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Nominees for the 2020 Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize

A modern fable about a duck who lives in the city and can no longer fly, poems about a domestic tyrant and his son in the form of a diary, and an indomitable pearl diver on the hunt for the elusive Treasure Pearl – these are just some of the stories among this year’s 14 nominees for the 2020 Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize.

The nominees are usually announced at the international book fair for children’s and young people’s literature in Bologna. Sadly the event has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. In a time of quarantine and isolation, literature can help to open doors to new tales and adventures.

Here are the picture books, young adult novels, and poetry collections that have been nominated for this years children and young people’s literature prize:

Denmark Ud af det blå by Rebecca Bach-Lauritsen and Anna Margrethe Kjærgaard (ill.). Pi… Min øjesten by Merete Pryds Helle and Helle Vibeke Jensen (ill.). Picture novel… Finland Vi är Lajon! by Jens Mattsson and Jenny Lucander (ill.). Picture book, Förlaget… Sorsa Aaltonen ja lentämisen oireet by Veera Salmi and Matti Pikkujämsä (ill.)… Faroe Islands Loftar tú mær? by Rakel Helmsdal. Picture book, Bókadeild Føroya Lærarafelags, … Greenland Orpilissat nunarsuarmi kusanarnersaat by Juaaka Lyberth and Maja-Lisa Kehlet (i… Iceland Villueyjar by Ragnhildur Hólmgeirsdóttir. Young adult novel, Björt bókaútgáfa; … Egill spámaður by Lani Yamamoto. Picture book, Angústúra, 2019. Norway Draumar betyr ingenting by Ane Barmen. Young adult novel, Gyldendal, 2019. Når er jeg gammel nok til å skyte faren min? by Åse Ombustvedt and Marianne Gre… The Sami Language Area Guovssu guovssahasat by Karen Anne Buljo and Inga-Wiktoria Påve (ill.). Picture… Sweden Hästpojkarna by Johan Ehn. Young adult novel, Gilla Böcker, 2019. Trettonde sommaren by Gabriella Sköldenberg. Young adult novel, Natur & Kultur,… Åland Segraren by Karin Erlandsson. Novel, Schildts & Söderströms, 2019.

The works have been nominated by the national members of the adjudicating committee for the Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize.

Winner to be announced on 27 October

The winner of the Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize will be announced on 27 October at an awards ceremony in Reykjavik in conjunction with the Session of the Nordic Council. The winner will receive the Northern Lights statuette and DKK 350,000.

About the Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize

The Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize was first awarded in 2013. The prize was born out of the long-standing desire of the Nordic ministers for culture to strengthen and highlight literature for children and young people in the Nordic Region.

In the Nordic countries, children and young people are regarded as active citizens in a democratic society. This is reflected in Nordic children and young people’s literature, which is characterised by respect for the reader and their worldview, be this earthly everyday depictions, existential issues, or exciting adventures in unknown surroundings.

The purpose of the Nordic Council’s five prizes is to raise interest in the Nordic cultural community and Nordic co-operation on the environment, as well as to recognise outstanding artistic and environmental efforts.

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Information about coronavirus for visitors and funding recipients

We would like to inform you of the current impact on Nordic Culture Point’s events and activities due to the coronavirus outbreak. Following government recommendations to limit public gatherings, Nordic Culture Point has decided to close its library and cancel or postpone events until 13 April. Projects that have been awarded funding from Nordic and Nordic-Baltic funding programmes will be able to apply for amendments to their schedules.

If you have been awarded funding from a Nordic or Nordic-Baltic funding programme and you are unable to complete your planned activities in accordance with your agreed schedule due to the coronavirus, you can log into the application portal and apply for an amendment using the correspondence function. You have our complete understanding in respect of amendments, and we will process any requests on a case-by-case basis.

Library customers can renew their books using the online library. If you are unable to extend the borrowing period using the online library, you will not be asked to pay any fines for the period that the library is closed.

Up-to-date information regarding opening hours and programmes will be provided as soon as it is available on our website, in our events calendar, and on Facebook.

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Residensstöd för naturnära nyproduktion av konst

Den åländska konstnären Nayab Ikram fick möjlighet att delta i residensprogrammet Plein AiR Residency hos Art Lab Gnesta. Art Lab Gnesta har fått residensstöd 2019 för att kunna bjuda in konstnärer för att jobba med nya verk. Residensprogrammet arrangeras i samarbete med Västerås konstmuseum och de deltagande konstnärerna får ställa ut sina verk på museet.

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Månadens nordiska film våren 2020

Nordisk film piggar upp filmrepertoaren på elva orter i år. Tack vare serien får filmvänner från Esbo till Enare njuta av nordisk film en gång i månaden. 

Visningar arrangeras på följande orter i samarbete med engagerade samarbetspartners:

Enare: Saamelaiskulttuurikeskus Sajos och Elokuvakeskus Skábma/Saamelaiskäräjät
Esbo: Svenska nu, Hanaholmens kulturcentrum
Tavastehus: Museo Militaria & Bio Rex, Kino Tavast ry
Joensuu: Elokuvateatterikeskus Tapio, Pohjois-Karjalan alueellinen elokuvayhdistys ry & Pohjola-Norden
Kuopio: Kino Kuvakukko, ISAK ry
Uleåborg: Studio, Oulun elokuvakeskus
Rovaniemi: Lapin Yliopisto, Pohjola-Norden
Tammerfors: Arthouse Cinema Niagara, Pirkanmaan elokuvakeskus
TorneåHaaparanta: Aineen taidemuseo, Pohjola-Norden
Åbo:
Logomo, Varsinais-Suomen elokuvakeskus
Vasa: Elokuvateatteri Ritz, Elokuvakeskus Botnia

Mera info om filmerna samt tidtabellerna hittar du på walhalla.fi

 

Serien arrangeras av:

Walhalla ry. Svenska nu, Pohjola-Norden, Nordisk kulturkontakt

I samarbete med:

Danmarks ambassad, Danska Filminstitut, Kärlek & Anarki turnén,

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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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