Last weekend I went to check out NUART with two of my fellow graphic design friends. It’s an annual independent international contemporary street & urban art festival located in Stavanger and it was the first time I have been able to go so I was very excited.
We went to see the indoor installation at Tou Scene, the perfect setting for this type of event. Tou Scene is a vast converted Victorian brewery, and the exhibition itself was located inside the old beer halls. It featured the works of 16 different international artists, a great mix of styles and emotions. As it was in these dark halls the lighting was not so iPhone friendly, but here are some of my snaps from the day.
Art by BORTUSK LEER
Art by OUTINGS PROJECT
Art by BORDALO II
Art by JAMIE REID
Art by MARTIN WHATSON
Art by ELLA & PITR WITH ISAAC CORDAL
Art by ISAAC CORDAL
If you want to see more photos from the exhibition just click through to the official website. And if you are in the area, it’s definitely worth a visit!
The NUART Festival is happening not just indoors, but all over Stavanger. Our original plan was to wander around and discover some of the amazing outdoor street art that has popped up but that had to be postponed because of quite heavy rain.. We did however have a quick little look at what was around Tou Scene itself while running to the nearest café for shelter.
Art by TREF
Planning on going for a wander around Stavanger? You can download a detailed map or the app which helps you locate all of the street art around town.
Last week I spent 9 hours around the Tortona & Navigli area of Milan. I really like it there so I thought I would share some of the things I did. It is a very trendy up-and-coming area of Milan full of cool café’s, creative shops, streetart & fashionable beautiful people everywhere you go. I would say it’s in a way Milan’s version of Brick Lane; a great place to have a wander if you are like me and in need of some inspiration. My aim of the day was to get to know the area so I decided on not bringing a map or using google maps on my phone. It went surprisingly good and is to me the best was to explore a new area, although it is good to have google maps at hand incase you get really lost.
My day started by taking the underground in to Porta Genova Station, which is right in the middle of where Tortona & Navigli meet and therefore the perfect starting point. It was then time for breakfast, which to me is one of the most important times of the day! I had done a bit of research online beforehand and decided to go to this place called God Save The Food which looked very appealing. They had croissants and cakes and a large colourful selection of smoothies (which I didn’t see until after I had ordered.. *sadface) but in the spirit of all things British I decided on a cute salmon & cucumber finger sandwich. As I was happy to discover that they had soya milk I also ordered a soya cappuccino which was very tasty.
It was a nice place to grab breakfast because even though it is very popular and quite a lot of people they all seem to run out the door quite quickly after shooting down their espresso so most of the tables were empty.
After breakfast I had a walk around the area for nearly 2 hours exploring and trying to get familiar with it. I discovered that Napapijri has a showroom there (trust the Norwegian to spot the Norwegian flag), saw a lot of cool places I have put on my to-do list for another time and got a bit lost on the hunt for a shop called Bio c’ Bon. I eventually found it and had a browse before I ended up with this little vegan treat.
After the snack I walked a bit more before I arrived at the MUDEC museum and had a look inside to see what it had to offer. Their design store is great, almost like a little art gallery of it’s own, and the bistro was beautiful & modern with a lot of art on the walls. There is also a restaurant on the third floor of the building which I didn’t go in to, but it’s said to be ‘an elegant, exclusive setting for gourmet dining’.
As I wasn’t in the mood to walk around inside too much on this sunny day I decided not to go to the exhibition (but noted down that there will be a Barbie exhibition on later this year that I might check out.) I had a little snoop around inside the building though as I was curious to see the interestingly shaped hallway on the second floor.
I found a lovely yellow chair outside in the courtyard and rested my feet for a bit while I read a book. It was a nice and peaceful place to sit, and that chair was so comfortable!
“A multidisciplinary and multifunctional centre devoted to the world’s various cultures, the Mudec, Museo delle Culture, is designed to become a point of reference in Italy for research, dissemination and entertainment in the fields of art and creativity. The Mudec engages in constant dialogue with the international communities present in Italy so as to ensure broad expression of the multiplicity of cultures involved with no sacrifice of their complexity.” – MUDEC mission statement
At this point I was getting very hungry and as I was close by God Save The Food I decided to go back again for lunch. This time it was very full of people as there are many offices nearby, but there were a few tables still available so I didn’t have to wait too long. I was meeting my boyfriend for lunch and it was a lovely place for a little lunch date, although a bit noisy. My boyfriend had the club sandwich (which looked amazingly good but I forgot to take a photo of) and I had eggs & bacon which was also very good.
After saying goodbye to my boyfriend I headed to the Navigli district which surrounds the city’s historic canals and is the place to go in Milan for an aperitivo. As I was there around 3 and not really ready for a drink (yet) I decided to just walk along the canal in the sun. I have been there many times in the evening, but it is nice to see it when it is all empty during the week.
At the end of the Naviglio Grande canal I ended up at the Urban Farmers Market of Milan called Mercato Metropolitano. It is a temporary 16.000 sm. area of streetfood, farmers, artisans and events created within the ‘Outside EXPO’ calendar “EXPOCITTA”. If you are hungry this is the place to go as it has all kinds of both Italian and international food available.
Still feeling so full from the lunch earlier I ended up with a refreshing lemonade from one of the stalls and sat on one of the tables reading my book while people watching and enjoying what was left of the day..
I really enjoyed the day in Tortona & Navigli, it is such a creative place with so much to discover around each corner. If you have any tips of any places you have been around there let me know so I can put it on my ever-growing list of things to explore!
I just got back from a relaxing week of sun, food & fun in Puglia and thought I would share some photos on the blog.
If you don’t know what or where Puglia is, here is a short summery; Puglia (poo-lia) is a region in South Italy bordering the Adriatic Sea which forms the heel on the ‘boot’ of Italy. The region is 19,345 square kilometers with a population of about 4.1 million, and the capital city is Bari. Puglia is a great holiday destination as it has some of Italy’s most beautiful beaches, warm climate, a lot of fascinating towns & important archaeological sites plus amazing food!
I will also be doing a more in-debt post about the cute town Monopoli that we visited, so watch this space! But for now, here are some of the things I spotted (which is to be honest mostly beach related..)
Psst; want to see more of Puglia? Check out this video; #WeAreinPuglia
Last week I went to Oslo for the first time in many years, and something I was very excited to finally see was the Opera House. I have read and seen so many photos of the beautiful building, so it was about time I got to experience it myself.
The Opera House is located in the Bjørvika neighbourhood in central Oslo, right at the head of the Oslofjord. It was designed by Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta and completed in 2007, and has since then won the culture award at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona in October 2008 as well as the 2009 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture.
The angled exterior surfaces of the building are covered with Italian marble from Carrara and white granite, and the design makes it appear to be rising from the water. This is such a clever way to join the surrounding nature, fjord and city together as one. Snøhetta wanted to make the roof of the building a public space, a centre point that would be available for everyone in Oslo which they have achieved.
The interior is also very spectacular with a lot of oak, aluminium and large glass facades. They are open every day, and even have guided tours around inside the building if you are interested in seeing more. Or you can simply go there for a lovely lunch on the harbour side like we did!