Pressemeddelelse 30. Juli 2021

The world’s biggest street art and graffiti festival joins Freetown Festival

More than 50 graffiti artists from all over Europe will be transforming the walls of the Freetown Festival into a gigantic art piece of colourful celebration.

Foto: UE-CPH.
Meeting of Styles is the world’s largest graffiti and street art festival with more than thirty events a year unfolding all over the world. Normally, the Copenhagen edition of Meeting of Styles takes place in July in the area around Axeltorv, from the entrance of Tivoli to the Pumpehuset venue. This year, the entire event is moved to Christiania in September, joining the freetown’s 50th birthday celebrations.

The Meeting of Styles team is curating the wall surrounding the event with a complete artistic birthday make-over – transforming 250 meters of wall stretching from Prinsessegade to Refshalevej.

“One of the first Meeting of Styles Copenhagen events was held at Christiania back in 2003, so revisiting this artistic epicenter will be amazing!" says Steffen Gray, who has been organizing Meeting of Styles Copenhagen since 2015 with Toke Kjer.”Around 80 percent of the artists at Meeting of Styles Copenhagen travel to the festival from abroad. And pretty much all of them visit Christiania during their visit anyways - to enjoy the freetown vibe and the abundant creativity of the place”, Steffen says.

Usually the Meeting of Styles Copenhagen lineup has a lot of graffiti artists joining from South America and the United States. Due to travel restrictions, this year’s lineup is more European than usual, with lots of artists from Denmark, Finland, Belgium, France and Germany, quite a few from England and Sweden and some arriving from Holland, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland and Austria.

This year, for the first time ever, the artists will be provided with an inspirational mood board including stories and artistic outputs from the Christiania archives of the past 50 years which they can incorporate in their works if they feel like it. Directly or indirectly.

“There is so much more to Christiania than the narrative about Pusher Street and the police. Christiania is a vital center of vibrant creativity and abundant inspiration and such a great place to meet people. And the artists can incorporate images from those 50 years of colourful creativity if they feel like it. But they have full artistic freedom. They can paint whatever they like”, Steffen says.
Most of the artists will be checking in on Thursday the 23rd and will be painting until Saturday the 26th. A good time to visit Meeting of Styles will be every day from 14 o’clock until dinner time, where most of the artists will be active. Friday and Saturday will be the most interesting days visually, as many of the pieces will be close to completion. Revisiting the walls several times during the festival to watch the progress of the artworks is highly recommended.

Meeting of Styles Copenhagen takes place during the Freetown Festival, from Thursday September 23rd to Saturday September 25th. It is completely free and publicly accessible, transforming the walls from Prinsessegade to Refshalevej. 
More on Meeting of Styles here:
https://www.streetstudies.eu/meeting-of-styles
The artists will be announced continuously at https://www.instagram.com/meetingofstyles_cph/

More info (and tickets) on Freetown Festival here: https://freetownfestival.dk

Photo: Pencil from Sweden at Meeting of Styles 2019 – by UE CPH
Meeting of Styles 2021 graphics: Furious Styles Crew

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Pressemeddelelse 02. Juli 2021

FREETOWN FESTIVAL – THE DAY-BY-DAY GUIDE

Foto: Klaus.
Each day of the Freetown Festival, celebrating the 50th birthday of Christiania, has its own musical theme and focus, presented by international collaborators and local expert music curators on 21 stages, big and small, in all areas of Christiania.

Wednesday (Sept 22nd 2021) is kick-off day with a colourful parade, celebrating diversity and freedom, marching through Copenhagen from Christiania to the town hall at the city centre and back, attended by a multitude of groups and artists who have been part of the Christiania art scene from the very beginning in the 1970s.

Thursday (Sept 23rd 2021) focuses on indie/alternative music presented by friends of Christiania at the O-Land stage by Operaen. Balstyrko (DK) will be headlining at the Underland Stage at 18.30. And Distortion Festival will add their powerful magic to the vibe, while Science & Cocktails kicks off their three-day programme of brain-tickling knowledge, and the light wizards from Hackstage make the buildings and creatures of Christiania come alive at dusk.

Friday (Sept 24th 2021) is all about reggae, r’n’b and hip hop with names like Bikstok Røgsystem (DK), Klumben & Raske Penge (DK), Wafande (DK) and Benny Jamz (DK) – and the Vanguard Festival hosting their own stage for eight hours. Enjoy the unfolding of the mind-blowing artworks by hundreds of top class graffiti artists hosted by Meeting of Styles, and watch out for streetdance battles every day and pop-ups by some of the world’s most amazing dancers.

Saturday (Sept 25th 2021) is dedicated to electronic music: The Wonderland Stage will be hosted by Bas Under Buen by day (15:00-23:00) and by Drum & Bass Klubben by night (23:00-03:00). The Fusion Festival joins the Freetown Festival from Germany, curating a scene of exquisite techno with Sven Dohse (DE), Der Dritte Raum (DE), Marcus Carp (DE) and Bassphilia (DE) headlining. KoxBox (DK), Eat Static (UK), Emok (DK) and Ryder (DK) will send everyone to outer space and back at the PsyLand Stage, while Vini Vici (IL), Phaxe (DK), Morten Granau (DK) and Freetown4Real (DK) will draw the crowds at Fredens Eng. Kruder & Dorfmeister (AT), Lulu Rouge (DK) and Lucy Love (DK) will be amongst the big names playing at the Underland Stage by Loppen.

Sunday (Sept 26th 2021) is for families and for chilling out: The last day of the festival unfolds some proper birthday celebration vibes with free entry for everyone, focusing on family friendly activities, communal breakfast, circus shows, dancing and mellow(ish) daytime concerts from legends like Stig Møller (Steppeulvene), who has been playing at every Christiania birthday since the 1970s.

There’s much, much more to come. Check out christiania.org, freetownfestival.dk and facebook.com/christiania.org in the following months for many more updates on the lineups presented by all Christiania’s legendary concert venues like Loppen, Operaen, Månefiskeren, Christiania Jazz Club og Nemoland – just to mention a few.

Get your tickets at freetownfestival.dkOne day tickets are 300 DKK. Partout tickets are 750 DKK. All profits from the festival will go directly to next year’s Freetown Festival and the artistic workspaces of Christiania.

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Pressemeddelelse 11. Juni 2021

Christiania fejrer sin 50 års fødselsdag med festival i fem dage

I september 2021 fylder Christiania 50 år og fejrer det med en international festival, som hylder Christiania og de mange kunstnere, fællesskaber og drømme, der udspringer fra fristaden. 

Foto: Mathias Vejerslev – dokumentaristen.dk
Hele Christiania vil syde og boble i fem magiske dage. Blandt navnene på FreeTown Festivalens fem dages musikprogram fordelt på 21 scener er Bikstok (DK), Balstyrko (DK), Eat Static (UK), Der Dritte Raum (DE), Kruder & Dorfmeister (AT), Vini Vici (IL), Wafande (DK), Koxbox (DK), Lucy Love (DK) og Klumben og Raske Penge (DK).

Igennem fem årtier har Christiania skabt et kreativt livseksperimentarium og et kunstnerisk frirum, som har inspireret og sat blomstrende stiklinger over hele verden, og mange af disse beslægtede fællesskaber, fristæder og alternative miljøer fra både Danmark og hele kloden kommer til Christiania for at deltage i fødselsdagsfestivalen med deres egne kunstneriske bidrag og musikscener.

Blandt de globale deltagere og musikkuratorer på FreeTown Festival er Fusion Festivalen fra Tyskland, Boom Festival fra Portugal og Burning Man fra Black Rock Desert i Nevada, kombineret med en bred vifte af danske kulturskabere og netværk: fra Roskilde Festival og Distortion til baskollektivet OHOI! (Bas Under Buen), Science and Cocktails (prisbelønnede videnskabsformidlere) og Drum & Bass Klubben (radioveteraner).

Hele Christianias område bliver en del af festivalen, som vil fyldes med både store og små musikscener, performances, politisk debat, dans og cirkusforestillinger samt masser af kunst og overraskelser i Christianias skovområder og langs søen: fra downtown til skoven, på vandet og mellem træerne, på pladser og gader, i cirkusvogne og -telte.

Festivalen kickstartes onsdag den 22. september med en parade gennem København med farvestrålende deltagere, der alle har rødder på Christiania: fra repræsentanter for Solvognen, der bl.a. med sin Julemandshær i 1974 leverede politisk aktionsteater i Københavns gader, og damer fra Christianias legendariske pigegarde, til det farvestrålende cykel-lydsystem Karmakanonen, som har leveret mobil festmusik drevet af sol- og pedalkraft siden 2009.

Torsdag, fredag og lørdag er der entré til festivalen (endagsbilletter koster 300 kr., partoutbillet 750 kr.), og på selve fødselsdagen søndag den 26. september er der fri adgang for alle – med indhegning (dekoreret af hundredvis af graffitikunstnere), så antallet af deltagere på området kan kontrolleres.
”Vi sender festivalgæsterne ud i alle hjørner af Christiania og viser fristadens sprudlende mangfoldighed, fra dens rige 50-årige musik- og aktivisthistorie til de nyeste, kreative knopskud. Der bliver noget for alle – fra breakdance-entusiaster til børnefamilier”, siger Nico Defrost fra FreeTown Festivals arrangørgruppe.

Billetter til festivalen købes på freetownfestival.dk. Billetten er personlig og kan ikke videresælges. Billetten ombyttes til armbånd på udvalgte steder en uge før arrangementet. Der må ikke medbringes egne drikkevarer, men festivalen vil være fyldt med skønne barer og madboder.
På de 50 år, Christiania har eksisteret, har fristaden vokset sig fra en ustyrlig rebel til et ansvarligt anarki, og festivalen vil blive afholdt i overensstemmelse med alle gældende restriktioner i forhold til Covid-19. Vi håber, at vaccinationer og tests gør det muligt at holde fest uden begrænsninger, men vi følger udviklingen og tilpasser os løbende. Hvis vi bliver nødsaget til at aflyse, vil de, der har købt billet, få udskudt billetten til festivalens nye dato – eller få pengene refunderet.

For yderligere info, interviews og kontakt, kontakt FreeTown festival arrangørgruppe på
[email protected].
Festivalen på facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/events/301540081473028
Festival website:
freetownfestival.dk
Christiania:
christiania.org

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