The smorgasbord of Nordic influences that have been spreading across the world recently is hard to ignore. The
global pull of Scandinavian life shines through in design, fashion, gastronomy and even politics – something the
Southbank Centre has picked up on. “The Nordic region has come to occupy a special place in our imaginative landscape,” says Ted Hodgkinson, co-programmer of the Nordic Matters festival. “We go there for excellence in particular art forms, but also more broadly to renew our sense of play and the possibilities it can create in society as a whole, from education to design and beyond.”