The legendary queer-led performance and community venue Warehouse9 says goodbye to Copenhagen’s Meat Packing district, as it ceases management of the historic stable building on Halmtorvet 11A-F in Vesterbro, Copenhagen.
After 14 amazing years in the area Warehouse9 have decided to embark on a new chapter and present their internationally recognised performances, artistic development initiatives and queer community events elsewhere in the city and beyond. They expect to open the doors to a new venue elsewhere in the city in 2022.
Warehouse9 grew out of queer counterculture and was founded as a queer art project in the Meat Packing district in 2007 and has since enjoyed a rich history of legendary art projects, activist driven initiatives and iconic parties. Today, with rapid growth in the area, the Meat Packing district is a very different place and has posed multifaceted challenges which has resulted in the team reassessing the project and venturing towards a new future elsewhere.
The months ahead hold new and exciting development opportunities, presentations and collaboration with activities unfolding in multiple sites across the city. Including, the return of the queer performance festival IPAF, the cult classic Queer XMAS Cabaret, monthly community events and much more. All to be announced soon.
Christian van Schijndel, Emma Castro Møller and Jørgen Callesen says:
“After fourteen years and hundreds of performances, exhibitions and community gatherings, we’ve made the very difficult decision to leave Halmtorvet 11A-F. We are extremely proud of the creative and queer life that the building has held and nurtured. And we want to thank everyone that has contributed to the flourishing life of the building and who have helped to establish it as an important landmark for queer art and culture in Denmark and beyond. Our collective history is embedded in the brickwork.
As a small LGBTQI+ led organisation with a commitment to norm-critical approaches to art and culture, we have arrived at the difficult conclusion that the area and the building no longer is fit for purpose, for the artists and communities we serve. Our focus is now on the next chapter, pursuing a future elsewhere in the city.
Queer and artist-led spaces are important to the life and textured fabric of cities. We want to again thank all the amazing artists, arts workers and the LGBTQI+ communities that have been part of the journey and shaping of Warehouse9. We look forward to embarking on a new adventure with you and hope that you will continue to support us while in transit, and in our efforts to secure a new home.
For now, we want to make space for the memories nurtured by the building, as we bid farewell to our home for the past fourteen years.
We look forward to leaping into the next chapter with you.”
Warehouse9 is thankful for all the support they have received so far for this next chapter from collaborators and partners across Denmark and internationally. Warehouse9 looks forward to continuing their work in the future.
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