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Meet up: London Pride 2018

July 6, 2018 | Leave a comment

 

Meet up: London Pride 2018

The first official Gay Pride rally in London was held on 1st July 1972, almost exactly three years after the revolutionary Stonewall riots in New York. Over the course of the following 46 years (and many highs and lows), Pride as we know it now is a celebration of LGBTQI+ lives, while still a vital demonstration of the need for inclusion, acceptance and equality. This weekend, we’ll come together once again for Pride in London on Saturday 7th, and UK Black Pride in Vauxhall on Sunday 8th. We’ll also be joining people around the world celebrating and demonstrating this summer – including this year’s EuroPride in Stockholm and Gothenburg, starting later this month.

ScandiKitchen, our little café, is located quite close to the start of the Pride in London parade on Saturday. Whether you’re in full rainbow gear, something more minimal (ahem), or wearing your Sweden football top (or, for that matter, England!), our doors are always open to everyone. We can also guarantee that we’ll be playing ABBA, schlager and Eurovision. So no different from usual, then.

Over the past few years, we’ve become an little unofficial meeting place and pit stop for folk to get together in a calm space before the parade gets underway, and we also have two bathrooms for getting changed if needed (they’re small, but handy) – and we have a small downstairs table area for getting ready that you can use, too. So if you fancy a coffee and bun to fuel up, feel free to drop by – we’re on Great Titchfield Street just five minutes away from both Oxford Circus and Great Portland Street station.

From Oxford Circus, simply head North on Gt Portland Street – Great Titchfield Street is the street parallel to that.

Have a fantastic march.

Love to all, The Kitchen People x

Seven things about Nordic Midsummer

June 1, 2018 | 1 Comment

 

Seven things about Nordic Midsummer

The longest day of the year is very important to us Northern people. We have light! And not only that, we have so much of it we hardly see dark and we get to make up for all of those months of candle lit cosiness and snow.

We all celebrate the day slightly differently, so here are a few facts to get you started in the preparations.

Sweden treats Midsummer like it’s national day. Actually, Sweden’s national day is a few weeks earlier, but everybody celebrates Midsummer instead. It’s always celebrated on the closest Friday (this year, 22nd June) and it’s a public holiday.

In London, it’s celebrated on the Saturday because we need to not be at work when we do it – this year the 23rd of June.

In Denmark and Norway the evening is celebrated on the actual day (23rd June, no matter if it’s a Friday or not) and there, it’s called St John’s Eve as well as Midsommer Aften – Sankthans or Sankthansaften. In Finland it is commonly known as Juhannus or also Midsommar.

Sweden and Finland celebrate with Midsummer poles. These are a bit like May Poles, except it’s not May and ours have a lot of fertility symbols associated with them. The Midsummer poles are covered in flowers and greenery. Everybody wears flower garlands in their hair and very summery clothes. Some Swedish people try the yellow/blue flag combo for clothes, but it is rarely a good look. You’ll also see little flags on the table – adding to the festive feeling.

Danes burn witches on Midsummer eve. Much like the British burn Guy Fawkes, the Danes like to burn witches on this evening and send them off to Blue Mountain in Germany to dance with the devil. All while the (usually stuffed hay effigy) witches are burning on the bonfire, Danes sing songs about how much they love Denmark (usually a lone guy on a guitar will lead the singing – he always sings with his eyes closed and is very serious).

It’s still all about food. For the Swedes, it is all about the day long picnic and being outside. Meatballs are featured and it is high season for Sandwich cakes, too. The Danes tend to celebrate in the evening with dinner at home, but spend the evening trying to bake stick bread on the embers of the bon fire (it never works), and in Norway people will either have a picnic on the fjord (in a boat or on the beach) or have hot dogs around the bonfire. (For a classic midsummer picnic, you can check out our midsummer selection here.) In Finland Midsummer often marks the beginning of the summer holidays – so many Finns celebrate in their summer house by a lake, perhaps sipping a few Lonkero whilst soaking up the midnight sun.. aaand relax.

What about the little frogs? The Swedes, at every given opportunity but none more so than Midsummer, will sing songs about little frogs with no ears and no tails, whilst jumping around the Midsummer pole. Old, young, everyone. It’s a thing and it looks odd – but it is super fun. Do join in.

Swedes and Norwegians pick seven wild flowers on Midsummer eve and put them under their pillow. They will dream of the person they will marry. Some don’t even wait that long, as the birth rate spikes in Sweden every year exactly nine months after Midsummer.

There are Midsummer events held all over the UK – both Danish, Swedish, Finnish and Norwegian. Local churches are a good place to start for information on where to go.

There is no big official London picnic (there never is – it’s all a bit spontaneous) but people tend to gather in patches in the different parks and just bring a picnic. Ask local Scandies for details or just wander around and look for the people with flowers in their hair. You’ll find them.

If you fancy a picnic in the park we offer a ready made midsummer picnic box here – and if you’re hosting at home you can find everything you need here.

Nordic Film Festival London: 26 Nov – 7 Dec 2014 (on tour Dec 2014) WIN TICKETS

November 21, 2014 | Leave a comment

WHERE? Hackney Picturehouse, Arthouse Crouch End, Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Proud Archivist + Broadway (Nottingham), Filmhouse (Edinburgh), Glasgow Film Theatre and Tyneside Cinema.
Nordic Film Festival returns to the UK with another diverse mix of fresh and classic features, docs and shorts, showcasing some of the most celebrated and emerging filmmaking talent of the Nordic region. This year’s theme is ‘horizons’ as they explore the diverse and ever-expanding landscape of Nordic culture through cinema – from explorations to journeys, to cross-cultural experiences and collaborations.There’s a packed 12 days of great films in London with exciting events and a number of special guests from the world of Nordic film and culture, before the festival goes on tour around the UK.
We’ve got a pair of tickets to give away for the OPENING SCREENING on Friday 26th November in London:
Nordic Film Festival opening film:
I AM YOURS: 26 Nov @ Hackney Picture house, 8.30pm (dir. Iram Haq, Norway 2013, cast: Amrita Acharia, Ola Rapace)
A moving portrayal of a young woman’s struggle with love, motherhood and being caught between two cultures. More info about the film here
Fancy being in with a chance to win? Just answer this easy question:
Which of these is not a Nordic movie?
a) My life as a dog
b) The Idiots
c) Pulp Fiction

Answer to iloveherring@scandikitchen.co.uk before Tuesday at noon.

Winner will be notified by email. Usual rules apply. No cheating. No alternative prize, no alternative showing, only ticket for the opening event in London. Any discussion about the prize you’ll need to have with the promoters, not us, we’re just the messengers.  Also, no cheating. We hate cheating.

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