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Southbank Centre announces Nordic Matters – a year-long exploration of Nordic arts and culture throughout 2017

Nordic Matters photo: Southbank Centre.

Southbank Centre has announced the first details of Nordic Matters – a year-long exploration of Nordic arts and culture throughout 2017. The programme will embed Nordic culture and artists in Southbank Centre’s year-long artistic offer and annual festivals and provide a platform to some of the more ‘hidden voices’ from Åland, the Faroe Islands and Greenland, as well as Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. This is the first time that Southbank Centre has programmed a year-long festival dedicated to one region of the world and around a third of artists, authors and performers participating in events at Southbank Centre during 2017 will be from the Nordic region.

A particular emphasis will be placed on three main themes influenced by Nordic identity and society: play fostering curiosity and creativity, for people of all ages but especially children and young people; sustainability; and gender equality. Audiences will be able to experience and explore this cultural connection through an extensive programme of music, dance, theatre, literature, spoken word, design, visual art, talks & debates, fashion and food.

Jude Kelly CBE, Artistic Director, Southbank Centre, said: “The Nordic countries have long been at the forefront of social change, from championing young people’s rights to environmental concerns and gender equality, and their enlightened approach to culture and education chimes with Southbank Centre’s own belief in the power of the arts to transform lives. We are delighted that this year-long partnership will enable us to present a truly authentic cultural exchange showcasing the richness and diversity of the Nordic countries, including the lesser known Greenland, Åland and the Faroe Islands”.

Danish acts at Nordic Matters will include folk music duo Andreas Tophøj and Rune Barslund, a site instillation of poet Morten Søndergaard’s “Wall of Dreams”, film screening by visual artist Jesper Just and a Lego play workshop. Other Nordic acts include a Moomin exhibition and the first iteration outside the Nordic region of contemporary music festival Nordic Music Days. Further acts will be released continuously during 2017.

Read the entire press release here