At what is by now a tradition, the Copenhagen TV Festival officially opened with a garden party at Rydhave last night. This is by far one of the most hyggelige and relaxed events of the year. But this event is much more than a nice relaxed picnic and outdoor screening. It’s a celebration of (good) TV. TV is certainly many things, but most importantly, it’s a window. It’s a window to other lives, other places, other times, and other cultures. While TV is always a construction and dramatized – even when it’s labelled reality TV – it shows people how other people are, how they live, what their worlds look like. Here at the embassy we certainly like to think that our collaboration with DR3 opened a window that gave people a chance to learn more about what a U.S. Ambassador does. Similarly, when Danes watch American TV shows like “The Affair” or “House of Cards” they get an insight into aspects of American life, values, design etc. When Americans watch shows like “Borgen” or “The Killing” they also get a taste of Denmark. We spend a lot of time and effort on cultural, educational and professional exchange. While TV is of course not the same a visiting a place it does offer an opportunity to see the world from your own living room.
Not just virtual exchange
We also want to celebrate TV because it leads to real physical exchange. Talented people from both the Danish and American TV business get to work with each other in both countries. This enriches them professionally, but it also enriches the TV they make. Input from other cultures or other schools of TV production effects the final product, adds nuances, and creates new dynamics. It also means that more people have professional networks outside their own country, which is always a good thing.
Good for business
Another key focus here at the embassy is trade. Trade between Denmark and the U.S. is at an all-time high. This is great news for all Danes and Americans. When Danish and American TV is of a high enough quality that people in other countries want to watch it, our countries benefit. Both economically and culturally. So we want to make sure that the best people in the American TV industry know the best people in the Danish TV industry. That they meet, talk, exchange ideas, work on projects together, and enrich our lives with great TV and our economies.
You can learn more about the Copenhagen TV Festival on their website.