Archive for June, 2011

Copenhagen Jazz Festival invades the City

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Copenhagen Jazz Festival has introduced crowd-pleasing themes, like Jazz for Kids, Jazz from Africa and 21st Century Jazz.

Copenhagen Jazz Festival takes over Copenhagen and Frederiksberg in the first ten days of July as more than 1,000 concerts attract up to 250,000 visitors.
One of the festival’s trademarks is the many free, open-air concerts, enticing by-passers to join the party and enjoy high-quality jazz.

Copenhagen is invaded by Jazz
“People come not only for the memorable musical experiences but also to enjoy the very special atmosphere as jazz literally invades Copenhagen,” says Signe Lopdrup, Director of Copenhagen Jazz Festival.
“The many free, outdoor concerts around town are one of the festival’s special features and help make Copenhagen Jazz Festival the city’s most important public festival. In addition, the festival has made the presentation of jazz in unique surroundings its trademark. Thus the public is able to enjoy concerts in the best concert halls, in a disused printing plant and in the city’s streets and parks.”

“Copenhagen Jazz festival has made the presentation of jazz in unique surroundings its trademark. The public is able to enjoy concerts in the best concert halls, in a disused printing plant and in the city’s streets and parks,” says Festival Director, Signe Lopdrup.

“Copenhagen Jazz festival has made the presentation of jazz in unique surroundings its trademark. The public is able to enjoy concerts in the best concert halls, in a disused printing plant and in the city’s streets and parks,” says Festival Director, Signe Lopdrup.

High Artistic Quality with Popular Appeal
“The recipe for the festival’s huge popularity is primarily based on a programme that aims for high artistic quality and renewal. It is very important for us to put together a programme that reflects the newest trends both in European jazz and in the rest of the world,” emphasises Signe Lopdrup, who considers strengthening and developing jazz’s image as part of the festival’s task.
To broaden the appeal of the festival, the festival makers have introduced a range of crowd-pleasing themes, like Jazz for Kids, Jazz from Africa and 21st Century Jazz.

Event: Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2011
When: Friday 1 to Sunday 10 July 2011
Where: In more than 100 venues all over Copenhagen and Frederiksberg
Price: Prices vary, however many concerts are for free

Enjoy Jazz in the Danish Capital
Find more information about the themes, events and concerts at Copenhagen Jazz Festival, and make sure to check out the comprehensive programme at Frederiksberg Jazz Festival and in Tivoli.
And remember, most of the events are less than a ten minute leisurely bike-ride from Avenue Hotel.

Copenhagen Jazz Festival is supported by Wonderful Copenhagen
Photos by Kristoffer Juel Poulsen and Jonas Pryner

SOUNDVENUE brings You Music and Style

Sunday, June 26th, 2011
Danish magazine, SOUNDVENUE, keeps you updated about music and style.  Enjoy the July issue on the sunny patio at Avenue Hotel.

Danish magazine, SOUNDVENUE, keeps you updated about music and style. Enjoy the July issue on the sunny patio at Avenue Hotel.

The July issue of Danish music and style magazine, SOUNDVENUE, has dedicated the cover to Justin Vernon, better known as Bon Iver, the folk singer who charmed mega star Kanye West, and produced one of the most talked about albums of the year.
The guys at SOUNDVENUE also talk to The Floor Is Made of Lava, some of the cutting-edge names in Danish hip-hop, which they predict will soon break into the mainstream, and they are proud to present the fashion story they shot during the wild and wonderful CPH Distortion Festival…

More about the July Issue of SOUNDVENUE
Pick up a copy of SOUNDVENUE at your newsagent’s or become a friend of SOUNDVENUE and get the magazine at a special friend’s price – as well as special deals and down-loads.
Or browse the July issue of SOUNDVENUE in the comfy loungers on the sunny patio at Avenue Hotel.

Copenhagen is the 3rd most Liveable City in the World

Monday, June 20th, 2011
“Copenhagen’s ongoing commitment to being the world’s greenest city continues to gather momentum,” writes the lifestyle bible MONOCLE in their July/August issue. Browse the magazine in the lounge at Avenue Hotel.

“Copenhagen’s ongoing commitment to being the world’s greenest city continues to gather momentum,” writes the lifestyle bible MONOCLE in their July/August issue. Browse the magazine in the lounge at Avenue Hotel.

“Copenhagen is a waterside city with a mission – and all the materials to make it” writes the lifestyle bible MONOCLE in their ranking of the world’s 25 best cities to call home in their July/August issue.

 MONOCLE elaborates: “The city is aiming to be carbon-neutral by 2025 and we are confident it will succeed … Copenhageners are connoisseurs of quality, in all things, be it furniture, food or urban planning.”
Well, thank you MONOCLE, we love you too…

More Information about the Ranking of the World’s Best Cities
Sneak a peek at how the editorial team determines the world’s best cities to call home at monocle.com.
Or read the July/August issue of MONOCLE in the lounge at Avenue Hotel.

Photo: Wonderful Copenhagen 

Midsummer Bonfire in Frederiksberg Have

Monday, June 20th, 2011
Midsummer bonfire (“sankthansbål” in Danish) is an old tradition which includes a reflective midsummer speech, the ritual burning of the witch and singing the Midsummer hymn “Vi elsker vort land” (“We love our Country”) by Holger Drachmann.

Midsummer bonfire (“sankthansbål” in Danish) is an old tradition which includes a reflective midsummer speech, the ritual burning of the witch and singing the Midsummer hymn “Vi elsker vort land” (“We love our Country”) by Holger Drachmann.

Pack your picnic basket and a couple of plaids to enjoy a Scandinavian tradition dating back to the time of the Vikings: the Midsummer bonfire.
On Thursday 23 June from 7 pm Foreningen Norden invites everybody to celebrate the ritual burning of the witch, the reflective midsummer speech – this year by gastronomic entrepreneur Claus Meyer – live entertainment and hopefully lots of Danish cosiness at the Midsummer bonfire in Frederiksberg Have.

Event: Midsummer bonfire – Host: actor Peter Gantzler, speech by gastronomic entrepreneur Claus Meyer, various live entertainment
When: Thursday 23 June from 7 pm till late
Where: Frederiksberg Have, Frederiksberg
Tickets: Free entry 

More Information about Midsummer bonfire
Find more information about the Midsummer bonfire in Frederiksberg Have, the Midsummer tradition and the main speaker, gastronomic entrepreneur and innovator Claus Meyer.
Order a picnic basket at Avenue Hotel to fully enjoy the Scandinavian summer tradition.

Yellow Lounge takes Centre Stage in Tivoli

Monday, June 20th, 2011
Yellow Lounge reinvents classical music in new, untraditional Locations. On six summer Sundays DJ Katrine Ring launches the Yellow Lounge-concept in Tivoli.

Yellow Lounge reinvents classical music in new, untraditional Locations. On six summer Sundays DJ Katrine Ring launches the Yellow Lounge-concept in Tivoli.

Katrine Ring, our acclaimed resident DJ, takes Centre Stage (a.k.a. ‘Plænen’) in Tivoli with the progressive Yellow Lounge-concept.
On six summer Sundays – starting 26 June – Tivoli’s guests will be invited to pull up the portable chairs and enjoy DJ Katrine Ring’s enticing mix of classical favourites, her own electronic compositions and the occasional surprise visits from young, upcoming musicians.
As always DJ Katrine Ring will end the evening with an up-tempo set, possibly luring the music fans onto the dance floor…

Event: Yellow Lounge with DJ Katrine Ring and surprise guests
When: Sundays from 26 June to 14 August, 7-10 pm
Where: Tivoli, Copenhagen
Tickets: Entrance to Yellow Lounge is free for Tivoli’s guests 

More Information about Yellow Lounge and Tivoli
Find more information about Yellow Lounge and Tivoli.
Or enjoy Yellow Lounge at Avenue Hotel.

Welcome Party for Paul Smith’s Art Elephant

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Avenue Hotel celebrated ELEPHANT PARADE COPENHAGEN 2011 and welcomed the art elephant designed by Paul Smith, the acclaimed British fashion designer, on Thursday 16 June.

Welcome Party for Paul Smith's Elephant.Timm Mehrens, Mai Kappenberger and Stine Ejerskov

Mai Kappenberger, General Manager at Avenue Hotel, welcomed the guests  and enjoyed the evening alongside Signe Ejerskov and Timm Mehrens from Elephant Parade Copenhagen.

Welcome Party for Paul Smith's Elephant.Kasper mixing Copenhagen Elephant Cocktails

Bartender Kaspar mixed fresh summer berries and Cherry Heering Liquor for Copenhagen Elephant Cocktails, a tasty tribute to Paul Smith’s art elephant and Elephant Parade Copenhagen 2011.

Welcome Party for Paul Smith's Elephant.Asian Style Buffet Welcome Party for Paul Smith's Elephant.Asian Style Buffet

Chef Thomas Stig spoiled the guests with an Asian Style buffet including seasonal delicacies like grilled shrimps and Danish strawberries.

Welcome Party for Paul Smith's Elephant.Andreas and Johannes

Johannes and Andreas from the notorious party band “De glade sømænd” (The happy sailors”) made a surprise visit and brought down the house.

Welcome Party for Paul Smith's Elephant.Sophia and Chantal
As night fell, elephant fans, Sophia and Chantal, found refuge from the rain under Paul Smith’s art elephant in the middle of the patio at Avenue Hotel.

Welcome Party for Paul Smith's Elephant.Goodie Bags

When the evening ended the guests were treated to goodie bags sponsored by Paul Smith and Avenue Hotel.

Paul Smith, the acclaimed British fashion designer, has designed an art elephant with a vivid floral print inspired by the infamous Bloomsbury Group to support the outdoor art exhibition “Elephant Parade Copenhagen 2011”.
The elephant will be exhibited in the courtyard at Avenue Hotel until 25 August.

More Information about “Elephant Parade Copenhagen 2011”
Find more information about the art exhibition “Elephant Parade Copenhagen 2011” and visit Paul Smith’s shop at Illum.
Or sip a Copenhagen Elephant Cocktail as you enjoy Paul Smith’s art elephant live at Avenue Hotel .

“Happy Guests make my Day,” says Kenneth Willemoes

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011
“Seven amazing months in Dubai have improved my ability to handle stressful situations: to stay calm, think fast and present a qualified solution,” says Kenneth Willemoes, Guest Engagement Agent at The Address Downtown Dubai.

“Seven amazing months in Dubai have improved my ability to handle stressful situations: to stay calm, think fast and present a qualified solution,” says Kenneth Willemoes, Guest Engagement Agent at The Address Downtown Dubai.

Kenneth Willemoes began his career in hospitality at Avenue Hotel in 2008. After graduating from Copenhagen Business School in 2010 he now works at the luxury hotel, The Address Downtown Dubai, in Dubai.
Kenneth Willemoes shares his thoughts on exceeding your guests’ expectations, what he has learned from the hospitality industry, and why he loves happy guests.

“We aim to exceed our Guests’ Expectations”
“We aim to provide memorable lifestyle experiences and to exceed our guests’ expectations,” Kenneth Willmoes explains about his job as Guest Engagement Agent at the five star hotel, The Address Downtown Dubai, in Dubai.
Kenneth Willmoes began his career in the hospitality industry as a night porter and bartender at Avenue Hotel in 2008 but at The Address manning the front office includes even more sophisticated and personalized tasks.
“The job is about taking responsibility and ownership regarding the guest,” Kenneth Willemoes elaborates.
“We collect preferences and make personal notes about the guests to be able to make them feel recognized and special. We each have five to ten ‘fully engaged guests’, who upon arrival request a particular person to assist them.”

Think Fast, and present a Qualified Solution
“My job is all about guest engagement, guest interaction and problem solving,” says Kenneth Willemoes.
“I have learned to interact with all kinds of guests and to work in a multicultural environment with more than 27 nationalities; needless to say my English skills have improved tremendously.”
He reflects: “However, I think the most important quality I take with me is to handle stressful situations: to stay calm, think fast and present a qualified solution to the challenge facing me.”

“I found my passion for working in hospitality through Mai Kappenberger, General Manager at Avenue Hotel. She gave me free reins and supported me, when I started the concept ‘Cocktail Tastings’,” says Kenneth Willemoes, former bar manager at Avenue Hotel.

“I found my passion for working in hospitality through Mai Kappenberger, General Manager at Avenue Hotel. She gave me free reins and supported me, when I started the concept ‘Cocktail Tastings’,” says Kenneth Willemoes, former bar manager at Avenue Hotel.

The Passion for working in Hospitality
“Happy Guests!” exclaims Kenneth Willmoes.
“They are the simple reason that I am fascinated by the hospitality industry.”
He elaborates: “Whether the guest is staying in a hotel for business or leisure it is their ‘special time’ to relax and enjoy. You can face a day full of challenges but if you interact with a guest, who really appreciates your assistance, at the end of the day that will be the only thing you remember.”
“I started working at Avenue Hotel in 2008 knowing nothing about hospitality. What made the difference for me, was Mai Kappenberger, the General Manager at Avenue Hotel. She gave me free reins and supported me, when I started the concept ‘Cocktail Tastings’. Through her I found my passion for working in hospitality.”
He finishes: “Mai Kappenberger made me realize that my work was not only about the money I earned; it was about making my guests happy and then being able to enjoy their happiness.”

More about Kenneth Willemoes
Kenneth Willemoes was voted Employee of the Month in May (not bad considering they have more than 500 employees!) at Address Downtown Dubai, and will continue working there till the end of June, after which he will be travelling in the region. He will join the Housekeeping Management Team at First Hotel Sankt Petri in Copenhagen from 1 August, where he aims to develop personally as well as professionally and gain further management experience.
You can find more information about Kenneth Willmoes at LinkedIn.com or meet new, aspiring talents in the hospitality industry at Avenue Hotel.

Copenhagen Photo Festival takes the Urban Space

Thursday, June 9th, 2011
Copenhagen Metro will be a rolling, underground exhibition and main arteries, Nørrebrogade and Vesterbrogade, will be transformed into galleries as Copenhagen Photo Festival take the urban space 9-19 June. Most venues are a leisurely bike-ride from Avenue Hotel.

Copenhagen Metro will be a rolling, underground exhibition and main arteries, Nørrebrogade and Vesterbrogade, will be transformed into galleries as Copenhagen Photo Festival 2011 take the urban space 9-19 June. Most venues are a leisurely bike-ride from Avenue Hotel.

Copenhagen Photo Festival 2011 takes the city from 9 to 19 June.
With photo exhibitions in the Metro, in the city’s major streets, at the City Hall Square, in Carlsberg as well as galleries and museums, the festival truly takes over the urban space.

Popular, with a High Artistic Level
“We wish to create a festival at a high artistic level and with international aim, while still maintaining the popular appeal,” says Rasmus Ranum, Managing Director and – together with Julie Klitbo – founder of the large-scale photo festival.
“Therefore the festival will be visible in the urban space so people outside the narrow art world will open their eyes to the potential of photography,” he elaborates
Rasmus Ranum emphasizes: “But we will not compromise on quality.”

Event: Copenhagen Photo Festival 2011
When: Thursday 9 to Sunday 19 June 2011
Where: All over Copenhagen
Price: Free

Enjoy Copenhagen Photo Festival 2011
Find more information about Copenhagen Photo Festival 2011.
And remember: most of the venues are a leisurely bike-ride from Avenue Hotel.

Photo: Susanna Majuri

Treat of the Season: Copenhagen Elephant Cocktail

Monday, June 6th, 2011
Bartender Morten Dinitzen has created a fresh and summery cocktail to celebrate Elephant Parade 2011. Enjoy your Copenhagen Elephant Cocktail on our patio, as you take in Avenue Hotel’s own art elephant, designed by the esteemed British fashion designer, Paul Smith.

Bartender Morten Dinitzen has created a fresh and summery cocktail to celebrate Elephant Parade 2011. Enjoy your Copenhagen Elephant Cocktail on our patio, as you take in Avenue Hotel’s own art elephant, designed by the esteemed British fashion designer, Paul Smith.

“I took inspiration from the Danish summer,” says bartender Morten Dinitzen, who uses scrumptious summer berries and Heering Cherry Liquour to create a sweet and fresh Copenhagen Elephant Cocktail to celebrate Elephant Parade 2011.
“The Copenhagen Elephant Cocktail gets a slightly spicy – but to my mind delicious – kick from Bols Genever and a dash of Angostura,” adds Morten Dinitzen.

Elephant Parade 2011 is an outdoor art exhibition with 103 beautifully decorated baby elephants taking place in Copenhagen and Frederiksberg from 1 June to 25 August. Following the exhibition the art elephants will be auctioned, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the threatened Asian Elephants.

Enjoy your Copenhagen Elephant Cocktail on our patio, as you take in our very own art elephant, designed by the acclaimed  British fashion designer, Paul Smith.

Price: DKK 75.

Find more information about Elephant Parade 2011 and visit Paul Smith’s universe at Illum.
Or enjoy Paul Smith’s art elephant live at Avenue Hotel.

Offer of the Season: Hand-painted Art Elephants

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Throughout Elephant Parade 2011 hand-painted copies of selected=

Bring home your own miniature-sized, hand-painted copy of one of the art elephants from Elephant Parade 2011.
Elephant Parade 2011 is an outdoor art exhibition with 103 beautifully decorated baby elephants taking place in Copenhagen and Frederiksberg from 1 June to 25 August. Throughout the exhibition hand-painted copies of selected art elephants will be sold to elephant fans, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the threatened Asian Elephants.
At the Avenue Shop 24/7 you can choose between art elephants decorated by acclaimed artists Sasha Bach, Panu Panu, Wikorn Sara, René Holm and Jöel Bigaignon. The hand-painted art elephants are available in three sizes: 10 cm, 15 cm and 20 cm. 

Find more information about Elephant Parade 2011 or visit Avenue Shop 24/7.

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