Merry Xmas at The Grey Hall

Glaedelig yul from Bo :-D

Its the last week before Xmas, and everybody are busy, before going on the holiday. But from friday, things in the city are really slowing down (Exept in the shops). Now we are going home to the family, and more eating and drinking.
And then Copenhagen are almost empty and quiet. It feels good when things are moving slower, and the hectic everyday is far away. Christmas evening some places are open, so if you dont want this family thing, there are other options.

Tuesday
Culture Box, is the only place that are open almost every evening during Xmas. They have an extensive program signalling: ”We dont care about Xmas. We just keeps on partying.” 

Friday
December 21st is the shortest day of the year. From now on there will be more light: It is celebrated in Operaen, Christiania with DJ´s and concerts. There are diffrent acts in different styles. Its really a mess in fact. Bring cash, for the entry and the bar.

In another location, but the same building in Pusher street, you can find T. S. Høeg AKA Great Dane with his Big Band. I dont know how they are getting room for a big band in this small place. But go there and remember cash. There is no link to this event

Saturday
Also here Operaen and Culture Box are standing out with the only shows of the day.  Its a brazillian Xmasparty with DJ´s in Operaen.Bring Cash 😉 
And at Culture Box, they have WetYourSelfi (WYS) from London on a christmas visit. So dance the calories away. And free beer between 11 PM and midningt!! Whats not to like? 

Monday December 24th .
The legendary Xmas evening in The Grey Hall –Christiania. Be there when the doors open at 6 PM, because it fills up fast. You will get free food, also for vegetarins and vegans, but else its traditionell danish pork. Later its performances with local bands. Its also fun to volunter, and do the work of cooking the food and decorating the hall. If you are interested in voluntering, its a good idea to be at the Hall friday December 21st around 10 AM, where theres a meeting. You can also turn up later, but then its harder to get into the groups. Everything is done Christiania style, and there are no place on the internet, where you can sign up, or find information.

Stengade, Nørrbro has a party evening with DJ´s opening at midnight at going on until 5 AM The entry is free. 

There is Xmas and anti Xmas. And the last one is in Ungeren, who are celebrating the Christmas with having no Xmas, but an open bar, and propably some hardcore punk on the stereo.

And thats it for now. Hope you enjoy yourself. Im going for Aarhus to see the family there. But I will be back on the blog after Xmas. 

Pusher street

Things are happening at Christiania. The famous Pusher Street, where you can buy illegal cannabis products, have been closed by the local residents at Christiania. Tuesday may 22nd in the morning, the Street was sealed of by a fence, and som black curtains. So all trade has stopped, and it is not possible to buy any stuff.
My normal source is out of town, but rumours tells that they are tired of very young pushers ( down to 16 years), that are trying to control it. Also the everyday fighting with the police, and the many arrests has led to this action. They say The Pusher Street will open up again on friday, ”in a new and more hyggelig way”. It will be exciting to see what happens, and I will keep you updated. If you really need to buy something to smoke, ask around. And dont buy in the streets leading up to Christiania.
And as usually, the police wants to ”cooperate”. The rest of Christiania is open, so you can still visit it.
In my humble opinion the only thing to do, is to legalize cannabis, but it seems like there is a long way to go in conservative Denmark.

 

Picture: The pusher street in Christiania is closed until friday

Sleep, swim and art

Hope you had a good long weekend. The coming days  also have something good for you.

Art week

Today, tuesday May 22nd, the Copenhagen Art Week is opening up. There are a lot of events, exibitions, performances, talks, films, debates and much more. Full program.
It opens up at The Charlottenborg, Royal Academy of art, at Nyhavn 6 pm. It is free, and you can have the change of catching a glass or two of Rosé wine, and have a a small canapee.

Sleep

Wendesday 23rd I will mayby go to Sleep at The Grey Hal Christiania. It is stoner rock, and good. I saw them some years back at Roskilde Festival, and I will go again. Afterparty at Loppen, with more stoner. And also at Loppen tuesday 22nd you can find the Bell Rays  . It is grovvy rock soul funk.

Swim

The water in the harbour is gettting warmer and warmer, and has now reached 18 degress. Officially you can only swim at the designated areas, but I have never heard about anybody being fined for swimming, where ever they wanted. So bring your towel and take a dip. Its nice.

 

Picture. I found the spider at a cafe by the habour. It is not open yet (The cafe), tell you more later. 

I´m dancing on sunshine

What a fantastic weekend. Again!!! With nice summer weather, swimming, Concerts and so much more. Whats next?

Ice Hockey World Championships is still going on, and the fans are very peacefull, no drunken people fighting so far. Very goood.

Norwegians
Thursday is the national independance day for Norway, and since there are about 10.000 Norwegians living in Copenhagen (Weather is better – beer is cheaper), they make a march from Christiansborg – the parlament – to the Norwegian Church at Amager. All dressed up in tradional costumes. It is a party, and among other places it continues at Loppen with Norwegian bands playing. Next to Christiania, there are also Copenhagen Norwegian DJ Mashti playing at Kaj.

The arcitecture festival, is still there, check it out here. Last day is wendesday 16th May. The Danish Architecture Center – DAC –  is now opened. I havent yet been there, so tell me what you are thinking. DAC

Free Concerts
And then Pumpehuset is starting its free koncerts on wendesdays in the courtyard. It is local bands, and May 16th it is Doktordoktor (Mellow hip hop) and Ravi Kumar (at bit more aggressiv Hip hop. ) I might come by and drink a beer or two. 🙂

Picture: Its not that difficult to make a concert. A Bike and a PA system. Caught at Dronning Louises Bro.

Skating on Vinyl ;-)

Prince.
Saturday April 21st it is 2 years since Prince died. You can come and dance the sadness away at Søpavilloenen, near the lakes, There will be DJ, purple drinks and Dancing.
https://www.facebook.com/events/544366929277117/

Record Day

Vinyl is getting more and more hot, and now there is a international record day. Your local dealer is having a sale on the music we love. And do you know the meaning af ”slutspurt”. In danish this is the last time of a sale, when the prices go extra low. 😉

Route 66 – Fælledvej

Sound Station – Gl. Kongevej

Beat København V – Enghave Plads

Roller Derby – Trippelheader

Tatooes, stockings and helmets are ready when Copenhagen Roller Derby meets Turku from Finland. And there are also two more matches to be seen. It is at the DGI Center, just next to the Central Station.

https://www.facebook.com/events/159194851411223/

Sometimes it snows in April…

Easter is over, everybody is back on the desks and behind the screens at school or job. There was some really nice sunny days, and ahead of us is the spring. Hurray!!.

Vega koncert hall

If you are into metal, Vega on wendesday is the place. Finnish Ensiferum is here. Check it out: Read more

Fever Ray are also playing Vega on wendesday, but it is sold out. There is a waiting list.

Film Freaks

Film freaks should head out for Cinemateket on thursday. Carl Dreyer was a danish movie director in the start af the 20th century. Vampyr (Wampire) from 1932, is shown with a live band playing the music from the silent film score.
It is a once in a lifetime event. Check it out
And BTW. Cinemateket has a series of Wes Anderson films (The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Royal Tenenbaums) showing right now.

 

What is this thing with danes and Happiness?

At all times danish people are on the top of the list with the happiest countrys in the world. How come, when we live half the year in winter, where there are no lights, the sky is grey, and it is freakingly cold?
First of all, we drink a lot of alcohol. There is no legal drinking age, and it is not difficult for a 15 year old, to go to a shop and buy beer. Secondly we take a lot of prozac, and related pharmaceuticals. That also helps. 😉

More seriously, you can say that we are the least unhappy people. There is a high living standard, a high degree of social service, and a health care system that works. So there are not so many things to worry about. Denmark is pretty safe, and there is a high degree of trust between the citizens individually, and between the people and the authorities. So you can use more time on doing something good for yourself.

This article also presents and idea, that partly the explaines the word “Hygge”, and how it influences life

So have a nice day. See you in the streets of Copenhagen. 🙂