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The tax tracking trail led us to Nordkraft cultural centre, in the City of Aalborg, the fourth most populated City in Denmark with the multi-faceted cultural and sports centre, Nordkraft. Our tour guide was Ulla Kristensen, an Architect in the Technical and Environmental Department at the Local Municipality.
As an Urban planner herself, she explained to us that the City of Aalborg had undergone a transformation from a highly industrial town to a more knowledge based one. She narrated that at some point in history Aalborg had the highest concentration of uneducated workers in Denmark, however, nowadays, it is referred to as a university city
The Nordkraft centre, which was once a power plant, is one of the symbol of this transformation. During the transformation of the city, the Municipality did not opt for the most likely option of demolishing the plant, but in collaboration with the various associations decided to transform it into a cultural centre. The first phase of the Nordkraft project was opened in 2009 and construction is still in progress in this vast space.The centre is being sustained through the associations and the Municipality. It has facilities for activities such as fitness, basketball, handball, wall climbing and karate. It is also home to cafes, a cinema, concert hall and the Art Pavilion. The University of Aalborg also uses the centre for some of its sports programs.
Uma, a 23 year old assistant in the Art Pavilion, which is famous for a number of exhibitions, works there for her summer job. She acknowledges the fact that the centre has helped to preserve the city’s history and heritage through art and other recreational activities. She mentioned that a number of young people, friends and families flock to the centre at different times of the week to use its facilities. The centre has also put in place facilities that make it accessible even to the physically challenged.
Our country has a number of sport facilities in place, however, a multifaceted sports, cultural and activity centre would add value to some of the cities that are almost becoming obsolete. The ambitious overhaul of the city of Aalborg is not only for the Municipality to bear, but the support of corporations in the City has been cardinal and this is evident through the names of several corporations engraved on the ultra- modern House of Music wall just as you enter. Unfortunately, there is less commitment from private companies for such causes in most developing countries.