Category Archives: Culture

Copenhagen’s Kødbyen: From Blood-Stained Bibs to Barista Aprons

First impressions tend to stick. The stench from the lorry filled with the carcasses from slaughtered cattle that passed me was overwhelming. This was my first encounter with Copenhagen’s Kødbyen – The Meat City, back in those heady days of the early 1980’s. The meat-packing district in the heart of Vesterbro back then was off-limits for a […]
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CPH Light Festival: Between Light And Darkness

There is something fundamentally optimistic about February. Bitterly cold temperatures may tell another story, but undoubtedly, daylight time is winning its eternal winter struggle with darkness. Copenhagen at dusk is a magical place to be during those serene moments when the sun dips under the horizon casting the last available rays of sunlight on the […]
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There’s Something About Bywater.

Far away from the December chills of southern Scandinavia, I find myself in a corner of New Orleans trying to make sense of it all. Nestling on the northern banks of the magnificent Mississippi River, the community of Bywater, with its distinctive architectural Creole heritage could not be more different from its noisy neighbor, the French […]
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Copenhagen Contemporary: A New Era

It was the best of times, it was the shortest of times. For a brief moment, Copenhagen Contemporary brought the world of installation art to the center of the Danish Capital. It was always intended to be a temporary project, but for many, it became an inspirational sanctuary, where you could mingle with 88 Zebra […]
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Oh Brooklyn: Street Art Branding A Local Community

For decades, graffiti has plagued urban landscapes stretching from Lima to Inverness, bringing with it an air of desperation and anxiety for local communities, councils and property developers. I have tried to understand the need for this form of visual expression, accepting its original political or social relevance from disenfranchised groups, only to be sent […]
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The Bridge Street Kitchen

A steady stream of ice hockey fans, in Copenhagen for the World Championships, are making their way over the Inner Harbor Bridge, pointing at the original Copenhagen Street Food venue. Now a mountain of rubble, Paper Island is literally under construction. The success of Paper Island has seen initiatives blossoming in the capital’s neighborhoods. The latest to […]
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Teglværket: A Place To Meet

The sun is already beating down on Teglværket’s beach and early morning visitors are beginning to arrive looking for a bargain in South Harbor’s largest flea market. This cultural and community venue, is back in business after a lengthy winter break. Located on Teglholmen, Teglværket has become a popular meeting hub not only for South Harbor’s […]
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Copenhagen Light Festival

As the year’s first snow descends over the Danish capital, the city is transformed into an eloquent canvas for the annual Copenhagen Light Festival. For the whole of February, Copenhagen´s city landscape, facades, urban spaces and architecture plays host to an array of light installations that playfully challenge and engage its audience. The Wave returns […]
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Copenhagen’s Paper Island, The Party Ends

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 […]
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KU.BE: Culture And Movement In Playful Interlude

Entering KU.BE, I was immediately met by a shriek of laughter as a young mother landed in front of her slightly bemused child from the spiral metal slide in the play zone. It became quickly apparent this was no ordinary culture and performance center, as my journey through the 4.000m² dispersed on the 4 floors […]
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