If Copenhagen wasn't already buzzing enough what with all the Fashion Week goings on that took place in the Danish capital last week, the good folk over at Generator threw a two day cultural extravaganza where some of the most talented artists gathered to share their crafts.
Capitalising on their affininity towards youth and creativity, Generator Hostels teamed up with Lab Magazine this month for specially curated weekends of art and music in both Berlin and Copenhagen. Editors from the mag were asked to choose their favourite artists and musicians from around the world, who filled the hostels with installations, live performances and interactive art. We were invited along to the Danish edition and gleefully packed our bags for a weekend of culture.
If you're following Grazia Daily on Instagram you may have come across a ridiculously impressive display of hula hooping prowess courtesy of Beka Hoop, but her jealousy inducing hula skills weren't the only thing the weekend had to offer. Check out our highlights of the weekend below.
1. Beka Hoop
As you may have guessed already by our many heavy hints, Beka Hoop was our favourite of the performances. A mixture of mild contortionism, hula hooping, projection mapping by Tatsuru and a futuristic set designs by Lacy Barry, the Berlin based dancer and yoga teacher floated around a silver foil covered room to stupendously mesmorising effect.
The Liverpool hailing light installation artist created a beautiful LED ultraviolet display of glowing geometric forms that lit up in response to guests movements outside. With a click of the button the spheres would shudder into over 200 different colour combinations.
3. Jakob Vist
Much to the delight of Instragrammers lining up to snap aerial shots, Copenhagen hailing light installation and stage designer Jakob Vist transformed Generator's central stairway using different colour lighting on each floor.
4. David Ogle
Fitted into a glass passage near the entrance, David Ogle's neon forest beckoned guests to wander through its light-filled depths. It looked visually stunning reflecting off the glass.
The closing night of the exhibitions also featured live performances from little known bands Shiny Darkly and Darkness Falls as well as DJ sets from Kenton Slash Demon and Esben Weile Kjaer who took the revellers into the early hours of the mornings with their bass heavy sounds.
All in all, the event was a memorable one, paired with the beauty and culture of the city itself, as good a reason as any to return. As for Generator Hostel itself? With a boutique feel at supremely purse-friendly prices, the Instagram-friendly Generator Hostels are currently the fastest growing hostel group in Europe and after a stay with them it's easy to see why.A buzzing communal area complete with affordable drinks and (delicious) bar food contribute to an amicable, fun environment - it would be easy to make friends here, and for a lot of travellers backpacking alone, that's definitely a positive. The location of the hostel was also right in the center of the hustle and bustle of Copenhagen - a short walk from areas like the beautiful Nyhavn and the main shopping center (dangerous for team Grazia!) as well as bustling restaurants and bars.
Other Generator locations include Barcelona, Berlin, Dublin and Venice with hostels opening soon in Paris and Rome. For more information visit generatorhostels.com