Thursday, November 20, 2014

September Harvest Festival, Part I (Inside)

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Borås Cultural Centre contains the town’s Art Museum, Library, Theatre, and a café.

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In September, the annual Harvest Festival usually takes place here - with market stalls and music and other activities going outdoors between the Cultural Centre and the nearby early 20th century church…

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… and free apple pie and custard served indoors, in the theatre lobby:

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This year there was so much going on in September (both in town, and for me personally) that I never got round to posting my harvest festival pictures back then. They came to mind now, however, when I was looking for something to post for Friday My Town Shoot Out.

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The FMSTO theme this week is ‘Inside’, so I start with  some photos I took from the upstairs balcony of the theatre lobby (where I also found a quiet corner to enjoy my own piece of pie!) …

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While we’re here, we might also take a peek into the Library, which I have to confess I find rather unpersonal these days:

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I must confess I still feel a bit daunted by the ‘robot librarians’... Haven’t actually had much to do with them yet. I can browse the catalogue online from home, and then pick up vs leave borrowed books at a small branch library closer to where I live; where they still have human staff behind the counter. Or at least they did last time I visited! My reading habits have changed a bit over the last few years, with 1/ Kindle, and 2/ special (disability) license to download library ‘talking books’ directly online. This does not mean that I read less, but it means that I mostly read Swedish books ‘by ear’ (and some English ones too) and with my eyes in English on my Kindle (classics for free + buy some); and so do not really need to borrow a lot of regular books from the library any more…

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(Postcard recently received from book-loving friend in England – thanks John, I do still love to look at printed books even if I prefer reading on the Kindle now for practical reasons!)

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I’ll save the rest of my harvest festival photos for another post (or two), I think.

This November month has been all wrapped in grey clouds so far, and seems likely to continue the same way…

8 comments:

  1. I LOVE this postcard!! I think I remember this from last year, especially the free apple pie. I love the sculpture in the first picture. But you would never in your wildest dreams find me looking over a high balcony taking pictures...

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  2. It's good to see it is all still happening.

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  3. The postcard is fantastic!! Like you, I think I would not like the atmosphere at the "robotic" library very much; I was trained to be a Librarian, one of the type that TALKS to the people who come to the library and gets to know their reading habits over time, able to make a recommendation, and so on.
    It was fun to look at the first picture and recognize all the words on the facade of the Kulturhuset - they are so similar to the same words in German!
    I'd probably have mingled with the other visitors to eat my apple pie and would have started a conversation (probably about... apple pie!). Who are the people on the photos on the wall behind the apple-pie-eaters?

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    1. If memory serves me right, Meike, I think those portraits on the wall are of actors who have been employed by our town theatre.

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  4. The Annual Harvest Festival looks like so much fun...you get the chance to see everyone who lives in the town out for a day of fun.
    The band reminded me of an old rock and roll band where the members are still making great music.
    That's a beautiful postcard from John....he truly has the knack for choosing just the right card.
    Loved the sculpture on the outside of the Cultural Centre.

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  5. I don't much care for my local library, can't really say way as the staff is always friendly and accommodating. I visit it once a year when I have to go in and prove I'm still me so that I can check out e-books online.

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  6. that library post card is gorgeous. and the sculpture is amazing. as is all your town sculpture... it is a nice library and i agree it is a little cold or unfriendly looking and i am not a fan of the robot librarian . our library is closing for 8 weeks and if i were not using my kindle i would have to drive to one of the others that are further away....

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  7. Wonderfull house kulturel centum, festival and church,Greeting from Belgium

    http://louisette.eklablog.com/mes-autres-blogs-p842116

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