Your glimpse into what’s happening around the Nordic nations over the coming weeks!

The Arctic – While the Ice Is Melting
(until 7 June)

Nordiska museet’s Great Hall has been given over to the life and changing conditions of the Arctic region. In The Arctic – While the Ice Is Melting, you encounter the history and the future of the ice, and above all the people who live in the Arctic today – through objects, photos, design, artwork, films and projections.

Nordiska Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

Scandinavian Culture Calendar: June 2024

Heartland. Swan Thing installation af David Shrigley, 2019. Photo: Michelle Berg

POPera (7 June)

Blurring the borders between concert and performance art, you’re invited to follow a purple werewolf on his quest across the universe to find his long-lost father. It’s club kid culture meets classical instrumentation in a contemporary art project, referencing musicals, opera, folk, pop, punk and progressive rock. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

IÐNÓ, Reykjavík, Iceland

Scandinavian Culture Calendar: June 2024

POPera. Photo: Sandijs Ruluks

Heartland Festival
(13 June to 15 June)

Heartland is a cultural festival that combines live talks and contemporary art with the best parts of the music and food scene. Taking place in the magical surroundings of Egeskov on the island of Funen, this year’s festival boasts Lauryn Hill, Keane, Kasabian and Grace Jones among its headliners.

Egeskov, Denmark

The Copenhagen Photo Festival
(6 June to 16 June)

Copenhagen Photo Festival is the largest festival for photography in the Nordic countries. The festival itself has existed since 2010 and today it’s also a year-round platform that works to shine a light on camera and lens-based art via events, exhibitions, digital formats and cross-collaborations. The theme of the 2024 festival is Entanglement.

Throughout Copenhagen, Denmark

Scandinavian Culture Calendar: June 2024

Copenhagen Photo Festival. A Muntagna, 2023. Photo: Emanuele Occhipinti

World Wife Carrying Championship
(5 July to 6 July)

Among the longest running and headline-grabbing competitions that take place in Finland, the World Wife Carrying Championship has been organised in Sonkajärvi every year since its inception in 1992. As its name suggests, the race is won by the first over the finish line carrying their spouse. The fun-loving event attracts loads of onlookers each year and the prize is the wife’s weight in beer.

Sonkajärvi, Finland

Allsång på Skansen
(25 June to 6 August)

The iconic Allsång på Skansen is a live-broadcast sing-a-long show that has been running since 1979. The sing-a-long is hosted by Pernilla Wahlgren, who will be accompanied by a different batch of popular artists every week. To join the show live at Skansen you need a ticket, but you can also do as millions of Swedes do, and tune in from home!

Skansen, Stockholm

Scandinavian Culture Calendar: June 2024

Photo: Skansen

Edvard Munch – Trembling Earth
(throughout June to 25 August)

Billed as the first significant survey of Edvard Munch’s depictions of nature, this exhibition aims to challenge many of the usual preconceptions about his art. On display is a diverse range of Munch’s work from the Munch Museum’s collection, as well as numerous pieces from other public and private collections.

Munch Museet, Oslo, Norway

Scandinavian Culture Calendar: June 2024

Edward Munch. Photo: Ove Kvavik @MUNCH

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