Scandinavian Culture Calendar: February 2023
By Hanna Heiskanen
– Where to go, what to see? It’s all happening here!
Yukine Kuroki piano concert (15 February)
Despite her youth (she was born in 1998), the Japanese pianist Yukine Kuroki has already won the prestigious Liszt competition. Now she is taking on the stage in Bærum Kulturhus in Greater Oslo, Norway. Her performance programme consists of Liszt, Schubert and Stravinsky, and is part of the Sanvika Master Series, which has featured some of the most exciting names in classical music.
Claude Monets alle 27, Sandvika
Contemporary dance by Ekman, Hjálmarsdóttir and Naharin (10 to 24 February)
The Swedish National Opera is celebrating its 250th anniversary all year, so expect a fine programme of song and dance. Representing the latter is this three-piece evening of contemporary dance, with choreographies by the Swedish Alexander Ekman, Icelandic Hlín Hjálmarsdóttir, whose piece Riptide has been created for this group, and Israeli Ohad Naharin, the wild-child of modern dance.
Gustav Adolfs torg 2, Stockholm
Turku Artists’ Association’s 99th annual exhibition (until 26 February)
Turku, Finland’s original capital (just ask one of the locals about it!) is a vibrant centre for visual arts. The local Artists’ Association’s annual show is an opportunity to see an eclectic mix of 42 works curated by set-designer and puppet-theatre artist Johanna Latvala, with inspiration ranging from nature to AI.
Vanha Suurtori 5, Turku
CIRCULEIGHT (until 28 February)
Are you interested in art but suffer from a short attention span? Or perhaps you just want to experience something intense and immersive? We recommend that you visit the Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavík, which has partnered with ARTECHOUSE to create CIRCULEIGHT, a 20-minute immersive experience and installation consisting of visuals and sound. The music has been composed by Icelandic Högni Egilsson.
Austurbakka 2, Reykjavík
Tampere Film Festival (8 to 12 March)
This festival, which saw its first edition in 1968, focuses on short films and is the largest of its kind in the Nordics. While the programme isn’t out until mid-February, expect a selection of about 400 different films. One of the venues is the former Finlayson cotton factory – the local Meatpacking District.
Venues around Tampere
Albert Edelfelt – Modern Artist Life in Fin-de-Siècle Europe (until 12 March)
The Gothenburg Museum of Art boasts the third-largest art collection in Sweden, so it’s well worth a visit. There is still time to check out their Albert Edelfelt (1854-1905) exhibition, which showcases the paintings of one of Finland’s best-known and loved artists.
Götaplatsen 6, Gothenburg
The David Collection
While Copenhagen is a mecca of modern art, it also hosts an interesting collection of Islamic art. Take, for example, the small but fascinating David Collection in the centre of the city, with free entry all year round. The museum also has European artworks from the 18th century and Danish early-modern art. Until 9 April, you can also check out Claus Rohland’s photos of the Middle East from the 1970s.
Kronprinsessegade 30-32, Copenhagen
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