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Nordic Culture Point visited the Nuuk Nordic Culture Festival

07.11.2017

Photo by Emilia Koivunen. From the right: Turið Johannessen, Ola Kellgren, Linn Mårtens, Mats Bjerde, Dagfinn Høybråten
The Nuuk Nordic Culture Festival took place on Greenland from 16 to 21 October. Nordic Culture Point (“NCP”), which granted support for the festival, took the opportunity to visit the event. One of these visitors was Turið Johannessen, advisor for NCP’s grant programs.

What did Nordic Culture Point do at the Nuuk Nordic Festival in Greenland?

“Because the Nordic Institute in Greenland (NAPA) – who organized the festival – is a close partner to us, it felt natural that we work with them,” explains Turið.

She informs us that this was done, in part, by co-hosting a contest called Nuuk Nordic Pitch, where participants presented their ideas for Nordic and/or Baltic cultural projects in two minutes on YouTube. The winner, Christine Seierstad, came to the festival and presented an expanded version of her idea in front of a live audience – an event that was hosted in conjunction with a general presentation from the Nordic Culture Point.

In addition working with Christine’s presentation, Ola Kellgren, the director of NCP, participated in a panel discussion with the four other directors of the Nordic Council of Ministers’s five cultural institutions. NCP’s  Chief Communications Manager Emilia Koivunen, who also visited the festival, conducted an interview with the Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers Dagfinn Høybråten – which can be read here.

How do you think that this trip to Nuuk was beneficial for the Nordic Culture Point?

“I think that we [from the Nordic Culture Point] who visited the festival gained different experiences,” says Turið. “Personally, I will remember the good conversations I had with local artists and cultural actors, as well as the many impressions I experienced through the fantastic program that the festival offered. It was incredibly ambitious, considering the size of the event. ”

Turið also believes that it was valuable for the Nordic Culture Point to visit the festival to in order to extend the cooperation with NAPA.

“It is important for us that we take the time to visit major cultural events which are organized by our fellow Nordic institutions. NAPA’s activities are not only of high quality – but their existence as an organization is important for the cultural life of Nuuk.” She continues: “But it’s also about meeting the people in Greenland and the cultural workers there. Our mission at Nordic Culture Point is to work with cultural issues that affect all the inhabitants of the Nordic region, which means we must be relevant to them and thus be there in person.”

What do you think the future holds for the Nuuk Nordic Pitch competition and the Nuuk Nordic Culture Festival?

“I think that the contest format for the Nuuk Nordic Pitch worked really well and I definitely think we should continue to develop this concept. As for the festival itself,” she continues, “I’m excited to see how it will develop in the future. Nuuk Nordic is a real gem. “

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