The street musician rolled a cigarette, scratched his head and squinted for a moment.

Frederik finished his final set of the day before resting on a bench on the Stroget, a popular avenue in downtown Copenhagen. It’s a place where people shop, eat and catch a little entertainment.

Art is king in the Denmark’s capital, a tight-knit Western European city of about 1.5 million people. But what about faith in Jesus Christ? Not so much.

Frederik pondered whether faith and religion play any role in the Copenhagen’s arts scene.

“We’re all sort of atheists here,” says the 20-something, who has sung and played the guitar — and various other instruments — along the avenue for the past 10 years. “It kind of went out of fashion to believe in God or to be religious,” Frederik says. “The churches are half empty all the time. The old folks still go to church, but we’re not that religious … my generation.”

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