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Apply for the next round of Nordic Match

By bringing Nordic creative professionals together, Nordic Match aims to establish collaborative processes that are both groundbreaking and sustainable – a pop-up think tank so-to-speak, and a creative community.

The theme of Nordic Match spring 2020 is “Freedom of Speech”. We are looking for creative professionals from all the Nordic countries, who would like to spend 4 days in Helsinki connecting with other creative minds and working on the theme together. Deadline for the application is February 29.

Every round of Nordic Match also has a local partner to advance the ideas and solutions, and hopefully put them into practice. This spring, our partner is the Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike).

The Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike) is the Finnish national funding, expert and service agency for promoting the arts. Taike funds professional arts with over 40 million euros a year. Further, Taike works nationally and internationally in order to make Finnish art known worldwide and to create interesting possibilities for artists and art lovers, benefitting the society.

A recent addition to the agency is the launch of Public Art Advisory Services. This service focuses on art connected to building and to urban development. The Public Art Advisory Services will be our current partner in the workshop of spring 2020.

The upcoming workshop will focus on questions concerning the public space and freedom of speech. Who decides on the surroundings we live in? What is the role of art in our living premises and public spaces? What do we mean when we say public art? Do artists in the Nordic countries take freedom of speech for granted? To what extent is our freedom of speech regulated by for example the market and western values.

Apply here before February 29

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Kultur- och konstprogrammet öppnar med en uppdaterad ansökningsblankett

Årets första ansökningsomgång för Kultur- och konstprogrammet har öppnats med en uppdaterad ansökningsblankett. Stödprogrammets kriterier och mål är oförändrade, men blanketten har utvecklats med målet att vara mera användarvänligt.

Den nordiska dimensionen, konstnärliga kvaliteten och samarbetsdimensionen i projektet är fortfarande de viktigaste programkriterierna. Relevanta frågor för bedömningen av kvaliteten är hur projektet utvecklar konst- och kulturområdet, hur nyskapande projektet är och om resultatet av arbetet kommer att kunna leva vidare. En bedömning görs också på den sökandes förmåga att genomföra projektet på ett bra sätt. Projektets hållbarhet bedöms särskilt ur ett socialt perspektiv, enligt projektets effekt på och betydelse för utvecklingen av ett hållbart, inkluderande och mångsidigt konst- och kulturliv i Norden.

Bedömningen påverkas av Nordiska ministerrådets horisontella perspektiv med betoning på jämställdhet, hållbarhet samt barn och unga. Ansökningarna utvärderas också utifrån teman i strategin för det nordiska kultursamarbetet 2013–2020: det hållbara, det kreativa, det interkulturella, det unga och det digitala Norden.  Det finns inga öronmärkta pengar till ovannämnda strategiska innehåll och programmet är öppet också för projekt som hänför sig till andra teman.

Ansökningstiden är öppen mellan femte februari och femte mars 2020. Vänligen notera att ansökningstiderna för samtliga program utgår klockan 15.59 finsk tid.

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Nordisk børneteater i det mangfoldige samfund

Vad händer när 21 skådespelare från sju olika länder samlas för att utbyta erfarenheter, idéer och berättelser?

Tre nya berättelser för barn och unga samt erfarenheterna från arbetsprocessen har presenterats i Oslo, Malmö och Köpenhamn. Nu kan även du bekanta dig med publikationen från Prospero Workshop II, som förverkligades inom projektet Nordisk børneteater i det mangfoldige samfund-Dramatikerworkshop for skuespillere og netværksmøder.

Projektet är ett samarbete mellan Passepartout Theatre Production i Danmark, Teater Joker i Norge och Unga Malmö Stadsteater från Sverige. Deltagarna kom från Burkina Faso, Uganda, Kina, Nepal, Danmark, Norge och Sverige. Projektet beviljades stöd från Kultur- och konstprogrammet som administreras av Nordisk kulturkontakt.

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NORDBUK is becoming Norden 0–30

The name of the NORDBUK funding programme is changing to Norden 0–30. The programme supports projects by and for children and young people with the aim of strengthening their organisation, influence, and participation in political, cultural, and social activities.

With the change of name, the Nordic Committee for Children and Young People (NORDBUK), which is responsible for the programme, wants to ensure that the target group and purpose of the programme is made clearer.

“The committee feels it is necessary to change the name ’NORDBUK’, which is somewhat cryptic, and thus strengthen the link to the age range of the people that the programme is designed for. The name underpins the fact that even the very youngest people in the Nordic Region are covered by the programme’s funding activities,” says Alfiero Zanotto, advisor for the Norden 0–30 funding programme.

Although those over the age of 30 can be involved in the projects that receive funding, the project manager must be under 30.

The first round of applications in 2020 will kick off on 2 February. Before and during this round, there will be a social media campaign in five of the Nordic languages to raise awareness of the change of name.

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Final round of applications for mobility funding this year

The final round of applications for funding under the 2019 mobility programme is now closed. Nordic Culture Point received 180 applications requesting a total of EUR 571,290. The programme’s expert panel granted funding to the tune of EUR 137,970 split between 51 trips in the Nordic and Baltic regions.

One artist who received funding was the Danish children’s book author and narrative artist Maria Rørbæk Wanscher, who will travel from Copenhagen to the small village of Ørsta in Norway to conduct research and gather inspiration for her future projects. The author has published several children’s books focusing on how we speak, read, and write. While in Ørsta she has been invited to perform her book “Ha´det Smokk, sagde krokodillebarnet” in a kindergarten. Through performative and interactive communication that involves play and song, the author gives children the opportunity to discover the similarities and differences of living in different parts of the world, be it Denmark, Africa, or a small village in Western Norway.

Mobility funding is to cover the travel and/or accommodation expenses of professional artists and cultural practitioners in the Nordic Region and/or Baltic countries.

The funding gives applicants – be they individuals or small groups – access to contacts, skills, and knowledge from different parts of the Nordic and Baltic regions. Funding can be used to present art and culture productions, as well as increase interest in Nordic and Baltic art and culture.

The application deadlines for 2020 are now on our website. The application deadline for the first round of funding is 4 February.

The upcoming application rounds for 2020 are:

03.01.2020 – 04.02.2020

03.03.2020 – 03.04.2020

17.07.2020 – 17.08.2020

18.09.2020 – 19.10.2020

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33 projects are granted funding from Culture and Art Programme

The second application round for Culture and Art Programme 2019 is now finished. Nordic Culture Point received a total of 188 applications for a total sum of 6 796 782 euros. The expert group has decided to grant a total of 1 073 875 euros to 33 projects.

Examples of granted projects

This round resulted in many realistic applications of a good quality. The great political themes of our time, as social and ecological sustainability as well as diversity were represented among the applications, Several of the applications introduced collaborations between various fields of art. An example of such a project is In Search for Magic – A Proposal for a New Constitution for the Republic of Iceland by Cycle, Music and Art Festival in collaboration with Reykjavik Art Festival, Reykjavik konstmuseum and several partners from Denmark, Germany, Greenland and Spain.  In Search for Magic is a interdisciplinary socio-political performance on the ongoing quest of the Icelandic public for a new constitution.

Another project with a social theme is Ethnic plurality and forced migration on Nordic stages by the Finnish National Theatre, Nordic Black Theater from Oslo and Sort/Hvid from Copenhagen in collaboration with a vast range of individuals with a common aim to increase increase cultural diversity and representation in theatre field in the Nordic countries. The project is also exchanging know-how about political or documentary theatre projects dealing with these topics, explore how to take part in social discussion through art and reaching out to new multicultural audiences.

Milwaukee Art Museum has researched design exchange between the United States and the Nordic countries between 1890 and 1980 in collaboration with Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Nationalmuseum in Stockholm och Nasjonalmuseet in Oslo. The grant from Nordic Culture Point is to be used for dissemination and outreach of the traveling exhibition.

Kulkue – Parad – Parade is a moving dance project simulating the journey and development of folk tradition through Norway, Sweden and Finland through a production consisting of folk dance and documentary film during 2020 and 2021. The content is perpetually changing and creating new meanings on its way. The performance is also varying from a scenic interpretation to a social gathering and further to a hybrid of both of these.

The strategic focus on children and young can be presented through Kids in Jazz, an international jazz festival in Oslo, where both young jazz musicians as well as institutions and teachers working with them can connect and share competencies.

Application rounds twice a year

You can find all the granted projects from this and previous rounds by scrolling down the page Results.

Culture and Art Programme supports Nordic cooperation within art and culture. You can apply for funding for a collaborative project with artistic or cultural quality which promotes a multifaceted and sustainable Nordic region. The grant programme is administered by Nordic Culture Point.

Funding is being distributed twice per year. The next application rounds are from 5th of February until 5th of March and from 10th of August until 10th of September 2020. 5.2-5.3.2020 from 10.8-10.9.2020. Please note that the application deadline is at 15.59 Finnish time.


The image is from project Stages – New Nordic performing art av Göteborgs Dans och Teater festival, which received funding from the second round of the Culture and Art Programme in 2018.


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Network funding granted to 15 network projects

The second round of short-term network funding is now complete, with 15 short-term networking projects being granted funding in this round. The total amount granted was EUR 245,093. Nordic Culture Point received a total of 50 applications amounting to a total of EUR 834,050.

The expert panel commended the huge variety of projects, ranging from small projects targeted at a very specific niche, to more extensive projects by established organisations. The grants that were awarded reflect the diversity of the field of art and culture. While traditional genres such as film, theatre, literature, dance and the visual arts are represented among the projects granted funding, it is notable that as much as 60 percent of the projects work across disciplines and between genres. These projects cover a variety of less traditional areas including storytelling, cultural heritage and puppetry, as well as areas that intersect with the arts, neuroscience and speech-language pathology.

You can see all the projects that were granted funding on the results page on our website.

Network funding enables periods of co-operation for the exchange of ideas and knowledge between professional artists and cultural practitioners in the Nordic Region and/or the Baltic countries. The funding is part of the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture, which strengthens artistic and cultural co-operation in the Nordic Region and the Baltic countries.

The next application round for network funding opens on 22 January 2020. Both short-term and long-term funding are available in the first round of the year. There is only one application round per year for long-term network funding for networks working together for up to three years, while there are two rounds for short-term funding.

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Music, images and poetry in the project ’Kom med – det gror i Nord’

Kom med – det gror i Nord (Come along – it grows in the North) researches nordic identity, culture and history through creative learning processes. The project group has developed songs, art and poetry of their countries and the Nordics in collaboration with pupils and teachers during school visits.

A learning material that helps pupils to inspect their own country in relation to other Nordic countries has been created within the project. The material helps pupils to reflect on what is important and special in their own lives, as well as in those of other children in the Nordics. The pedagogic material is now available on the webpage Norden i skolan (in Nordic languages only).

The project has been granted funding from Volt – the language and culture programme for children and young people up to the age of 25. The programme supports projects that raise interest in art, culture, and languages in other Nordic countries and areas. The project Kom med – det gror i Nord has been realised in cooperation by the nordic musicians Lone Wernblad (DK), Peter Wemö (SE), Bergur Fonsdal Johannesen (FO) and Benjamin Aggerbæk (DK).

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Kim Hankyul and Minna Kangasmaa´s joint exhibition continues the series of nordiSKulptur exhibitions

Kim Hankyul and Minna Kangasmaa ´s joint exhibition continues the series of nordiSKulptur exhibitions

Kim Hankyul from Norway and Minna Kangasmaa from Finland have been selected as the artists of the second nordiSKulptur exhibition. The exhibition will take place at Galleria Sculptor in Helsinki in September 2020. NordiSKulptur promotes Nordic contemporary sculpture and is a collaborative project by the Association of Finnish Sculptors and the Nordic Culture Point. Selection for the exhibition in 2020 was made in cooperation with the Association of Norwegian Sculptors, Norsk Billedhoggerforeningen.

Kim Hankyul works mainly with sound installation. In his installations, he uses the kinetic or motored movement of wooden materials as the main source of live sound. By juxtaposing mechanical strength and sonic vulnerability, Hankyul interrogates the routine of violence observed in daily activities. He was born in South Korea, and currently he lives and works in Bergen, Norway. His works have been shown recently at Bergen Kunsthall (2019), Lydgalleriet, Bergen (2019), Bergen Center for Electronic Arts (2019), Doosan Art Center, Seoul (2018), and Unofficial Preview Gallery, Seoul (2017) in the format of exhibition, theatre and live sound performance.

In her art, Minna Kangasmaa studies the current ecological crisis and human´s relationship to the material world. Since 2008 she has worked with a series of work Systema naturae, in which she brings under scrutiny interactions between human, society and nature and their potential to generate both destruction and progress. Kangasmaa was born in Oulu Finland, where she currently lives and works. Kangasmaa´s works have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums around Finland and Europe, most recently at the Mänttä Art Festival (2019), Galleria Muu Kaapeli (2019) and at Galleria Vanha Raatihuone (2019) in Finland, and at PARALLEL VIENNA art fair in Austria (2019).

The artists were selected through an open call aimed at the members of the Finnish and Norwegian Sculptor’s Associations. The selection was carried out by a jury, composed of the following members; Simo Ripatti and Andy Best as representatives of the Association of Finnish Sculptors, and Sabina Westerholm as a representative of the Nordic Culture Point.

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Annika Bergvik-Forsander new event producer at Nordic Culture Point

The event team at Nordic Culture Point has a new member. Annika Bergvik-Forsander is a visual artist, art educator and art historian.

She has previously worked as the principal of the Nordic Art School in Kokkola, as the producer and curator for the project space Energiverket at the Novia University of Applied Sciences and as a regional artist for The Arts Council of Ostrobothnia. As a visual artist she has had around 50 exhibitions, during the last few years in Munich, Helsinki, Vaasa and Lahti among other places. She has also done public art works, most notably the facade painting Wonderland in Arabianranta in Helsinki.



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Here are the deadlines for cultural grants in 2020

The 2020 deadlines for the Nordic and Nordic-Baltic grant programmes for cultural and societal activities have been published. The grant programmes are aimed at different target groups. Some of the funding can only be granted to professionals, while other ones are open for anyone with a good idea and a network in several Nordic and/or Baltic countries.

In 2020, the Nordic ministers for Culture allocate nearly five million euros to the different grant programmes, which are administered by the Nordic Culture Point. Keep updated about deadlines and news about the grant programmes by subscribing to the Nordic Culture Point’s newsletter!


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