100 stories in photo and text from 100 former refugees

WHEN: 18-29 April
WHERE: Copenhagen City Hall
WHAT: Exhibition 18-29 April - Live stories 21, 22, 23 April
ENTRANCE: Free entry - booking for live stories (in Danish) on


To see a selection of the 100 portraits, go to

Københavns Internationale Teater turns Copenhagen City Hall into a living archive with 100 stories, 100 photos and 100 voices with and from 100 citizens who have one thing in common – they are all former refugees.

100% Foreign? is launched to turn the tables around and give voice to this group of citizens, who are usually the topic of the debate, but whose voices are rarely heard. Based on a statistical analysis of the 161,000 people who have been given asylum in Denmark since 1956, 100 former refugees from 29 countries have been invited to participate. 

The oldest participant of 100% Foreign? is now 79 and came to Denmark as one of the first refugees from Hungary as a result of the Soviet invasion in 1956, and the most recent arrived from Syria in 2016. Participants are selected in proportion to the numbers from the individual countries, e.g. 14% are from Iraq, 11% from Afghanistan and Syria, 7% from Somalia and Iran, but refugees from e.g. Hungary, China, Burundi and Chile are also represented to exemplify the flow of people dictated by world events.

The stereotype story of refugees is replaced by 100 personal and diverse life stories about being a citizen in Denmark today. Stories of belonging, longing and dreams, memories of people and places, views on society, gender, culture and religion.

“I am not at all foreign. I feel at home in Denmark, because I have created a life here. And I have made an effort to become part of Danish culture. I’ve read the Bible, I know the Danish islands, and I know how to say “hi” in the dialect of Southern Jutland.”
“I haven’t applied for Danish citizenship, as I see myself as a citizen of the world. Nationality is a category, which only intends to put mankind into categories.“
“I have a good job and I’ve had a good education in Denmark. But despite this I don’t fell at home here. My children are Danish, but I don’t know what I am.”

The photos are all created in the Tivoli gardens among the myriad of colours, symbols, figures, and materials, which characterise Tivoli as a multicultural fun fair.

See photos and texts (in Danish and English) on 

You can meet the participants in a weekend of short stories (in Danish) and discussions with the public in a one to one setting of non-stop dialogues over the weekend of 21-23 April. Ten theatre directors are working with the former refuges on their stories. 

Production: Københavns Internationale Teater/Metropolis by Trevor Davies & Katrien Verwilt
Concept and photography: Maja Nydal Eriksen
Interviews, text, research, sound: Mette Katrine Balle Jensen, Sisse Nat-George
Graphic design: Elisavet Papageorgiou
Country profiles: Arian Odabaei
Calligraphy: Salim Assi
Printing: Damgaard-Jensen

Live stories:
Direction: Babak Vakili, Emmet Feigenberg, Gritt Uldall-Jessen, Inger Eilersen, Lisa Carlehead, Nicolei Faber, Rhea Leman, Thomas Corneliussen, Vigga Bro, Wladimir Herman
Dramaturgy: Jesper Bergmann
Sound collage: Turkman Souljah 

Supported by: Danish Arts Foundation Committee for the Performing Arts, City of Copenhagen, Sportgoodsfonden, Interkulturelt Center, Knud Højgaards Fond

Thanks to Copenhagen Town Hall, Tivoli A/S, Danish Refugee Council, Danish Language Centres, Association of Ethnic Minorities, University of Copenhagen, VerdensKulturCentret




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The third publication in the Changing Metropolis series is ready. 53 articles and 300 pages where artists, architects and academics who participated in the festival and laboratory delve into topics and themes from Metropolis 2012-15.

You find articles by architects and city planners working with cultural planning and temporariness; by artists confronting and expanding possibilities and limitations in the city; by academics giving the urban artistic practice a broader societal perspective. You also find more than 100 photos from four years of artistic actions in Copenhagen using domino blocks, plastic bubbles, corn, tape, tiles, string, etc.

Changing Metropolis III is available online here.

If you are interested in the printed version, it is available for DKK 150 (incl. delivery to Denmark) and DKK 200 for delivery to the rest of Europe. Send a mail with your order to