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It is time for SPOT Festival 2017!

2.5.2017 by

The SPOT Festival 2017 is just around the corner, and it is about time we have a look at what the festival has in store. This year’s line-up includes over 250 acts, three of which are from Finland, as well as a whole heap of exciting events around the city of Aarhus. Since Aarhus is also the 2017 European capital of culture, this weekend is guaranteed to be impressive!

SPOT Festival is one of the biggest showcase festivals in Europe for up-and-coming as well as more seasoned artists and bands with potential to make it big on the international music scene. The festival emphasises Danish and Nordic music in a wide range of genres, and takes place at different venues around the city of Aarhus. The festival aims to serve as a platform where talent can connect with international labels, media, and other professionals within the creative industries.

This year, SPOT takes place on May 4th-7th, and the Finnish acts at this year’s festival are:

ALMA
Many have predicted that the 21-year-old ALMA is the next Nordic queen of pop to dominate the airwaves. With singles KarmaDye My Hair and her newest Chasing Highs doing extremely well, this neon haired powerhouse, who first came up through the Finnish TV-series Idols, is definitely one to watch.
ALMA will perform on Friday May 5th, 22:00 at Scandinavian Congress Center – Left.

Photo: PR/SPOT Festival

Photo: PR/SPOT Festival

 

MAN DUO
Man Duo is a collaborative project by childhood friends Jaakko Eino Kalevi and Sami Toroi (aka Long-Sam). The duo delivers rich electronic pop and will perform on Friday May 5th, 0:15 at Voxhall.

Photo: PR/SPOT Festival

Photo: PR/SPOT Festival

 

TUUTTIMÖRKÖ
Lyrics filled with dark humour and beats invoking a sense of 80s funk that make even the most stiff of people feel the groove are two aspects of what makes Tuuttimörkö’s music so captivating. The Finnish rapper is known to deliver epic performances and we expect nothing less on Saturday May 6th, 22:30 at Godsbane – Åbne scene.

Photo: Samuli Härkönen

Photo: Samuli Härkönen

 

Other interesting events during this year’s festival worth mentioning include:

Roots&Hybrid – A new festival within the SPOT festival with music developed from or inspired by specific peoples or geographical traditions. Roots&Hybrid is a collaboration with ‘det turkise telt’, the entrance is free with the SPOT ticket and it takes place on Friday and Saturday (May 5th-6th).

KarriereKanonen – A talent development program for Danish musicians will be showcasing 12 acts. Half of them will perform on Friday the 5th and half on Saturday the 6th. Eight of the acts will then be chosen to go on to the final and perform at Smukfest in August.

Strøm Sessions #3 – Strøm and Heineken present two Danish DJs that will perform at Plantecaféen on Thursday the 4th.

Open festival court – From Friday to Sunday there will be food trucks (Kødbyens Mad & Marked), a roller disco, record fair, market etc. as well as the official afterparty on Saturday in and around Den Rå Hal. You can find more information as well as the schedule here.

Aarhus Volume – The area between Godsbanen and Scandinavian Congress Center will be the place for one of the biggest events when the Aarhus Volume street party crew present a new outdoor scene for SPOT 2017 running from Thursday to Saturday.

TAPE x SPOT – A specialised focus on alternative electronic music at the music venue TAPE, Thursday to Saturday.

SPOT at Dokk1 – SPOT will once again take over the Aarhus main library Dokk1 on Saturday the 6th. The day includes music and discussions, with musicians, researchers, journalists and others from the creative industries putting together an interesting program for all ages.

Headstart fashion – On Friday, Balticagade will be transformed into an open house of music, beer and fashion with labels H2O and Minimum.

Cinema Øst for Paradis – The collaboration with cinema Øst for Paradis continues, and Sunday brings with it different films and music performances during the breaks, as well as the city’s biggest breakfast! On the program for children and the child-minded is the ever popular, and of course Finnish, Moomin at 13:00.

This is of course only a selection of the events during this coming weekend’s SPOT festival, so remember that there is an app available via app-store or Google Play, which will help you keep up with the schedule. There is also a SPOT playlist on Spotify to get you into the festival mood!

 

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Japa-zen-isme

21.4.2017 by

Hvad sker der, når Japan møder Norden, spørger udstillingen Japanomania i Norden 1875-1918Statens Museum for Kunst. Halfdan Abrahamsen besøgte museet, og fortæller nu os, hvad der skete da han mødte udstillingen.

 

Anmeldelse af Japanomania i Norden 1875-1918 af Halfdan Abrahamsen,
8. klasse, Utterslev Skole

Da jeg først trådte ind i udstillingen på Statens Museum for Kunst lagde jeg ikke mærke til meget, mine forventninger var heller ikke sat særlig højt. Det var en udstilling omkring Japanismen som var en tidsperiode hvor næsten alle kunstnere blev inspireret af Japansk kunst. Da man trådte ind var der lidt historisk baggrund på Japanismen og hvordan den var kommet til de nordlige lande via handel. Først kiggede jeg på malerierne af mennesker, jeg ville vide hvordan Japanismens finske portrætter så ud. Det første jeg lagde mærke til var rummet imellem de forskellige ting.

Virginie (1883), Albert Edelfelt

Virginie (1883), Albert Edelfelt

I de fleste portrætter ser man kun ansigtet og så en væg/farve bag ved men i fx. Virginie (1883) af Albert Edelfelt (1854-1905) var der både en forgrund, mellemgrund og baggrund hvilket virkelig gav liv til billedet. Man kan også se at han brugte mange japanske rekvisitter som skillevæggen, stolen og tæppet på stolen. Man kan rent faktisk se skillevæggen fra Virginie gå igen i hans maleri: Ved klaveret (1884). Nogle andre ting ved de to malerier er lyset. Man kan tydeligt se at han har eksperimenteret med lyset og stemningen. I Virginie er lyset mere flimrende som om det kom fra et stearinlys hvilket giver stemningen af et mere lukket rum mens at i Ved klaveret kaster lyset sig ind som dagslys hvilket viser at der er mere en billedet vi ser, det giver billedet mere rum. Man kan også se at i Edelfelts malerier er der på ingen måde sparet på farverne og malerierne er malet med de fineste penselstrøg hvilket bare giver malerierne en mere hyggelig stemning. Efter at have stået og dånet over Edelfelts malerier gik jeg hen og kiggede lidt på Helene Schjerfbecks (1862-1946) malerier. Dem jeg kiggede på var: Skolepige (1908) og Den arbejdende kvinde (1905) Det første jeg så på dem var hvor meget mørkere de to malerier var end Edelfelts. Der var også et meget mindre farve udvalg. Det så heller ikke ud til at der var noget lys i billederne. Det eneste sted lyset kom fra var farverne. Jeg så også at i maleriet Skolepige var der nærmest intet rum. Det var som om hun var en del af væggen. I Den arbejdende kvinde kan man godt ane noget rum pga. under stolen er der rum.

Snedækkede fyrreskud (1899), Pekka Halonen

Snedækkede fyrreskud (1899), Pekka Halonen

Efter at blive lidt skræmt af Schjerfbecks malerier trådte jeg videre ind i udstillingens naturafdeling hvor at malerne havde malet billeder af naturen i den japanske genre. Det var først der jeg begyndte at se det finske stråle igennem deres malerier. Næsten alle de finske malerier symboliserede noget finsk for mig. Det gav mig følelsen af at jeg var i Finland igen. Det første maleri jeg vil fortælle om er: Snedækkede fyrreskud (1899) af Pekka Halonen (1865-1933). Så simpelt som det er mindede det mig stadig utrolig meget om Finlands kolde vintre. De store klumper af sne der hænger på grenene og den sne dækkede jord får mig til at tænke og genopleve minder fra Finland, som fx kælketure. Maleriet er egentlig bare et par fyrreskud dækket med store klumper af sne der hænger på de små grene. Så er der også Albert Edelfelts maleri: Åkander (1896) som jeg synes er et meget smukt maleri der virkelig viser den japanske indflydelse på måden det er malet. Det hele går i et med hinanden. Det minder mig igen om Finland og alle de små søer jeg har besøgt deroppe. Det maleri der mindede mig mest om Finland og symboliserede Finland for mig var Søbred med sne (1899-1900) af Väinö Blomstedt (1871-1947) Det ligner et billede direkte fra en finsk skov. Det var det billede der virkelig gav stemningen af at jeg var i Finland. Det var som taget ud af en finsk skov. Det var utrolig nostalgisk. Det frembragte mange minder fra Finland. Jeg kunne næsten se mig selv løbe rundt inde i maleriet, det gav bare en magisk stemning. Lyset giver en hyggelig stemning og jeg vil tro at det skal forestille at være eftermiddag. Maleriet er dog lidt surrealistisk da hele maleriet er lidt mærkeligt stillet op. Alt i alt var det et smukt og mindeværdigt billede.

Efter at have kigget på malerierne forlod jeg udstillingen med en ”zen” følelse. Jeg tænkte bare på billederne og formede mine egne billeder ud fra dem. Det var en fantastisk oplevelse. Alle naturmalerierne var utrolig smukke og mindede mig om Finlands natur, så man kunne tydeligt se at de finske kunstnere havde deres inspiration fra Finland.

 

JAPANOMANIA kan opleves i Statens Museum for Kunst indtil d. 23 april 2017. Udstillingen er et samarbejde mellem tre nordiske nationalgallerier –  Statens Museum for Kunst i København, Ateneum i Helsinki og Nasjonalmuseet i Oslo. 

 

                            Halfdan Abrahamsen

 

 

Halfdan Abrahamsen går på 8. klasse på Utterslev Skole.

Han har været i praktik på Finlands kulturinstitut i Danmark i uge 16.

 

CPH:DOX 2017 is almost here!

8.3.2017 by

Next week marks the start of the highly anticipated CPH:DOX documentary film festival. CPH:DOX is the third largest documentary festival in the world, and this is its first ever spring edition, which brings several new events with it to the program.

This year’s festival includes more than 200 films, 75 of which are world premiers. These range from already acclaimed film makers to newcomers on their way to becoming some of the best and the brightest in their chosen fields.

Apart from the plentiful range of films that the festival showcases, there are events such as debates, artist talks and master classes to set the films in a social context. The festival also aims to create links to other related art forms such as the visual arts and the music scene through events including concerts, art exhibitions and seminars.

The special thing about CPH:DOX 2017 is, apart from the fact that it has moved to March, the fact that this edition is where art gives a response to the “(un)reality” of the Brexit and Trump era we live in where populism and authoritarian tendencies are on the rise. This includes heaps of politically charged documentaries as well as new events on the program. Some of this year’s event-newcomers include;

CPH:MEETINGS – a new cultural summit focused on the role of art in society, both political and social.

CPH:SCIENCE – documentaries, talks, debates, special events etc. aimed at strengthening the connection between documentary and science.

Kunsthal Charlottenborg – the distinguished modern art museum will work as a new festival center with e.g. a virtual reality and a design sofa cinema.

NEXT:WAVE Award – a new competition for emerging talent.

Children – A politically engaged program presenting films intended for a young audience.

CPH:DOX will be held 16.3-26.3.2017!

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Several Finnish films will be shown at this year’s special CPH:DOX, with a total of 11 films with some connection to Finland. We would like to bring five of these to your attention.

Boiling Point – Elina Hirvonen

‘Boiling Point’, the first feature film by director-writer Elina Hirvonen, portrays Finland in the 2010s where nationalist groups such as Finland First and Soldiers of Odin patrol the streets and angry demonstrators gather outside asylum centers. Populist and extremist opinions are escalating and the political party Finns Party is on its way to parliament with putting a stop to immigration on their agenda. But the situation is not necessarily as bleak as it may seem, at least not in the sauna.

Tue 21.3 19:00 Nordisk Film Palads
Sun 26.3 12:30 Empire Bio

Photo: CPH:DOX 2017

Boiling Point. Photo: CPH:DOX 2017

Craigslist Allstars – Samira Elagoz

Travelling from Amsterdam to Tokyo, performance artist Samira Elagoz posts an open casting call on Craigslist. Documenting all encounters with the diverse group of people who respond to the ad, Samira gives the Internet’s function as a social experiment a cinematic form. ‘Craigslist Allstars’ is both quiet and loud in its exploration of the hybridity of performance and intimacy.

Sat 18.3 21:30 Cinemateket
Mon 20.3 19:30 Kunsthal Charlottenborg
Thu 23.3 21:30 Nordisk Film Palads

Photo: CPH:DOX 2017

Craigslist Allstars. Photo: CPH:DOX 2017

The World – Mika Taanila

The 7 minute short film ‘The World’ is Taanila’s take on ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’ (1976) by Nicholas Roeg. This futuristic vision of America in the 1970s is without both gravity and David Bowie, and asks us not to take everything we see for granted.

Sat 18.3 14:00 Kunsthal Charlottenborg
Wed 22.3 21:00 Kunsthal Charlottenborg

Photo: CPH:DOX 2017

The World. Photo: CPH:DOX 2017

Blessings – Lisa Myllymäki

‘Blessings’ is a 13 minute short film which follows a 16-year-old girl’s use of social media during one day. It is a film in which emojis, likes and hashtags fill the screen and the phone is never far away. But Myllymäki also looks at the meaningfulness of physically present peers and adults in the life of a teenager, despite the ubiquitous world of social media.
‘Blessings’ is shown at CPH:DOX as an introductory film before the Dutch documentary ‘The Girl of 672K’.

18.3 12:00 Bremen Teater

Photo: CPH:DOX 2017

Blessings. Photo: CPH:DOX 2017

The Perfect Selfie – Jenni Salonen & Maryam Razavi

The Perfect Selfie follows Finnish Instagram famous Olivia Oras for one year. Oras is worried about the superficial and prejudiced tendencies that Instagram and Facebook can fuel. She is, however, still aware of the role she herself has to play in fuelling this issue with her own use of social media. With 20,000 followers, there is a lot that Oras chooses not to share on her Instagram profile, but these are moments that we are able to take part in through ‘The Perfect Selfie’. This is a film that reminds us that what we see on Instagram is only a fraction of who someone really is, and invites us to critically view our own use of social media.

18.3 12:00 Bremen Teater

Photo: CPH:DOX 2017

The Perfect Selfie. Photo: CPH:DOX 2017

With over 91,000 attendees in 2015, we eagerly await to see if CPH:DOX will break their record this year.

And what a splendid year it will be!

31.1.2017 by

This year, we are celebrating Finland’s one hundred years of independence. We have only just reached the end of January, but there is already an unusual and extraordinary amount of events highlighting Finnish culture all over Denmark.

So what did January bring us?

The Finland100 celebrations were kicked off in Denmark in a very exciting way with the first ever visit by the Finnish National Ballet. It was a jam-packed weekend with four shows of the Snow Queen, or Snedronningen, hosted by Det Kongelige Teater. The Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä, the Danish Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik were all in attendance on the opening night.

The ballet, based on a story by H. C. Andersen, has previously enjoyed fantastic success in Finland. It was received very well with sold-out shows at the Royal Opera House in Copenhagen as well.

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Another important event was the opening of the exhibition Alvar Aalto – Second Nature at Kunsten in Aalborg. It is only on very rare occasions that you are able to incorporate the physical museum building into an exhibition, and this is exactly what Kunsten has done. With Alvar Aalto having designed the building, you are welcomed and surrounded by Aalto’s work even before stepping into the actual exhibition. Alvar Aalto – Second Nature is a retrospective exhibition, held in collaboration with Vitra Design Museum, the Alvar Aalto Museum and the Alvar Aalto Foundation. It showcases Aalto’s architecture and design, and its dialogue with the art of his time. The exhibition is open until April 17th 2017, and is warmly recommended a visit.

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January also brought with it the opening of Japanomania at Statens Museum for Kunst, the National Gallery of Denmark. In collaboration with Ateneum in Helsinki and Nasjonalmuseet in Oslo, Japanomania explores the influence of Japonisme on Nordic art during the years 1875-1918. In the exhibition, you can find works by several famous artists, e.g. Edvard Munch, Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet, and Finnish artists such as Albert Edelfelt and Helene Schjerfbeck. It is open until April 23rd 2017, so be sure to check it out.

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Furthermore, four artists with ties to Finland are involved with the exhibition Nordic Delights at Fotografisk CenterNordic Delights is a group exhibition that focuses on the concept of the Nordic countries and provides another perspective on Nordic identity and the notion of the “Nordic model”. The exhibition consists of works by photographers and visual artists who live and work in one of the Nordic countries, but with roots elsewhere. You can experience it until March 5th 2017.

What to keep an eye out for in the near future? 

This first week of February has a lot in store.

Firstly, Kunsthal Charlottenborg’s Spring exhibition is opening! The exhibition showcases both Danish and international artists and their work, representing various art forms, architecture and design. Key inspirations for this year’s exhibition include the use of the digital and electronics, as well as semi-religious and mysterious themes.
There are a total of six artists representing Finland, ranging from seasoned professionals to some newer voices. The artists are:

Collateral. Photo: Timo Wright

Collateral. Photo: Timo Wright

The official opening takes place February 2nd at 19-22, and the exhibition will be held until March 11th 2017. The spring exhibition has been organised annually since 1857 and it will be very interesting to see what this year’s exhibition has in store!

Secondly, Cinemateket will, in honor of Finland’s 100th year of independence, show a series of Finnish films. The films include, among others, the silent movie Anna-Liisa (1922), The Unknown Soldier (“Tuntematon sotilas”; 1955) and Aki Kaurismäki’s The Man without a Past (“Mies vailla menneisyyttä”; 2002).
The film series kicks off with a showing of The Grump (“Mielensäpahoittaja”; 2014) on February 3rd, and a reception after the viewing which director Dome Karukoski will attend.
For more information about the films and when they are showing, take a look here.

Lastly, the Finnish award-winning film The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Hymyilevä mies; 2016) will be shown in different cinemas across Denmark, premiering on February 2nd. The movie follows professional boxer Olli Mäki who is preparing for the biggest fight of his life, and what is to be a major event in Finnish sporting history. The run-up to the fight does not go entirely according to plan, and Mäki suddenly falls in love.
Directed by Juho Kuosmanen, the film won the prize Un Certain Regard at the 2016 Cannes film festival.

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For more information about the film (in Danish) have a look here and for information about viewing times and dates, check out the cinemas’ websites;

And this is by far only the beginning to what is to become an unbelievably interesting year. We will keep you updated on all future events both here and on our social media accounts, so do keep an eye on our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram and Twitter; @finindk. We are eagerly awaiting everything else this year has in store, and hopefully you are too!

Alvar Aalto retrospective coming to Kunsten

23.1.2017 by

From January 26th to April 17th 2017, you have the chance to learn more about world-renowned Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) at Kunsten in Aalborg.

Photo: Göran Schildt

Photo: Göran Schildt

Kunsten, in collaboration with Vitra Design Museum and the Alvar Aalto Museum, is bringing the exhibition Alvar Aalto – Second Nature to Aalborg. This retrospective exhibition gives you the opportunity to take a closer look at Alvar Aalto’s life and work. It also offers new perspectives on his highly influential style and sources of inspiration. One major addition to the exhibition is the building itself, designed by Alvar Aalto and completed in 1972. Other famous buildings by Aalto include the Paimio Sanatorium (1928-33) , Villa Mairea (1939) and the Finlandia Concert Hall (1975).

Finlandia Concert Hall. Photo: Rune S.

Finlandia Concert Hall. Photo: Rune S.

Aalto drew inspiration from both art and nature to create architecture and design with an organic, natural feel. His attention to detail and personal interpretation of functionalist design made for an exciting career spanning from the early 1920s to the 1970s. Through the years, Aalto created more than 400 buildings and a great deal of furniture, glass and lamp designs. He also co-founded the gallery and furniture company Artek, which is still viewed as a major contributor to modern design.

Paimio Armchair. Photo: Jürgen Hans

Paimio Armchair. Photo: Jürgen Hans

The exhibition Alvar Aalto – Second Nature includes architectural models, furniture design, lamps and glassware. It also includes pieces by artists such as Alexander Calder and Jean Arp to showcase the important relationship between Aalto and the art of his time.

The exhibition will be open 26.1-27.4.2017 so do go and have a look!

More information can be found here or here.