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Interested in Nordic financing for art and culture?

Advisor Katja Långvik from Nordic Culture Point will be available for counseling at Nordic House in Reykjavik on Thursday 4th of November. Appointments can be made between 9:00 and 14:00 by sending an email to hjalti@nordichouse.is.

Nordic Culture Point administers grant programmes, which provide the opportunity to create culture, conduct projects and create meetings between artists and cultural workers in the Nordic region and Baltic states.

Nordic Culture Point administers the following funding programmes:

  • Mobility Funding is intended to cover some travel expenses (for trips no longer than 10 days) for professional artists or cultural workers within Nordic and/or Baltic countries. 4 application rounds a year.
  • Culture and Art programme funds individual, group and institutional projects within all areas of art and culture, in all project phases. The project must be a cooperation between at least 3 countries, 2 of them Nordic. 2 application rounds a year.
  • NORDBUK supports projects or networks that consist of cultural, political or social activities where children and young people up to the age of 30 participate in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the project. The project must be a collaboration between at least 3 Nordic partners. 3 application rounds a year.
  • Volt supports projects whose main target is children and young people up to the age of 25. The program focuses on Nordic languages and children/youth cooperation in the Nordic countries. The project must take place in a Nordic country and be a collaboration between at least 3 different Nordic countries. 1 application round a year.
  • Network funding (short-term/long-term) supports cultural exchange between professional artists and cultural workers in the Nordic and the Baltic countries. 2 application rounds a year (short-term network funding) or 1 application round a year (long-term network funding). The project must take place in a Nordic country and be a collaboration between at least 3 different Nordic countries.

 

More infomation and appointments: hjalti@nordichouse.is

Open call: Kidarchy takes the lead in the Nordic House

Open call: Kidarchy takes the lead in the Nordic House winter 2021-2022
Are you opinionated? Do you have better ideas than the adults around you? Do you like playing?

This winter, Kidarchy (Krakkaveldi) will host creative workshops on Thursdays between 3PM and 5PM. We will implement our ideas and create a world where we decide everything. During the course of the winter we will meet on Thursdays and on a few occasions on Saturdays as well. If you want to join us, please send us a few lines about yourself and list three things that you would like to change in the world if you were to decide!

Among the things we will do, is to create a pub where the kids rule everything; Kidpub. At the Kidpub, we have different kind of money, different drinks and different kind of behaviour. In the end, adults will be invited to a  be invited to an experimental evening where the kids get to try out their ideas – on grownups!

Kidarchy’s supervisors are Salvör Gullbrá Þórarinsdóttir and Hrefna Lind Lárusdóttir performative artists.

Application and registration through krakkaveldi@gmail.com

The project is funded by the Nordic Culture Fund and Children’s Culture Fund of Iceland

 

Rosarium

Novel (Danish)
Charlotte Weitze: Rosarium, 2021

This three-part family novel follows a sibling couple fleeing into the woods during World War II, a transgender botanist with a fascination for a very special rose and a girl who can live off sunlight because she was born with green grains in her skin.
Everyone has the different relationships to the plant kingdom, which also occupy a kind of main role in this novel. The siblings have to live by nature, the botanist examines and discovers it, and with the girl Figne, the boundary between humans and plants becomes uncertain, if not even completely blurred.

The book is filled with both factual and imaginative descriptions of plants as they are found in primeval forests, residential areas and laboratories, and many of the seemingly unlikely plant species and natural phenomena encountered in the book are completely real. The book has been thoroughly researched and even read through by a plant physiologist, so you learn something while at the same time being entertained by Weitze’s imaginative inventions.

The novel is genre-wise somewhere between magical realism and sci-fi, and as an acidic tale of the relationship between man and nature, it is an adventurous contribution to the conversation about the ecological crisis we are in.

Bob

Novel (Danish)

Helle Helle: Bob, 2021

Welcome back to Helle’s very special minimalist writing style, where simple sentences are boiled down to the bone without losing meaning, but where you need fill in yourself. The main character from the previous novel De (2018) is here an open-minded narrator who lovingly and insightfully tells about life seen through the eyes of her boyfriend Bob. Bob and the narrator, whom the reader only rarely encounters in a “we”, move into a small apartment in Vanløse in 1985. The money is scarce, and Bob happens to get a job as a hotel receptionist in Nyhavn. Bob is interested in street names and moves around the city, his quiet everyday life is described as unplanned, because he does not really know what he wants with life. The many random encounters and whimsical conversations and considerations make the book interesting and relevant in the study of a young man’s growing discouragement: “… [the thought] got him out of bed and to the fridge. He did not need anything. Just stood and glowed” and “He had developed a method of cleaning over an entire day, he took one square meter at a time.

Read the book Bob and enjoy it for its very special language and writing style and let yourself be carried away by this random and simple living 1985-time bubble.

Nordic Literature in focus at the Gothenburg Book Fair 2021

Today on the 24th of August, the book fair releases their program for this year, in which Nordic literature is one of the three core themes. On behalf of the Nordic Council of Ministers, the Nordic House in Reykjavik has curated a program with exciting encounters between Nordic authors to this year’s book fair.  

The annual book fair in Gothenburg is one of the major literary events and an important venue for encounters between Nordic literary professionals. This year the book fair has been transformed into a hybrid event, in which discussions will be recorded and broadcasted live on the platform Bokmässan Play. One of the main areas of focus this year is Nordic literature, where acknowledged and beloved authors are invited to discuss with exciting new voices in Nordic literature.

Six Nordic authors engaging in compelling conversations

In the Nordic program of this year, six authors from the Nordic countries will engage in discussions that touch upon the particular focus areas of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ vision regarding Nordic cooperation.

  • Authors Vigdis Hjorth (NO) and Pajtm Statvoci (FI) are both nominated for Nordic Council Literature Prize of 2021; Hjort for her novel Er Mor Død and Statvoci for the novel Statvoci and Hjort will be discussing with author and cultural writer Amanda Svensson (SE) about identity and crisis, internal as well as external, in Nordic literature.

 

  • A socially sustainable Nordic region will be at the core in the discussion between the Danish author Hanne Højgaard Viemose, a nominee for the Nordic Council literature prize in 2020 for her novel HHV-FRSHWN – Dødsknaldet i Amazonas, and Icelandic Guðrún Eva Mínervudóttir, whose novel Aðferðir til að lifa af has been nominated for this year’s award. They will discuss how social sustainability, or its opposite, is portrayed in Nordic literature. The discussion will be monitored by Elisabeth Friis (DK), senior lecturer in literature at Lund University and a member of the Danish Prize Committee for the Nordic Council Literature Prize.

 

  • Andri Snær Magnason (IS), whose novel Um tímann og vatnið  is nominated to this year’s Nordic Council Literature Prize, will be discussing with Gunnar D Hansson (SE), who was a nominee for the same prize in 2018 with his novel Tapeshavet. Together with Magnason, Hansson will discuss a green Nordic region – How do Nordic authors write about and write in a green Nordic region? What role does literature play in a green future and what opportunities will unfold within the framework of literature? Halla Þórlaug Óskarsdóttir (IS) will be moderating the discussion, that will be recorded at the Nordic House in Reykjavík.

The Gothenburg Book Fair occurs between the 23rd-26th of September 2021.

 

Here you can buy a ticket to the event or to the online platform Bokmässan Play

Here you can find the program for the Gothenburg Book Fair

Feje blade sammen op mod vinden

Novel (Danish)

Christina Hesselholdt: Feje blade sammen op mod vinden, 2020

 

How do you deal with the desperation and grief of our dying world and the abuse of its creatures? How do you live as a (middle) aging with the memory of and longing for the now deceased family members, the voids they have left behind and the porous traces of memory? Can we, through the praising of the wonderful world, gather strength for the struggle for the survival of the world?

These questions revolve around Feje blade sammen op mod vinden (Sweeping leaves together up against the wind). It is the fifth independent volume in the Camilla series about a now middle-aged group of friends who take turns speaking and unfolding monologically. Camilla is the main character of the circle, the girlfriends Alma and Alwilda prominent supporting characters and the two male characters Peter and Edward more peripheral.

There is general agreement among Danish critics that Christina Hesselholdt’s prose has a linguistic virtuosity and vitality, which makes her books one of the most interesting and gripping in Danish literature. One feels teased and gently but teasingly pushed around in the manege of one’s thoughts and ideas by the many insistent deposits, adverbs and tangents that are an absolutely crucial part of the Hesselhold linguistic universe.

Christina Hesselholdt blasted internationally in both the German and English-language markets with the first four volumes of the Camilla books. Now the fifth volume is available here Feje blade sammen op mod vinden, and it can be read independently of the previous ones.

Hummerens skjold

Novel (Danish and Swedish)

Caroline Albertine Minor: Hummerens skjold, 2020

 

Have you been in touch with the other side today? Hummerens skjold (The lobster’s shield) punctures the mouthpiece between the living and the dead and asks what the two “states” can do for each other. The question begins the novel and ends it. Along the way, it also pops up. The contact with the dead isin other words a framework about the narrative that one must relate to. A frame that in the introduction does not give the subject a starting point that is strong enough, which is why the whole construction is waiting, uncertain throughout the book.

The three siblings Ea, Niels and Sidsel, who are the focal points of the novel, live very different lives. Niels lives alone and has no permanent residence. He is a poster writer and “travels a city of knowledge in his brain“. Sister Ea is a bonus mother to Coco and pairs up with Hector in San Francisco. “(…) Motherhood vibrated at a frequency she did not pick up”, and she is afraid of making wrong decisions. Sister Sidsel – curator in Copenhagen – is Laura’s single mother and fights with baby worms and lice. The parents of the three siblings are dead, but the mother Charlotte has a firm grip on Ea. Exactly why Ea seeks clairvoyance assistance to find out, all the while Sidsel gets a unique career opportunity to travel to London and repair a loaned bust. A small meeting with a person from the past also sneaks in.

This novel has an omniscient narrator who zaps in and out of the characters in Hummerens Skjold – a novel with an approach to a short story collection.

Katalog over katastrofer

Novel (Danish)

Stine Askov: Katalog over katastrofer, 2020

This is a very captivating novel about young Helle, who lives a very special life with her father. On a dilapidated farm, he trains her under strict discipline to cope with the final catastrophe of the 1980s, when the fear of nuclear power and war threatens. The father has compiled a catalog of disasters with accompanying guidelines for physical and mental survival, and he has made sure that they are self-sufficient when doomsday occurs. But as a teenager, Helle is emotionally challenged in many areas: in terms of her appearance and sexual development, her divorced parents, neighbors, friends and school.

The author creates a sensitive portrait of the 14-year-old Helle’s thoughts on right and wrong challenged by her father’s hard-hitting response to her loyalty. It is a novel that leaves its mark on the reader and one wonders where the social authorities have gone and why no one reacts to the obvious betrayal that surpasses Helle, while she is carefully watched by her father to run, box train, take daily stomachs and arm bends,starve and stay awake while keeping watch at night.

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