Culture Round-Up: German mayor championing museum dedicated to World War I zeppelins

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Aces high! Looks like it could be a lot of fun (photos: Tønder Kommune/Thøgersen & Stouby)
November 29th, 2021 1:31 pm| by Ben Hamilton
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You might have read recently that Denmark will from January 1 have its first German minority mayor since 1946.

Jørgen Popp Petersen from the Schleswig Party will take over the reins of power in Tønder Municipality.

But curiously, he has already made a notable public appearance: to publicise ‘Zeppelin Tønder’, a forthcoming experience venue dedicated to, of all things, World War I zeppelins.

Return of the Zep
That’s right, Germany gave Europe zeppelins, and now this prospective German mayor is giving us their return.

Petersen is the chair of the political steering group behind the project, which wants to create one of the world’s leading zeppelin experiences, as well as look to the future with a focus on green aircraft technology.

The venue will cost 350 million kroner to realise, and so far 100 million kroner has been raised. 

The project has the backing of Zeppelin- og Garnisonsmuseum Tønder, Naturstyrelsen, Nationalmuseet, Forsvaret and DTU.

Back when it was Germany
Scheduled to open in 2028, the 5,000 sqm centre will be located in a historic aircraft hangar in Soldaterskoven. 

The hangar was used by the Germans during World War I to service four zeppelins that regularly crossed the North Sea to targets in Britain – chiefly on reconnaissance missions.

In total, 500 personnel were stationed at in Soldaterskoven, which between 1864 and 1920 was on German soil. 

When asked whether they wanted to rejoin Denmark in the 1920 plebiscite, 76.5 percent of Tønder’s inhabitants voted to remain part of Germany.


Lionsgate gobbles up English-language rights to Danish film
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Crash landing: HBO Max criticised for not providing ‘Kamikaze’ warning
A glitch resulted in the new HBO Max series ‘Kamikaze’ being aired in Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden and Spain without any warning regarding its suicide-related content. As the title suggests, the main character tries to kill herself by crashing a plane into the desert – one of several suicide attempts. A warning was reportedly given to US viewers.

This box is the shit: Mint medieval latrine discovered during renovation
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First corona, now the dreaded check: Ten museums face assessment in 2022
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Øresund vibes: So what’s it living in ‘Hel’?
Helsingør Municipality is collaborating with its Swedish counterparts in Helsingborg across the Øresund on a new artistic endeavour that will monitor how local residents are feeling about their lives, reports News Øresund. The result will be a massive light installation. Artists have been recruited to realise the ambitious endeavour, which will also take air pressure, temperature, humidity, particle pollution and noise measurements into account. Danish group Healthy Mind Tech and Swedish artists Johan Gelinder and Emil Berzén are among those involved. 

Stocking filler 1: Everything you need to know about coffee in the capital
After the Danish version sold out in next to no time, it became clear to author Anja Olsen: she had to write an English-language version of her book dedicated to coffee in Copenhagen. The result is CoffeCopenhagen, a love letter to baristas in the Danish capital. “CoffeeCopenhagen is a special nerdy guide that concentrates on finding the most delicious coffee that Copenhagen has to offer,” Olsen told CPH POST. No fewer than 55 coffee spots are reviewed and, make no mistake, after viewing an advance copy, CPH POST can safely say this is a hardback you want adorning your coffee table at home! Order your copy here.

Stocking filler 2: Opening your eyes to the splendour of smørrebrød
It can be difficult working out the best place to try the legendary Danish open sandwiches, the smørrebrod, such is their saturation in central Copenhagen. So thank the lord for ‘The Book of Smørrebrød’ by Ole Troels, which is now available in English!

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