Summer is upon us. Thankfully, we can be out and about, trying new things, returning to old habits, or simply walk the streets of Odense. Suggested this week – a workshop for children, that will give them new perspectives on an material that is present every day in their lives; a workshop for adults, that will literally turn the world upside down; a walk down old roads, in search of new views; and a full-blown transformation of a part of the city. As you take it all in, remember to slow down, enjoy, and wear sunscreen! Elena Stanciu

Wed 8
7/6/2020 10:00:00 AM 7/8/2020 40 Precious paper Paper-making summer school in Hollufgård Hollufgårs Allé 26, Odense SØ Skulpturpark Hollufgård false DD-MM-YYYY

Precious paper Paper-making summer school in Hollufgård

Precious paper
Other | Kl. 10:00 | Hollufgårs Allé 26, Odense SØ | Price: 0 Kr. | Written by: Elena Stanciu | Translated by: Pil Lindgreen

Location: Skulpturpark Hollufgård
Organizer: Skulpturpark Hollufgård

I once bought an overpriced notebook. As I was visiting a hand-made fair in Odense last year, it became quickly apparent that I couldn’t afford anything there without it being a splurge. But, I had to hear the story of those notebooks from their maker; it was, of course, a sweet story of carefully selecting organic elements to mix in making the paper, banana leaves and some leaves from South America, and some other binding details I have since forgotten. 

By the end, I had been holding the little notebook for too long to be able to refuse buying it. So, I bought it. The price tag said 75,- but the storyteller asked for 100,- and I did find the story to be worth the difference, if not more. It was a short, important lesson in the appreciation of small things and patience.

Naturally, I haven’t been using the notebook much – it’s too precious for my scribblings! 

This paper-making summer school is definitely a must try for your young ones (6-10 year-olds)! Paper is one of those things that don’t get attention for themselves. It just carries – drawings, messages, homeworks, trials and errors. It’s a loyal presence in our early lives, which comes in many, sometimes contradictory, contexts – we may cut it, throw it, crumple it, when we’re being creative, but we’re also to be very careful with it, when it comes holding someone else's creativity, in the shape of a book. There are many worthy lessons to be had in the way we use paper, and the way future generations will, and a hand-made paper workshop sounds like it can offer some.

Link to the event


Wed 8
7/8/2020 10:00:00 AM 8/6/2020 40 Play Island Summer activities for children on Byens Ø Østersøgade, Odense C Byens Ø false DD-MM-YYYY

Play Island Summer activities for children on Byens Ø

Play Island
Other | Kl. 10:00 | Østersøgade, Odense C | Price: 0 Kr. | Written by: Elena Stanciu | Translated by: Christoffer Henneberg

Location: Byens Ø
Organizer: Byens Ø

The little harbour island typically known as Byens Ø gets a temporary renaming for the summer - it is now Børnenes Ø, the island of children, or, well, activities designed by adults for children. Or, well… for parents whose children need to be active. 

I grew up in a time and place where summer childhood play and entertainment were our own responsibility. Busy parents, absent municipal initiatives, and no resources meant our summers were these huge chunks of time (early June to end of August), when time would dilate to a stand-still and freedom seemed absolute. Fields, forests, ponds and rivers were new every day, and lying in the sun was good enough to qualify as play. Nobody had time or money to curate our long, torrid, beautifully lethargic childhood summers.  

This hardwired my understanding of what children need, when school is out, and it will probably take a child of my own to understand these new needs and difficult aspects of being a child today. 

But, thankfully, the city of Odense and Byens Ø know better than to succumb to generational bias. The city knows it’s hard to be a child in the city, and therefore created this amazing project, packed with teachable activities ranging from sports, to theatre, to circus, to artmaking workshops, to a Ferris wheel (!) 

Every Wednesday and Thursday until the 6th of August is an opportunity for kids and their adults to step into this oasis of summer joy. Follow the Facebook event for the schedule: 

Link to the event


Sun 12
7/12/2020 1:00:00 PM 7/12/2020 14:00 40 Walking is broken Handstand workshop in Odense Østersøgade, Odense C Mikkel Schleicher - Håndstand, fleksibilitet og kropsvægtstræning false DD-MM-YYYY

Walking is broken Handstand workshop in Odense

Walking is broken
Sport | Kl. 13:00 - 14:00 | Østersøgade, Odense C | Price: 100 Kr. | Written by: Elena Stanciu | Translated by: Christoffer Henneberg

Location: Byens Ø
Organizer: Mikkel Schleicher - Håndstand, fleksibilitet og kropsvægtstræning

Referring to a handstand artist, circus artist and professor John-Paul Zaccarini writes: “She creates a piece about a person who walks on her hands in a world designed for people who walk on their feet.” This desire to turn the world upside down, by turning oneself upside down, speaks to a complex creative process of the circus artist, usually a space not available to us. 

Zaccarini goes on to note: “I don’t think she does this out of boredom, but perhaps from dissatisfaction. (...) In some way, walking might be broken. It is broken insofar as it is not enough. The circus artist, the dancer, the rock-climber and snowboarder, the parkour enthusiast, the roller skating drag queen question it, reinvent it, adapt it.” 

Of all the things that make me dissatisfied (and I find dissatisfaction to be quite a positive driving force), it never occurred to me that I could be dissatisfied with walking. When walking makes me tired, I just sit down, I put it on pause, I don’t challenge its structural make-up. But I recognise the beauty of the intellectual exercise, even if (or especially because) the physical one eludes me. It’s also a necessary exercise in empathy, which can uncover all the ways the world is designed for normative, taken-for-granted able-bodiedness. 

The Handstands Holdet is an opportunity for you to try out this form of dissent, and literally and philosophically turn the world upside down – be it because you’re bored, discontent, or want to give your feet a break.

Find more info about Mikkel Schleicher, the host and trainer of the workshop, here:

Link to the event


Sun 12
7/12/2020 10:00:00 AM 7/12/2020 11:30 40 Hashtag Odense A guided photo tour of instagrammable Odense Flakhaven, Odense C Visit Odense false DD-MM-YYYY

Hashtag Odense A guided photo tour of instagrammable Odense

Hashtag Odense
Other | Kl. 10:00 - 11:30 | Flakhaven, Odense C | Price: 75 Kr. | Buy tickets here | Written by: Elena Stanciu | Translated by: Pil Lindgreen

Location: Flakhaven
Organizer: Visit Odense

There’s more to Odense than Påskestræde! Pause for gasp, if you need to. 

Odense’s corner of Instagram is aflood with this little, quirky street, and it’s hard to resist. The cobblestone, the little houses, in warm hues of pink, the rose bushes, the slope and slight curve, showing a green oasis at the end – you will get an Instagram account just to share this with the world! 

Odense in general is an instagrammable city and, as much as it pains me that “instagrammable” is an adjective we now use to describe the world, we need to render to Caeser’s the things that are Caesar’s. Or, you know...render to Instagram the things for which it was invented. 

Photographer Peter Alkjærsig is offering to take us on a route of this instagrammability of Odense Old Town. The tour will probably take you to Påaskestræde and, if it does, use it as an opportunity to see it in a new perspective. And, by all means, tag us to the photo! 

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