Nordic Matters


Nordic Matters

Did you know that Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Finland have all been voted the world's best countries in which to be a woman? Or that the United Nations rates Denmark the happiest place on the planet?

The Nordic countries have long been at the forefront of social change. Their fresh approach to parenting and education puts young people’s rights on the agenda. Their investment in sustainable energy sets inspiring benchmarks, and women in the Nordic countries are achieving a better quality of life by changing the structures of society.

Over one year, Southbank Centre invites you to look more closely at what’s happening in Nordic art and culture. Find out more about sustainable food and communal singing, hygge and saunas, paternity leave and the struggle for gender equality.

There’s music, dance, theatre, literature, spoken word, visual art, design, fashion and food from the Nordic countries to explore throughout our festivals in 2017. You can also join us for talks and debates about what the Nordic countries are doing right, and the challenges they still face.

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Take our interactive quiz to see which of the Swedish group’s hits matches your personality
Join us to immerse yourselves in all things Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Anni-Frid.
Watch a series of short videos with the up and coming Icelandic musician
Ahead of The Great Nordic Feast, get set for Autumn the Nordic way
The celebrated German-Japanese pianist describes her introduction to the Norwegian composer
Get set for a foodie celebration of all things Nordic at Southbank Centre
See our list of traditional and much-loved children's reading from the Nordic countries.
Great news for fans of the Swedish pop sensations
Check out the trailer for our interactive exhibition, Adventures in Moominland
Experience Nordic children’s storytelling our Swedish-inspired Room for Children
Two of our Nordic artists and speakers share their thoughts on women’s lives in the Nordic region today
Nyborg began life as a Danish cafe in north London owned and run by Sara Nyborg
Learn how to eat more sustainably by pickling your food
Learn how to bake a staple of Nordic cuisine: the perfect cinnamon bun
The Nordic countries loom large in our imaginations Do we know as much about them as we think we do?

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14 Dec - 29 Jul
Join our musical tour with pop sensation ABBA in a one-of-kind exhibition, narrated by Jarvis Cocker
10 Nov - 11 Feb
Warm up and unwind in our one-of-a-kind Finnish sauna experience on Queen Elizabeth Roof Terrace this Wintertime
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As part of Southbank Centre’s Nordic Matters programme, SC Food Market introduces the
Nordic Larder.

Journey with us into the heart of Nordic culture through their food and drink, and speak to Nordic traders about their culinary heritage.

Taste authentic Nordic street food, drinks and produce, as we host a variety of traders from across London’s Nordic community.

What’s Nordic food all about?

Sustainability & seasonality
Produced with care and reflecting the changes in seasons, Nordic cooking uses ingredients particular to their climates, that are farmed sustainably whether on land or in their seas.

Traditions old and new
Local dishes and national food traditions are gaining ground again, but with a new and stronger profile, not only in everyday kitchens but also in school canteens and gourmet restaurants.

Health & wellbeing
Nordic cuisine seeks to combine the demand for good taste with modern knowledge on healthy living. This includes using fresh regional varieties of fruit and vegetables and combining the best in Nordic culinary traditions with impulses from abroad.


Enjoy a special performance from the acclaimed violinist.
See our list of traditional and much-loved children's reading from the Nordic countries.

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