within the city.
Personally, the Malagasy person who I am, hadn't felt any cold look neither heard strange comments while wandering in Antwerp streets.
Another festival with WorldMusic is MANO MUNDO. This one is situated in Boom, about 10 km south-west of Antwerp, next to the A12 (from Antwerp to Brussels).
And, unlikely most festivals, the entrance to this festival is for free.
For more info take a look at my Boom page
every yearin september there's a streetparty in de Kammenstraat: LAUNDRY DAY - you're young and like to party ? That's the place to be that day: as from 10am till 10pm loud music (house,techno,r&b...) and thousands of youngsters go crazy in the decarted street !!! it's fun fun fun !!! Over 30 deejays will take care of you having the party of the year !!!!
The 2002 edition draw between 15,000 and 25,000 people (according to the police) Is's wild, it lasts only till 10 pm so better start early !!!
This is the one party you REALLY want to go to !!!!!!
When Chiara (Pollon) visited Antwerp 27th of September, she was so charmed about this trio of musicians playing some Italian classical music that Helga and me almost had to drag her away from them `-)
They were playing in front of the gate of the Cathedral in Antwerp.
During July and August, every Monday night between 8 and 9 pm, you can listen to the carillon of the Cathedral of Our Lady. Over the years, it has grown into a real event. You will find people everywhere around the alleys of the cathedral going from one pub to another. Between 8 and 9 pm some will listen to the music but most young people just come for the atmosphere, strolling and drinking. It's very lively and well known in Antwerp.
I nice place to go to is 'Het Zuiderpershuis', on the
Waalse kaai 14. It is a center for world cultures.
There are concerts, theater, dance events, workshops
and expositions about different cultures.
At Het Zuid, De Zuiderdokken (The Southern part of the city) you have a big fair every year in June.
It is possible however the fair might move the coming years to another location.
Kattendijk Dok in the Northern part, is mentionned as a posible new location.
Every weekend during Summer season there are events.
On 25th of May 2002 the Diamond museum opened in its new location at the Astridplein.
Reason enough to hold a parade (see travelogues);
to organise multicultural events in the zoo (see travelogues) and to have a band playing (and party afterwards) in the magnificient entry hall of Central Station.
The Belgian people who would take off on the Titanic in Britain, left Belgium at the Antwerp Harbour. Only a few would survive the hazardeous adventure.
On 20 and 21 of April there was this performance called 'The Titanic'.
A weird, special out of the usual act!
I will add a travelogue called 'The Titanic' with some of the pictures of the show.
View additional pictures in the travelogues!
In Antwerp we have a Chinese community as well.
And on 8th of December, it is official!
We have a China Town!
More pictures in the travelogues!
If you know a little bit of Dutch or Flemish and you want to taste the real spirit of the city, then you must attend a local theatre caffee and see some real local Antwerp theatre!
This one is a picture of the Theatre Caffee the Seef, in the Seefhoek, not in a really nice neighborhood but you will forget about it once you are inside!
see more pictures about the theatre
During July and August there are groups playing at different places in and around the city.
This is called (translated) 'Music in the hood'.
I wonder what Antwerp will offer next year?!
You do consider to come over and check?!
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As a multicultural city they are multicultural events as well.
We had several types of circus acts.
Some of them are complete free to attend, others are very cheap but the thing is you have to order your tickets very fast.
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