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Impilo Jazz Experience – 27 April 2019

17/04/2019

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Come and join the Impilo Jazz Experience 2019 2nd Edition event. It will be held on the 27th April 2019 (Saturday) at the Eziko Restaurant, Corner of Washington (now known as King Langalibalele Drive) and Jungle Walk in Langa, Cape Town from 2pm till late, with entertainment from Abavuki, Vukuhambe Jazz Band, Fancy Galada, DJ Sebs &Traa, DJ Shodz and DJ Amish.

Tickets available from web tickets and for only RI50 and get a group discount when you buy 10 tickets or more.

Only empty cooler boxes permitted to the premises, food, bar and card facilities are available.

For more information, contact Kenny on 0794840318

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Celebrating #CommunityHouse in pictures

22/03/2019

Have a look at the pictures from the celebration at Community House on Human Rights Day 2019.

Thank you to all the artists, activists, individuals and organisations who helped to make the day a big success.

Check out our Facebook page for more.

Related: Celebrating a home for the Community

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Celebrating a home for the Community

14/03/2019

comm house 21 march 2019On Human Rights Day the 21st of March, Community House will be celebrating 34 years of activism.

Several activities are planned for the day which starts at 11am. These activities include an exhibition, panel discussions and cultural events.

Bush Radio 89.5FM will be doing a live broadcast and Cape Town TV will film the day.

The exhibition will showcase the work of the various organisations that are, and have been based at Community House.

The panel discussions will centre on the role of activists and activism in a democracy and Womens Rights.

If you would like to be part of these discussions either as a panelist or audience. Contact Elizabeth Schutter on 0846162687 or elizabeth.schutter@gmail.com

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How to get to the venue from Bush Radio

Cultural activities:

Worker plays, choirs, dancing, music, poetry all will have a space.

The Cape Cultural Collective will be co-ordinating these activities, please get in touch with them on capeculturalcollective@gmail.com or June on 0791835170.

For more information on the celebration contact:

João Jardim
Manager – Community House
0843882101

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Community House Celebration Programme – 21 March 2019

11am start
Exhibition of memorabilia  and info tables in Ashley Kriel Hall, to stay throughout the day.

11:30 am to 1pm
Panel Discussion in Iman Haroon Room

1pm
Lunch break

Cultural items from Sons of South in Ashley Kriel Hall Dance flash mob in courtyard or parking lot

2pm to 3pm
2nd Panel Discussion in Iman Haroon Room AK hall exhibition continues

3 to 5pm
CCC Cultural Programme- Ashley Kriel Hall

5 to 6pm
Supper served

7 for 8pm (till late)
Gumba jol starts in Ashley Kriel Hall

Background to Community House

Community House situated in Salt River, Cape Town is a unique and historic site of living heritage. It has always been known as a site of activism from around the mid 1980s which has shaped and continues to shape the socio-political landscape of its extended communities. The building itself houses NGO’s and Trade Unions as well as a labour and community history museum centered on the Trade Union Library and its archive. It presently houses twenty-four organizations that focus on labour research, popular education, gender advocacy, HIV/AIDS education, environmental issues, youth development, media production and union organization.

In the mid-1980s, anti-apartheid trade unions and civic and service organizations began searching for a new headquarters for their resistance campaign. The Western Province Council of Churches (WPCC) and an NGO, the Social Change Assistance Trust (SCAT) met this need. They purchased a dilapidated auto-workshop in Salt River, an area known for its textile and light metal factories and which marks the origins of industrial unions in the province.

The site was declared a provincial heritage site in 2010.

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Win tickets to #TheGrandWhite Dinner

05/03/2019

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Bush Radio and the Grand White SA are giving 5 lucky listeners the opportunity to win a double PICNIC AREA ticket to South Africa’s leading lifestyle pop-up picnic event on Saturday the 9th March 2019.

Tune into the Morning Cruise on 89.5FM between 9am and 12pm on Wednesday, 6 March 2019 to win your double ticket.

(Hint: the clues to the answer are in this post)

The event is in its sixth year and has grown from 8 000 guests to more than 15 000 guests in the last five years.

The purpose of the event is to “bring people together”, with a simple request that all the guests dress in all white with a touch of gold.

Guests can expect to spend an extraordinary afternoon and evening with friends and family, filled with delicious food and music. This year’s entertainment programme will feature many acts, including BUSISWA at the star-studded event and many more.

South Africa’s upcoming fashion designers will be showcasing their designs at the “Grand Fashion Show”, that will leave guests speechless.

According to Grand White CEO, Stephan Dau, they are ecstatic to bring yet another creative venture to the people and to share something that promotes unity, freedom, and friendship.

To purchase tickets: http://tickets.thegrandwhite.com

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Growing the revolution organically

24/10/2018

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Join Ihlumelo Lokhayo Lwethu Youth Development for the Organic Food Revolution Event this Friday (26 October 2018) at the Khanyisa After-care and development centre at B778 Lunde Street, Khayelitsha.

The event is intended to help children and the community on how best can they be mentored on the healthy eating as well as doing businesses through small scale farming.

At the event there will be different guest speakers that will bring tools for you to start and grow your own businesses and start small scale farming.

For more info contact Donald at 084 7758 384.

Bush Radio will also be broadcasting from the event from 12pm to 4pm, so if you can’t be at the event tune into 89.5FM / http://www.bushradio.co.za for more information and interviews.

Calling all young designers

21/09/2018

cosatu PSA bush design 2018COSATU and Proudly South African are calling on young designers of clothing, jewellery, shoes or any other local products to participate in the Small Business Conference taking place on the 11 October 2018 from at the Cape Town Convention Centre.

Designers can participate in the fashion show to showcase their products and designs, and will also be given a stall for FREE to exhibit their work to businesses and industry.

To participate, call Lumka Tamboer at COSATU on 021-4480045 or email tamboer@cosatu.org.za

Deadline: 25 September 2018

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Western Cape Sport School celebrating 10 years

20/11/2017

westerncapesportschool 2017The Western Cape Sport School will be hosting a carnival to celebrate 10 years of producing exceptional sportswomen and men on the 24th and 25th November 2017.

The event will feature Wayne McKay as the MC, Loukmaan Adams, YoungstaCPT, SK Baleni, Karin Kortje, Zami Mdingi, 4REAL, The Rockets, Nur Abrahams, Waseef Piekaan, Jazzimandi, Kinders VD Ses, Jazz Yard Academy and more.

There will be carnival rides, food stalls and many activities for children and adults alike.

Bush Radio will also be broadcasting from the event on both days.

Date: Friday 24 November (from 4pm) and Saturday 25 November (from 8am)

Venue: WC Sport School Campus also known as “BOK COLLEGE”. Nooiensfontein Rd, Kuilsriver

Cost: Adults R30.00 / Children U12 R20.00 Tickets are available our school, Shoprite, Checkers,  Computicket outlets beforehand and on the day at the gates.

For more information contact: 021 2008446/7

Opening streets and doors

28/09/2017

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As part of Open Streets Main Road on Sunday, 1 October 2017, Bush Radio will be hosting a “Pavement Broadcast”, as well as an Open House.

Open Streets Main Road aims to bridge social and spatial divides in Cape Town by encouraging people to think differently about how we move around in the city. (visit Open Streets)

October 1’s Open Streets will be the longest to date. It will entail close to 5km along Main Road between Observatory and the city centre. The main road will be closed to motorised vehicles and it will become an open space for pedestrians, cyclists, skateboarders, wheelchair users and other non-motorised transport users to move in safety.

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Bush Radio’s Sunday programmes will be broadcast from outside the building at 330 Victoria Road in support of the activities for the day. We encourage listeners and supporters of the Open Streets initiative to pop by the station and talk with us.

People are also encouraged to come and check out the station where volunteers and staff will give guided tours of the station, and share information on the work of Africa’s oldest community radio station project.

Open Streets Main Road and the Bush Radio “Pavement Broadcast” and Open House runs from 10am to 3pm.

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Tutu Puoane – Bringing soul to Cape Town

23/08/2017

tutupuoane quart2017Tutu Puoane will be performing in Cape Town again after a very long time, and as usual Bush Radio is getting behind good music.

Besides the amazing Tutu on vocals, her band will include; Ewout Pierreux on piano, Nicolas Thys on bass and Dré Pallemaerts on drums.

The performances are on Thursday,  5 October and Friday 6 October 2017 at 8pm at the SABC auditorium in Sea Point.

Buy your tickets at Webtickets for only R180 and stay tuned to Bush Radio 89.5fm (online) for more details.

From South Africa with Fury: BCUC “killed” Roskilde

15/08/2017
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by Henrik Gustafsson aka DJ Finnjävel for Bush Radio’s “The Wrong Rock Show

Morjens and greetings from the annual Roskilde Festival in Denmark!

The first Roskilde Festival took place in 1971, in June-July 2017 the Wrong Rock Show’s and Finland’s DJ Finnjävel visited the festival for the 20th time. You might already have heard my musical report from Roskilde (including all the artists discussed here and much more), broadcast on Bush Radio 17 July 2017 – if not, look for it on Mixcloud  where it will be uploaded at some point.

Musically, the festival was (as always, I might add) a gigantic global goody bag. Here on the BushBlog, I will spotlight a handful of African and Asian artists – and the inevitable Finns… Other aspects of the festival are covered towards the end of this entry.

It all started in West Africa…

The first concert I saw from start to finish at the Roskilde Festival this year was by Alsarah & The Nubatones. Slightly embarrassingly, they were presented as “West African retro pop”. Alsarah, or should I say Sarah Mohamed Abunama-Elgadi, was born in Khartoum, and the last time I checked, Sudan was still situated in East Africa.

In 1990, Alsarah was eight and had to leave Sudan for Yemen: her parents were human rights activists and people opposing dictator Omar al-Bashir had started to “disappear”. The family, including Alsarah’s sister Nahid, couldn’t stay long in Yemen, either, as the civil conflict forced them to leave in 1994. Alsarah thus arrived in the United States aged 12, in 2004 she moved to New York City where she’s still living. The Nubatones came together in 2010, and rather recently Nahid also joined the band, who made their Roskilde debut this year.

And a fine show it was! Half-jokingly, Alsarah told us the ancient Nubians actually invented everything from pyramids to mathematics, “we taught that to your Roman friends”. Then she continued: “And the Moomins. I know many of you out there won’t agree with it as we’re right here in Moominland, but the little Moomins really are Nubian…”

Wait a minute. Was I hearing things or did she really say that? Everybody knows the Moomins are Swedish speaking Finns, just like yours truly…

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The sisters Nahid (left) and Alsarah

Some 20 years ago, the Finnish music media started labelling all the MC5/Stooges inspired garage revivalist bands that flourished at the time up north “Scandinavian action rock”. Many of these were lame wannabe copies of the real thing, but Sweden’s The Hellacopters were the kings of the genre. The band called it a day in 2008, only to return for two live shows last year, in order to celebrate their debut album from 1996, Supershitty to the Max! Playing together again was apparently fun, because The Hellacopters are booked for eight more shows in 2017, one of them at Roskilde Festival.

The original bass player quit after last year’s comeback concerts and has now been replaced by Finland’s Sami Yaffa, possibly a familiar name to the Wrong Rock Show listeners, since he is or has been a member of the revamped New York Dolls, Hanoi Rocks, Mad Juana and Michael Monroe’s current band (where also The Hellacopters’ guitarist Dregen played 2011-2014), to name but a few. Despite this slight change in the lineup, The Hellacopters sounded exactly like they did back in the good old days. It remains to be seen if the band will stay reactivated after the last show of this batch in August.

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Sami Yaffa (left) and The Hellacopters band leader Nicke Andersson

Mud

On Thursday evening it started to rain in Roskilde and it continued to do so until Saturday. That meant mud.

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The Friday concerts at Roskilde’s main Orange stage suffered from lousy weather. Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 sounded and looked great, but I just couldn’t stand the pouring rain. Photographer: Romain Regal

Denmark’s Afenginn released their sixth album, Opus, earlier this year. It’s basically an ambitious composition in four “movements”, just like a classical symphony, with the addition of Scandinavian and other folk references and featuring the female Glas Vocal Ensemble, who bring along their passion for Bulgarian choral music. In Roskilde, the seven-piece Afenginn performed the whole of Opus as an extended 20+ orchestra of strings and winds and Glas. The Pavilion stage (with a capacity of about 2,000) was bursting at the seams during the show, as Afenginn’s magnum opus ranges from dreamy moments to thunderous eruptions. Oh, and by the way: Afenginn’s Copenhagen-based band leader Kim Rafael Nyberg is actually originally a Swedish speaking Finn, just like yours truly and the Moomins…

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Afenginn, fronted by the dreadlocked Kim Nyberg

Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness

As we were approaching midnight on Friday evening, Foo Fighters had already been playing for a couple of hours in front of probably more than 50,000 fans. Frankly, I couldn’t have cared less about what was going on by the Orange stage, as I was standing in line outside Gloria, the festival’s only indoor stage with a capacity of about 1,000 people. The only South African band at this year’s Roskilde Festival, BCUC, were scheduled to start at a quarter past midnight.

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Letlhogonolo Atlarelang Maphunye

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Zithulele “Jovi” Zabani Nkosi

I wasn’t really quite sure what to expect from the Sowetans live. Of course I had done my homework and listened to the BCUC co-hosted Wrong Rock Show from February 2016 beforehand: LISTEN HERE

While the festival guide mentioned “ancestral trance-funk” and “vigorous vocals that from time to time sound like manic priests”. But would “Afro-psychedelic funk music from the rainbow nation” attract people in the middle of the night – people, who were wet and tired and cold after 24 hours of rain? After all, BCUC are not a household name in Scandinavia.

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Daniel Thabo “Cheex” Mangel

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“Jovi” and Kgomotso Neo Mokone (with tambourine)

I needn’t have worried. Even before BCUC climbed the stage, Gloria was getting crowded. And once the concert commenced, it immediately became clear that we were in for a rare treat. Occasionally, I am overcome by hubris and imagine I have already seen and heard everything and will thus not even raise an eyebrow, no matter what band I may encounter. Luckily, there are still acts like BCUC out there, reminding me there are things going on in the world of music I really haven’t got the faintest idea about.

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Thabo Saul “Luja” Ngoepe

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”Cheex”, ”Luja”, ”Jovi” (front), Ephraim Skhumbuzo Mahlangu, Mosebetsi Jan Nzimandi (bass guitar).

I had simply never experienced anything quite like BCUC live before. It was intense beyond anything my words can ever convey to you. The relentless drumming (two bass drums, congas, percussion…) was almost literally mind-blowing. I rarely sense any danger in rock bands anymore, but BCUC’s lead vocalist “Jovi” seemed so convincingly aggressive that it was downright scary at times. (Let me add that right after the show, he was the kindest man imaginable.)

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Don’t get me wrong: “Jovi’s” stage persona isn’t all aggressive

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“Jovi” even floored himself

I wasn’t the only one to be blown away by BCUC in Roskilde. Towards the end of their set, the band pulled me up on the stage for a short impromptu photo session. Probably because of this, the following day I was stopped by a number of people in the festival crowd. They all recognised me from the night before, and they all said the same thing: BCUC was the most astonishing show they had seen so far at the festival. Some even thought the steaming one-hour gig had been almost too much to handle, without a second of respite from their audio assault.

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Music for the people, by the people, with the people

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Towards the end of their set, BCUC had turned Gloria into a steamy sauna, the audience was ecstatic – and The Wrong Rock Show’s DJ Finnjävel made his Roskilde debut on stage (thanks to the band!)

From Indian serenity to Finnish metal psychedelia

BCUC finished my festival Friday in knockout style, but luckily an uplifting experience was waiting for me as soon as I woke up.

A mere 12 hours after BCUC took over Gloria, the duo of Indian slide guitar master Debashish Bhattacharya and tabla player Gurdain Singh Rayatt began their sublime concert at the very same stage. It was still raining outside, but the good-humoured slide virtuoso didn’t mind: “July is the monsoon month, after all”. And then he started playing rain ragas on his beautiful self-built 22-string Hindustani slide guitar called chaturangui. “This is not music you hear every day here in Denmark.” Spot on, Debashish.

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Gurdain Singh Rayatt and Debashish Bhattacharya

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I had the honour and pleasure of meeting Debashish Bhattacharya after his wonderful concert. He told me about the background of his new album Hawaii to Calcutta: A Tribute to Tau Moe, and how he met the Hawaiian slide guitar legend Tau Moe (1908-2004) in 2004, “one of the highlights of my life”.

Geomungo

South Korea’s Black String take their name from the geomungo, the giant zither, whose name translates as “black string”. The quartet’s leader Yoon Jeong Heo is a superb geomungo player and her band mates play traditional Korean instruments and electric guitar.

The Gloria Saturday may have started in a somewhat traditional Asian manner, but there would once again be an abrupt change of mood before the night was over. No less than three Finnish psychedelic underground metal bands (PH/Mr Peter Hayden Band, Oranssi Pazuzu and Atomikylä) were booked to finish this year’s festival at the Gloria stage, promising to take us towards Hell and outer space, lifting off at 22:30. The ride might have been too heavy for some people, because at 2 in the morning, while the last band of the batch were still playing, only the die-hard headbangers seemed to have not left the building.

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PH/Mr Peter Hayden Band: “When they unleash their sound, you can cocoon yourself in sheer walls of drone, fractured samples and doom-y noise.”

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“Experiencing Oranssi Pazuzu is like falling down through a black hole and ending up somewhere between heaven and hell.”

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“Atomikylä will close down the pitch-black night with lengthy psychedelic jams.” (All the metal quotes are stolen from the festival guide.)

A sold out festival means millions to charity

This year’s Roskilde Festival was completely sold out (just like in 2016), which means millions of Danish Krone (DKK) will be donated to charity, as the festival always donates all profits to social and cultural charities. Last year’s profits were 17.4 million DKK. Think about it for a minute: you buy your festival ticket, then spend four days or maybe even a week eating and drinking in the fields of Denmark – and all this contributes to the profit. Since 1972, more than 320 million DKK (approximately 43 million EUR) has been donated to humanitarian and cultural projects benefiting children and young people around the world.

Up until 11 August, the audience could nominate projects or organisations to receive a part of the donated profit. This year, the festival had a focus on cultural equality (ethnicity, religion, gender, sexuality) and the nominations must also reflect that. Furthermore, a nominated project or organisation must seek “a socially responsible and sustainable development of society by means of involving young citizens”.

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Princess Nokia (US) talking about femininity in hip hop (moderated by Iranian Copenhagener journalist Nazila Kivi) in the festival’s Art Zone, a couple of hours after her live show.

Only about 60 people get paid for their festival work (mainly with management, administration, communication and booking), while approximately 32,000 volunteers organise the “Festival City” with its more than 130,000 inhabitants. Experts have studied the festival organisation, and they came up with the flattering description “the art of the impossible”.

Let’s talk about Art (Art who?)

Apart from 180 musical acts, the audience can also expect to bump into numerous other art forms while moving around the festival area in Roskilde. The curator group is looking for art that will create dialogue and be interactive, humorous and moving. This year, the arts theme Human/Non-human was an extension of the festival’s overall focus on cultural equality, including also animals and plants besides humans. Projects were developed to investigate the relationship between art, the festival area as nature and the people it interacts with.

In 2015 and 2016, the Graffiti Zone was the place to go to check out graffiti. This year, there was no specific zone, instead the graffiti was spread all over the festival area. Graffiti artists from at least 15 different countries were working in Roskilde in 2017.

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Jayn (DE)

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The epicentre for art at Roskilde Festival is the Art Zone, located between the main Orange stage and Gloria. All art pictures are taken in the Art Zone.

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Killer Jellyfish, by Tue Greenfort (DK). Jellyfish have reached Denmark via ballast water from tank ships and are now reproducing to an extreme extent. Their spreading has disastrous consequences to the ecological balance (which makes them quite humanlike…)

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55.615 12.082, by Regitze Engelsborg Karlsen (DK). These sculptures are covered with dirt and trash (such as the beer can in the picture) collected from the festival and camping area. 130,000 visitors transform the empty fields into Denmark’s fourth biggest city, the presence of culture thus leaving a lasting mark on nature.

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There were 15 sculptures by Karlsen in the Art Zone

Roots

Wheat roots, a detail of Network. “Where we dance, we sprout/Where we love, we grow roots and become more than One/Why not human? How human?” (Excerpt from a text by the Network artists.)

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Network, by Rune Bosse & Thinking Hand (DK/AU). Six towers made out of roots of wheat, lit up and smoking in the night.

Man cannot live on beer alone

With more than a million meals served at about 120 food stands, leftovers simply cannot be avoided. In 2017, Roskilde Festival collaborated for the fourth time with “The Round Table” organisation, collecting food waste and making it into meals to be distributed to e.g. shelters, centres for the mentally ill and asylum centres. In 2016, almost 35 tonnes of surplus food was distributed to the marginalised in more than 75 different recipient places; that equals 120,000 meals for people on the edge of society.

Roskilde’s strategy to be a sustainable festival is also seen in the tableware used: all plates, cutlery and mugs are produced from biodegradable materials. In 2017, at least 90% of the food served at the festival had to be organic. All food stands must also have a vegetarian dish on the menu, a requirement the meat eating Danes might find surprising. I could list a whole bunch of food vendors, whose obligatory veggie meal felt almost inedible in its bottomless tastelessness, but I prefer to leave you with a couple of culinary highlights instead. Mikuna is a vegan restaurant in Århus, Denmark, and if they are selling their heavenly burgers next year, too, I might consider eating nothing else all festival. Except for chocolate rum balls, of course.

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The Wrong Rock Show’s coveted award for the Most Delicious Vegan Festival Food 2017 goes to Mikuna’s vegan burger & chilimonade combo.

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DJ Finnjävel loves chocolate rum balls

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