Nordic Matters

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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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1 Jul 2017

Free

Art
Various times, 13 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
Falling Shawls is a floating textile installation that artist Outi Pieski describes as a ‘drawing in air’
Photo of the sculpture Gnome King by Kalle Mustonen

Free

Art
Various times, 5 Jul 2017 - 30 Aug 2017
See sculpture from a Finnish artist who reimagines modern culture in monumental and mythic terms
Art
Various times, 16 Dec 2016 - 20 Aug 2017
Climb into and get lost inside the eccentric world of Moominland
Nordic choirs perform

Free

Classical music
Choral
Various times, 1 Jul 2017 - 2 Jul 2017
Hear choirs from across the Nordic region at Chorus festival
Gigs
Folk & World
1:30 pm, 1 Jul 2017
Join the unique Huutajat Screaming Men’s Choir in this workshop for Chorus
3:00 pm, 1 Jul 2017
Learn original and modern versions of traditional Swedish folk songs with this a cappella group
Finnish choir Huutajat

Free

Gigs
Folk & World
5:30 pm, 1 Jul 2017
Watch the results of the Screaming Voices workshop with Finnish choir Huutajat
Performance
Various times, 1 Jul 2017 - 2 Jul 2017
Wander through singing voices in this performance from Kammerkór Suðurlands (South Iceland Chamber Choir)

2 Jul 2017

Free

Art
Various times, 13 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
Falling Shawls is a floating textile installation that artist Outi Pieski describes as a ‘drawing in air’
Photo of the sculpture Gnome King by Kalle Mustonen

Free

Art
Various times, 5 Jul 2017 - 30 Aug 2017
See sculpture from a Finnish artist who reimagines modern culture in monumental and mythic terms
Art
Various times, 16 Dec 2016 - 20 Aug 2017
Climb into and get lost inside the eccentric world of Moominland
Nordic choirs perform

Free

Classical music
Choral
Various times, 1 Jul 2017 - 2 Jul 2017
Hear choirs from across the Nordic region at Chorus festival
Big Sing: Songs from the Nordics

Free

Classical music
Choral
1:30 pm, 2 Jul 2017
Join a Big Sing with Nordic choirs and vocal specialists, as we welcome choirs from across the region as part of Nordic Matters
Performance
Various times, 1 Jul 2017 - 2 Jul 2017
Wander through singing voices in this performance from Kammerkór Suðurlands (South Iceland Chamber Choir)

3 Jul 2017

Free

Art
Various times, 13 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
Falling Shawls is a floating textile installation that artist Outi Pieski describes as a ‘drawing in air’
Art
Various times, 16 Dec 2016 - 20 Aug 2017
Climb into and get lost inside the eccentric world of Moominland

4 Jul 2017

Free

Art
Various times, 13 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
Falling Shawls is a floating textile installation that artist Outi Pieski describes as a ‘drawing in air’
Art
Various times, 16 Dec 2016 - 20 Aug 2017
Climb into and get lost inside the eccentric world of Moominland

5 Jul 2017

Free

Art
Various times, 13 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
Falling Shawls is a floating textile installation that artist Outi Pieski describes as a ‘drawing in air’
Art
Various times, 16 Dec 2016 - 20 Aug 2017
Climb into and get lost inside the eccentric world of Moominland

6 Jul 2017

Free

Art
Various times, 13 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
Falling Shawls is a floating textile installation that artist Outi Pieski describes as a ‘drawing in air’
Art
Various times, 16 Dec 2016 - 20 Aug 2017
Climb into and get lost inside the eccentric world of Moominland

7 Jul 2017

Free

Art
Various times, 13 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
Falling Shawls is a floating textile installation that artist Outi Pieski describes as a ‘drawing in air’
Art
Various times, 16 Dec 2016 - 20 Aug 2017
Climb into and get lost inside the eccentric world of Moominland

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16 Dec - 20 Aug
Art
Climb into and get lost inside the eccentric world of Moominland
13 Aug - 16 Aug
Performance
Circus
Witness a poetic contemporary circus that balances the borders of migration with the body’s limitations.
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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.

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Are the Nordic countries the best places to bring up healthy, happy children?
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Forests and tents, islands and seas, friendly creatures and extraordinary adventures

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