Tribute to a work season – 2016

    After a restoration season of over 3 months of growth and serendipity, much has moved ahead under Hawila’s two masts!

    Thanks goes to the power of determination, the positivity of learning from skilled carpenters and random encounters, and the enthusiasm of a volunteer crew working together throughout months.



    Degradation processes are now under control, the state of the ship is preserved in the most important places, deck, galley, mizzen boom, bowsprit and topmasts. Aft and forward are sanded, caulked, oiled and renewed, important beams and planks from main deck replaced and restored. The port side wall of the galley was replaced and insulation optimized. One of its panels has become an ongoing experiment; testing the use of plexiglas and a ventilation chamber, as a potential solution to condensation.

    Bow fences were replaced and decorated with nordic inspired carvings. Accurate measured drawings, (made for the ship by a cross-continental cycling architect) have already helped us during an initial survey towards regulating Hawila for future shipping activities! Ben and Leo, shipwright and sailor, our skilled volunteers invited for the season, pushed forward an incredible amount of positive changes.



    As is the nature of this ship, many things are larger than imagined and plans are only a safety line in changing seas. Unexpected surprises balanced out the unforeseen issues and we move forward stronger for it.

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    We were happy, to be able to challenge ourselves and do things we’d never done before. To learn from knowledgeable craftsmen how to work skilled tasks and see woodwork in different styles from, allowed us all to get much more comfortable with wood ourselves. It was powerful to develop friendships and synergies with other projects that connect with what Hawila stands for, both in terms of restoration communities and social initiatives. Alongside the work, we kept Hawila’s space open to the public. With the support of Juan Pino, Mambe, Rebecka Maria, Ashti Abdo and the entire crew, Hawila’s space was transformed into a magic venue a handful of times. So we also had moments throughout the months to restore energies for the intense work, taking the occasion to update outside communities about the advancement of the project.

    Winter will be the time for preparing and scheduling of activities for the coming year. To meet our goal of sailing within next summer, an intense timeplan is on the way. Works will start again in the beginning of spring 2017, so get in touch with us if you’d like to collaborate in the next restoration season!

    Special heartfelt thanks to those who contributed to our work and  crew this summer and fall:

    Leonardo Panizza, apprentice boat builder, Benjamin Cremades, traditional boat builder,  Etienne Mignon Le Vaillant, sailor and carpentry apprentice, Ales Milos Cerny, electrician and plumber, Robert George Weir, cook, Serena Abbondanza, deck hand and architectural drawings, Anoop Shekar architect and cook,  Yogan carpenter, Danni Masso, deck hand, Marielle Weber, deck hand, Lisa Geldys deck hand and assistant cook, Anton Corbal, deck hand, video maker, Cesar, deck hand, video maker, Mariana Bolano, deck hand, photographer, Alexandros Perellis, caulker, and all the amazing folks who dropped by to give us a hand!

    May the darker times be good to you all, stay with us, we’ll keep you posted ! 


    Don’t miss our second Hawila Self-Organized Festival!


    In Kastrup Havn from the 13th-19th of June 2016, the historical sailing ship Hawila opens her deck to a new self-organized festival !
    To all ye lovers of sea and sailing culture, emerging art, environmental awareness and community living, welcome!
    By day, skills and knowledge sharing, in evenings a stage for artists and performers.
    Access to the event is free, donation based, for all ages and sizes.

    Our vision: a multidisciplinary platform in a most unusual place, a temporary experiment to support skillful practices, cultural integration, live arts and entertainment to the themes of: SAILING ENERGIES AND SUSTAINED ABILITIES.

    PRICE: DONATIONS. Important! Though everything is of openly accessible, registration is needed to participate in some workshops, as they fill up fast. Check the detailed schedule for extensive information on an incredible week of inner/ outer nature, research and enjoyment; from sailing workshops to experimental performances and live concerts.

    Find the ones you like, and reserve a spot through the following form : Feel free also  join our facebook event.

    Bring your friends and lovers, your grandparents and children, your pirate parrots and flying dogs, see you there!

    Sailing City on Hawila!

    Throughout the summer of 2016 Hawila Project collaborates with professional artists of Copenhagen Dream House and abroad:


    This year, “Hawila” is the vessel for nomadic performance project “Sailing City”, where acrobats, dancers, musicians and installation artists create events in collaboration with climate scientists, activists and engineers. A series of public events for all ages on the water and in harbor areas, the ship being a platform for exploring artistic dialogues around meaningful topics. The aim: finding new ways to communicate about the state of the planet and our own states of being. We seek a greater understanding of our part as residents in a global community, where actions in one place affect the climate of another.

    “Sailing City” crew has roots in all continents (from New Delhi and Bangalore to Sidney, from Rome, Berlin, Bornholm to Ouagadougou, Quito, Qaqortoq and California) The project explores themes of climate change, lifestyles, and environmental justice through an artistic lens.

    Read more about this exciting project, full description, calendar and artists here!

    Next up in SAILING CITY calendar : (The event loop, duration around 50 min, starts at the announced times)

    BLUE PLANET PORT midsummer.
    June 17th and 24th and 25th at 9 pm + 10 pm
    Additional Skt. Hans celebration is included on the 24th


    Additional information on Sailing City’s Copenhagen Dreamhouse page.

    “Sailing City” is a project supported by the Danish Ministry of Culture.
    photos and video courtesy of Anton Corbal, Karina Tengberg, Alina Constantin

    Premiere projection of Hawila Project – 2015 documentary


    Ahoy pirates!
    “Summer with Hawila – Ship of Dreams”, the long waited documentary about Hawila Project and it’s evolution since the summer of 2015, will be displayed for the first time this Saturday at 14:00 at Plyssen, on Amager Strandvej 350, 2 minutes from Hawila! The film is made by documentary filmaker John Kofod Christensen and will last 55 minutes.
    Hope to see many of you, it’s FREE for everyone and we will bring coffee, tea and pastries from Hawila!

    Facebook event:

    Hawila Shipyard Assessment in Gilleleje!

    HAWILA OFF TO THE SHIPYARD – A critical high cost adventure with great news

    DSCN5765After a summer like we’d never known, one of collective work, cultural experiments and fervent restoration, Hawila Project set off to its first critical adventure in the middle of September.

    For the first time in years and our organisation’s history, Hawila tests the open ocean on the way to Gilleleje shipyard in Northern Sjælland, to assess the state of the hull, evaluate the work ahead and define if, how and when our 80 year old vessel can take to larger seas.

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    We leave the harbour with a safe escort, using our renovated Volvo Penta diesel engine and all pumps running, hoping to all the skies that summer’s attentions and our old hull can take. The weather is with us! After a surprisingly calm trip trimming the coasts for half a day, we round into the old danish harbour of Gilleleje, reknowned for the quality of its wooden ship repairs, and wait nervously over the weekend for the morning where Hawila will be raised out of the water and her hull will finally reveal its mysterys

    As the sun rises on Monday the 21st of September, Hawila slides onto the rail ramp of the slipway where she’s lifted up and stays for the next 10 days. What follows is also quite beyond our expectations.
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    After being pulled up the slipway, we’ve started work on the impressive expanse of Hawila’s hull in Gilleleje Shipyard.
    An emotional occasion. First steps of cleaning under water pressure and initial checks were accomplished cleaning and scraping off layers and years of sealife. She’s in much better shape than we expected, no planks under the water line need replacing, which would have been huge and costly work, and is amazing news!

    Hundreds of nails to change to screws however, huge amounts of caulking ahead and much much more. We settle into an estimated 2 weeks of intense assessment work at high costs, the only way forward.


    In the middle of the week, we received a visit from Lennart Martinson and George Appelkvist, an earlier generation of Hawila caretakers, come all the way from Sweden to see the ship  and the crew at work!
    They were the ones to start restoring Hawila in 1978  from ice cargo ship in disrepair to flamboyant swedish sailing school with MBV. They watched over her for decades helped by a handful of other crazy friends until 2008. So history repeats…
    They shared many interesting facts about our Lady, good stories for the winter, and were amazed at our work and the great shape of the wood after all these years. According to them, Hawila is extremely strong and does not need any rework on her internal structure.

    At the conclusion of the first week:

    We’ve been 8 people working from 7am to 8pm on hawila’s hull under the waterline, caulked more than 500m of line, changed more than 400 old nails to rust-free screws. Put concrete to close the screw holes, polished the brass propeller from all traces of sea fauna. Closed some lines with pitch, small wooden fixes…
    All this, under the hired supervision of professional danish boatbuilders of Gilleleje. The week revealed the very good condition of Hawila: She has the potential to sail again already next spring, for short trips in Copenhagen bay!

    This is much more than we ever expected, and so somewhat, is the cost as assement turned to deeper restoration sprint. This time we pay dearly to learn the professional way of getting it done, and looking forward to share our knowledge in the times ahead, and take you sailing!


    If you also believe in keeping Hawila an open collective space, a tribute to new lives for old traditions and a demonstration platform for energy and culture alternatives, please join us in supporting her future. We’re young, enthusiastic, and yet very aware of the giant that we carry. But we are many, and there are many ways you can help us, beyond very appreciated financial support.

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    Today the first of October 2015, after finishing caulking on the vertical seams under the waterline, refitting a new false keel and hundreds of other small tasks done by the love and sweat of hands… the hull was once more covered by shipyard workers, with a thick layer of antifungus paint.

    Tomorrow in the early morning, she will be slid back into the water again, and prepare for a trip home to Kastrup Harbour. What awaits is the next story…Stay with us!


    80 years of Hawila – a folkloristik revival


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    Once again Hawila eco-living sailing ship is the stage for local and international artists who celebrate with us the history and the new beginnings of glorious Hawila! This event is part of a cycle of summer activities started in June by the self-organised Opening Festival for the Hawila Project non-profit association; to promote, share and raise awareness about new ways of social co-existence.


    15:00 – 18:00 Ongoing Dance and Workshops:
    Folk Dance Group Dilmana Copenhagen (Bulgarian folk dance), YOGA NAT (@Yoga Nat), Acroyoga and contemporary dance with Hawila artists…

    16:00 Niels & Friends (Danish sailor folk and accordion)

    17:30 Kalles Najar (Greek Rumanian grooves)

    19:00 Esben Amdisen (Rock music in sea minor)

    20:00 Eh Bau (Poetic folk pop)

    21:30 Pilgrim (Portuguese duo of blues and folk)

    21-22 Shrug Worlds (animated film and game projection to live music) Screening and beta-testing below deck.

    OTHER ONGOING EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE DAY  (schedule to be confirmed)


    Yoga with Natalya; a pinch of salt to enrich the quality of your life. Move with Yoga Nat to explore and eliminated energy blockages and physical discomforts in your body. Awaken your inner light through guided yoga nidra meditation, energy flow and positive attitude!

    Pair Acrobatics and Humanimal Dance Dialogues (Despina Tzemi and Sofia Kakouri) Our artists in residence will share and demonstrate playful practice and development tools to research our contact with eachother through body work, trust, instinct and grounding. Read more about their work in past Hawila events.

    SHRUG ISLAND (animated game screening to live music) Shrug Island is a 2d animated computer game and environmental fantasy. Come watch or beta-test the game below deck, projected on a screen with the accompaniment of live improvisation by classical musicians.

    All artists, performer, dancers, caterers and organizers volunteer their time and skills to the support of Hawila Project.

    FOOD AND DRINKS: sold on site to support Hawila Project

    A night of Circus and Blues on Friday, July the 10th.

    Come on board the wooden galeas Hawila and enjoy a night filled with circus, blues, food, drinks and a lot of smiles.


    Cie Tanter, Vixen

    19:00 Cie Tanter, Vixen

    Women, sex and circus. Absurd, amok and amazing. TANTER throw themselves into female stereotypes. Building up and tearing apart. Beefed-up, fanatical females in vertical rope, slack rope and trapeze.

    Visit the website of Cie Tanter here.


    21:30 Becks Blå (Becks blue)

    4 musicians with a groovy, melodic and blue concert which blends into the summer night.

    Listen to Becks Blå on Soundcloud and visit their Facebook page here.


    22:30 Friends of Flemming (party blues)

    5 musicians playing beloved blues covers to get you into the party mode:

    Listen to Friends of Flemming on Soundcloud.


    PRICE: donation hat to support the artists and the Hawila Project.

    Also, you can check out our Facebook event here!

    Hawila workshop calendar for July

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    Hello everyone!!

    After the recovery of our participation on the festival workshops we want to keep our energy rolling! The weather is with us so we continue to train,dance and play! Check out our weekly workshops and join us on board! All the workshops are with suggested donation based according to each performer 🙂

    After the workshops there will be served food also on donation and this can be your contribution to the restoration and the maintenance of the beautiful Hawila!

    We hope to see all of you around!


    Festival registration opened!

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    Workshops description:

    Photography (Samuel Faucherre and Alexi Fagnoni): We will teach about basics of photo shooting, framing, and exposure principle for 1-2h in the morning. You will then be given an analog camera with one black and white film that you will use during the all day. In the evening we will develop your film using cuves and the right chemicals development technic. Possibility to scan the film later on the ship, and there will be a workshop later in the summer about darkroom photo printing.

    Exploring freedom through body and voice (Alice Normand): In our everyday lives, we use our bodies to move and our voices to speak. We use them in ways that are ordinary to us, and without being aware of it, we are everyday creators, for beauty lays in so many things we do – from a simple sitting position to the sound of a yawn… As soon as we want to use our bodies to act or our voices to sing for instance, we are aware we are creators then, and it’s something else entirely. We may want to find the ordinary back, or we may be looking for the extraordinary. In any case, it’s all about freeing possibilities, movements and sounds that were there all along. I offer to share with you some keys and exercises about this, that I have learned from wise people during singing and acting lessons. We will practice individual exercises and try to use them in collective exercises to create encounters.

    Songwriting (Alice Normand): Getting together to write, around common guidelines and timing, is a very good way to trigger what may be called ‘inspiration’. Whether you have experience in writing or songwriting or neither, grab a piece of paper and a pen and let’s try it out together! Sharing what you wrote is never an obligation, but those who do want to will be most welcome to do so!

    Through the Body to the Soul (Sofia Tzemi): The name of the workshop already gives us a hint of what it is about. Mixing my background experience in the culture of Spanish Flamenco as well as that of the greek islands, and my medical studies in Western Psychiatry and Japanese Shiatsu, I wish to explore the mysteries of the universe- so called ‘Self’, through the dance and our interaction with Hawila and its natural surroundings.

    Dog Behaviour and Training (Peter Gonnsen)There will be a 3 Days 2 Hours each day workshop on some foundamentals of Behaviours. Some scientific facts based on the research of Pavlov, Skinner and Thorndike. And how we can benefit of these facts in training, comunication with the animal. Furthermore there will be some basics on canine body language and meaning to avoid some common misunderstandings. Also some facts about the dogs sences in order that we have a better understanding of our pets. Finaly there will be an explanation of the consequences of punishment or if we always are correcting the dogs behaviours.

    Storytelling: Fantasy and Reality / Education and Entertainment (Alex Opazo): This Workshop is for people over 18 years old who want to develop techniques in the storytelling art.
    The participant will get tools to develop their way to talk, use the voice and body comunication, escenography, develop of a character (the storyteller actor), etc.
    They will also get an introduction to the historic/cultural/social/educative view and the importance of storytelling in the ancient and modern society.

    Storytelling for kids ” the bat and the wind ” (Alex Opazo): Storytelling show for kids about the bat and his problems with the wind, how the bat learn to hear the other creatures to find his own way in the darkness.

    Contemporary danse “Humanimals Dialogues” (Sofia Kakouri)“Humanimals Dialogues” it’s a solo and partnering body practice.
    Essentially Improvisation excercises with specifiques tasks bring us to a better listening and detachment of our interior dialogues and obstacles.
    We practice to find and keep solid our place in a collective condition; to find the balance between our human and animal side; following our instinct; taking risks; feeling free; being aware and concious of the whole space; .
    Start with listen and learn our own body in a individual process first, help us to find our own way to move, to express our selfs, to fill in space and time, to be.
    Pass into the partnering practice on duo – trio and group, specifically into the idea of Resistance and Acceptance, we creat dialogues between bodies, space and time, we communicate with a constructive and free way.
    This workshop it’s an attempt of the selected results of my experiences and research on the question: How and how the body practice and improvised expression can touching and helping our social daily and collective life.

    Dynamic boat yoga for everyone! (Daphne Dahlin)During my workshop, I will teach dynamic flow yoga, fitted for all levels. This means, that everyone is welcome (young, old, small or tall, flexible or stiff.. this means that beginners are welcome) The teaching will be in english or maybe in danglish (combined with danish).
    The sessions each day will be 1 to 1 1/2 hours. You will learn the basic yogapostures and breathing techniques that are so important for the yoga practise. The yogasession will be filled with flow, stretching and at the same time strenghining postures. At the end of the class in Shavasana (pose where you completely let go, lie down and relax on the floor) you will have a calm, relaxed and energized body and mind, so you can continue the day on the boat with full awareness! Please bring a yogamat if you own one, otherwise we will try to provide such. Remember wearing loose clothes.

    Vinyasa Yoga All Levels (Kristine Downing): This class will be taught in the vinyasa style of yoga, a flow that attempts to link every movement with an inhale or exhale. It is for all levels, as every pose has several variations, so the practitioner can choose the asanas which best suit them. We will start with a warm up, followed by sun salutations, and then some standing poses and relaxation to end the class. It will be a lovely way to calm down in the afternoon, say hi to the sun, and clear the mind to enjoy the evening.

    Yoga for Kids (Ages 4-11 Approximately) (Kristine Downing)This yoga class will be filled with lots of animal poses and yoga story-telling to make it exciting for younger kids. We will use our imagination to bring our bodies into all kinds of asanas that help us release energy in positive ways and we will finish off the class with a few moments of peace and quiet to help us to relax. The class is for children of all ages and will be catered to those who show up. It will be taught in both Danish and English so that everyone can participate 🙂

    Sailing theory (Samuel Faucherre)We will first learn the basic principle of wind and sailing as well as the vocabulary, the names of the different parts and place of a sailing vessel using Hawila as example. If we have time we will then teach about basic traditional marine cartography.

    Element Yoga (Nerea Turreira)This workshop is about connecting with our body. We will work with the 5 elements or 5 chakras through gentle exercises and finish with a relaxing self massage. The aim is to improve the energy flow in our body, which promotes general health. No previous knowledge or experience in yoga is required, come an have some good fun stretching your body! *Please bring your yoga matt. In case you do not have one, we will try to provide you with one 🙂

    Aerial silk (Despina Tzemi)In this workshop there will be an introduction how to climb safely on the silk, create figures and if we have the time perform some basic flying tricks!
    Looking forward for our flying!

    Floor acrobatics (Rasmus Gonnsen)Basic acrobatics will be taught in this workshop. The focus will be on understanding and feeling our bodies in terms of muscles, power and balance. There is no need of having experience in this field. More advanced people can try acrobatics of higher levels such as flips (..or double flips) in the sea from the boat or the dock. If you could bring your yoga mattress, it would be amazing!!