The history about the making of Norway's largest picture made by human pixels is part of the DARE TO SHARE exhibition during the festival. Photo: Trude Pettersen
This year’s festival is the most extensive so far, with a program that presents modern cultural life in the Nordic countries through exhibitions, concerts, film, lectures and discussions. The festival lasts for eight days, starting April 18.
The Nordic Days in Murmansk is a joint initiative by the Norwegian Consulate General in Murmansk, the Consulate General of Finland in St. Petersburg, Murmansk Office, the Consulate General of Sweden in St. Petersburg and the Information Office of the Nordic Council of Ministers in St. Petersburg.
Exhibitions that deal with vital and contemporary issues in the North are an important part of the Nordic Days. The Kirkenes-based curator group Pikene på Broen have curated and produced the exhibition Dare to Share, which also was part of this year’s Barents Spektakel festival in Kirkenes in February. The artists Morten Traavik, Tammo Rist and Steffen Krüger, Eva Bakkeslett and Lee Young-Baek through a series of statements show how we share and coexist, both in our local communities and across the border.
The Nordic Council of Ministers presents two events within the frames of their Knowledge Building and Networking program for the North-West Russia. One is the final conference of anti-corruption project and another one is the launch of Nordic-Russian project on corporate social responsibility.
The program is organized in cooperation with Pikene på Broen company from Kirkenes, Arts Council of Lapland, University of Lapland in Rovaniemi, province of Norrbotten, Committee on Culture in Administration of the Murmansk region and many other partners in Murmansk and in the Barents region.
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