Copenhagen Kulturnatten (the return)

Back to experience Kulturnatten again in October 2015 following a great 2013 visit and once again sourcing really cheap flights! 

Perhaps I should have thought about the old adage of not revising the past, especially when something was so good first time around… It was great to be back in Copenhagen but Culture Night seemed to have lost its shine (and perhaps some funding?). It seemed busier than ever, although this time it seemed much lower tech/risk set-up, it was still fun to experience and always great to just see around a city at a different time of day.

Visiting the Design Museum is always a good boost of inspiration, the street food on Paper Island, which is based within an old paper factory is properly tasty and worth the short boat ride or cycle to get there. It’s great to see these industrial spaces being used to experiment with food/drink and culture and as they say on the website, there is a lease until 2017, ‘until then the plan is to take advantage of the island’s potential and see what works and what does not.’ Bravo Copenhagen.

My first visit to Louisiana couldn’t have been better timed, with an exhibition by Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama which had just started. Decades worth of her work was on display, and the long queues proved that she was popular in Scandinavia.

Also on in the vast gallery was AFRICA, a major exhibition focusing on architecture, art and culture on the African continent. With seven themes: belonging, co-existence, expanding cities, making space, rebuilding, new communities and building futures, it was a pretty fascinating insight. I loved the work of Bodys Isak Kingelez ‘Project for Kinshasa for the third millennium’, he created hundreds of models from found materials in which paper, cardboard, and plastic are used to construct the present, the future, and the hopes of an African renewal.