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International Women´s Day 8/3-18, on Fanoe

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Hey there people!

Today, 13/3-18, is the day we give birth to the green party Alternativet´s own solo division/group on Fanoe. Long story, which is not the one I´m gonna tell u now. It just takes up so much of my hard disc, that I have to share the 8.of March with u now, before the meeting tonight. So I tell the stories cronologically. If u get me.

Well.

I was invited by Ragnhild Kallehauge, and her one-woman-ngo KUK (Kontor for Ukontrolleret Kreativitet), to take part in marking the women´s international day of struggle. Marking it for the first time here on Fanoe. Last Thursday.

In Bergen, where I used to live, this day is a big deal, with marching, paroles, music and speeches downtown… here on Fanoe I have missed it so much. So it is great I could be part of the contributors from the beginning here. I hope it is the start of a new tradition.

I told Ragnhild I would write something for this date especially. So I woke up in the middle of the night on the 1. of March, with a long rant poem pouring into my mind. Got a pen and paper and wrote it down.

It´s in Danish. Here is the video of me reading it out that night, on The Corner Bar.

Ragnhild did two performances, she is a storyteller. One scene from the view of a victim of domestic violence. Very sad.
And one scene wearing long gloves and a pink wig, being Lulu the Lapdancer…
Excellent. Funny and serious. Thought provoking and entertaining. She´s our performance artist. Theatrical. Wonderful.

And our friend, Julie Frey, went on stage twice as well. Singing, first a song by Martha Wainwright, and then a song she´s written recently, after her mother passed away in October.
Amazing voice, and she played the guitar too… very very good. Love her work. My singer songwriter close friend. Sensitive singing.

I had decided that since the other two would enter stage twice, then so would I. So I´d decided to sing a song. And chosen “Gratuitude” by my vocal sound healing teacher Githa Ben-David. A lullaby she wrote to her children, and that I sing to my children. I chose it as a celebration of the mothering instinct, the feminine principle, of receiving and nourishing. Which all women have as a part of our biology or DNA, whether we have given birth to children or not.

Here is the video of me singing “Gratitude”:

After our 6 stunts on stage, we drank a few beers. Maybe 20 people came to take part in this event. That´s great. It´s about quality not quantity for me. And 20 people on a Thursday night in that location, for this type of event, is actually quite many for our little island.

Next year we have booked the community building! It´s a Friday, 8/3 next year. We will make a party, for both kids and adults alike, ending up in a dance party. YEEESSS.

My singing was not perfect. But this world needs rolemodels that dare to stand up and say, I will share this, I will be imperfect, and that´s okay, coz human beings are not perfect and should not strive to become so either.

The audience were moved by the song, they said. I can see that it was a brave thing to do. I didn´t know whether my voice would be calm or would shake, until the moment I started singing into the mike…! 🙂

I´m glad I did it, and I look forward to doing more stage stuff.
I enjoy it.

Ps The heading photo of me, is shot by Anne Jensen Zeuthen. Thanx for that, Anne! Much appreciated! 🙂 And it´s Julie Frey who filmed me with my phone.
Thanx, Julie!
Ds

Toodle-pip! Seize ya later, gators!

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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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