From 24th-27th September 2015 City Link Festival connected professional, cultural and artistic communities of Edinburgh, Copenhagen, Hamburg and Istanbul by providing a framework for co-creating synergies. City Link nurtures a network of people with ideas that could link cities, discuss local initiatives, inspire each other and investigate possibilities of co-creating cities across Europe. The festival consisted of three areas – a symposium, an artists exchange, and a series of cultural and social city wide events.
THURSDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER
6PM Nordic Horizons: Opening Doors – The urban revolution in Denmark, Storytelling Centre
Scottish thinktank Nordic Horizons host an evening investigating life and policy in Nordic countries relative to Scotland. Invited speakers GivRum – a Copenhagen based nonprofit – talk about their work fostering spaces for more creative, sustainable and democratic cities.
6PM Artists Exchange Exhibition Opening, The Biscuit Factory
Five Danish and Scottish artists exhibit their work as part of a six month cultural exchange between Copenhagen and Edinburgh. Work by Lisa Bregneager, Rabiya Choudhry, Suada Demirovic, Kevin Harman, Jessica Harrison, Anneli Holmstrom, Christian Bang Jensen, Jamie Johnson, Luise Sejersen and Peter Voss-Knude. Curated by Miriam Wistreich and Morvern Cunningham, in conjunction with LeithLate.
FRIDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER
9AM City Link Symposium, Summerhall
Morning presentations exploring theoretical approaches to Democratic Renewal through culture, planning and development, political strategy and policy making.
Christoph Lindner (NL) – Retro-Walking New York: Slow Urbanism
Kristoffer Kamp Theisen (DK) – Linjen Copenhagen- activist driven initiatives as an alternative centre of culture
Jason Roberts (USA) – City Hacktivism
Faith Liddell and Janine Matheson (UK) – Desire Lines Edinburgh
Signe Brink Pedersen (DK) – Curating Roskilde Festival
2PM Afternoon site visits to grassroots associations, communities and artist driven spaces with short talks, debates and workshops.
7.30PM Communal Dinner with Fireside Collective, Summerhall
A chance for people to meet and share food and ideas with eachother and create new friendships. The dinner will celebrate the City Link connection between Scotland and Denmark in a unique and inspiring way by the innovate dining experience company Fireside Collective.
SATURDAY 26TH SEPTEMBER
5PM Pecha Kucha, Architecture and Design Scotland
A series of short and inspiring 20 slide x 20 second presentations by artists, to architects, urban planners, curators and activists from the City Link network. All of these people we have encountered through the development of the City Link Festival, working in or close to grassroots and community/bottom up initiatives creating change in cities. This event gives the opportunity for people to share their work and ideas both in a public platform, with eachother and make some new connections.
7PM Neu Reekie! Pilrig Church, evening
City Link celebrates the festival’s new cultural connections with a night of music, poetry and animation from Danish and Edinburgh artists, curated and brought to you by Edinburgh’s favourite culture-making collective Neu Reekie!
SUNDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER
12PM Hold Me Dear Exhibition Launch, Rodney Street Tunnel
A former railway tunnel is transformed in to an art gallery with a co-created exhibition of photographs and stories of treasured places in our cities submitted by local people from Edinburgh, Copenhagen, Hamburg and Istanbul. The exhibition is curated by Here + Now, and you are invited to submit and view the gallery as it develops at www.holdmedear.co.uk
1.15PM City Link Cultural Detours Bike Tours, Departing from Rodney Street Tunnel
Take a tour around some of the cultural highlights from the City Link Festival. The tour will feature art, poetry and musical stops at unique locations along a specially created route of locally loved spots, mapped by local Edinburgh residents with co-design studio HERE + NOW.
6PM Flytte, Process Studios
An evening of poetry and music on the theme of ‘displacement’. Here you can listen to work that explores the theme of cultural displacement and have the opportunity to chat with our performers the effect place and displacement have on our creativity. You will have the chance to discuss how we can explore this topic through literature and how this can help in our understanding of a widening cultural Scotland. Featuring performances by Bashabi Fraser, Jessica Johannesson Gaitán, Gerd Laugesen and music by Dallahan.
24-26th 10AM onwards Classic Copenhagen – Copenhagen Street Art Exhibition, Out of the Blue Drill Hall.
Danish urbanist and photographer Sandra Høj gives her insight in to Copenhagen’s street art scene with a unique collection of photographs on display at the Drill Hall.
24th Sept- 20th Oct (open all day) Hold Me Dear – Four Cities, (Extra)Ordinary Places, Rodney Street Tunnel.
The photography exhibition continues in Rodney Street Tunnel until October 20th.
25-27th 1PM onwards This Space Could Be….New Kirkgate, Foot of Leith Walk
An interactive project in one of Leith’s key public spaces, inviting people to share their thoughts, desires and ideas for the local area.
25-27th 12PM onwards Artists Exchange Exhibition and associated events, The Biscuit Factory
25th-27th Music performances by Maria Faust and Qarin Wikström, courtesy of Jazz Danmark
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The Festival is initiated by GivRum, an urban life organisation, which works towards the promotion of democratic cities.
City Link Artists Exchange Copenhagen/Edinburgh
6 Danish and 6 Scottish artists and curators have been undertaking a series of study trips between the two cities. Together they are exploring the city using art and creative processes with the themes of co-creation, democratic development and creative urban space. The exchange culminated in Polar Twins- a co-created exhibition at the Biscuit Factory during the City Link Festival Edinburgh, and then travelled to Copenhagen for a further exhibition at RumOs.
Pecha Kucha – Edinburgh June 2015 – Videos below of the artists’ presentations