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.
This was a special occasion: a book release consisting of ten tributes to Nick Cave entitled all together “‘Begær, Mord og Gud”,what literally means “Lust, Murder and God”. Everything was happening in a former petrol station turned into a space for creativity and good spirit called FIT ( to find out more: http://www.f-i-t.org/). Location is also great- deeper in the Norrebro district, surrounded by houses, feels like a you are a part of a parallel universe.
To these who did not make it: well, the book would not be of a great fun to you, because it was in Danish. However, the crowd was particularly interesting- different ages, different styles, all gathered to talk about the artist.
What has to be underlined the most was the music- truly great job by Sticker Svin and his colleague, who at some point started wearing kind of Halloween masks making everybody sway away. Just to give you a gist of how it was: imagine remixes of Miike Snow “Animal” and Cassius “Toop Toop”.
And portraits of Nick Cave all around.
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!
Everytime I meet the Hello Cph crew we do something new and exciting. This time we had a photoshoot ( still a bit of a hush-hush thing) and coffee in Cafe Dyrehaven. Really oldschool place- one has a feeling that is disturbing the hunters in their weekendly escapade to the forest when you enter this cosmic space from another times ( 60s/70s). Nice coffee, food seemed good ( I just had a croissant and it is highly recommendable!) and the prices were not to high.
Then we had a trouble looking for a present for another member of Hello Copenhagen crew that had joined recently and already had a great energy input into the whole dynamics.
The first idea was a poster from an exhibition at the V1 Gallery in the Meatpacking District, showing the work of a young British artist and called ” The body language”. Very very good impressions, however, no poster.
Due to the fact that our friend likes music and calls himself a dj, we thought we might get him a vinyl record, what required going to a record store. It turned out to be also a cafe. The name of it indicates it clearly : Kaffe and Vinyl. We found what we were looking for, and biked all in different directions. Thankfully the weather was nice and we got to spend it outside with friends, coffee and bikes- pure essence of Copnehagen
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!