PUBLISHED WEDNESDAY 3.7.2019
Pipaluk didn't let a childhood with abuse and neglect stand in her way. At Roskilde Festival she told her story through a three course meal.
"It wasn't easy", Pipaluk Kirstine Lennart says rather dryly. Her life that is.
She was removed from the home, when she was only two years old. Her mother was - and is - an addict. Her father is a fisherman in Greenland - a country Pipaluk never lived in. Her life story is a pin ball game between so many foster homes and children's homes, that she can't remember all of them. But in a children's home in Northern Jutland they wanted her to stay.
"They told me to stay. And that they believed in me. Even when I didn't believe in myself," she says.
And when the owner of the restaurant, where she worked as a dish washer, asked her, if she wanted to become a chef, the pieces in her head fell in place.
"I wanted to become something more than my mother," Pipaluk says.
And she succeded.
Tuesday night in Roskilde Festivals Flokkr-tent she invited festival goers to a three course meal. An entree about her past. A main course about her youth. And a dessert about her future.
The dinner was organized by Projekt BEAT - a community platform made for and by breakers of social heritage.
"The purpose is to show people like me that is possible to have a future other than being on social welfare. I can't say that there is something special in me, that me move forward. There is something in all of us."
Founder of Projekt BEAT, Marina Jensen, also had a tough time growing up in Albertslund. She says, that often enough one person can make all the difference in the World.
"It is beyond that so many young people experienced, that no one believed in them. Tell them that you do and you change a life," she says.
Even though Pipaluk's life has been full of neglect, she is not overwhelmed with anger.
"Life is too short. I could sit down and cry with anger, but I'll rather rejoice. That however takes a lot of effort," she says.
That effort manifested itself as the dinner of a life time at Roskilde Festival.
Words: Troels Boldt Rømer & Emma Brix