Ran out of things to read, listen, watch, eat and now have nothing left for the summer? Don’t worry, our team has you covered! Each week in July and August, our partners and artists from all over Europe will add their favourite summer recommendations to this list – books, movies, songs, recipes and more, everything you need for a fantastic summer! 🌞
IKOQWE – Portugal
🏖 Carcavelos Beach, Portugal
“We picked this beach because, besides being the most attended in Lisbon, therefore one of the best to analyze the behaviour of all humans that live in this part of the planet, it was also here that an extraordinary event named “Arrastão” took place in 2005. A phenomenon hard to explain. It even got a name: “Arrastão”. This is the same name people use in Brasil to massive assaults on the beaches of Rio, in the form of a big line of people like as if it was Trawling (fishing). The interesting bit was that it never happened here but many people, mostly journalists and general media, using testemonies that say all sorts of different things: from being usual to never seen before, the numbers varying between 12 and 500 kids robbing people on the beach that day, some of them staying at the beach provoquing the heavily armed police, by acting like as if they were having a day at the beach, regardless of the monstruous presence of the authorities; even though it was later questioned due to all the contraditions and proof that it didn’t happen, it remains a mistery on how it ended up being perceived as an actual event.
This is how public tv reported it. The most credible media in Portugal say it didn’t happen clearly. The difference of perception of reality, seems another post colonial event, justified and involved by prejudice and trauma. An interesting beach.”
HANNES CISTOTA – WUK, Austria
🎶 Summer Sun – Cari Cari
“No matter how hot it is outside, this song still sounds cool: Cari Cari – Summer Sun.
This song is the perfect soundtrack for however you choose to spend your warm-weather nights.”
“Summer sun – Wash away the troubles”
MAZ – Luxembourg
🎥 The Cabin In The Woods by Drew Goddard
“To be honest, when I first saw this movie, I didn’t really know what to think of it. I was just extremely confused. But after re-watching it a few times, I really started to like it because it’s just not your typical horror movie, and definitely not a typical summer movie. If you’re planning on going to a cabin in the woods this summer…then watch this movie after your vacation!”
VICTOR DIAWARA – LOFTAS, Lithuania
🍲 Lithuanian Saltibarsciai (Cold Lithuanian Beetroot Soup)
“It’s basically like Lithuanian “Gazpacho” for the summertime. It’s a very popular soup when it’s hot outside.
- 4 eggs
- 1 quart buttermilk
- 1 pound beets, peeled and shredded
- 1 large English cucumber – peeled, quartered, and sliced
- ¼ cup minced chives
- 1 bunch fresh dill, minced
Place the eggs into a saucepan in a single layer and cover the eggs with water by 1 inch. Cover the saucepan and bring the water to a boil. Remove from the heat and let the eggs stand in the hot water for 15 minutes; drain. Cool the eggs under cold running water in the sink. Peel and chop the eggs.
Pour the buttermilk into a large bowl; add the eggs, beets, cucumber, chives, and dill. Stir gently to combine. Chill in refrigerator for 1 full day before serving.
Boil some potatoes and serve them hot on the side. You can cut the potatoes in small pieces and put them in the soup.
FRANCOIS AUDIGIER – Europavox, France
💿 If I could make it go quiet – Girl In Red
Girl in Red just released her first Lp and it’s a masterpiece!
The production is perfect, all songs are a hit.
Marie Ulven Ringheim, aka Girl in Red, is a Norvegian youn girl (born in 1999),
and she’s musicaly free!
On this lp you can hear some pop rock, electronic, bass music and hip hop influences.
You’re suffering of the Summer depression : this record can save you!
SUSANNA LA POLLA DE GIOVANNI – Journalist, Italy
📖 Smear. Poems for Girls. by Greta Bellamacina (New River Press, 2017)
“Smear is a thought provoking collection of contemporary female and feminist poetry edited by actress, poet, model and filmmaker Greta Bellamacina. Addressing themes like growing up, self-confidence, empowerment and female identity, this enchanting little book will make you discover a new generation of women poets you’ll love.”
DANIEL SHEPPARD – Journalist, Slovenia
🎶 Mosquito Song – Queens of the Stone Age
“Yes, I know, the inescapable buzzing pests are one of the few things that can spoil even the most perfect summer vacation, but that’s not why the song hits the top spot. Play it on a sunny afternoon after a nice meal and just drift away on the gentle plucking, and you’ll understand.”
PAUL-HENRI WAUTERS – Le Botanique, Belgium
🖼️ Elise Peroi – Là où se trouve la forêt (21/05/2021 – 11/07/2021), Belgium
“In her work Elise Peroi examines our relationship to space and habitat. Here her woven textile art takes the form of vertically flourishing landscapes. The works are delicate, detailed and beautiful.”
MARO ANGELOPOULOU – Journalist, Greece
🏝 Patmos island, Greece
“The beautiful and unspoilt Patmos, is one of the northernmost of the Dodecanese islands. Founded in 1088, the monastery is a great part of the island’s history dominates the island’s skyline. Beaches are pristine and the whole island has an old-fashioned, unexploited feel and an almost mystical vibe”
BAEST – Denmark
🎥 Hot Shots 2 by Jim Abrahams
“There is one movie to rule them all. It takes you through the jungle with a god damned fully automatic killing machimr, through the air in a freakin’ chopper. It’s how you would’ve all of the Rambo (yes, I, II, III, IV and V) movies play out. It’s Charlie Sheen, it’s HOT SHOTS 2.”
IVANA JELACA – InMusic, Croatia
📖 Frida’s Bed by Slavenka Drakulić
“A story about love and pain told through the life of a woman who was an absolute creative force, penned by a fantastic feminist author and storyteller, and set in the warm and rebellious embrace of early 20th century Mexico.”
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JAMES HENDICOTT – Journalist, Ireland
🏡 Rush Village, Ireland
“Ireland isn’t known for its beaches, but with the subtropical weather we’ve experienced in recent months, my corona-motivated move away from the heart of Dublin city to a village called Rush, half an hour to the north, on the seafront, has proven an inspired one. With indoor activities still all-but banned in the country, the wide open spaces of the sand and the sparkling green of the hills has been more than enough to compensate…”
DEREK ROBERTSON – Journalist, Sweden
📖 On The Road by Jack Kerouac
“Like summer, a road trip promises endless adventures and infinite possibility stretching out before you. On The Road captures that broyant optimism and youthful exuberance like no other – excitement and discovery drip from every page. Truly an escapist gem.”
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