Nordic art and culture will be celebrated throughout the year 2017 at Southbank Centre in London. Nordic Matters will feature a big variety of performances, concerts, literature, architecture, visual arts, designs and crafts, fashion and food, as well as numerous seminars and talks with key cultural and artistic figures from the Nordic countries.
Southbank Centre will welcome the Nordic year during the 2016's Winter Festival at its site, which will be transformed into a Nordic landscape. The programme will officially launch on 13 January 2017 with further details on acts, which will also be released continuously throughout the year. Nordic Matters will centre around on three core values of the Nordic countries such as gender equality, children and youth and sustainability.
The programme is curated and presented by Southbank Centre, which has been supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers, the Nordic embassies in London and the national arts agencies in Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland.
"It is a great honour for the UK and Southbank Centre to have been chosen to host Nordic Matters in 2017. 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" says Jude Kelly CBE, Artistic Director of Southbank Centre.
Southbank Centre is the UK's largest arts centre, occupying a 21-acre site that sits in the midst of London's most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames. The site has an extraordinary creative and architectural history streching back to the 1951 Festival of Britain, and is home to the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, Hayward Gallery, the Poetry Library and the Arts Council Collection.