It happened a while ago. It was a very pleasant Saturday- one of these days when it was actually sunny and warm. Place: Enghave Plads, Vesterbro. It was a mixture of street art, music, families, food, bevarages and skate competition for kids.
It was a proof, that Saturday afternoon does not have to be boring or just lazy- it can be nice and lazy with some good vibes. The vibes were provided by the dj’s who brought this summer mood to the people gathered around. One of the tunes that made us swing was Simply Red- Sunrise. I think it is pretty much self explanatory. Streetheart just rocked our hearts.
We have been told: Distortion festival in Copenhagen is officially the beginning of the summer. It is almost like: if there will be no Distortion, there will be no summer. We had experienced a few street parties in Copenhagen so we kind of build up an image of what is going to be happening during these few days when Copenhagen is officially taken over by Copenhageners, music and sun.
There was everything: great weather, great music, chilled atmosphere and good moods. Norrebrogade was partly closed ( including the bridge) so people could enjoy a ‘festive mood’ with different kinds of music: from r&b to reggae and electro. However, what was really amazing was the party on the Knippelsbro (and under it)- the bridge actually did open ( even twice!).
We have a neighbour, we call him Tropical (due to his taste in music). He made us believe yet again, that Danish people are not only polite and friendly but also full of passion and interests. The other day we were throwing a birthday party for our friend and when the time came, we started exploring deeper Norrebro with our neighbour and his friends. It was great, because without him, we would not feel like the part of this group- solely Danish people and as I remember a hip-hop battle at the Saxons.
We also know, that by the building where Saxon’s is situated, there is a whole. Clearly a building has been demolished. And it was not an ordinary building- it was a space for cultural purposes for young people. Supposedly there was a lot of building of this kind, but the city did not allow them anymore.
Apparently there is also a movie about it.
As our neighbour told us: Norrebro is not the same as it was. It is not so colorful anymore.
There are 2 streets of this kind in Norrebro ( probably there are more but these are the most recognizable): Blågårdsgade and Jaegersborggade. What they have in common is this kind of warmth and closeness of a community where everybody feels welcome. The latter one ‘throws’ events literally on the street probably more often than Blågårdsgade but they also have a lesser impact. What we experienced on the Street Festival was live music with great bands, colorful decorations, people of different ages dancing and having chats what made everybody feel as a part of a community.
Surprisingly, the party was going on for the whole day as the organizers predicted: it was the same spirit from 14 until midnight; only the sky had changed its color. We loved it!
In case you have no idea what I am talking about you will figure out in a second. Few days ago our friend spontaneously decided to take us to a ballet show. I was not prepared for it at all, not to mention I did not even know the title. The plan was to eat something out and go to the play. We had thought of Cafe Wilder because it was not too far away from the theatre and we had heard good things about it. We had indeed a feast:
After a heavy meal we biked our way to the theatre for the ballet and we found ourselves in front of a magnificent design: by the water, facing the Opera on the other side of the canal and apparently the same architect as the Tietgen Kollegium that everybody is in love with ( including my small person). This is what the architects Lundgaard& Tranberg worked on so far:
This is the theatre. And the show? Well, contemporary, very. Quite astonishing actually but made me think that everybody really interprets art differently and sometimes it is hard to figure out what is actually going on. I was advised to look up this person, who died just 3 years ago and had a huge impact upon the ballet that can be called modern: Maurice Bejart (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maurice_B%C3%A9jart ).
We hope to have more of spontaneous evenings of this kind!
Song that was played during the ballet performance- everybody had indeed smiles on their faces!
Since I have been in Copenhagen I had not yet experienced something similar. This time the target was to get to know the Icelandic music scene- I heard already loads about it, but never actually heard anything apart from Bjork and Sigur Ros. Knowing that the Slice of Ice (group absolutely charmed by the Icelandic music, whose target is to introduce it to Copenhagen) are organizing a concert of FM Belfast and Retro Stefson, seemed like a prefect idea to understand what is so special about it.
We arrived into a great building at Christinhavn ( old port warehouse), approached 5th floor and found ourselves in a charming space with a view over a canal and the great Copenhagen Opera.
The concert started with the performance of Retro Stefson- 7 teenagers who brought us into the summer times with their cheerful music. Their target was to interact with the audience and we had to get acquainted with special moves appropriate for each song. After some time, suddenly the band disappeared and FM Belfast came on stage. This, on the other hand, was a mixture of electro/dance that made us go absolutely crazy and we actually felt like we are on a party (except that the band was performing in front of us).
I can say with a hand on my heart: one of the best concerts in my life. And my aching body the next day can be a great proof that bands achieved what they were going for- moving the crowds.
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Promising looking event that we decided to attend turned out to be one of the greatest disappointments since we are in Copenhagen. Probably due to our lack of familiarity with the hosts we could not get inside. Everyone else in huge hordes were flooding the entrance. Greetings, kisses, shaking hands while the rest could only watch and smile.
Finally we had reached the 2nd floor where the party was held and however the music was good, the spirits were really down.
We have advice for Tea Paper Magazine- if you want to be a really good, professional magazine, you have to be more organized. If you tell people that it is a closed party- announce it from the beginning. And finally respect- for yourselves and the others. Clearly there is problem with it.
Good luck in whatever you do and do it well. After what we saw we can only say that so far it is in Bad Taste.