Nordic Matters 2017 continues at Southbank Centre

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.

Terje Isungset

Terje Isungset & Maria Skranes. Photo: Emilie Holba

Terje Isungset & Maria Skranes. Photo: Emilie Holba

Get ready for the winter with a stunning live performance of ethereal ice music with the pioneer of ice instruments, Terje Isungset, on December 15. The evening is part of the Wintertime Festival, which transforms the Southbank Centre into a Nordic wonderland. Accompanied by vocalist Maria Skranes, the Norwegian musician and composer uses ice horns, an iceofon and ice percussions.

Not in London? Not to worry! The concert will be live streamed online at 6pm and run for one hour. Follow this link, set a reminder, and don’t miss out on this amazing concert.

On December 24, Terje Isungset releases his new album Suites of Nature. Would you like a preview of what to expect? Watch this clip from Isungset’s concert at Nobel.

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