I tried to speak Danish with my colleagues using common phrases from the beginning, talking more and more as my vocabulary increased. I cannot tell you how often I produced a good laugh. What I said was completely wrong, but it helped me to get in touch with Danes, and speaking Danish can work wonders. Right after my start in Denmark, I was given the task of being project leader for building the IBM customer centre for Denmark.
Well, in Denmark people trust your capabilities and you get responsibilities early on. Looking back, in spite of all the palpitations that project gave me, it helped me to get in contact with so many IBM colleagues that Danish colleagues who had been in the company for years were surprised at how many people I greeted on the way to the canteen. I hope that my books and this article will help you to find your way more easily in Denmark and decipher faster what makes the Danes tick and how to get in touch with them.
We all develop methods of dealing with the unknown — in Denmark or anywhere else. Your efforts will be rewarded, and you can make living in Denmark into a great experience. Good luck, and all the best to you in your new Danish home! In the fall of , I was a PhD student in public health at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where I was studying the effects of toxic cancer therapies on elderly patients.
The research group I worked with had just begun collaborating with colleagues at Aarhus University, and they were looking to hire a postdoctoral fellow starting in When I heard about this position, my heart skipped a beat. I was looking for a different postdoc experience, one that would expand my professional network, provide access to rich healthcare data for cancer research, and allow me to explore a new country and culture. This opportunity had it all. So in February I arrived, excited about my upcoming adventure in Denmark but also with some concerns about what it would be like to live and work in another country.
How to be time-effective One of the first differences I noticed working here was that people start early and leave early. On a normal workday my office is buzzing at 8am, but after 4pm there is not a soul in sight. It seems that the Danes value their healthy work—life balance. It means that my colleagues and I have time after work to exercise, see family and friends, prepare and eat dinner together, and enjoy hobbies and interests outside of work.
This work—life balance is made possible in part because Danes tend to work very efficiently, and in my experience the workplace plays a significant role in that efficiency. The offices and meeting spaces at my workplace are bright, light and simply furnished, with clutter and distractions kept to a minimum. This helps people to be productive.
I find it a great way to catch up with colleagues before the weekend. Great colleagues But one of the most rewarding aspects of working in Denmark, in my experience, is my colleagues, some of whom I believe will be lifelong friends. I was warned before my arrival that the Danes tend to be reserved and not particularly welcoming to foreigners, but in my workplace I found the opposite.
My colleagues were warm and generous and within the first few months I had been invited to the homes of five colleagues to meet their families and friends. Over this year, with my colleagues I have attended salsa classes, worked on a farm, experienced the julefrokost or Christmas lunch, gone to concerts, eaten out, gone for ice cream, and seen movies. A shared lunch every day Another distinct feature of my workplace is that each day at 12pm, everyone in the department — including students, postdocs, and faculty — sits down to eat lunch together.
We lay the table with plates, cutlery and glasses, and for 30 minutes everyone enjoys some social time together. The conversation takes place in Danish, but my colleagues have been more than happy to help. Thus began what is probably a very familiar scenario for a lot of expats in Denmark. With my limited CV experience I found a part-time job in an Irish bar by going bar to bar the Gaelic connection helped , and later I got a full-time warehouse job through a chance encounter with someone I met in the bar.
I joined a local football team because I thought it would be a good way to make friends, and I started taking Danish lessons. It was a slog. Danish lessons, work, and football left me pretty busy, and Danish is hard. The relationship broke up and I headed home — vowing never to have a Danish girlfriend again. But during my time back in Scotland, I realised that I needed a decent education to be able to achieve my career aspirations.
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The difference this time was that I actively made a decision to come back to Denmark. One of the first things I did on getting back was to head for the local rugby club in Aarhus. I had a solid social network, a steady job, and I already knew the language. Now to figure out what to study…. Getting smart I was interested in marketing and advertising and wanted something I could see a future in, so I chose the business school. They had a course on marketing and management communication in English — perfect! Making it happen Coming to the end of my BSc I started to recognise the need to get some relevant experience — something that, along with networking, would turn out to be a massive help in securing a full-time job in the future.
I was lucky enough to get a student job at Arla Foods in the last year of my BSc, and rather unwittingly I started a snowball effect of jobs and placements. This was great experience for the CV. Then a chance encounter with a marketing manager at the Christmas dinner led to a temporary full-time position within marketing when I graduated.
The right time, the right place, I guess. My contract at Arla expired, and I was competing in the overcrowded job market. After several months of application-writing and a couple of interviews, my network kicked in again, only this time from my studies. They had a new position opening, so I So I did. I got the interview, it went really well, and I got the job. First, learn the language. It makes things so much easier when making Danish friends, but also shows that you are making an effort to fit into Danish society. Then, join a multicultural club or association. Meeting both Danes and internationals in an informal setting really helps to make friends and break down the barriers that sometimes exist between Danes and internationals.
It also helps for a smoother transition into Danish society while keeping that international identity. Finally, build a network of social and professional contacts, and use it. Just remember to return the favour if they ever ask for anything. I hope you enjoyed reading my story. If nothing else, it shows that it is possible to succeed in Denmark as a foreigner — even if it did take me two attempts. Denmark — an exotic land far away, where fairytales happen and it is always cold — was not a part of my life plan.
But I am here, and I love it. I am a medical doctor from Monterrey, Mexico. I first worked in neuroscience on a community service research project just before I finished my degree. After two more years as I was thinking about specialising in neurology, circumstances pointed me towards taking a plane, leaving my country and looking for other available opportunities. I realised that doing a PhD was important for the way I questioned things and confronted my medical reality every day with patients.
Via Spain to Denmark So having sorted that out, I looked for an opportunity for an interesting neuroscience project in Spain. Through a Danish friend I got an interview with my future supervisor at Aarhus University. I was very nervous and was not sure what to expect, but thankfully I was invited to participate in a project to set up a new laboratory at the Centre of Functionally Integrative Neuroscience at Aarhus University.
So in November I officially left my family, girlfriend, friends and culture behind me, and took on this new challenge in my life. I was warned that I should finish my medical training before leaving, but I had a hunch, and I moved to Denmark. I missed home, of course, but I was excited by the fascinating, unknown challenge that awaited me. And I was lucky. By the time I moved to Denmark, two good friends of mine were also doing PhDs at Aarhus University, six months ahead of me. I really felt their support when I arrived. They introduced me to people, some of whom are still friends, and also to Danish culture.
It helps you meet people and the Danes like it when you try, as they like to help. I get support from my Danish friends talking and sharing in their language, and I am very motivated to finish my courses. If I had to describe the Danes in two words, they would be different and fascinating. I was expecting to make Danish friends from the first day, but it was hard. I learned that the Danes are like coconuts — with a hard shell, but really soft on the inside. They are hard to get to know, but once you win their trust and friendship, you will feel you have won a true friend, a friendship that might be forever.
Nowadays, I know that my Danish friends are people I can rely on if anything happens. The culture is different from mine, but something I really like is that the Danes respect you — respect how you think, what you believe in, how you do what you do. For me that is a very important value. Next, the future And now my girlfriend has moved to Denmark to do her PhD too. I see a fantastic road ahead where I want to learn the language, finish my qualifications and, most important, feel at home. I believe I would like to stay some time here. I feel that I have two homes — Mexico and, now, Denmark.
And it was different The first surprising thing when I arrived was the weather. Coming from a city where it is warm and sunny most days of the year, I had real difficulty understanding that I was moving to the opposite. I arrived in dark, rainy November. I am still not per cent adapted to this, but I am getting there. I am still learning Danish. I started as. My job journey I first came to Aarhus in January In the middle of winter in Minnesota, we packed up our lives, put most of our possessions into storage, and said goodbye to friends and family before embarking on our expat adventure.
I knew I would have a lot to learn once we arrived. There, I was introduced to the Work in Denmark spouse programme, which provides seminars for accompanying spouses and partners to help people like me learn about the Danish labour market.
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It also gave me the chance to meet people who were in the same situation as I was. This was the first time I realised how important networking was because, for the first time, I found myself without a network to rely on. I had mostly been searching for jobs only using online job search engines.
The essential network Shortly after arriving, we went to the International Citizen Service to register ourselves in Denmark. It became clear that the more people you know, and the more people who know what you are good at, the They knew some people working in my area and helped me to contact them. These contacts were helpful because several people were willing to meet with me and I learned more about the Danish public health system. Months later his colleagues are still enquiring about my job search and helping me think through new ideas for the job search and application process.
Finding a way in Another challenge I faced here was figuring out what businesses and institutions in Aarhus did work in my field. In this case, the job centre in Aarhus was helpful in giving me the names of organisations to research and contact, along with ideas for organisations that take volunteers through which I might have the opportunity to expand my network. A few times I have been able to meet with someone from a public health-related organisation. The frustration I have faced in these cases is that often the organisation says I have an interesting profile and they want to talk to me, but they are not sure how I would fit into their workflow and they would have to talk to their colleagues and get back to me.
This happened especially when I was looking for an internship or volunteer work in my field, just to get a foot in the door. One would think giving away free labour would be easier! This has been the most frustrating part of my job search. Help them think about where you could create value for their company or organisation. No single path One thing that has especially helped me manage any frustration I feel is managing my expectations.
Accepting that finding a position in my field will take time and that taking other short-term positions outside of my immediate field, but still within my areas of interest, would also be beneficial to me was an adjustment I made in my way of thinking. Recently, I discovered a company in Aarhus through one of the contacts I met at a Work in Denmark seminar. They were looking for native English speakers for part-time telephone interviewing work, so I submitted an application.
Soon after I was called back for an interview and hired the same day. This position has allowed me to become familiar with a Danish workplace and has expanded my network. By keeping this in mind, I have learned much about myself both personally and professionally, and have the confidence that I will get to where I want to be. And in the meantime, my journey continues. You are expected to do what you like My name is Damien. It was easy, in accepting that destiny, to move automatically towards a future that had been set long ago.
That predestined future evaporated in another country, in Denmark. And here I learned to choose for myself. After so many years in a country, Denmark really feels like home for me now. I grew up in an educational system based on hierarchy. If you got into one of the top engineering schools, Back home, my engineering school was my home and my family. But in Denmark, people.
And what a surprise — I got one! It took me a whole year to understand that, by which time it was too late to do anything differently. If I were to start all over again, I would choose what I really wanted to study instead of doing it the classical, generalist way that is favoured in France.
But though I thought I had learnt from that experience, I still had not quite got the point. My French engineering school was prestigious, so finding a job would not be an issue — I just had to pick the one I wanted. Yes, but in Denmark they had never heard of my famous school.
And at job interviews — when I got one — I had a hard time explaining what I wanted to do and why I would love the job in question. At a time when unemployment was at a record low, it took me six months and a course in job-seeking to, finally, get my first job. And then, instead of applying for jobs I thought I could do, I just started applying for jobs I really wanted to do, exciting jobs. Following my interests Once I started to do what I really liked doing, I had my best experiences ever in Denmark. Instead of blaming the Danes for not being how I expected them to be, I chose to follow my interests.
When I arrived in Aarhus I knew nobody, and I wanted to get involved in local life and connect with other people besides my colleagues, so I started to look into social volunteer work. I sent an application to an organisation running a drop-in centre for young people. In my early university years back in France I had had extremely good experiences with volunteering in various organisations, so I was sure this would work for me in Denmark as well. I started. As often in Denmark, there are a lot of rules in the associative world, but it is also very well organised: so apart from the usual shifts at the drop-in centre, all the volunteers get involved in planning activities for the users, management, PR, HR and activities for the volunteers.
After a few months I had a huge new group of friends and was forced to turn down lots of invitations to social events that I could not get to fit in my calendar. I got heavily involved with the municipality and with other stakeholders the association has to deal with, like the social ministry and other associations with a similar target group.
I got a refreshed picture of Danish society and how it works. But with time, I think I made a few of their values my own. Here, you are expected to do what you like. So why not do it? Denmark has a very strong tradition of volunteer organisations. Denmark has had the highest employment rate for women in the European Union since Fathers are entitled to 2 weeks at the time of the birth.
The remaining 32 weeks can be divided between the parents. There are certain structural realities built into the Danish systems for work and school that will determine how you and your children do. If you pay attention to them, you can get on with building a future in Denmark, because the family will be happy. If the international school does not suit you, there is Danish school — the folkeskole and the private schools.
We wanted them to be part of a neighbourhood, to be able to bike round to their friends. So they went into the local folkeskole, a lovely place so lovely that we bought the house for the school. Our seven-year-old went into first grade after three years in international school! It worked, because they were young enough to join the classes while there was still room to manoeuvre and before the relationships were set in stone.
She made good friends herself, though she says it took her a couple of years, but for me it was too late. So if you go into folkeskole as internationals, go in at the beginning. There are more than 15 private schools in Aarhus, for example, and each one offers something different. A couple are academically demanding very old-fashioned in Denmark , one prioritises foreign languages, one builds creativity through arts and theatre, and several are just smaller, more intimate institutions that will pay attention to your child and not expect them to fit a statistical norm.
You make an appointment to meet the school principal, you see around the school, and you get on the waiting list. Some of these waiting lists are long, so you have to be quick. A great plus. This takes about two months to basic fluency, and your children find their place in the class in the process. Of course, now their lovely local social life is a thing of the past. They have to bus across the city to school and to play dates, something they continually complain about.
But it is safe and it works. Make that good Danish As for us spouses, who stepped out of the world we knew and expected to build a new world, there are certain realities that we need to appreciate to be happy in Denmark, counter to a few myths that are still circulating. Making certain choices in your new life will open doors which will otherwise remain closed. Learning Danish is essential of course, but unless your field is something sexy and technical or you are lucky enough to find work in an English-speaking environment, your Danish needs to be good enough to persuade colleagues they can work with you.
Unlike Britain, where experience is far more precious than qualifications, in Denmark, not having qualifications will prevent you from using your experience. Take a deep breath, and qualify. The lonely entrepreneur You can also take the self-employed route. This is very fashionable at the moment and there is lots of support in Denmark right now.
Kind people will explain the remarkably simple process you should follow. But though this is a way to show what you can do, it is lonely being self-employed. But while setting up your own business is good for your pride, it is less productive for the joint bank balance. Build a base with other families like you And all the while, it is really, really important to build a base around what you are, with other families like you. If your language qualifies, send your child to the EU mother-tongue classes in your language they are free run by the municipality.
I took a little job teaching those classes to English—Danish children including my own , and suddenly we discovered a whole seam of like-minded families who loved to be English or Irish together sometimes. Those families are our lifeblood. The Dutch have Dutch school on Saturdays; so do the Poles. So find where your other nationals go, and link up with them.
Once these things are in place, you can get on with running a family. You can enjoy the glorious strangeness of the Danish cultural experience, marvelling as we did at the attraction of swimming in freezing cold water with jellyfish while camping, because the Danes feel too nakedly pagan about the great outdoors to stay in hotels, not to mention the national male preoccupation with do-it-yourself home improvements. But you will be happy, because the things that matter most are there. I met wonderful people, spent a warm summer full of activity, and was completely fascinated by the Danish lifestyle and how calm and organised everything was.
Back in Brazil I thought, Denmark is definitely a place I would like to live! Well, twenty years later I spent a weekend in Copenhagen with a friend from that period by that time I was working and living in Madrid. And that weekend I met the man who is now my husband. After some months of trips back and forth, we decided to be together for real. So I left pulsating Madrid, to live the beautiful love story that was just beginning. A mixture of hope and fright I arrived in Aarhus in the cold, dark, silent November — completely different from that warm, bright summer.
But I was so in love, so happy, that I decided not to pay attention to these details and determined to see the good side of being in a new city. In the first weeks everything was completely new and I was fascinated. I started at Danish language school, so important for meeting people and building a social life. After a time I had seen everything new, but things turned really exciting — because, after some months living here, I discovered I was pregnant. A mix of happiness and fright prevailed.
How could I be having a baby so far away from my family and my doctor? I was very apprehensive about how the antenatal care was going to work out, how the doctors were going to treat me. All I knew about pregnancy was from my friends back home. And in Brazil, if you want good treatment, you pay for it. I had also heard that in Europe In Brazil, for a lot of reasons, natural births are very uncommon. So I was already preparing my speech to persuade the obstetrician to give me a caesarian section. There was no way in the world I was going to have a natural birth.
The reality Finally, my first appointment with the doctor arrived. I had so much to ask about my baby and how things were going that I prepared a list of questions. I thought, as in Brazil, I would have plenty of time to ask and discuss everything on my list. To my surprise, the consultation took 15 minutes. Just when I thought of getting the list out of my pocket, I was already shaking hands goodbye. At first I was furious. How come it was so fast?! But I calmed down, and my husband promised me we would Google the doubts later.
Then, still not comfortable or confident enough about the health system, I decided to talk to a Brazilian friend who has lived here for seven years and has two children. That was a wise decision. After our long chat, I could see that in Denmark pregnancy was seen as the most natural thing in the world — so it was treated accordingly. The long-distance support group Other appointments came — not as many as I wanted, I have to say — and slowly I started to feel more comfortable with it. I could feel that the doctor and midwife knew what they were talking about.
I was fascinated by their practicality and objectivity, so I decided to write a blog for my friends in Brazil. They were amazed at my posts and my stories. In Brazil mothers have at least six scans, and the more cautious have one every month. I take the initiative After some months, I was confident and happy. Everything was going perfectly, I was used to the 38 But I was still very worried about the natural birth. Of course I tried to talk to the midwife about a C-section, but she literally changed the subject every time I mentioned it. It was clear that it was not an option in my case because things were going so well, and sooner or later I had to get used to the idea.
So I decided to get as informed as I could. I bought all the books, read all the blogs, watched all the programmes about it and even did pregnant aqua yoga. For them what I had been experiencing was so amazing that they were waiting for the grand finale. And so was I. And then, in less than three hours of pain, emotion, fear, and all the most amazing feelings, I gave birth to my beautiful little girl Maria. Yes, she was one of my achievements here.
The best one I can say, but for sure not the last. The international school was our culture shock One day my husband came home and said he had been offered a job in Denmark. So we visited Denmark for the first time in our lives in the spring holiday. It was windy and rainy in Aarhus, much colder than Budapest and so much smaller, but Legoland was just an hour away, it was light till 9pm, and the seashore was wonderful. Somehow, from the first moment we fell in love. From book bags … It was not an easy decision to make. My husband and I had good jobs and a comfortable life with our two children in Budapest.
The kids went to a traditional state school in the heart of Budapest and received a traditional education. By this I mean there were 30 children in each class, they took heavy backpacks to school every day filled with books, they had regular tests and marking started from age eight. There was no question that the children would go to an international school. One reason was that their mother tongue is Hungarian — not a widely spoken language, to say the least — and we believe that English is the key that opens the door to the world.
Another was that they would meet other cultures, become internationally minded and experience a more modern, less traditional education. I have to say that it was the international school that was our true culture shock — in the best sense — moving to Denmark. It did not look like a school so much as a kindergarten which at that time it was, as the rest of the school was about to open. Walking among the miniature chairs and tables, we were not convinced that this was the school for our children.
Then we talked to the school principal, and our jaws dropped. As she told us about the International Baccalaureate primary years programme we felt, yes, this is it, this is twenty-first-century education! The kids work on iPads in school, there are no textbooks or grades in the primary years up to age 11, the curriculum is structured around units of enquiry, and instead of doing exams the children have to do presentations on projects.
The children are assessed on an individual basis, so even if they come from different schools and different countries, they are judged by their progress during their studies. But what about English? How would they make friends? And all my worries were nonsense. They had a great time from the first day.
In the first weeks they sat and listened all day. They were exhausted. Just try sitting all day without understanding or speaking a word! But I was prepared for that: I was patient and gave them support and was their best friend until they found their own. It took them three months to start speaking a kind of play English, and another three months to understand the lessons.
ESL helped a lot, and socialising with the classmates was just as important. When I went into 42 How could he do that when it had taken me nearly ten years to learn English to an acceptable level? My daughter, a happy little fish in the big ocean, just decided to go with the flow. So she made friends with everyone in class, went to a dance club, went to a badminton club and, to our surprise at the end of the half term, was elected to the student council — all without being able to express herself well yet in English! And now, my turn … So now that the children are settled and their education is on the right track, it is time for me to face the next challenge: finding a job — without speaking Danish.
Wish me luck! We have more time as a family I had known my Danish colleagues for some years when we came to Denmark. I had visited the company regularly while working in the sister company in France, and that was how I caught a glimpse of a quality of life which was the germ of the idea. We already speak two languages at home my wife is Franco-Spanish , and we had always thought that we would like to try living in another culture.
So we packed our things, left our home town and arrived in the summer of in a village in Jutland, 20km from the nearest big town. For my wife and for the children it was a bigger change than for me. The children went to a private international school in Viborg on the recommendation of the company. We made this decision so that they can complete their education in a similar school anywhere in the world, even if we move to another country tomorrow.
Going to school in English was a big step for the children, but they agreed to try it. And although they were a little stressed on that first school day — new people, new friends, a new place, a new language! Our eldest child had already studied languages at school, so after only two months he was up to speed in English.
He says now that he feels equally at home in Spanish, English and French!
For our middle child it took six months, as languages were new for him. Now the children speak English and Danish with their friends. The children like the rhythm of their Danish school. It feels practical and very stable, and they feel very free with a shorter school day.
They have time to flourish here. My wife had never set foot in Denmark before For my wife, coming to Denmark was a very great change. She had never set foot in the country before and had a full and active life in France. She cannot wait to learn Danish and enter into Danish society. My colleagues immediately welcomed us into their lives and helped us from the very beginning.
Now we have friends who are Danes and friends from all over the world. We have more time as a family We absolutely do not regret our decision to come. We definitely have more time as a family. We play games, we go exploring together in search of special destinations. And it has been a great life experience to discover another culture, another way of thinking.
Our children have gained a new window on the world. If life smiles on us, and if the family continues to do well, we will stay in Denmark. We are a truly international family. I am American from California with my heritage from Indonesia and my husband is Danish from the west coast. And with this in mind, we raised our girls as internationally as possible. I did not come to Denmark as a green inexperienced expat, and our experience in Denmark is not quite an ordinary expat story.
I have been returning to Denmark for the last 25 years with my husband to see his family, so I have seen the many changes here, and I got over my culture shock years ago. Plus we have lived in various other countries and learned our lessons well. My husband returned to Denmark after 20 years abroad to help his parents out. His father had been ill, and my husband also wanted the girls to know what Denmark was and to connect with his family. Luckily, with their background in the rigorous programme of international school, they could focus on language rather than the curriculum.
Both found the classwork very easy, and it was a repeat of most classes for both of them. But our elder daughter struggled with the writing and grammar and was faced with the ninth-grade exit exams. She finished out the year and convinced us it was better for her to continue in international gymnasium which luckily had just opened that year. I saw all the improvements and the many changes in the country over the span of 25 years. I saw all the progress with international people and services. All very good things. What I was not prepared for was the isolation. Our younger daughter had fewer problems jumping in scholastically, but she had a more difficult time as there were peer issues within her class that were never resolved by the teacher or by the staff of the school.
She changed that first year from being a very friendly and happy child to becoming very withdrawn. We finally moved her to private Danish school, with a more international group of students, and she is back to being happy again. In the beginning there was a lot of work to do, for the family, for the children, learning the language. The kids started at the local international school, but it was very small compared to the ones they were used to, the after-school activities were non-existent and the hours were extremely short.
They were used to being at school until 4 or 5pm with sports and arts programmes afterwards. Coming home at 1pm left a lot of time, as they did not know any of the neighbourhood kids. We moved them to Danish folkeskole the following year, as they spoke Danish, but it was not a.
As for me, language school brought a lot of new faces and friendships. It was good to finally learn Danish after 20 years. However, I can say that had I been younger, it might have been much easier to learn all the odd sounds. After 18 months, I finally stopped at level five and tried to enter the job market. I have a degree in communication and had worked in marketing for the last 15 years, although sporadically since moving abroad. I was not prepared for a tough market. I was not prepared for the isolation. I spent most of the day by myself. The children no longer needed a driver or There were not many people in the neighbourhood to talk to.
The only people I saw were the ones at the grocery store or the post office or the bank. My friends from the language school are all international. I see them occasionally, as we are all busy with everyday life. After a long two years of looking for work, I ended up looking outside of Denmark. I now work part-time for a Japanese telecommunications firm teaching English online to Japanese business people. I am attempting to construct full-time work out of many part-time jobs.
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But the damage has been done. The Separated, a new documentary from The Atlantic, is an intimate window into the chaos and trauma caused by the separation. British ex-pat and the author of nine Mexican cookbooks, Diana has spent over sixty years researching and documenting the regional cuisines of Mexico on her own. In his second-ever SXSW keynote address, the extremely online billionaire will detail his newest slate of world-saving endeavors from Tesla Motors, The Boring Company, SpaceX and his thousands of other companies. Before the eyes of world history, our greatest mind will inaugurate the dawn of the human nightmare and the acceleration of evolution through apocalypse.
Ad astra per sanguinem! Crowley is a loose-living demon. This wildly imaginative and screamingly funny drama follows Aziraphale and Crowley as they join forces in an attempt to find an eleven year old Antichrist and his dog and avert the Apocalypse. They set out to document the borderlands and explore the potential impacts of a border wall on the natural environment, but as the wilderness gives way to the more populated and heavily trafficked Lower Rio Grande Valley, they come face-to-face with the human side of the immigration debate and enter uncharted emotional waters.
Together they wind through deltas, elude capture, drink whisky, find God, catch fish, and convince Eleanor, a kind nursing home employee with a story of her own to join them on their journey. Drinks, networking and live music. He turns the camera on himself and the film becomes a deeply personal and unexpectedly comedic story about authenticity, heartbreak and that time he got lost in a shopping mall. Now she plays smaller venues while grappling with motherhood, exhausted band mates, nervous record company executives, and a new generation of rising talent eager to usurp her stardom.
Forced to get sober, temper her demons, and reckon with the past, she retreats from the spotlight and tries to recapture the creative inspiration that led her band to success. The production united a global animation community, calling on the talents and unique perspectives of innovative animation studios, directors and artists from around the world. As she prepares to make a run for the Presidency, Charlotte hires Fred as her speechwriter.
Sparks fly as their unmistakable chemistry leads to a round-the-world romance and a series of unexpected and dangerous incidents. While ignoring her pressing responsibilities, she follows her impulses with various men: Christian, an American photographer who she bonds with due to the similar interests; Goran, a local musician with whom she has an intense physical chemistry; and Toni, an older, richer, charming playboy who tries to lure her with the extravagance of yachts, parties and expensive drugs.
After Daniel tricks Luke into doing something terrible, Luke is forced to lock him away. Twelve years later, Luke brings Daniel back — and he now appears as a charming, manipulative young man with a terrifying secret agenda. Look forward to programming on specifics like how to land the big deal or pitch media. Check back for more details closer to the date! An interactive and immersive experience that brings to life the world of Rally and how they empower a healthy tomorrow.
The Rally House will showcase inspiring interactive art installations, fresh food and drink and one-of-a-kind giveaways. The Rally House will be the day-time place to be. In , Paltrow founded goop from her kitchen table. But in the past two years, the things that have made the biggest changes in the world are long, personal, and serious stories.
In this session, Susan Fowler will discuss the power of telling personal stories in a fast-paced and unattentive world. But as the potential for artificial intelligence grows, so do the ethical implications. This session will explore the pitfalls and possibilities of how AI will transform the way we report — and consume — the news. Families were being separated without any plans to reunite them. She is left abandoned with a child and is ruined financially. Her fight back leads her into a world of discovery, not only about her husband but also about herself.
Catch your breath, relax, rest your voices, fill your bellies, and quench that spring Texas thirst. Follow four champion groomers and their gorgeous, vibrant dogs through a year in the life on the technicolor competition circuit, playfully exploring their creative process. From South Carolina to California, New York to Arkansas, these women are revolutionizing the age old question — what is art?
Director Rebecca Stern has captured an up-close and revealing look at pets, families, friendships and the glory of dog grooming through a bright spectrum of color. Its dirty secret: abuse of immigrant labor. Grieving their son, a Mexican family campaigns for a life-and-death safety ordinance. A story of courage, resilience and community, the film reveals shocking truths about the hardworking immigrants who build the American Dream, from which they are excluded.
It opens the door to curing disease, reshaping the biosphere, and designing our own children.
How will this new power change our relationship with nature? What will it mean for human evolution? To begin to answer these questions we must look back billions of years and peer into an uncertain future. But what will the world look like when our tech knows more about us than we do, revealing our private, internal state? DeMille Award for lifetime achievement.
This panel reunites the four of us to share the remarkable stories of how each one of these former students made it. They will discuss the history and future of Facebook, and how a company set up to make the world more open and connected is now dealing with criticism that it has undermined American democracy, created social anomie, and abetted genocide.
How did Facebook become what it is today? Is it truly fixing its problems now? And where is it going next? Expect a lively conversation between two people who have studied the company deeply and for years. Eisenberg plays a man who is attacked at random on the street and enlists in a local dojo, led by a charismatic and mysterious Sensei , in an effort to learn how to defend himself. Worth, Texas soon becomes much more than they bargained for. Frustrated by the rising consumer-driven culture, out of work pals Douglass St.
Clair Smith and Steve Wilcox decide to turn their conservative southern ideology on its head and invent a new religion all their own. Spurred on by the overreach of religion and zealous televangelists of the day, the pair concoct religious monikers Reverend Ivan Stang and Dr. Philo Drummond , a newly minted prophet J. Winkler has enjoyed over four decades of success in Hollywood and continues to be in demand as an actor, producer, and director.
Join Henry Winkler as he leads an entertaining and insightful acting workshop in front of an audience. Our Ethereal Lounge will serve up sips and bites along with a Zen Zone, so you can stay refreshed and keep up with all things blockchain and decentralization at SXSW. The U. Delivering this requires a full-on consumer-centric approach. After the meditation and live performances, enjoy friends, food and sounds by DJ Captain Planet as you sip on beer in its organic form.
Based on true events. Mostly made up. Penelope and Ezra share a special but limited time together. In addition to being an actress and filmmaker, Alexi also competed at the Olympic Games Rio Christian Winter, a washed up, one-hit-wonder rock star, has made a pact with the devil for a return to greatness! He puts a spell on a local teenager- making her levitate. Her terrified father, Martin Martin, asks Rose to help save his daughter. This is the story of a unique institution, the small town it calls home, and the great risk, hope, and power of art to generate cultural and economic rebirth.
With the voice of Meryl Streep. On our last night we will bring some legendary Berlin nightlife vibes into the BerlinSaloon. For five years it was the only home and family Luke and his mom had. She was a teenaged runaway, dope-addicted single mother, stripping with a fake I. Now 30 years later, Luke has a toddler and a newborn of his own. As he began asking his mom questions about his own childhood- and what she was thinking letting a toddler run around in that place- she turns out to be more hilariously forthcoming than he ever imagined.
From the streets of Long Beach and Los Angeles to studios in London and sold out tours in Russia, the artist born Gustav Ahr touched countless lives through his words, his sound and his very being. During a sweeping journey from the depths of the underground to a meteoric rise through the music industry, Gus wrestled with what it meant to be Lil Peep and in turn, what Lil Peep meant to so many.
Nick Offerman narrates this deviant comedy, based on actual events. Capturing the spirit of our times, the film is a coming of age story for a new generation. Desperate to keep this under wraps, she turns to the only person she can trust: her nerdy ex-best friend, Hayley. But after a trip to the clinic results in Sara birthing something other-worldly, the girls realize their night is only just getting started.
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Olive was hoping for a therapeutic trip to resolve her emotional problems, but her focus soon shifts to survival. Then stick around for Bumble profile help with our experts from 11—2PM. Enjoy recharge lounge, festive bites, caffeine bar and deconstructed cocktails. She was the first black woman to become the gubernatorial nominee for a major party in the United States. Music, signature drinks and BBQ all day. Her directorial film debut Booksmart will release wide on May 24th of this year. Wilde has starred in a range of award-winning and critically acclaimed films including Meadowland, Her, Rush, and A Vigilante, and has worked with some of the biggest directors in Hollywood including Martin Scorsese, Spike Jonze, and Reed Morano.
The computer interface is going immersive, with phone-based AR and stand-alone headsets leading the charge. As the appetite for immersive content and applications exponentially increases, this paves the way for Mixed Reality MR — wearables and headsets that combine the real world with digital data — to become the next ubiquitous computing medium. Welcome actors, casting directors, agents, and anyone interested in connecting. An attempt to decimate an American citizen from the highest levels of government. From losing an entire career, receiving death threats, being the subject of a federal investigation, it only took Kathy Griffin one afternoon to learn the impact one photo could have to ignite a continuous smear campaign.
When the gossip blog TMZ published a photo of Griffin holding a mask that looked like the severed head of President Trump which quickly went global, on May 30, , everything she had worked for in her life vanished overnight and she became the target of the President and the Department of Justice. In her first comedy concert film, Griffin shares the scary and hilarious behind the scenes stories of her fight to stand up for her first amendment rights. From Trump to celebrities, no person or topic is off limits. Watch this Phoenix rise and have a good laugh while you are doing it!
She fell in love, got married and had a daughter all whilst filming the violence raging around her and in particular documenting the challenges the conflict imposed on women and children. Along with a close group of friends, she stayed in the city to fight for her dream of a free Syria. Greg Harper, lead investigator on the case, struggles to balance the pressures of the investigation which has brought to attention a similar case thought to be buried in the past, while finding a way to forgive his well-heeled wife, Jackie, for a recent infidelity. His lifelong admiration of his mother, who drove a public bus for over 30 years, inspired him to revolutionize last-mile transportation.
VanderZanden has always been at the forefront of innovative transportation solutions, having served as Chief Operating Officer of Lyft and Vice President at Uber. He also founded Cherry, an on-demand car washing company, that was acquired by Lyft, and was Chief Revenue Officer at Yammer, which was acquired by Microsoft. His background in managing teams for technology firms and automobile companies, Dodge and Chevrolet, provide Rasmussen with unique insights into how transportation and technology revolutionize the way we travel around the world. Gorden Wagener is responsible for the design of every touchpoint customers experience at the luxury label Mercedes-Benz.
All actual cars and trucks with the three pointed star follow his design philosophy of Sensual Purity. Both gentlemen are at the top of their respective arts, and are responsible for design and creativity into their respective constituencies and consumer base. Join them for a discussion on creativity, disruption, fans, followers, customers — and how to create and become a beloved brand. What started as an app for creatives and photography enthusiasts has become a mirror reflecting the new and quirky behaviors of modern society.
They will reflect on their entrepreneurial journeys, how they scaled the popular app to over 1 billion users and what they hope their legacies will be. Systrom and Krieger will also address the new economy of influencers and the importance of establishing safe communities on social networks, which was a key priority for them while at Instagram. Last, the pair will discuss their approach to digital well-being and creative exploration as it relates to their next chapter.
Annie is trying to start her career while juggling bad boyfriends, a sick parent, and a perfectionist boss. The series is produced by Warner Bros. Warner Bros. They are very real and very felt. This 8-piece band of puppets, musicians, and singers, launched in Austin, Texas in and is the brainchild of Brently Heilbron.
Let the Fragile Rock in and prepare yourself for the puppet pain. The films are presented in concert halls around the world with live orchestra. Conductors and orchestras are free to perform completely unrestricted and interpret the music as they wish, whilst the audience is drawn even deeper into the stories of the music. Symphonic Cinema debuted in , and in the first feature-length production Stravinsky The Firebird received five sell-out performances at the Royal Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, after which the film toured around the world with highlights in London with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and in Beijing at the National Center for the Performing Arts.
To replace it, they skip school and set off on an epic odyssey of bad decisions, involving inadvertently stolen drugs, the police, and lots of tears. NBC world premiere. Seven stories that mix horror and comedy. Seven moments of black comedy as strange as unexpected. Also be sure to stop back in Tuesday evening for custom drinks from local favorites and listen to a musical performance to be revealed. Yet, these temporary protocols fall short when it comes to true transformation.
With all the nutrition guidance available, why do millions of people struggle with their weight, anxiousness, and depression around the subject? Join holistic wellness expert, Carly Pollack, as she guides you through her no-BS approach to making permanent change. How do you make sure the data are timely? How do you ensure the information is correct and not misleading?
What impact does automation have on journalists and how they do their jobs? This panel will discuss the benefits and issues that arise as automated journalism becomes integrated into newsrooms. Bagels, fresh fruit, pastries, O. Attendees leave equipped with the tools to create an actionable plan in the area of their life that is most important to them. Following his talk, he too found his work affected by his day-to-day digital routines. He set out to solve his problem and share his findings with all of those struggling with digital distractions.
As a result, creators must produce with specific audiences in mind to optimize engagement. Big Content, Any Screen: Reach Viewers Everywhere is a panel that will discuss reaching a new audiences on any screen for iconic brands as well as diversifying programming strategies to accommodate new technologies.
Trucking is a vital part of the global economy and self-driving trucks have the potential to make this sector safer and more efficient. Join the conversations about the people and ideas shaping food and culture in the world of produce and floral! With the help of an unlikely mentor, Violet enters an international singing competition that will test her integrity, talent and ambition.
Driven by a pop-fueled soundtrack, Teen Spirit is a visceral and stylish spin on the Cinderella story. Seasoned journalists will be moderated in a discussion by the Case Foundation. At the session conclusion, we will invite attendees to share their pitches with the journalists for feedback in real time. Come to this session with your media pitch!
This new reality is forcing transportation companies to evolve to keep up with challengers who are pushing the innovation envelope. Investors on this panel will discuss the emerging technologies transforming the way we think of mobility and what they believe are the most exciting and investment-worthy frontier technologies funding.
Panelists will also discuss what frontier technology startups need to demonstrate in order to gain funding versus startups that are working to gain traction in more established industries. He had the industry experience, but Conley was lacking in the digital fluency of his something colleagues. Experience is making a comeback. Learn how to repurpose your wisdom. Are they mind readers or is it smart algorithms? Join General Assembly instructors for an interactive workshop where we will learn how recommendation engines work.
This will involve a little bit of linear algebra. We will then build a movie recommendation engine using pandas, scikit-learn and the famous MovieLens dataset. Requirements: A laptop is required for this workshop with the latest version of Anaconda Python 3. Attendees should have intermediate experience with coding in Python; must know how to start up a Jupyter Notebook; must be familiar with the pandas and scikit-learn libraries. Featuring an iconic comedic cast, historians, activists and artists who provide a unique brushstroke into the complex world of Pryor.
The film dives deeply into the psyche of a comedic genius whose mother was a prostitute, father a pimp, and grandmother a madam. Pryor dispensed a penetrating comedic view of African American life — essentially comedy without jokes — that struck a chord with audiences of every ethnic, social and economic disposition.
Puppy party! Arguably the most innovative of them all was the band Brainiac, led by musical genius and insanely charismatic front man Tim Taylor. The band was opening for Beck and being courted by major labels when Tim was tragically killed in a bizarre auto accident leaving his family and bandmates to pick up the pieces.
Across five albums, the band have two gold records, have sold over a million records worldwide, have 8 JUNO Award nominations with 3 wins, and 2 Polaris Music Prize shortlist nominations. Catch them on the road this year. Please bring your exact time, date and location of birth for your reading. Readings will be approximately 10 minutes in length. Producing is his true passion with several films documentaries and features and television shows under his belt including: Boy Band Con, Lance Loves Michael-E!
If change had been achieved in one place, it may happen elsewhere, too. I built a team and sold albums directly to my community. This session is going to dive deep into the trials and tribulations, and hidden time-sinks of using crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Patreon; but also the hidden gold. And, more importantly, on the connection between artist and audience as a transcendent — and necessary — part of this strange ride we call Life.
Preparation is not necessary, but if definitely encouraged. Fast-paced, fun, and full of new opportunities. Director Alex Gibney tells a Silicon Valley tale that was too good to be true. With all the drama of a real-life heist film, The Inventor examines how this could have happened and who is responsible, while exploring the psychology of deception. Collectively, the Endeavor network specializes in talent representation and management; brand marketing, sponsorship and licensing; media development, sales and distribution; event operation and management; and sports training and league development.
And turning this technology into a service that people can use in their daily lives requires a whole new set of considerations. Cori Bush took to the streets when police shot an unarmed black man in her neighborhood. Paula Jean Swearengin was fed up with watching friends and family suffer and die from the effects of coal pollution. At a moment of historic volatility in American politics, these four women build a movement of insurgent candidates challenging powerful incumbents in Congress.