MALMO NEXT: 12 conversations with people that do something
Writer and filmmaker Carl-Henrik Svenstedt contacted us and asked if we were interested to be a part of his book about the cultural development in the city of Malmo. He heard of our project De Dödas Festival (The festival of the dead) and though the way we worked and the theme of the subject were quite interesting. We were off course interested!! Some of the other projects that were also in the book were people like: Suzanne Naffah from Din Gata, Politician Luciano Astudillo, Daniel Strausser who brought yoga to Malmo and Björn Stenbäck who started the first ecologic restaurant in this city, just to mention a few.
Photos by: Lisbeth Van Deurs
Review (in swedish):
Article in the local newspaper:
Containerbibliotek/ Kulturcontainer: Same same but different!
I was done with The Festival of the Dead (De Dödas Festival) and I didn’t have a job. I was just trying to find out what I could do about it when I got a phone call from my friend and old colleague Caroline Lundholm. She together with Mia Dimblad from the state library in Malmo, had a new project idea. They were talking about building a new reading - hangout space that could be by the skate park so people had a place to sit and relax or do other kinds of stuff rather than skateboarding. They started talking about creating something in a container and they decided they needed a project manager that could work with such a project. They both thought I was the right person for the job!!
So I got hired for 6 months to work with this project. I got an old rusty industrial container with no ventilation and a small door. Together with John Magnusson from bryggeriet we decided how the container was going to be placed and we created the container palace, with a café, a library and some nice sitting places for people to hang out. Then I did a research about different workshops and activities that the container could offer. We had “Pimp your Sneakers” where people could remake their shoes, and we had an origami workshop with one of the 10th world masters in origami. We had outdoors Movie Theater.
I remember on the opening I invited Israeli street artist nili blomberg to perform with her show Sheep-tease that consisted basically she performing a “strip tease” in a sheep costume. It was interesting to see the reactions of the public formed by kids, parents and some important people in the cultural environment. Half an hour later I got a phonecall from a journalist wondering why the “Sheep-Tease” and if I didn’t think that was a little bit out of place .I got a little nervous, but I answered