Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Festival - DIY Punk Fest 2011, Copenhagen

"Copenhagen has in many years been a center for a strong and engaged Do-It-Yourself (DIY) punkculture. One of the annual events was the K-Town Festival, where people from all over the world arrived to party, perform, sell records, eat vegan food, make politics and much much more. When we lost our house on Jagtvej 69, the festival continued under the name SHITTOWN Festival at Christiania. Now, after a long struggle, we have taken back that which was ours from the start: A new youth house!

Ungdomshuset at Dortheavej 61 is in many ways similar to the old Ungdomshuset at Jagtvej 69, but is also a new house. Other than the new place in the north-west part of Copenhagen, many new people have flocked to the house, and we have used a lot of time and energy to make the house our new home. But now we feel the time is for showing, what the new Ungdomshuset can offer, and therefore it is with pride that we this year can present:


The thought behind DIY-culture is, to create an independent network of artists, activist and social spaces, where everybody has in common that they want to create culture because they can and will, and not for the money or prestige. In the DIY-culture, everybody's even, so if you're a booker, plays in a band, build bikes, make soupkitchens or something completely different you are contributing to keeping the culture alive, just by taking part og being there.

Exactly this mentality has made it possible to create a strong international network across artificial borders such as nationality, sex, sexual orientation, age and experience. What the commercial industry sees as a problem, we see as a challenge, and an opportunity to change the rules, learn more about each other and ourselves as humans, in a world that belongs to all of us.

We actively fight discrimination and cynical speculation in fame and profit. This means that all forms of racism, sexism, heterosexism and homofobia, violence and hard drugs are completely banned from Ungdomshuset, and every participant in the festival, no matter how you participate, will be treated the same. All money from the festival will go to covering the neccessary costs of making the festival, like electricity, water and food for activists, transportation and so on.

See you at the festival!

DIY or DIE!"

- The festival crew

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