Culture roundup: Two-thirds of print newspaper subscribers are retirees

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Only 14% of adults in Denmark (700,000 people in total) subscribe to a print newspaper, compared to 11% who subscribe to an online newspaper, according to Kulturvaneundersøgelsen, the cultural habits survey covering the first quarter of 2022. Some 6% subscribe to both.

The results indicate that it’s only a matter of time before digital news subscriptions become more popular, as most print media readers are over 55.

Widely read by retirees
Among the 16-24 age group, only 6% subscribe to one or the other, compared to 50% of those aged 74 and over.

About two-thirds of all print newspaper subscribers are 64 and over, four-fifths are 55 and over, and one-eleventh are under 45.

With online newspapers, two-fifths are over 55 and two-fifths are under 45.

Rapidly changing media consumption habits
Once retail sales are taken into account, it emerges that 25% of the population read a printed daily newspaper, compared to 31% in 2018 and 60% in 2012.

Among other findings, it emerges that 17% of adults read foreign newspapers (printed and online), three-quarters watch the news on television, almost half obtain information from free newspapers or Internet sites, 45 % listen to the radio or podcasts, and two-fifths regularly get news via social media.


New media agreement in place focused on democracy and embracing the digital age
With the support of all of its red bloc allies, the government has unveiled a new 2022-25 media deal that puts democracy front and center, while embracing the digital age. “The agreement should help ensure strong independent media in a digital media reality; strengthen local and regional journalism; give a significant boost to Danish public service, audio, television and cinema; and adapting media accountability to the digital age,” the government explained. Highlights include a new 6% cultural tax for streaming services; increased democratic control of tech giants and an updated framework for media accountability so that the public is better protected on social media; more support for start-ups, media development and the development of innovative businesses; more quality content for children and young people; more support for district magazines and weekly newspapers; and an additional 100 million crowns a year for DR, whose chairman Marianne Bedsted promised to give the broadcaster “a basis to work more with the main task of bringing Danes together on the important things: our democracy, our culture and the Danish communities “.

Cannes triumphs for a trio of films with Danish participation
“Holy Spider,” an Iran-shot film about a serial killer directed by Danish-Iranian director Ali Abbasi, was among the Cannes Film Festival winners, with its star Tsar Amir Ebrahimi receiving the award for best female actress. This is the fifth acting award won by a Danish film since 2000, after the successes of Björk for ‘Dancer in the Dark’ (2000), Charlotte Gainsbourg for ‘Antichrist’ (2009), Kirsten Dunst for ‘Melancholia’ (2011) and Mads Mikkelsen for “Jagten” (2012). At the same time, two Swedish films co-produced by Danes also enjoyed success. “Triangle of Sadness” won the Palme d’Or, while “Boy from Heaven” won Best Screenplay. Per Damgaard Hansen of Coproduction Office and Monica Hellström and Signe Byrge Sørensen of Final Cut for Real were the respective co-producers. All three films were made with the support of the Danish Film Institute.

Copenhagen Cooking named second best food festival in Europe
Copenhagen cuisinethe ten-day event that traditionally takes over the capital each year during the last two weeks of August, has been proclaimed the second best summer food festival in Europe in a ranking compiled by world travel site The 7 great journeys. The Aarhus Food Festival ranked 16th. The selection criteria included must-try dishes, the history of the festival and the number of spectators. “This is where you get the best of Copenhagen food,” Big 7 Travel purred of Copenhagen Cooking. “This year’s theme (August 19-28) is ‘Breaking With the New’, which fits well with the city’s reputation as pioneers in food and innovative thinking.” He is also a fan of the Aarhus Food Festival (September 2-4): “It’s a celebration of all things food – especially Nordic flavours, innovations and dishes. Come join in the sausage making, get creative with cabbage, bread making and schnapps seasoning!”

New company aims to improve presentation skills of academics – especially scientists
Few comedians resist the opportunity to ridicule the scientific community and their lackluster presentation skills. From Kevin’s teacher in “The Wonder Years” to BBC2’s Open University boffins, they’re adopting the brown suit, copious amounts of facial hair, a 1970s approach. But now in Copenhagen, two Australian actors well establishments are kicking and screaming them into the 21st century. Kevin Kiernan-Molloy, who is well known to city audiences from his roles in Crazy Christmas Cabaret and Why Not Theater Company productions, and Michael Worthman – one of the stars of the recent drama “Extremophiles” from the That Theater Company – launched Resonate with the ambition to teach acting skills and techniques to non-actors (primarily aimed at science and technology companies) who want to improve their presentation skills. Learn more about resonatecph.com.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s daughters in new sexually explicit DR show
DR has a potentially historic series debuting Friday that tackles a lot of issues around sexuality and boundaries. ‘Salsa’ – which stars Safina and Filippa, the daughters of Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau – could become one of the most talked about shows of the year, not least because of its sex scenes explicit. Lea Helmuth, the show’s “intimate coordinator,” told DR it’s important for less experienced actors to be able to “distance themselves from their private lives.” The show’s plot revolves around two young women who use a sex app to rate their partners’ performance in bed. The first three episodes will be available on DRTV at 06:00 tomorrow morning.

Green light to redevelop the workshop of the tunneling company into a huge cultural and commercial center in Nordhavn
The town hall has approved plans for a new center for business, culture and innovation in Nordhavn which will be carried out jointly by By & Havn, NREP and Unionkul. Dubbed ‘The Tunnel Factory’, construction work will now begin to refurbish a massive 1990s hall owned by Øresund Tunnel Contractors, which measures 261 meters by 125 metres. It is planned that the 27-meter high hall will be divided into three floors and the total floor area will be 70,000 m². Some 4,5000 m² will be used to build 400 new homes. The rest will be represented by a concert hall, a house of culture, offices, restaurants, rehearsal rooms and studios. Completion date is 2025.

Father John Misty and Tove Lo among the stars to confirm Copenhagen concerts
American indie star Father John Misty has confirmed that he will perform at KB Hallen on March 2, 2023. Tickets cost 425 crowns and are available from ticketlugen.dk. Other musicians recently announced for concerts in Denmark: Swedish dance music star Tove Lo (18 November; Store Vega; 330 kr, ticketmaster.dk); American rapper Zack Fox (August 19; Lille Vega; 200kr, ticketmaster.dk), British YouTuber and author Daniel Howell (May 13, 2023; DR Koncerthuset; 295kr, koncerthuset.dk), comedian/actress Fortune Feimster (September 26; DR Koncerthuset; 295kr, koncerthuset.dk) and author ALOK (July 17; DR Koncerthuset ;295kr, concerthuset.dk).

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