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School´s out

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Hiya…

It´s … Tuesday. Soon 11 pm. Just had a nap in my ListeningHut behind the apple tree. So I feel fresh, fresh, exciting…. (Kool & the gang)

School holiday started last Friday. My middle-kid Viola (7) is away on summercamp with the sfo (where they go after school every day to be looked after until parents come home from work)… First time she is away from home for that long. 4 nights! She was not worried at all. She´s my rock star. Or something else kool, calm and collected. (Maybe that´s not the foremost connotations to the concept of a rock star, now I think about it but. Anyways).

There are a lot of things happening in my life now. We had great success with Diversity-day on the 17. of June. Must remember to write a post about that sometime soon. Lots of children and their families came, and the atmosphere was so warm and friendly. Really moved me. Musicians, Syrian food… games for adults and kids together… yeah… must tell that story in full later.

And I have finished the intro course of my soul midwife education. I shall do the rest of the course this autumn, is the plan. Together with one of my dear fellow students from Githa Ben-David´s vocal sound therapy course. I will go be a volunteer at the local hospice, as part of this education. I have contacted a lady I know vaguely, and asked her to help me join the hospice, because I know she works there now. She said yes! It will really help me, to have her support. We have a date set for meeting in August. Well chuffed about that.

Also, one late night, suddenly I could see that my mother had called me! I sent her an sms saying I could see she´d called, and I hoped it wasn´t bad news… she doesn´t normally call me late unless something is seriously urgent… she replied to my sms saying no, no bad news, she just wanted to tell me she had decided to give me and my two sisters a big wad of money each! As a part of our inheritance after our father who died some years ago…

I have lived on a very small economy these last 5 years. So…. YEEEAAAAHHHHHH….. !!!!!! The thought of all that money in my account just…. aaaaaahhhhh…… what a relief and a joy, man…… I immediately decided to start the soul midwife course, and I found out that I want to get myself a proper bicycle. I have made do with a second hand, uncomfortable one for years. I miss my old cruiser that died on me in… 2011? So I went to town. Found out what brand has the best rep when it comes to cruiser bikes. Electra! Oh me oh my (there´s a light in the sky…” Steve Hillage, on the Green album…)

Yup. This morning the Electra helmet that I ordered from Germany, arrived on my very doorstep, delivered by two handsome young men, actually. Hah. It is a black helmet with a white no.8 on the side. Also, there are white race track squares at the back of it. They did not show on my computer screen! But ok. Can I live with it? Yes I can live with it. No sweat. Hahahahaha…..

 

The number 8 is my favourite number, and it´s the mathematical sign for endlessness / infinity. It can also symbolize balance, I read. Taking the good with the bad. So. A Straight8 it is. As Electra have named this helmet. 🙂

I think I will post the photo of the bike as the top illustration. Then it can also symbolize movement, moving into the new, as the tarot deck position no. 6 is, in the Celtic cross…

(I have done 3 tarot readings this last week or so! Out of the blue. For two of my closest friends here,  who both suggested it themselves, and for my husband. Very interesting indeed. Been quite a while since I I used my decks. Suddenly 3 readings in a week. Wicked).

What else… Oh yes. Around the same time as my mom told me about this …. downpour of dough on my lucky head…. I was watching a free 9 hour long brainathon with John Assaraf on Facebook…. He is a hotshot from the film The Secret…. and with him on the screen stood lots of different brain scientists, neuro-scientists, coaches, all recommending his course…. And I actually decided to invest in it! Which was not cheap. But it is all about changing my money story, with use of self hypnosis, guided meditations, exercises…. supporting my brain change with audios, videos and a facebook community, in changing the way I think about and deal with, money in my life…. I´m in the third week now, and I am absolutely LOVING it. I have worked with self hypnosis about money stories and many other things, by myself, for a couple of years already, using free videos on Youtube. Abraham Hicks… Michael Sealey… many many. But yeah. I feel so empowered that I could choose this for myself! It enthuses me, and I already feel new motivations building up, becoming aware of stuff… As a newly educated hypnotist, it also gives me a lot to hear this programme of top quality hypnosis audios… I realize there is a lot to learn still for me on that score. Great to test this out on my own brain/mind. Looking forward to attracting abundance more and more every waking hour for the rest of my life. Hahaha….. Not a bad affirmation that. Maybe something to add to my anchor.

The rest of the money from my beloved mom, will probably go to my student loan bank. I saw today they have written me a reply to my last application. I will read it tomorrow. But at least I will then be able to pay them off a few months, before the bill is stacked on top of our other household bills… Yes. Moving on up, love´s all that matters… (another theme song, I´m like a radio station tonight…)!

What else is there? Oh yes. Well. Two things. Both a bit secret for now. But I have a great vision developing, together with my good friend here on the island. A social experiment. We are working on a project description and will try to find forces to join us in this process, that could become a great adventure, and a win win for several  central local parties in our community…

The other secret news, is… hmmmm how to tell it without telling it…. No. I think I will actually have to wait with that one. But I will tell you soon. It will be out in the open on Friday. Mindblowing for me. It has happened very suddenly, and it will… be fun, cost a lot of energy but also give me lots of energy, insight and new learnings, new relationships in an exciting teamwork….

Yeah. Friday this thing will be official. And Saturday we jump in the car, my hubby, our 3 kids and I,  and go to Norway for 20 days. First a week at our close friends´ in Bergen, then a week at my mom´s place, then my mom and her man holds a big party at my aunt´s place by the waterfall at the innermost bay of the Åkra fjord… from there we will then drive across the mountain (takes 6 hours, if not 8), down to Oslo, to another close and dear friend of mine and her lovely family, and from there we sail on home…

So this week, I´m just getting ready. Hanging out with the two kids that are still at home. Receiving a sound client tomorrow and a hypnosis client Thursday. Packing. Washing clothes. Buying presents to bring with us. Listening to my money story audios. And waiting for my new fantastic bike to be delivered to my door. I must remember to order those 2 books about soul midwifery, but probably better if I wait ´till we get back from the trip.

Lucky is my middle name. As I always say. I am so right about this!

🙂

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Diversity-Day # 2

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The annual cultural event with focus on children and their families, is here again for the second time.

The ngo “The Incredibles”, where I am a proud member, started on 8.of March 2014, and last year we could finally show our ideas in real action. A day in celebration of our local community on this little island of Fanoe, population 3000. We invite every citizen and every ngo to participate in creating a wonderful day of fun, giving centre stage to the local children and youth.

This year we have a family team competition, we have crocket and petanque, the riding club, One wheel bicyclists, a dance group that will teach and perform, we have skaterkids who will show us some tricks and spraypaint their skating ramps on the day, if the school manages to set it in motion for the date of 17.of June…

We have a cafe, where some of the Syrian women from our Red Cross women´s cafe will bring some dishes for us to sell… We have a Syrian troubadour as well who will come sing and play for us, we have local musicians as well, we have cakes and coffee in our big party tent…
We will play baseball, adults against kids probably, and we have rented sumo wrestling outfits, adults and kids sizes, so we can play some interesting soccer wearing them. Meanwhile all these ballgames go on, local performance artist (And member of The Incredibles), Ragnhild Kallehauge, will be storytelling in our new “Memory Garden” which recently has been created for the citizens suffering from Alzherimer´s disease… Yes, we proudly present a programme that has thought about all ages and nationalities, all genders and weirdotypes, that can possibly be living here, making our island such a wonderful place to live our lives. 🙂

You can see photos and videos from last year´s Diversity Day on our facebook page: “Foreningen De Utrolige på Fanø”. If you drop by there, please give us a like. It cheers us up and cheers us on, to keep meeting monthly in order to organize this yearly feelgood-factor. (One can also become a member of The Incredibles, for a very small, symbolic lump of money. Find our email address on our Facebook page, and ask for our bank account number).

I will leave it at this, and return after the day is finished with more info. Hurray for diversity, thank Goodness we are all different, or else life would be incredibly boring!

This photo is from a race we did last year. I can see we are lacking in stills from last year´s Diversity-day on our facebook page. More videos, and stills from the preparations. I will try to take more stills this year. And hopefully someone else can do some photography as well… This photo was taken by a guest; Niels Christian Nielsen.

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One week into Vietnam fortnight

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Hi guys

We are half way through our two weeks in Vietnam, and I’m writing from a sunbed in the shade by the little pool in the honestay where we live, in Hoi an, called “the tailor town”.

Is it only one week since we arrived in Hanoi?! It has been intense days, filled to brim with impressions.
Let me make a list, to try and organize my thoughts a bit:

1. The streets of Hanoi, full of scooters and cars, beeping horns twice a second for no apparent reason, scooters parked on all pavements so one has to climb over them or risk life by walking at the edge of the road… all the exhaust, mixed with weird smells from rice pancake and noodle restaurants, everywhere people sitting on tiny plastic stools, drinking tea, cooking on stoves……. birthday party ornament street, music instrument street, buikders’ equipment street…. So foreign and interesting, frustrating and fascinating all at once.

2. Our hotel we chose from home, Lucky Guesthpuse Hotel no.2, was a gem. Not due to placement on busy street (though in theory walking distance to the lake and placed in the old town), the room was small but clean and two double beds plus a single was comfortable. But it was a gem because the staff was just so friendly and fun, joking with eachother and with us and the kids, and helping us out with taxis, finding good prices on things, booking a tour fornus to the Halong Bay, and getting us tickets on the night train to Hoi an… all the time with a big smile and positive energy.

3. The joy when we found good food! Not all Vietnamese food is like in their restaurants in Scandinavia. Rice pancakes…. no thanks. At least not the way it was served in that cafe we visited. It hasn’t been easy to find smoothies and fresh mixed fruit juices here either, which we enjoy so much in Thailand. My 5-yearold is developing an addiction to coca cola, which they never get at home. But luckily, fruit drinks do exist. We found them at the White Lotus in Hanoi. And on the menu last night, in the first restaurant we went to in Hoi An.

4. Ps, most of the Vietnamese food is truely delicious. We went into a small place where there was no English on the menu and no English talked by the waitors, but they used google translate on their phones, and we pointed at a picture of a meal, and were served a wonderful meal with lots of small unknown dishes that we shared, whilst giggling with the young waitors, who also played with the kids while they waited for the adults to finish eating… so. No worries.

5. 2 nights sailing tour in Halong Bay
……. I dont’t know where to begin really…… A wooden ship, a group of stranger passengers meeting and getting to know eachother – I have 6-7 of them now as facebook friends…. we did… we visited a cave… and the Titop island beach. We had great meals on board the big ship and a snaller transport ship between mothership and event spots… we did kayacking and saw many big eagles… we visited Monkey Island where we fed them nuts which they came and took out of our hands… we visited big arts and crafts workshops where handicapped people had a workplace, and they made beautiful things out of silk, jade, wood, ceramics, porcelain, stone sculptures, clothes jewellery from gem stones…….. we… had a most fantastic evening drinking free Vietnamese beer and us 3 mamas on board ended up having a karaoke session! Hahaha….. oh yeah and the squid fishing by night…. And the cooking class where they taught us how to make rice paper spring rolls… The communication in hyper fast Vietnamese-pidginEnglish, which always left us passengers look at eachother and laugh because all our faces looked like big question marks, none of us knew what the message had been about and we learnt to just say “oh, we’ll just wait and see”; because the guides clearly knew what they were doing, it was just us that were confused and bewildered from the many messages that didn’t mean what they seemed to mean… actually a plus in the tour once I realized I could relax and it wasn’t necessary for me to understand their messages…

6. After Halong Bay we stayed a night in our Lucky room again. Out for a meal and enjoying peace and quiet in our room.
Next day we were to travel by train 8 pm until 1 pm following day, to Danang, and then bus one hour to Hoi An.
So we packed and left our luggage at the hotel, went out and found lunch in the fantastic White Lotus, then spent an hour in bicycle taxis around Huan Kiem Lake and around the French quarter, so peaceful to be in the scary Hanoi traffic in that slow motion bike sofa… both my little kids fell asleep one on each side of me there, people on the pavements and on scooters smiling at the sight of us…

Oh my God! I inserted photos from the phone!!
I couldn’t do that last time, in the post about Thailand.
Oh well.

Like I said, if you befriend me, there are many photos to see on my facebook wall. Lene Kaltwasser Henriksen. I accept strangers into my facebook circle as long as they are not spambots, and they behave politely. I have unfriended 2-3 people through the years of this practice, but the rest have proven to be real, and polite people, so. I enjoy getting to know new people. Send me a message along with the request and all is fine.

Where was I? Oh yeah, on that rickshaw.
We stopped at an ice cream cafe by the lake, then went into a shopping center and bought loads of foodstuffs, took a rickshaw back to Lucky ansd got our luggage and they called for a taxi. At the train station two men offered to help with suitcases, and off to the right traon we went.

7. The night train was great. Kids climbing on the bunk beds, making up games together. Lovely sounds and movements, this old train had. And exciting landscapes, water buffaloes and buikdings floating by our window. We slept well and ate all our fruits and sandwhiches and strange sweets…

8. Now we are here in Hoi An. Very hot after just 22 degrees in Hanoi. The homestay lets us borrow bikes, so soon now we’re off to the beach, 15 minutes bike ride from here. Later into the old town for dinner. 10 minutes in opposite direction.
The breakfast is included, and it is the best one we have had in Vietnam so far. Even fresh milk for the coffee, instead of that cream sirup from tins most use.
Fresh fruits, pancakes in different versions, eggs, noodles and rice, toast with cheese, dishes to order, juice…
It really lifts the day to start off on such a lovely meal.
I will find theirnfacebook page and give them some praise and share their link on my wall.

Right. Gotta dip into that pool now, I’m boiling. Not sure biking to the beach will be a pleasure with the traffic and the heat. Prefer a taxi. But my husband is Danish and sporty, I doubt he will agree now he finally gets to ride a bike again, hahaha…. some times we just divide. i take a rickshaw, and he walks. The kids choose who to go home with.

Yeah… so many things I could talk baput, inspired by this trip. But now I need to cool off.

Splash!

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2 weeks in Thailand

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Dear reader

I’m lying on my bed in Sinsuvarn hotel in Bangkok. Arrived yesterday from Koh Chang, flying to Hanoi this afternoon to enjoy two weeks in Vietnam before we head back home to our everyday tasks and chores.

I haven’t had much time online. A quick facebook update when in a wifi area, that’s all. Wish I could copy the facebook updates over here, with photos and comments… But. Anyways.

The past two weeks have been lovely. Got to spend some time with my bonus son, his wife and our two little grandsons. Such a treat to create family memories on holiday together, in no one’s home.

Other than beach play, pool dips, ice creams and wonderful meals, we’ve done a bit of colourful clothes shopping, and had three days of snorkling on Koh Kood. We have connected with fellow travellers from Quebec, Switzerland, Mexico and Austria, and with some really wonderful, fun Thai receptionists.

Like Ning at the Nirvana Resort:

Hmmm… I have now spent an hour trying to upload photos of Ning. I give up. The wifi is too slow, and the mobile format of wordpress makes it hard as well.

I think I have to wait until I’m home with photos… or maybe I have another go in Vietnam somewhere.

Anyways. I notice that it is good for me to reduce my internet access to free wifi zones only. A lot less thoughts in my head. Very unwinding. I think I shall try to keep this new habit when I get home.

The kids learn a lot. To deal with strangers approaching them, by giving a short reply in English or Thai. Meeting other kids,playing in spite of language barriers. Tasting new foods, ordering from a menu… The bonds between them strengthening as they help eachother and spend all this time together…

Yawn… Sorry… Bit tired after the long journey yesterday. 10 hours, in various taxis, ferry and buses… Heat is quite extreme, and luggage though not heavy, bothersome…

What have I enjoyed the most in Thailand?

1. The sounds of the jungle and the sea
2. Revisiting our favourite resort Blue Lagoon
3. The tastes and aromas of food and air
4. Oh the heat. To be really warmed up to the core.
5. Seeing my kids very happy together
6. The quality extended family time, bonding closer with my grandkids
7. Bangkok, hustle, bustle, shopping and tuktuk with Pinai
8. The amazing feeling of going into a cool pool when overheated
9. The weird wonderful fruits, and the fruit shakes
10. Learning something new all the time.

When I get my financial side of life together, I will definetely spend more time travelling. Ideally a couple of months every winter, and maybe a six month stretch around Asia…
Kids look forward to going home to their friends now, though. Haha…
I want to visit Nepal, Laos, Cambodia, Myan Mar. Hawaii. San Fransisco maybe. Namibia. Barbados. Indonesia. Melanesia.

Think that’s the most important places for me. For the buddhist atmosphere which I find so peacefully all-embracing… for the healing traditions of f.ex. the big kahunas, their ho’oponopono…
For the Kung! San people of the Kalahari…
I loved my studies in socisl anthropology. Should do my master and go on fieldwork one day maybe…

And now I am here. In two hours they take us to the airport. Four hours flight and we land in Hanoi where we have never been before.

What do I expect?
As little as possible. Expecting positive surprises as I do in general in life. Expecting adventure and challenges we solve. I hope they are friendly and helpful like the Thais. The food is lovely, I have been to Vietnamese restaurants in Norway. I hope they sell clothes similar to here in Bangkok, as I need a new wardrobe! I hope to visit the tailor town Hoi An and be able to get myself a suit handsown!
And with their rugged coastline I expect there will be little beach time and hence a need to go for places with a pool when we look for places to stay…

Yeah. I shall try and write you from Vietnam. Can’t promise photos though. If you befriend me on Facebook, there’s loads of photos there. Only visible to friends. Just send me a message along with the friend request, I accept strangers into my facebook friend circle as long as they are not spambots, and they behave politely.

Let me try to upload a heading image, and go join my gang in the pool outside. Have a happy day out there on this our blue planet.

Pop gan mai!
(=See u later)!

Aha! Managed to upload photo. Let me push my luck and try to give u one more then, here at the end of today’s little story:

Aaaarrrggghhh! No can do. Trying to upload one of all five of us on top of two elephants taken two days ago, but doesn’t seem uploadable. Strange. Maybe rule is different for the “set featured image then, than for inserting into post.
Anyways.
Pop gan mai and mai pen rai (=no problem, never mind).
Wow, it rhymes!!
My first poem in Thai! Yeeaahh!

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Into the Known Unknown

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Love that title that just typed itself there. Haha. This post should be about dying. Returning Home, back into the Light where I was before I was born into this fleshness… 🙂 Into the Known Unknown…

Anyways. That is not what I meant by the known unknown here now. This post is about me getting ready for an adventure. We are flying Sunday, to Bangkok. Two weeks on the island of Koh Chang that we know, we were there for 2 months in 2013. But although Thailand is known to us, it is still mostly unknown. And after two weeks there, we fly on to Hanoi and spend two weeks in Vietnam. Where we have never been before. So that is unknown.

Hm. The title for this post is marvellous, but it probably deserves a better … text following such a great headline. (Is my humble opinion). Anyways.

Here´s a couple pictures from my Facebook profile, from our last trip to Thailand, 4 years ago:

The Blue Lagoon Resort. We are going back to that resort.

View from inside the one room hut.

Self portrait in the hut´s bathroom.

The reception area. My son, 10 months old.

Another hut, same resort, where we also stayed a handful nights. Higher standard than the ones on the river. More spacious and better beds. Built and decorated by artists from different countries, The Blue Lagoon Resort is like a small, alternative minded community. Thai people and French, live there all year, and develope the site.

Klong Prao beach, where we hung out most of our time at Koh Chang.

Morning, heading for place to find breakfast…

Lots of splash time.

My then 2-yearold Viola shot this close-up of jewellery sold on the beach.

Afternoon resort chill.

On Koh Kood. Wonderful Cambodian waitors and our three little treasures.

One of our houses at Koh Wai (Pakarang resort)

View from the restaurant at Koh Wai.

The beach, Koh Wai.

My eldest, Lava, then 8. Happy. So many amazing memories. She is extremely chuffed we are going back to Thailand.

All the beautiful temples… This one was on the east coast of Koh Chang.

Viola skipping in the zodiac…

Getting transported from one island to another…

Back on Koh Chang. Elephant ride in the jungle. Unforgettable.

Nap time. 🙂

Typical meal time. Order anything. Enjoy immensely. Pay very little. So NICE!!

Sunset on Koh Kood.

Oh yeah…. We are leaving in two days. Suitcases are being packed, last errands run. I have to go make my son a cup of tea now, I just picked him up from kindergarten. Speak to u again soon, I hope! Depending on wifi on the trip, but. Yeah.

Toodle-ooooo and au revoir!
Kop kun ka for reading my blog.
(Thai word for thank you. If you are female.
If you are male, to say thank you, you say “Kop kun krap”).

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Fanø Free Folk Festival # 7, Saturday Compilation

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FINALLY!!! Oh my dear blog (-readers), how I have missed you.

It´s been months on end without a word between us! It´s entirely my fault. Coz I made a vain decision: I wanted my three blogposts from the Fanø Free Folk Festival to be “on the trot”, so to speak, in a row, not interrupted visually on the blog, by other posts. Problem was, this third and final blogpost from the festival, required for me to finish editing a compilation video first. (I had laid upon myself).

Editing takes time. Sure. But the problem this round has been that I have had difficulties accepting the limitations of my raw material. The first band I filmed that Saturday, was “early” in the day and it was very hot. I was dehydrated and very tired after falling into bed the night before around 05 am.

No excuses, though. Just explaining. I filmed Yngel, the first band out, for far too few minutes, then headed to the “house of gatherings” to get hold of a chair and a big glass of ice water…

The following acts, Victor Herrero, Kloster, and ML Buch, I have already made longer videos from. So in this compilation here, I´ve cut it down to just a taste.

After dinner, Nasa Dude felt extremely intense to me! My brain was just throbbing with all those new impressions of new to my musical horizon, soundscapes… I managed to film 10 minutes or so of Nasa Dude, and then I actually made an escape from the whole festival site! Went and sat on the grass outside a house a few hundred metres down the lane, for an hour! Just listening to my own breath! I was quite surprised at myself there. I HAD to have a break, and take back control over my ears!   🙂

So I missed the performance of the percussionist altogether. P.O.Jørgens. My apologies.

Not that I had promised Rasmus (The festival leader) any particular amount of coverage. I just like to cover the whole thing when I film a festival, or an exhibition. Not the whole thing, but that every participant at least gets represented,in various degrees. Maybe I should adjust that rule a tad. And go for a “Personal favourites” style. Feels unfair, though. And my taste does not define good taste. Every act in this festival is always interesting! Not exaggerating. Every act is not pleasant, to my ears, but it is all very fascinating, innovative, interesting in some way or another.

Anyways. Josephine Foster I have also made a seperate video of (although not to my satisfaction, as the room was too full to find a good angle for the camera). And Arlt, likewise. You find those videos in my 2 previous blogposts from the Freefolk Festival, or on my Youtube channel (called Lene Kaltwasser Henriksen).

The most unsatifactory piece of raw material was Origami Arktika, though. The room was very dark by this time, and I wasn´t too sober either, to be honest. Not drunk at all, but not attentative enough. A lot of my material is useless due to unstable camera. Add the in and out of focus due to darkness. Not much left to play with.

Anyways. That´s enough of the explanations. Let me give you the video compilation of 9 out of the 10 acts in the programme Saturday:

Any comments, especially from you musicians or audience present at the festival, is very wanted and welcome.
I am aiming to film acts at the festival next year as well. If there is anything you think is too much, too little or too bad or too wrong about my work this year, let me know and I will try to adjust. Also, you can tell Rasmus and have him let me know.

At the end of this video,for example, I have included a folk dance late at night by two local lads. I talked a lot to them, so I don´t think they will mind being published. But if so, I will edit them out. Same with the last clip, which is a group of friends passing a ukulele around after the programme was finished, whilst waiting for buses etc. It was a private moment, intimate and vulnerable, but so beautiful. And that atmosphere is what I treasure more than anything about this particular festival. Let me know if anyone feels obused by my filming this, though.

It is very important to me to respect those I film. I always edit to show acts and people from the most positive side possible. Anybody picking their nose or stuff like that, I scrap the material. False notes played/sung, I consider context an extra time before I publish. I am a person of high ethics. It is a central part of my character. And also, I hate to intrude. To disturb. If I could be a fly on a wall with a camera, no one noticing me, that would make me a very happy high-flying film-fly. 🙂

Right.
With luck, everyone is happy. And if someone is not, don´t hesitate in letting me know. I don´t take criticism personally. And I want to be trusted. Also, I want to get better at these video workings, coz I just love to shoot video, especially concerts (and sculptures), actually.

I fade out with a boomblast crescendo piece why not. Just to make this post even a littlebit more about me and my thoughts about me!
(At least no one can claim I don´t have self irony. Another central piece in my character, besides the ethical focus. And that claim is not bragging, it is me shining my light shamelessly, like we all should).

I´m just a soul whose intentions are good.

Ciao for now, and hope to catch you in my next blogpost!
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Fanø Free Folk Festival # 7 part 1

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Dear folks. Free and unfree ones. There is this festival. It´s set on the tiny isle where I live. It happened for the 7.time this year.

There was 120 tickets available for sale. Yes, that is the correct number. One hundred and twenty. They were sold out before the programme was ready! Before the acts were in place and announced, people hastened to get hold of tickets. That´s pretty special. Why like this?! One might wonder. And so I asked the man who has created this event, and here´s what he has to say about why:

(It may sound like 19 minutes is a long interview, but I simply left it unedited because I think the conversations flows so naturally  and there is nothing said that isn´t interesting and relevant. So. Enjoy).

So the festival started out as a gathering of friends who played music. And has grown each year. The whole event is one backstage area. The musicians, the volunteers and the audience all hang out together, stand in the buffet queue together, camp in tents… No hotel, no vip zone, no distance between the festival participants.
It creates such a friendly, laid-back atmosphere. I´ve been to a few festivals in my life, but this one has a tremendous feel to it, unlike anything else I have experienced.

Well. Listen to the interview for more in depth descriptions on this score. Rasmus puts it so well that it´s hard to describe it in written words after hearing him explain it.

Let me share with you the gig-vids I have managed to edit so far. (I will make some more video from the festival, but I´ve just been so busy the last few weeks, as I described in my blog post from yesterday,  Autumn routine is upon us! )

Here is a young Finnish woman. I tell you, hers will be a world famous name! That´s one of Rasmus´ talents; finding great quality artists. This woman uses her voice only. Studying traditional Scandinavian singing… She totally blew my mind. Catch this:

(If the opening song feels too intense for you, skip forward, her set is diverse and exciting, her use of the voice is truely unique, yeah I will actually call it horizon-widening)!

 

Another one of my favourite concerts, was Arlt, from France. A couple, I believe they must be, at least there seems to be  a really good chemistry between the two of them. I don´t understand French, so I don´t get the lyrics, which for me often stands for at least 50% of the meaning of a musical experience. But these people, with their melodies, rhythms and energy,  just… filled me with joy! Catch:

If the video stops as you play it, it may because of the speed of streaming in your local system. I film with a new phone, and I have tried to upload to youtube in a smaller format but it made it grainy, so I stick to the HD.

I hope the artists approve of my editing. I see the editing programme as my creative instrument. Choosing elements, combining them in the right bite sizes and order… I love this activity.
I play the piano myself (had 6 years´ training with a teacher as a kid), and I play hand drums, and love to sing and to dance. Music is to me… on the top 5 list of most imortant things in life. Maybe even top 3. (“There´s also food and sex, but… yeah maybe top 3”, me and a female musician agreed, out in the beduin tent during the festival…)

Here I should paste a video from the tent, but I haven´t edited that one yet. Let me find a still for you, it´s such a beautiful tent:

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I took these pictures Sunday afternoon, as the festival was ending. The guy on the ladder is Fanø´s own (very) sound guy Frode, and as well as steering sound he also owns this tent. Proud to say he´s a friend of mine, and he plays small informal gigs with my husband from time to time. Oh, and the woman who agreed with me about music being on the top 3 list of greatest things in life, she´s sitting right there, next to David! They were passing a ukulele around, singing… such a beautiful shared timebubble shared there. I felt so lucky being part of it.

Many times during the festival, I just felt so moved. Tearful, choking up. But not sad, just moved. To be part of this…group of strangers who treated eachother like friends… Year after year, the same volunteers come back, and some of the musicians come back, familiar faces though I know we don´t actually know eachother…but then again somehow we do, we know that we love this way of being relaxed and open together, and that´s plenty enough known, for all of us  sending eachother wide smiles from the heart…

Hard to describe the undescribable. Huh.   🙂
Anyways. Me and my words.
Moving swiftly on:

THIS is an exciting Danish act; ML Buch:

And so is this; Kloster:

Every time I go to the Freefolk festival, I discover something completely new and different. Like Rasmus said. It is so refreshing and inspiring! Some of the acts are too “noisy” or “weird” for me, but I still enjoy the experience of discovering them, to know that such music exists, and obviously is appreciated immensely by other festival guests, so my taste is not… something to define quality or popularity by… just another person´s personal experience…    🙂

This was the biggest name in the programme this year, I dare say.
Sadly, I went outside during sound check, coz they asked us to. By the time I was to go back inside, it was so crowded I simply couldn´t film!
So I caught a glimpse through a window, just… But a nice glimpse it surely is. I will check out her music more, no doubt about that.

The guy playing together with Josephine there, gave a solo concert earlier that day:

Rarely have I seen a guitar played that… mezmerizingly… I totally dig what he does….drumming on the guitar while he plays it… And the…his voice…what can I say… “clean…pure…”?

I had to stop myself from crying when he sang! His voice went straight to my heart or soul or. Essence. And again, I do not understand Spanish! So it´s not the words. It´s his voice.
I told him so too, whilst we were in the bar queue.
Sadly I was too slow to buy one of his albums, they were sold out in a couple of minutes after he finished playing! I wanted to give it to my husband, who also plays the guitar. Luckily I found Victor on Youtube, so I could show my husband that…

Oh. And then there was THIS guy. My Goodness. What a… wow. Just.

Him, Rowan, and Michael from Kloster, also gave an acoustic set Sunday night, at Fajancen; a small local restaurant in the village where the festival takes place. Very cheap tickets. Giving the locals a chance to get a taste of what goes on at the festival…. I haven´t edited those recordings yet… hopefully I can make a good piece out of that concert as well.

The festival went on in Sønderho Forsamlingshus (community centre), and also in Sønderho Church! Here is one of the concerts I filmed there. In one piece, unedited, as i just couldn´t put the camera down! I love church organs… This is experimental. I find it very interesting.

I will try to make a compilation of shorter pieces, from the gigs that I didn´t manage to film in full, or from a satisfying angle. There are also a couple of acts that I just didn´t see at all. At one point Saturday evening, I actually had to go for a long walk and Get Away from Sound! I was so…filled to the brim, couldn´t take one more note in…! Sat down on the grass, leaning my back against the wall of one of those quaint little village houses there, for a while… turning my attention towards listening to my own breathing! … Yes one CAN get some, satisfaction. There IS a point of Enough. Cup floweth over.   🙂

Anyways. I think this is the last of the ready edited and uploaded videos I have made… I soooo want that loop thingy Sophie´s got there!
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Hmmmm…. it hasn´t been uploaded, I was sure I had done that. And now it seems Youtube´s got some trouble uploading it, seems to have stopped half way through the process.

Well. I think I will just let that un-watchable video of no video, be a cliffhanger, then, and share it in a part two post about the seventh FreeFolkFestival.
This post is already rather lengthy, and I will have to make a part two anyways, to make use of the rest of my recordings.

So. Bare with me!
I´ll be back, like that famous Austrian once said.
Hasta la vista, baby!

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The Sønderho Day 2016

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This year Fanø celebrates its 275 years´ anniversary, from the time when the locals bought the island from the king, and Fanø became independent. The celebration started with the usual Fanniker-Days, continued through the whole week and ended with the annual Sønderho-Day the following weekend.

I have written a post called The Fanniker-Days. During the week I have been too busy to attend the celebrations, as we are refurbishing our house at the moment, building a wall and tearing down an other wall, so that we will get a big kitchen for all our 5 kids, their life partners and our two little grandsons…

But. Here, let me show you my photos and videos from the Sønderho-Day.

Sadly, it was raining. But that did not stop hundreds and hundreds of people from going to the little village at the south tip of Fanø.

Up by the old mill, benches and chairs were ready to receive.

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Bertel Haarder is the name of the Danish minister of culture. He held a speech, because of the anniversary.

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Here is a total of the location:

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Soon time approached 14.00 (2pm), where the parade would start from the old harbour and continue to the mill on the hill. I filmed 5 minutes of the parade. (Normally there are more musicians on board, but raindrops and musical instruments don´t go together…)

As soon as all the people had arrived, Bertel Haarder entered the stage. He speaks in Danish, of course, but. It gives you an impression of the crowd and the event, even if you don´t understand the language.

After his speech, a woman read an old poem written about Sønderho, and an other woman guided us through the bridal riduals of yonder years… where they dance three different folk tunes, and in between the dances, they get three different drinks that they have to drink. First, a sweet one, then a sour one and last, a bitter drink. Symbolizing the feelings of married life over time, she explained! 🙂

After this, the traditional costumes were presented and explained. By a man called Claus. Whose first name I just happen to know. I think the woman who recited the poem, is called Christiane. The lady explaining the bridal rituals, I don´t know her name. They didn´t introduce them as they came on stage. Or else I would of course mention them by names here.

Here is Claus, talking about the costumes:
(The fabrics were brought home by the sailors, from Africa and Asia… The costumes are special to Fanø only, no other place in Denmark have these).

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After this, all the people walked into town, where there was music and folk dancing outside the restaurant Nanna´s Stue. (Nanna´s Cottage). Next to Nanna´s there is a place that sells huge, delicious icecream cones, so. Yeah. I went there with my husband and 3 kids, and had an icecream. Didn´t film or take photos there. Afterwards we went down to the dike and enjoyed the view. Here:

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Here we see Børsen, which is a very popular piknik / party location for late nights turning into early mornings…

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There was a boat lying just there, all poetically…:

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We drove home late afternoon, a bit cold. The other Sønderho-Day-celebrators joined a folk dance party at the old community centre and danced the local Fanø dances for hours and hours beyond the sunset and possibly even beyond the following sunrise, I haven´t heard the rumours in full yet… 🙂

In my post about The Fanniker-Days, the last photo was of my girl Viola, who is 6 and who just that day discovered her first loose tooth. Well, guess what:

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She lost her first tooth on The Sønderho-Day!

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So. Yeah. Perfect timing, I guess we might call that. Easy to remember for the parents, anyways. “When did I lose my first tooth?” Easy! 🙂

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Fanniker-Days on Fanø

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Hi there.

It´s been a while since I wrote now. Again. I have simply needed time to find out how my new fruity laptop works, it is the other camp of I.T. equipment I have bought, and many things are not the way I was used to.

I should write about the Diversity-Day first. But. I have promoted it so much on Facebook, that I´m kind of tired of telling the story! I wish I could share facebook posts directly over to here. If someone knows if it´s poss, and how to do it, let me know!

Today I´ve loaded up another handful videos, from the local Fanø tradition – event this weekend called the Fanniker-Days, which celebrates the old traditions of the island where I live.

I will share the videos here with you now…

First; Here is the parade yesterday. From the town hall to the festival tent ground down at the harbour. So many people joined the parade! We are only 3000 inhabitants! And so many in the traditional old costumes. Which one can borrow if one wants to wear one. They even help put it on. So sweet. Beautiful dresses. The ship captains of Fanø brought the fabrics home from their journeys to the far east…

Right. Watch this for an impression of the parade:

Here are some photos of my kids in Strien, the community centre where they helped dress girls and women in need of help.

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They were waiting for their turn. My three ones, and our lovely neighbour girl Alma, whose mom was the one with the great idea that my kids should wear traditional costumes this year. For the first time.

The costumes were all layed out ready for their wearers…

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Neatly put together in packages…

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First the white head scarf, my daughter Lava here:

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And my other daughter, Viola, got hers done:

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Look at these smashing-looking Fanø-children!

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In the parade the youngest ones were put in a horse-carriage:

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My son Linus-Ferdinand on his big sister´s lap there in the foreground…:

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At the festival site there were tons of stuff for the kids to enjoy. From lollypops, popcorn and slush ice…

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…to things they could win… he loved his “balloon hammer” for the half hour it lasted before it broke… It was a golden half hour, though. He was really very happy.

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…there was a drawing competition…

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…there were nice prices to be won for the best drawing…
(and other competitions as well)

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Today, there was another parade. My girls were eager to wear the traditional costumes again! 🙂

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Today the parade ended on the beach by the ferry. Fanø celebrates 275 years anniversary this year, so there was a speech by a previous minister of culture…

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(If you want to see the speech, find it on my youtube-channel. It´s in Danish so…I don´t expect it to be too relevant in this English speaking forum here).

This last photo I´ve picked out, is of Viola playing with her loose, rickety tooth that she discovered today. Her first one!

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Let me share the videos as well, that I shot mainly for the benefit of the festival´s facebook event:

Here´s folk dancing in the festival tent Saturday afternoon:

Fanø has an amazingly strong folk music tradition, which is kept very much alive and kicking. (There is a whole category on my blog here, dedicated to stories about Fanø).

And here is a piece showing them explaining about the different traditional costumes, what the different colors etc. symbolize. There were lots of other interesting things to film as well, fore example they show a traditional Fanø wedding. But my phone ran out of battery. So here´s just the piece about the costumes:

Yeah… I´m gonna go to sleep now. Or, with a bit of luck, I can manage to hear a guided meditation from Youtube first.
Pure luxury.

🙂

Good night! When you get to that point.

🙂

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Diversity-Day

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This is the poster for the big event I am organizing with my ngo “The Incredibles” Saturday 11. of June. We have planned it for 2 years and a bit. We have invited all the ngos of our island to participate.The kindergartens will make a circus show, one ngo is organizing a barbecue where people can bring their own food and make their lunch themselves… there will be an open stage for local acts, and there will be ballgames, dance show, skateboard-show, one wheel bicycles workshop….

My main part in the work process is promotion. Our local graphics dude Carlos, his shop´s name is Casa Grafika, we have spent quite some time together in his office lately, making posters and flyers, designing a logo, that will go on to blue t-shirts and two big flags… then we are thinking to turn the poster into tickets for the circus show… fun work. Love it.

Here is the logo for our ngo:

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I dig it. I really do. I have been inspired by the movie. You know. The Incredibles. For sure. Our entire ngo´s name is inspired by that film about the superhero family, that make great things happen through co operating with their different unique superpowers. Coming together. Is our main aim. For our work. To create bonds and alliances between different groups of people on our island, give people a chance to get together in spite of the lines of division such as generation gap, nationality… yeah.

Mangfoldighedens Dag the event is called. In English that becomes “Day of Diversity”.

I will write about how it went. Of course I will. My daughter is also on stage with her kindergarten that day, singing. I plan to make use of my lovely new phone and laptop editing programme. Which I talked about in the last post. I have made two projects already and put them on my youtube channel. (Search for my name, Lene Kaltwasser Henriksen). Alas, one of the films I have made invisible, as it was about a dance performance, and a couple of the participants want their pieces taken out of the film. I hope to get time later to edit them out and republish. But. For now, I am too busy with this Diversity-Day coming up in… 12 days.

Gotta go! Wish you a splendid day. And Hey. Why not one of diversity. 🙂

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