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Copenhagen Jazz Festival takes over town

23.6.2015 by

Copenhagen Jazz Festival is taking over the city on Friday the 3rd of July. With roughly a thousand concerts during ten days, it is one of the biggest jazz events in Europe. Three musicians from Finland are performing this year.

Copenhagen has been one of the jazz capitals of Europe since the 1950s, when the legendary club Jazzhus Montmartre served as European home for leading American jazz icons like Dexter Gordon, Ben Webster and Stan Getz. It is said that the special atmosphere and ambiance of the Jazzhus Montmartre made them stay in Copenhagen. The club closed in 1995 but reopened its doors in the original address, Store Regnegade in 2010. Naturally, Montmartre is one of the venues at Copenhagen Jazz Festival which starts next week.

Copenhagen Jazz Festival has been a yearly event since 1979. Currently, the festival is one of Europe’s most important international music events, known for its high quality and broad repertoire. The organisation behind Copenhagen Jazz Festival works totally non-profit, with the aim to develop and strengthen the Danish jazz scene.

Throughout the years focus has remained on Danish jazz and according to the organisation nine out of ten of the 250 000 yearly visitors are Danes. Still, the festival manages to attract big names from all over the world year after year, giving the festival an international profile. Dianne Reeves, Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett and Dr. John are some of the international highlights this year. Finland is represented in three ensembles: MaximalisticaGemmer/Estola Quartet and Cæcilie Norby, Lars Danielsson, Iiro Rantala-trio.

Copenhagen Jazz Festival spans over ten days, always starting on the first Friday of July. This year the opening is on July 3rd. Pre-sale spots can be found at jazz.dk, but most venues offer tickets at the door. The festival also features a great number of free concerts.

The whole program can be found here.

 Copenhagen Jazz Festival takes over town

Photo: Kristoffer Juel Poulsen

Contemporary Playwrights at Husets Teater

11.6.2015 by

The seventh Festival of European Contemporary Playwrights 2015 is soon to start. This year eight playwrights from eight different countries are presented by a big bunch of interesting Danish actors and international directors. It is time to book tickets if you are keen to join!

Festival of European Contemporary Playwrights has been a growing success since its start back in 2009. The concept is simple: Top contemporary playwrights are invited to submit a complete text, an extract or a finished play that has not been staged in Denmark before. The texts are then translated into Danish and presented as a stage reading by Danish actors and a Danish or a European director during the festival. For up-coming authors it is a good opportunity to try a text before an audience. As a general rule, half of the texts are discovered by someone and transformed into actual projects.

This year’s Finnish contribution, A Happy Family (2015), by playwright and poet Jussi Moila (1981) tells the story of Alice, a performance artist, and Anders, who is working on a novel about the Finnish Winter War. The couple moves to a small town when Alice is given the opportunity of running a provincial art college. It is a dark comedy on worldly yet intimate themes like love, family and work.

The 2015 festival takes place from the 15th until the 20th of June at Husets Teater. Monday and Tuesday are reserved for rehearsals, but from Wednesday the readings are open for everybody to join. There are readings twice every evening and the tickets are free. Since there is a limited amount of seats you should reserve your free ticket in advance by e-mailing anette@husetsteater.dk.

Festival of European Contemporary Playwrights has been part of Copenhagen Stage Festival since 2013. Schedules and more information can be found here and here.

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A Happy Family by Jussi Moila. Photo: Erika Svensson

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Photo: Erika Svensson

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Photo: Erika Svensson

Tommi Musturi – Håbets Bog

8.6.2015 by

Tommi Musturi (b. 1975) is a critically acclaimed Finnish artist that has given out a number of comic books in over 30 countries. He is one of the founding members of the Finnish comics collective KutiKuti and in 2011 the Finnish Comics Society awarded him the the biggest Finnish comic award, ’Puupäähattu’ prize. In addition to comic books, he has also done illustrations to magazines, books and album covers.

Now Tommi’s first Danish publication, ’Håbets Bog’ (Toivon kirja) has been published by Forlaget Forlæns. The ”non-action comic”, ’Håbets Bog’ follows, in a really slow tempo, the life of a retired married couple living in the coutryside in Finland. Musturi’s drawings are poetic and his use of dialogue is almost minimal, a quality that along with his laconic humour has drawn comparisons to the films of Aki Kaurismäki. The comic book has received good reviews in Denmark, getting 4 stars from Ekstra Bladet as well as having been called ”this year’s most beautiful comic book published in Danish”.

Now our readers have a chance to get their hands on ’Håbets Bog’ for a special prize! The publisher has promised a special 10 % discount for orders made through their website between 8th – 21st of June 2015.

To get the discount, write the discount code FININ in your order here: http://forlaens.dk/produkt/haabets-bog/

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Photo: Forlaget Forlæns

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title of the book: Håbets Bog
Author: Tommi Musturi
Publisher: Forlaget Forlæns
Translator: Siri Nordborg Møller

Tommi Musturi at Copenhagen Comics

3.6.2015 by

This coming weekend, from Saturday the 6th to Sunday the 7th of June 2015, the world of comics will be celebrated as Copenhagen Comics, Denmark’s biggest comics festival, takes over Øksnehallen in Copenhagen. The festival pays tribute to all forms of comics – everything from manga to old classics and from superheroes to graphic novels. The festival has a range of international guests, and you will also have a chance to meet the critically acclaimed Finnish artist Tommi Musturi (b. 1975).

Tommi has given out a number of comic books and has also done illustrations to magazines, books and album covers. He is one of the founding members of the Finnish comics collective KutiKuti and in 2011 the Finnish Comics Society awarded him the the biggest Finnish comic award, ’Puupäähattu’ prize. His works have been published in over 30 countries and now his first Danish publication, ’Håbets Bog’ (Toivon kirja) has been published by Forlaget Forlæns.

The ”non-action comic”, ’Håbets Bog’ follows, in a really slow tempo, the life of a retired married couple living in the coutryside in Finland. Musturi’s drawings are poetic and his use of dialogue is almost minimal, a quality that along with his laconic humour has drawn comparisons to the films of Aki Kaurismäki. The comic book has received good reviews in Denmark, getting 4 stars from Ekstra Bladet as well as having been called ”this year’s most beautiful comic book published in Danish”.

You have a great chance to meet the artist himself this weekend at Copenhagen Comics and get your own, signed copy of ’Håbets Bog’.

A more detailed programme for the festival can be seen here: http://copenhagencomics.dk/program2015/ 

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Title of the book: Håbets Bog
Author: Tommi Musturi
Publisher: Forlaget Forlæns
Translator: Siri Nordborg Møller

Finnish artists at Copenhagen Photo Festival

1.6.2015 by

Copenhagen Photo Festival is kicking off for the sixth time on Thursday the 4th of June. This year two Finnish photographers are exhibiting their work.

Danish photo agency owners Julie Navne Klitbo and Rasmus Ranum founded Copenhagen Photo Festival in 2010 to showcase Danish and international photography to a broader public. The festival has been arranged annually since then, working as a platform for both emerging and established photographers. The aim is to show contemporary photography and to awaken public awareness of images. In today’s society we are surrounded by images, but what stories are they telling, and where do the pictures arise?

Finnish photographer Ea Vasko (1980) lives and works in Helsinki. Her series Ma will be exhibited at Galleri Kant as part of the festival program. Ma is the Japanese word for a gap, a pause or “the space between two structural parts”. For the Ma series Vasko has photographed spaces that are used for passing through, making the viewer reflect on the experience of being in between and being in the present.

Finnish photographer Markus Henttonen (1976) is living and working in Berlin. At Copenhagen Photo Festival Henttonen is part of the Photo City-exhibition, which consists of selected photographers chosen by the festival. His new series Twisted Tales –Road to Hope is filled with hopes, fears and desires with an undertone of melancholy.

Most of the exhibitions and events during the festival are free. The festival is officially running from the 4th until the 14th of June, but many of the exhibitions are open also after the festival has ended. The program and information about the venues can be found here

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Markus Henttonen

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