Copenhagen Cycle Chic

Anyone who knows me or has been reading this blog knows I love Denmark, and Copenhagen in particular. I’ve lived there during my studies and I have been amazed by the city, it’s inhabitants, design, fashion and drinking skills :-). Being Dutch, one aspect I especially liked about Copenhagen is that it is a true biking city, comparable to Amsterdam for example. There are biking lanes everywhere, making it really comfortable and safe to bike around the city.

Although I don’t live in Copenhagen anymore (who knows one day…), I have just discovered a weblog to stay in touch with my fellow bikers in that lovely city and combine following their great sense of style as well. Just check out Copenhagen Cycle Chic – Bike Advocay in High Heels, a blog which is a true hommage to all the bikers in Copenhagen. As a Dutchie, I especially had to laugh about this post, which discusses their ‘frustration’ about the so called Dutch bike. About their tagline, of course everyone knows which is the true bike capital of the world (ok, maybe Europe). Below is a picture of me and a friend riding free tourist bikes in my Copenhagen days…

Lieke en Anke on a tourist bike in Copenhagen

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Radical Advertising

Two weeks ago I was lucky enough to go to one of my favourite German cities, Düsseldorf. In addition to having a great time, I also went to a very interesting exhibition at the NRW Forum. The purpose of the exhibition was to show the history of shock value in advertising.

White Black Yellow Benetton AdGuerrilla Store Comme des Garçons at NRW Forum

For me personally, the shock value was only present at the beginning of the exhibition where ads were shown from Benetton, and maybe some of the Sisley ads were on the edge. The rest of the exhibition showed examples of adbusting, reverse psychology marketing (love this one by Diesel) and visual kidnapping (great example by Nike).

Really cool was that in addition to the exhibition, one could actually experience what used to be ‘radical marketing’. They included a really well-known concept, a guerrilla store by the famously known Comme des Garçons. Their concept is to have a store open at a location far from fashionable hubs, for a maximum of one year and not to spend much on the interior. The store in Düsseldorf is the first time ever for CdG to open one in a museum. So if the wonderful exhibition is not enough to convince you to go, the additional store definitely will! Radical Advertising will run until 16 August 2008. Not being able to go to Düsseldorf? You can check large parts of the exhibition online.

Pinkpop 2008

Pinkpop is the biggest festival in the Netherlands for decades. I went there for the first time when I was 15 and I was just psyched about the huge crowd! Especially went it went totally wild while Korn was playing and when I was (naive as I was as a small girl) standing right in a mosh pit where people were coming out with broken and bruised body parts.

Yesterday I went back to Pinkpop for the third time and I loved it! The weather was great, people were cool, a special guest pass took me everywhere and most important of all, the music rocked! I was a bit late for Kate Nash, but could enjoy her last few songs. After that I saw the ADHD band the Hives, I have never seen a band that played the crowd that well. Then it was time for Saybia, a band that I have some special memories of due to the time I lived in Copenhagen and I saw them playing in Tivoli. I thought they played great and the crowd seem to agree since they received an ovation of 5 minutes or so. I kind of chilled during Queens of the Stone Age, just to get ready for the closing act, Rage against the Machine. I have seen some concerts, but this one tops the list when it comes to energy! The crowd, 60000 people, went to tally wild and turned into one huge mosh pit. It was even enough to register a force of 1 on the scale of Richter according to the news! If you want to see what it looks like, check this or the opening act (which was sick).

Karolina and I at Pinkpop 2008