Before Copenhagen goes into Christmas mode, scattering it’s inhabitants far and wide, the locals are gathering for one last party. Celebrating the end of a short, playful era, Paper Island and it’s main attraction, Copenhagen Street Food, is finally calling it a day. For almost 4 years, this street-food market has been parading it’s global fare in a derelict warehouse, attracting annually, an impressive 1½ million visitors. The success of Paper Island was not just it’s diversity. Copenhagen Street Food’s unique food market experience and it’s neighbor, Copenhagen Contemporary, brought locals and tourists together to a location that has had property developers drooling for years. Paper Island was like a disheveled ruffian mingling amongst the historical, pompous and contemporary, out-of-place and yet hugely popular.
A Caravan of Foodie Entrepreneurs
What now for this band of foodie entrepreneurs when the shutters finally come down on the 22nd December? Apparently, this caravan will be dispersing, heading for Copenhagen’s up and coming, Refshaleøen, the soon to be rejuvinated Bolton’s Gård and in my own hood, Teglværket in South Harbor. As for my favourite art space, Copenhagen Contemporary, is now in the process of seeking financial support and hopes to move the concept to Refshaleøen in 2018.
A final thanks to the crew at Copenhagen Street Food, especially Madenitaly for those legendary pizza slices that simply saved my day. And to the CC for some unforgetable moments, especially transfixed to Ragnar Kjartansson’s work and those guitar-happy finches.
On the day that Paper Island says goodbye to Copenhagen Street Food, it has been announced that the Japanese architect studio, Kengo Kuma and Associates, has won the competition for rejuvenating this special part of Copenhagen. Kengo Kuma’s vision for Paper Island actively engages the harbor with a waterfront cultural centre.
Content & Image credits: Phillip Mills
Illustration Credits: COBE