Southbank Centre has announced the first details of Nordic Matters – a year-long exploration of Nordic arts and culture throughout 2017. Programme highlights include a Winter Festival, Adventures in Moominland exhibition and a sauna.
Nordic Matters features a big variety of performances, concerts, literature readings, architecture, design and crafts, as well as a number of seminars and talks with key cultural and artistic figures from the Nordic countries. The extensive artistic programme has a focus on core values of the Nordic countries such as gender equality, sustainability and children and youth.
Southbank Centre welcomes the Nordic year during 2016’s Winter Festival, as its site transforms into a Nordic landscape. Winter 2016 also marks the opening of Adventures in Moominland, the UK’s first major exhibition devoted to The Moomins and the world of their creator, artist and author Tove Jansson (from 16 December 2016 until 23 April 2017).
“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”, said Jude Kelly CBE, Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre.
Nordic Matters 2017 is curated and presented by the Southbank Centre. Nordic Council of Ministers, as well as the Nordic embassies in London, the national arts agencies in the respective Nordic countries, Greenland, Åland and the Faroe Islands have assisted Southbank Centre in bringing Nordic Matters to life.
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 stretching back to the 1951 Festival of Britain.