Two more weekend events

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For those interested in creative crafts there is a big handmade fair going on at the Stadthalle this weekend. There are 130 exhibitors and several workshops. Entrance is 6 euros or 5 if booked in advance. Sat 10 – 18 and Sun 10 – 17

Also several people have told me about the University’s theatre festival – 6 workshops, 13 performances and 13 theatre-couch-talks  taking place in the University’s main building today and tomorrow. For more information see here for the programme.

Events around town this weekend

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PollyEster, our local Bielefelder, gave us the following tips for this weekend –
The FH Gestaltung/school of design at Lampingstrasse 3 is presenting the works of this semester’s graduates in photography, advertising and fashion design on Friday from 6 p.m. It will be open Saturday (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m. – 5 p.m.), too. To get to the exhibition, take tram line 4 up to Oetkerhalle. The opening on Friday is followed by a party at Nr. zu Platz, a small venue for concerts, parties and ping-pong (on Thursday nights) next to the Recyclingbörse and Cutie cafe (near the train station.)
On sunday morning, it is worth to take a trip to Bielefeld’s north to the shores of Obersee to join the traditional “Eiswette” – a bet to see wheter it is possible to cross the lake on ice or not. There weill be pea soup, Glühwein, fried sausages, stuff for kids and music and if you have a penguin costume it is an excellent opportunity to wear it. This is what it looked like in 2012 and here
Transition town Bielefeld organised a swap cafe at the IBZ on Teutoburger Straße 106 two weeks ago like  the one that took place at the sadly closed Eisbar in Altstadt.  They also have a repair cafe this sunday  from 2-5 p.m. If you have small (electrical) items that need fixing or want help with repairing clothes, this is the place – there will be coffee and cake, too. To get there, take a bus till stop “Volkshochschule”, not far from Real supermarket and Wäschereifabrik museum or tram line 3 up to “August-Schröder-Strasse”.

short term housing


We are going on sabbatical soon (so posts may slow down on this blog for a few months). I have had success using Sabbatical Homes to find short term furnished accommodation. It’s used primarily by academics looking to rent out their homes while they are travelling or on sabbatical themselves.  We found a great apartment in Vancouver from a family who also have two small kids , so the apartment comes with toys, books etc which is great for us.

We are also using Sabbatical Homes to rent out our apartment in Bielefeld from March 1st to June 30th if anyone is looking for a furnished large sunny apartment. (It’s a great location close to Bürger /Oetker Park and Siegfriedplatz so walking distance to the uni or city center and comes fully equipped for a family).





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Osnabrück is nice for a day trip, about an hour away by train or car. If you go by train, getting off at the Osnabrück Altstadt stop is more convenient than the main station. Barösta cafe in Redlinger Strasse is a beautiful stop for a coffee break (just as Cafe-Konditorei Läer in Krahnstrasse).  This Sunday, there is free admission at the Felix Nußbaum Museum  (from 10 am. to 6 p.m.): I have not personally visited but it looks well worth a visit – Painter Felix Nussbaum, born in Osnabrück in 1904 and murdered at Auschwitz in 1944, recorded the experiences of the decades following the First World War in his paintings and reflected upon them as part of his own situation, which the artist, as a Jew, was pushed into by the racist ideology of national-socialist Germany.
For a general look at the city there’s a guided tour in English every Monday at 7 p.m. starting from the town hall.
Thanks PollyEster for the tips!