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Nordic Cool 2013

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Nordic Cool – a Nordic cultural festival in United States

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The Nordic Cool 2013 Logo

The Nordic Region is cool – Washington D.C. dedicates a whole month to more than 700 Nordic artists.

From February 19 to March 17, 2013, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presents an unprecedented festival highlighting the culture of the Nordic countries— Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden—as well as Greenland, the Faroe Islands, and the Åland Islands.

Continuing the Center’s tradition of producing renowned international celebrations by curating traditional and contemporary expressions of theater, dance, music, visual arts, literature, design, film, and cuisine, this Festival explores the interplay of themes central to Nordic life, such as nature, technological innovation, environmental sustainability, entrepreneurial spirit, and youth culture.

Seeking to answer the question of what is “Nordic”, this Festival aspires to offer clarity on a region of the world whose dynamic culture and creative economy have seemed elusive to many, particularly in America.

By exploring the region’s cultural diversity, the Kennedy Center aims to foster an appreciation of the Nordic heritage, and an understanding of the region’s emerging global influence.

The festival will feature more than 700 artists from the Scandinavian countries in dozens of events taking place in and around the Kennedy Center. Additionally, many of the Scandinavian countries will feature events at their embassies in Washington, D.C.

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Nordic Cool 2013 is presented in co-operation with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Nordic embassies in Washington D.C. and the respective art and cultural exchange programmes in the Nordic countries, as well as Greenland, Åland and the Faroe Islands.

Nordic Cool 2013 is primarily funded by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. Additional funding is provided by the Nordic Council of Ministers, the respective Nordic countries and the Nordic Culture Fund.

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Photographer: Johannes Jansson / Courtesy

For the first time ever, the USA’s largest cultural institution, the Kennedy Centre in Washington D.C., has invited the Nordic countries to show the best from the arts, culture and social life of the Nordic Region.

For four weeks, the American public can see Nordic performing arts, theatre, dance, music, literature, film and design.

The Festival also offers the best of New Nordic Food, and for the first time the festival will explore social life in the Nordic countries, focusing on the most important political areas such the environment, gender equality, children and young people, green growth and innovation.

Nordic Cool is the latest in the Kennedy Center’s exclusive list of annual international exhibitions and cultural festivals. In 2011 the centre opened its doors to Indian contemporary art and culture under the heading Maximum India.

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Hadia Tajik, Norway‘s Minister of Culture

Hadia Tajik, Norway‘s Minister of Culture and current Chair of the Council of Ministers for Culture, is therefore delighted by the Kennedy Center’s choice of the Nordic Region as its next major event:

Nordic Cool is a unique opportunity to profile the Nordic countries internationally. This applies not only to design, film, architecture and New Nordic Food which have enjoyed international attention for a long time. With Nordic Cool we can now present a discerning audience with a massive array of Nordic art and culture – along with our Nordic core political values”, says Hadia Tajik.

That USA’s largest cultural centre is opening its doors for a whole month to so many artists, cultural personalities and debaters is more than a pat on the back for the Nordic countries.  It also demonstrates the emerging global influence of the Nordic Region. At least as long as we stick together”, says the Minister of Culture.

In conjunction with the Kennedy Center’s comprehensive artistic program, the Nordic embassies in Washington, in co-operation with the Nordic Council of Ministers, will feature a number of events, seminars and debates.

See the programme for Nordic Cool  –  See press release from the Washington Center

The Nordic Embassies’ programmes:

Embassy of Denmark:
Embassy of Finland:
Embassy of Iceland:
Embassy of Norway:
Embassy of Sweden:

In this video below can you learn why it is so important for the Scandinavian countries and their associated territories to work together as one in the society of the world. Even though this film is more over 50 years old are the message the same. Collaboration.

Noget om Norden” (Some about Nordic) is a short animated film from 1956 created based on an idea by Carl Th. Dreyer. The film gives an easy way to understand review of the five Nordic countries and serves as a good starting point for example, the common Nordic language and culture instruction in primary schools. Manuscript and drawings by Bent H. Barfod, animation by Hans Schreiber and narration by Hannah Bjarnhof.



To my friends in United States, who lives in Washington, D.C., District of Columbia – Stay tuned of this unique Public Events – February 19 to March 17, 2013.


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