Hygge and Jante Law

Have you ever heard of Jante Law before? If not, you’re far from alone. Jante Law, put simply, is a set of rules underpinning (certain parts of) Scandinavian society. It’s named after the fictional Danish town of Jante in Norwegian author Aksel Sandemose’s novel, A Fugitive Crosses His Tracks. Jante Law is all about equality,…

Making memories

When you’re remembering things from your life, which are the memories that jump out to you? Are they times of sadness, grief, stress, worry? Or are they happy times – childhood trips to the beach, your first (legal) night out, your wedding day? Memories are funny things, aren’t they? The mere act of thinking about…

Danes apply for UNESCO status for hygge

Did you know that our Danish friends have applied for UNESCO status for hygge as ‘intangible cultural heritage’? I must admit, I was pretty surprised about this when the press release dropped into my inbox. I always thought UNESCO was for physical sites of cultural heritage – I had no idea that an intangible concept…

Hygge mythbusting

In the last few weeks, amid the deluge of posts about hygge, I’ve seen a few creeping through talking about how it’s smug, it’s ‘ruining London’ and it’s Denmark’s ‘least welcome import’. I think it goes without saying that I think this is all pure nonsense, and I can’t help but wonder how many of these…

Finding hygge at Brighton Festival 2015

Oh, May. One of my favourite months, because with May comes Brighton Festival – an entire month of art, theatre, dance, music, acrobatics and everything else you can imagine. The schedule for Brighton Festival 2015 has recently been released, and I’ve done the hard work to find the most hygge-filled performances and installations so you…

Brighton Festival 2014: initial thoughts

An extraordinary new play! Works of minimalist power! A lively choreography of manifold and intricate avoidance strategies! I want to experience it ALL! I always look forward to Brighton Festival, and 2014’s line-up, announced today, certainly hasn’t disappointed me at first glance. In this post, I’m going to whittle them down to my top five…

My pick of the free Brighton Festival events

I WISH I had enough disposable income to attend the entire festival, paid events included, I really do. I love Brighton Festival. However, I’m up to my eyeballs in student debt and I’m realistic about what I can afford. Some people would say that attending an arts festival in your own city is a bit…