Mobility funding for 49 projects from the Nordic-Baltic mobility programme for culture

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As the year draws to a close, the expert group in the mobility funding met online for their final decision meeting in December. Nordic Culture Point received 101 applications for a total of 306 720 € in the fourth round. The experts decided to grant a total of 155 750 € to 49 projects in the Nordic and Baltic countries.

One of the granted applicants is Warda Ahmed, a professional visual artist, teacher, and illustrator based in Helsinki. She will travel to Gothenburg in Sweden to host a workshop about LGBTQ+ diversity in children’s literature. The workshop is facilitated by Status Queer in Sweden and Ahmed is invited to take part in their network The Queer Agenda, and a week of public-facing cultural programme in august 2021.

Another artist who is granted travel support is Vegar Vårdal, a professional Norwegian folk musician, composer, and dancer. He will be travelling from Vågå in Norway to Finland next year to participate to the project Tales from Norway. The project is initiated by the Italian Indian composer Krishna Nagaraja based in Helsinki. Vårdal will perform the premiere of Nagaraja’s Suite for solo Hardanger fiddle and hold a Norwegian folk music workshop at the Sibelius Academy.

Syrian curator Abir Boukhari has successfully established AllArtNowlab, a collective and artist-run space in Stockholm. AllArtNow represents migrants’ and exiled artists, with various underrepresented ethnicities and language affiliations. Boukhari is travelling to Denmark to curate an exhibition with artists from AllArtNow at Juxtapose Art Fair. The curator will also participate in discussions, meet with other curators and artists, and engage with a Nordic and international audience.

The Nordic Saxophone Collective are based in Aarhus in Denmark. Next spring, they will be travelling to the Faroe Islands to present new Nordic music for saxophone as well as working with music students on the Faroe Islands. The project demonstrates collaboration and exchange and is inclusive of young people.

In spring 2021, Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium – Odin Teatret in Denmark is going to participate in a touring festival around Greenland, the Kiinnat Festival. The aim of the project is to create cultural barters in the local communities with a high degree of involvement and inclusion of both amateurs and professionals. This is a collaboration with The National Theatre of Greenland, and it will be the first time that the Odin Theatre visits and performs in Greenland.

Mobility funding is part of the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture that aims to strengthen artistic and cultural cooperation in the Nordic region and the Baltic countries. The grant covers travel and accommodation expenses of professional artists and cultural practitioners in the Nordic and Baltic countries. The next application round will be in spring 2021.

On the Granted projects page, you find the list of all granted projects on this round as well as the previous rounds.