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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Free

1:00 pm | 1 Sep 2017
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Spend your lunchtime with this bassist and vocalist

Free

5:30 pm | 22 Sep 2017
Gigs
Folk & World
Discover the haunting sounds of this Faroese-Canadian singer

Free

Various times | 28 Sep 2017 - 1 Oct 2017
Art
Classical music
Play this public sculpture and musical instrument by British artist Paul Jefferies

Free

1:00 pm | 28 Sep 2017
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Hear from professionals on working with young people in contemporary music in this seminar

Free

3:00 pm | 28 Sep 2017
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Examine current issues in contemporary music and composing from a Nordic and UK perspective

Free

Various times | 28 Sep 2017 - 1 Oct 2017
Art
Classical music
Take the best seat in the house for this Philharmonia Orchestra virtual reality experience

Free

Various times | 28 Sep 2017 - 1 Oct 2017
Art
Gigs
Relax into a world of lights and sound in our Northern Lights Lounge

Free

6:00 pm | 28 Sep 2017
Classical music
Opera
Hear two of the greatest living Icelandic composers in conversation with Gillian Moore

Free

6:45 pm | 28 Sep 2017
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Kick off Nordic Music Days with music, joik singing and more
7:30 pm | 28 Sep 2017
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra perform Sibelius

Free

9:45 pm | 28 Sep 2017
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Get a unique perspective on traditional Finnish music with these two performers

Free

Various times | 29 Sep 2017 - 1 Oct 2017
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Come and listen to works in progress, as part of Nordic Music Days

Free

1:00 pm | 29 Sep 2017
Classical music
Choral
Hear one of the world’s leading vocal ensembles for new music, Exaudi, perform joiks, at Friday Lunch

Free

29 Sep 2017
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Hear new pieces local schools have created as part of their Music Maze workshop day

Free

2:30 pm | 29 Sep 2017
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Discuss current issues in contemporary music and composing, from a Nordic and UK perspective

Free

5:30 pm | 29 Sep 2017
Gigs
Folk & World
Start your evening off with Nordic musicians in a special Friday Tonic

Free

Various times | 29 Sep 2017
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Manchester’s Distractfold ensemble present Nordic music for instruments, objects, solenoids and transducers.

Free

10:30 am | 30 Sep 2017
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Calling all children ages 8 – 11, to make and perform your own piece of contemporary music

Free

Various times | 30 Sep 2017 - 1 Oct 2017
Swap your morning coffee for stretches with Nordic-themed yoga

Free

12:45 pm | 30 Sep 2017
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Go on a walk with London Sinfonietta brass players

Free

1:30 pm | 30 Sep 2017
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Young people perform works they have created as part of their Music Maze workshop day

Free

2:15 pm | 30 Sep 2017
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Bring along your instrument or voice for this afternoon of music making

Free

3:00 pm | 30 Sep 2017
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Learn more about current issues in contemporary music and composing at this seminar
cycle, art festival, kópavogur, ágúst, 2015, music, art, Rut Sigurðardóttir, Guðný Þóra Guðmundsdóttir

Free

3:00 pm | 30 Sep 2017
Classical music
Choral
Learn about and perform this unique vocal piece with composer Eyvind Gulbrandsen

Free

4:00 pm | 30 Sep 2017
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Bring your instrument or your voice to try out some contemporary Nordic pieces
cycle, art festival, kópavogur, ágúst, 2015, music, art, Rut Sigurðardóttir, Guðný Þóra Guðmundsdóttir

Free

5:30 pm | 30 Sep 2017
Classical music
Choral
Hear a different interpretation of this piece from amateur musicians

Free

Various times | 30 Sep 2017
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Enjoy an evening of new Nordic music, modern classics, an episode from James Joyce and more

Free

10:00 pm | 30 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
Gigs
Electronic
Cutting edge electronica and visuals collide with traditional Nordic sound in this experience

Free

12:00 pm | 1 Oct 2017
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Are you an amateur musician? Come along to this workshop to learn a Nordic piece

Free

12:45 pm | 1 Oct 2017
Classical music
Choral
Learn the art of traditional joik singing in this workshop

Free

Various times | 1 Oct 2017
Classical music
Choral
Hear London children's choirs and Swedish joik singers sing together

Free

2:00 pm | 1 Oct 2017
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Hear members of The Riot Ensemble perform delicate and exciting Nordic music

Free

2:00 pm | 1 Oct 2017
Classical music
Choral
Join our massed amateur choir and learn a new choral piece

Free

5:00 pm | 1 Oct 2017
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
See the results of our second weekend's scratch orchestra playing contemporary Nordic music

Free

5:15 pm | 1 Oct 2017
Classical music
Choral
Hear a new choral work for amateurs performed live
7:30 pm | 5 Oct 2017
Classical music
The young French pianist, Bertrand Chamayou, makes his debut in our International Piano Series
7:00 pm | 13 Oct 2017
Literature
Poetry
What would you say to the next century? Join us for readings of letters and music
4:30 pm | 14 Oct 2017
Literature
Poetry
Delve into poetry on refugees and those forced to leave their homes

Free

5:30 pm | 14 Oct 2017
Literature
Poetry
Join us for an evening of poetry, music and reawakening lost languages
12:00 pm | 15 Oct 2017
Literature
Poetry
Discuss poetry’s relationship with the natural world
1:30 pm | 15 Oct 2017
Literature
Poetry
From war to terrorism, how can poetry respond to a world on the brink?
3:00 pm | 15 Oct 2017
Literature
Poetry
Celebrate the power of poetry at this reading, featuring major international voices
7:30 pm | 16 Oct 2017
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Meet the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction shortlist
7:30 pm | 17 Oct 2017
Classical music
Witness Alice Sara Ott's creative and distinctive presence at the piano
7:30 pm | 18 Oct 2017
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
How are writers from the North grappling with a changing world?

Free

5:30 pm | 20 Oct 2017
Gigs
Folk & World
Get a taste of Finnish contemporary folk music with this captivating trio
Various times | 20 Oct 2017 - 22 Oct 2017
Get your fill of Nordic food as chefs whip up feasts for breakfast, lunch and dinner
12:00 pm | 21 Oct 2017
Literature
Talks & Topics
What role can words, stories and poetry have in seeing us through uncertain times
12:00 pm | 21 Oct 2017
Literature
Talks & Topics
In a world on the brink, what can words do to bring about change?
12:00 pm | 21 Oct 2017 - 23 Oct 2017
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Witness dialogues between British and Nordic authors across two days of talks and readings

Pages

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 12:38
See our list of traditional and much-loved children's reading from the Nordic countries.
Mon, 07/03/2017 - 06:00
Art
Great news for fans of the Swedish pop sensations
Mon, 05/01/2017 - 17:55
Check out the trailer for our interactive exhibition, Adventures in Moominland
Fri, 03/10/2017 - 14:34
Two of our Nordic artists and speakers share their thoughts on women’s lives in the Nordic region today
Wed, 03/08/2017 - 16:56
Global Culture & Ethnicity
Nyborg began life as a Danish cafe in north London owned and run by Sara Nyborg
Fri, 01/20/2017 - 16:12
Global Culture & Ethnicity
Talks & Topics
Learn how to eat more sustainably by pickling your food
Fri, 01/20/2017 - 12:53
Learn how to bake a staple of Nordic cuisine: the perfect cinnamon bun
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14 Dec - 29 Apr
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Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Kick off Nordic Music Days with music, joik singing and more
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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.

stories

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See our list of traditional and much-loved children's reading from the Nordic countries.
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