One of the most-anticipated cultural events in 2017 is the Southbank Centre’s Nordic Matters, a whole year’s programme packed with classic, forward-thinking and inspiring arts and culture from the Nordic region.
Nordic Matters will feature music, dance, theatre, visual arts, participation, talks and debates, and gastronomy. Chosen from a number of international applicants, London’s Southbank Centre is the sole recipient of a grant from The Nordic Council of Ministers for a new festival celebrating the very best of Nordic art and culture throughout 2017 – one of the biggest cultural-political partnerships of its kind.
A particular emphasis will be placed on the idea of play fostering curiosity and creativity, for people of all ages but especially children and young people. Moving beyond popular perceptions of ‘Nordic Noir’, the programme is designed to embed Nordic culture and artists in Southbank Centre’s year-long artistic offer and offer a platform to some of the more ‘hidden voices’ from Greenland, Åland and the Faroe Islands.
The programme will unfold as the year rolls on, so make sure to stay updated. Below is an overview of what to check out in the next few months of Nordic Matters.
- One of Norway’s most remarkable pianists, Leif Ove Andsnes, fills the Royal Festival Hall with a programme specially assembled for Nordic Matters on October 31.
- Ole Bull Chamber Choir performs in the Central Bar Foyer on July 2 as part of the Chorus festival’s “Nordic Choirs Take The Stage”.
- Experience new music from contemporary Nordic composers as part of Southbank Centre’s Nordic Music Days. Don’t miss “Nordic Forests” featuring Norwegian composer Øyvind Torvund on September 29 and “Floral Night Episode” with Ruben Sverre Gjertsen’s Collideorscape on September 30.
- Norwegian composer Bente Leiknes Thorsen’s With my ear to the ground (at the tips of my fingers) is part of the programme when members of The Riot Ensemble present delicate and exciting Nordic music on October 1.
- Throughout the year there will also be a Nordic Corner at Southbank Centre’s Food Market.
…and much more to come! Watch this space for additional announcements of fantastic Norwegian and Nordic culture at Southbank’s Nordic Matters as 2017 progresses.