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Families! Embark on a Danish cultural pilgrimage this Thanksgiving
at Harbourfront Centre's KulturHavn weekend - October 8 to 11, 2004

TORONTO, September 29, 2004-Harbourfront Centre presents KulturHavn (pronounced kool-tour hown), a weekend of family activities highlighting Denmark's day-to-day cultural flagposts. LEGO and open-faced sandwiches combine with family films, theatre and music to recreate the Danish phenomena of material and emotional overabundance called hygge.

KulturHavn takes place at Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West) beginning Friday evening October 8 and running through Monday October 11. All events are free (except for theatre performances) and are designed for families of all ages!

KulturHavn highlights (complete listings below):
  Cultural - Families explore hygge (pronounced hew-guh) through weekend-long activities and at Saturday's Familie Aften early evening programme. The evolution of bicycles in Danish life is on display at EXPO TORONTO: Dreams on Wheels, which has also been exhibited in Paris and Copenhagen. LEGO (a Danish invention) is represented with an exhibit, play and design area.  Film - Seven screenings dramatize and animate the world of childhood in Denmark. Food - A feast of Danish delights includes smørrebrød (pronounced smuhr-uh-bruth) demos and family workshops by two Copenhagen chefs as well as an Organic Food and Danish Cuisine Demo and The SUPERDANISH Iron Chef Competition. Danish butter cookies and apple pancakes, candy, condiments and traditional delicacies are also available for purchase. A traditional pølse (hot dog) wagon is on site all weekend long.

Music
- Two internationally acclaimed Danish music groups perform. Folk-dance band Phønix serves up selections of traditional lyrics mixed with contemporary sounds on October 10 while the Klüvers Big Band makes the long-weekend swing with Jazz on October 11.  Theatre - Audiences will be spellbound by the delightful and quirky clowning of See Me, presented by Teater Rio Rose (Ages 4 on October 9, 10, 11). Shakespeare’s famous Danish prince Hamlet is staged for families in an abridged version with only two actors and two bass players! Presented by Det Lille Turnéteater (For ages 12 on October 11 at 2 p.m.). Tickets for both shows are $18 ($12 for those 12 and under). Purchase tickets by calling 416-973-4000.  Visual Arts - Explore SUPERDANISH exhibitions with free tours of The Power Plant and free admission to York Quay Centre. The new Gallery Kids programme (presented through an exchange with Denmark's Louisiana Museum of Modern Art) provides visitors of all ages with the chance to respond to what they see in The Power Plant and York Quay Galleries through interactive tours and hands-on activities.

KulturHavn at Harbourfront Centre - October 8 to 11, 2004
Complete Event Listings - All events are free (except for theatre)

Friday October 8:
Film - Terkel in Trouble (7 p.m. - Studio Theatre - Ages 14 )
Featuring an appearance and Q&A with directors Thorbjørn Christoffersen and Kresten Vestbjerg Andersen
Theatre -
Ta’ Ti’ Ting (Take Ten Things)
(7:30 p.m., Brigantine Room, 14 , Tickets $18,

Saturday October 9 (events from noon to 8 p.m.):
Families - Zoom Room (noon to 5 p.m. - Hans Christian Andersen stories and knitting activities for families)
Families - Familie Aften (5 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Zoom Room - Special hygge event for families with Louise Nabe Larsen)
Families - LEGO creative play area (noon to 8 p.m. - Lakeside Terrace Tent)
Food - Smørrebrød Family Workshops with Danish Ingredients (1:30 p.m. - Brigantine Room)
Taught by chefs Helene Schwartz and Jette Christensen from the SAS Radisson Hotel in Copenhagen
Food - Smørrebrød Demo (4:30 p.m. - Brigantine Room)
Taught by chefs Helene Schwartz and Jette Christensen and featuring pairings with Creekside Wines
Food - Organic Food and Danish Cuisine Demo (7 p.m. - Brigantine Room)
Executive Chef Bruce Hanna of the Mizzen Restaurant Harbourcastle Westin Hotel and Chris Krueker of Manor Run Farms and Helene Schwartz discuss and demonstrate the importance of organic produce to contemporary Danish and Canadian Cuisine. This demo features a wine pairing by Creekside Wines.
Film - Short Film Programme (4 p.m. - Studio Theatre - Ages 7 )
Film - Scratch (7 p.m. - Studio Theatre - Ages 14 )
Theatre - See Me (2 p.m. - Studio Theatre - Tickets $18 / $12 for those 12 and under)
Visual Arts - EXPO TORONTO: Dreams on Wheels (noon to 5 p.m. - Marilyn Brewer Community Space)

Sunday October 10 (events from noon to 5 p.m.):
Families - Zoom Room (noon to 5 p.m. - Hans Christian Andersen stories and knitting activities for families)
Families - Papercuts and Family Crafts (noon to 5 p.m. - Sculpture Court)
Families - LEGO creative play area (noon to 5 p.m. - Lakeside Terrace Tent)
Food - Smørrebrød Demo (Noon - Brigantine Room)
Taught by chefs Helene Schwartz and Jette Christensen and featuring pairings with Creekside Wines
Food - Smørrebrød Family Workshops with Danish Ingredients (4 p.m. - Brigantine Room)
Taught by chefs Helene Schwartz and Jette Christensen from the SAS Radisson Hotels in Copenhagen
Food - Smørrebrød Family Workshops with Canadian Ingredients (2 p.m. - Brigantine Room)
Taught by chefs Helene Schwartz and Jette Christensen
Film - Short Film Programme (Noon - Studio Theatre - Ages 5 )
Film - Someone Like Hodder (4 p.m. - Studio Theatre- Ages 8 )
Music - Phønix (3 p.m. - Lakeside Terrace)
Theatre - See Me (2 p.m. - Studio Theatre - Tickets $18 / $12 for those 12 and under)
Visual Arts - EXPO TORONTO: Dreams on Wheels (noon to 5 p.m. - Marilyn Brewer Community Space)
Visual Arts - Gallery Kids tours and activities (Power Plant, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. - York Quay Gallery, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.)

Monday October 11 (events from noon to 5 p.m.):
Families - Zoom Room (noon to 5 p.m. - Hans Christian Andersen stories and knitting activities for families)
Families - Papercuts and Family Crafts (noon to 5 p.m. - Sculpture Court)
Families - LEGO creative play area (noon to 5 p.m. - Lakeside Terrace Tent) 
Film - Scratch (11:30 a.m. - Studio Theatre - Ages 14 )
Film - Miracle (4 p.m. - Studio Theatre - Ages 11 )
Food - Smørrebrød Family Workshops with Canadian Ingredients (Noon - Brigantine Room)
Taught by chefs Helene Schwartz and Jette Christensen from the SAS Radisson Hotel in Copenhagen
Food - The SUPERDANISH Iron Chef Competition - Canada vs Denmark (2:30 p.m. - Brigantine Room)
A battle between Danish Chef Michael Mortensen of Favourites Restaurant at Woodbine Racetrack and Canadian Executive Chef Bruce Hanna of the Mizzen Restaurant Harbourcastle Westin Hotel. Featuring mystery ingredients, expert judges and hosted by Christian Pritchard of Bistrolicious Catering.
Music - Klüvers Big Band (3 p.m. - Lakeside Terrace)
Theatre - See Me (2 p.m. - Studio Theatre - Tickets $18 / $12 for those 12 and under)
Theatre - Hamlet (2 p.m. - Harbourfront Centre Theatre - Tickets $18 / $12 for those 12 and under)
Visual Arts - EXPO TORONTO: Dreams on Wheels (noon to 5 p.m. - Marilyn Brewer Community Space)
Visual Arts - Gallery Kids tours and activities (Power Plant, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. - York Quay Gallery, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.)

To find out more about hygge visit http://www.linkdenmark.com/New/info/hygge.htm
To find out more about smørrebrød visit http://www.allscandinavia.com/smorrebrod.htm

KulturHavn is part of SUPERDANISH: Newfangled Danish Culture, the most comprehensive exploration of current Danish culture ever mounted. Over 10 weeks, visitors have an unparalleled opportunity to experience the visual arts, architecture, design, craft, music, literature, theatre, dance, food, film and lifestyle of everything Danish.

SUPERDANISH: Newfangled Danish Culture begins this Fall at Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West) and throughout Toronto. For programme details call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com/superdanish

SUPERDANISH: Newfangled Danish Culture is made possible through the generous assistance of the Danish Arts Agency and Council, Danish Architecture Centre, Danish Crafts, Danish Film Institute – all institutions under the Ministry of Culture in Denmark, The Royal Danish Embassy, Maersk Sealand, Creekside Winery, Georg Jensen, Silkeborg, Westin Harbour Castle, Labatt Breweries of Canada, Lego, Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council. Thanks for support from patrons Danfoss Inc., Novo Nordisk Canada Inc., Vestas-Canadian Wind Tec, Ltd., Arla Foods Inc., The Danish Canadian Chamber of Commerce and from donors IC Companys Fashions Inc., Group 4 Falck (Canada) Ltd., Bang & Olufsen North America, Hartman Canada, Diemaco, Net Electric Limited and Ecco Shoes Canada Inc.

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Media Contacts:
Bill Bobek, 416-973-4428, wbobek@harbourfrontcentre.com
Shane Gerard, 416-973-4655, sgerard@harbourfrontcentre.com
Rebecca Webster, 416-973-4397, rwebster@harbourfrontcentre.com

					
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