by Kurt Lykke Lindved, France
I am together with Catherina getting a fairly good overview of what we will do in this lovely area of France – Cavalaire-sur-Mer – a small town with about 6,000 inhabitants who reportedly extended to 60,000 people each summer.
The last year has been marked by hectic travel activities and we will look back to October 2010. I started with a trip to Ecuador, where the artist Alegria Cordovez was my “body guard and host” through the 10 days I stayed in the country. An exciting encounter with both Alegria, her three daughters and a representative from the Shiwiar tribe in the rainforest. After Ecuador, I went to New York to visit the United Nations and my daughter, who was born there and lives in the metropolis that never “sleeps” but the pulse beats constantly 24 hours a day.
New York was inhabited by lenape Indians when it was discovered in 1524 by Giovanni da Verrazzano, an Italian explorer who was employed by the French crown. He named it “Nouvelle Angoulême” (New Angoulême). The Europeans took the country in use with the creation of a Dutch fur station that later became known as New Amsterdam.
I have always admired this metropolis and its inhabitants. The entire world population is represented on those rocks, where every millimeter is utilized to the utmost to make the entire machine to operating without major complications.
It was a relatively short visit, as I was going to Denmark again where more duties called me in both entertainment and lecture contexts. After New Year I had a trip to Gran Canarias at the event “Symphony of Human Unity” which later would prove to be a true nightmare. Arrangements were made in collaboration with representatives from the organization “Cultural Creative” where I actually had to look far for “culture” but the “creative” was top notch, if otherwise it is a creatively experiment with unfair methods of money hunters with culture `s arms as the spearhead.
Well, I could easily be without this adventure in Gran Canarias, where I finally was awarded an “overcoat” which was the Spanish Police, who were afraid that I was not in safety after a detailed study done about the persons representing “Cultural Creative Europe” inclusive another individual person from Italy.
Under the circumstances, we had some great experiences with, among other things the concerts in a small town called Guia, where Sabrina Lanzi and Stella Ahangi appeared in the city’s main church. The audience was thrilled and it warmed in the middle of a “cauldron”.
Next trip went to the little fishing village Nazaré, Portugal where I had to prepare a cultural festival for three weeks with exhibitions, concerts, dances and social events. Maria José Anastacio was the coordinator on site with The Municipality as a focal point in almost everything we did. Many public employees and private people were somehow involved, but also here appeared people who had “misunderstood” our concept and left us either in anger or frustration not being able to wedge their own ideas and methods into the “system”.
Overall, it was some great events – outdoor and inside among other things, the ancient theater “Pinheiro”, where musicians, singers and dancers from the Academy in Leira showed great class and talents on stage. The Danish sponsors were unfortunately not satisfied with either the episodes on Gran Canarias or the feedback they wanted and stopped immediately for further action in the “Culture unites Cultures for Humanity”.
I was really tired of people constantly trying to latch onto the CCH organization to their own advantage, which I was fully aware about, but trivial is it constantly having to be the “watchdog” against human greed. Meanwhile I had met Catherina from Holland and she was with me in Nazaré, Portugal and could with her own ears and eyes see what it takes to bring people together and organize such events. She experienced the adverse and challenging artists even they get everything made available without paying a penny and how individual people can wrap themselves around a totem pole for attention and profit.
So I decided to quit any task where I was the organizer and coordinator – turned the page and was now the actor, where organizers could offer me a job as a lecturer, writer and consultant. This, I have not regretted, now where I’m retired and moved to France together with Catharina.
At first we went on a vacation in Europe to find a good place to live in the “third age” and the choice was Cavalaire-sur-Mer, France at the Mediterranean Sea and not far from St. Tropez and Toulon. And precisely here we are now going to organize the future life as retirees and freelance workers including some studio facilities, where both Catherine and I can showcase our own art and music.
Finally, I have been honored by the United Nations as a lecturer and ambassador for their cultural extensions and events.
I wish all a wonderful Christmas time, when preparations for December month are visible for anyone, who is looking forward to Christmas `s quietness and hopefully peaceful days.
Special greetings also to the many who helped us with both practical activities and financial support:
Marina Mar ¤ Lego ¤ Nordea ¤ Nazaré Municipality ¤ Guia Municipality ¤ Pako Taxi ¤ SAS ¤ Las Palmas Tuorist Office ¤ Pascual Kunchicuy ¤ Silvino Pais da Silva ¤ Scandia ¤ Wendy Rodriquez Lindved ¤ Catharina Van Leeuwen ¤ Danish Chamber of Commerce ¤ Birgit Gerlach ¤ KLM ¤ Rural Las Longueras Hotel ¤ The Danish Cultural Institute ¤ Bent Haller ¤ Sonja Oppenhagen ¤ United Nations ¤ Red Cross ¤ Save the Child ¤ Doctors without Borders ¤ Rotary ¤ Lions and more …
May your God be with you wherever you are in the world and I wish you all the best from
Kurt Lykke Lindved