Copenhagen’s Boutique Doc Fest

Nov 14, 2013

B.East Magazine had the unique opportunity to check out Copenhagen’s buzzing CPH:DOX documentary film festival this week. It’s a more intimate version of larger documentary film festivals like Amsterdam’s IDFA, with a laid-back atmosphere that extends into the nightly concept parties at various theater venues across Denmark’s lovely capital.
We danced the first night away to hip-hop beats at a Vice Magazine party to celebrate Snooplion, the documentary on Snoop Dogg’s reincarnation as a reggae messiah. The beats were wicked, and so was the crowd, more open and less pretentious than hipsters at Vice gatherings elsewhere in Europe.
On a more serious note, the festival scored quite a coup by having Chinese artist Ai WeiWei curate a film programme under this year’s theme ‘Everything is under control’. To WeiWei’s credit, he spurns our current obsession with the newnew, to focus on classic docs like Leni Reifenstahl’s Olympia, and Italian auteur Michelangelo Antinioni’s hippie-era documentary on China, ‘Chung Kuo, Cina’.
Corporate provocateurs, the Yes Men, also curate a hard-hitting set of films, including the weird Interkosmos, a musical documentary on the East German space programme. Go figure!
Among the films we watched, the one that stood out the most was Somm, a fast-paced documentary about would-be sommeliers in the US, that portrays wine-tasting as a highly-competitive Olympic sport of sorts.
Cosy Copenhagen in the fog of November is an ideal setting for this offbeat documentary film festival. We’ll definitely be coming back next year for some wicked films and Danish rhubarb.

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Árkád: Budapest’s Top Fashion Mall

When it comes to fashion style, Hungarians are described more as radical and creative. Every Hungarian in the capital city loves to experiment their attires to look more unique as compared to other Europeans. One big reason behind Budapest’s thriving contemporary fashion industry is the number of local designers that find ways to incorporate Hungarian culture to fashion. Among the top Hungarian fashion brands that find haven in Budapest are Instant Hungary, Lokalwear, and Printa.

There are a lot of promising fashion designers in the city and the place where their creations are found is at the Árkád Shopping Centre. This shopping mall, which is situated at the Örs vezér tere 25/a I. Emelet Street at District 14, homes several fashion and designer shops, drugs tores, bookshops, and supermarkets. However, what makes it stand out is the wide range of local brands that cater to those who are looking for unique and fresh fashion style. In the shoe department, there are Carpisa, Deichmann, Geox, Humanic, Kibabaya Store, and Monarchy. On RTWs, there are Gina Laura, ZARA, Devergo and Friends, Brendon Babaáruház, and Mayo Chix. Currently, there are more than 100 shops in the Árkád Shopping Centre, with more brands expected to come in the next few months.

The Árkád Shopping Centre is not all about fashion. The establishment also has fun activities that local or international tourists would definitely enjoy. The centre is now trying to become a complete shopping venue through a bingo salon. The people behind the project are riding on the shoulders of Árkád, just like how English bingo enthusiasts get a lift from FoxyBingo.com. Over the years, the UK bingo scene has survived because of the support by online bingo sites. Now, Budapest hopes to awaken its bingo industry through a deal with Árkád. Bingo is not really popular in Hungary and by putting a huge bingo salon in one of the country’s top shopping districts, there’s a big chance for bingo to become more popular.

Local designers who have their creations sold at Árkád can also reap fruits of this bingo salon project. Bingo today is played by people from different age bracket. The more people will go to the bingo games, the more potential customers that each shop in Árkád will have.

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