‘What’s On’ SATC NYC

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  • 1st October 2015
  • Nordophile has been keeping in touch with our friends at the Scandinavian American Theater Company based in New York and wanted to share with you some very important upcoming events which are very much keeping Nordic theatre alive!   Kwasi Osei and Zenzele Cooper from SATC’s Off-Broadway production “Bastards of Strindberg”, photographer Kait Ebinger   […]




    Nordophile has been keeping in touch with our friends at the Scandinavian American Theater Company based in New York and wanted to share with you some very important upcoming events which are very much keeping Nordic theatre alive!

     

    Kwasi Osei and Zenzele Cooper from SATC’s Off-Broadway production “Bastards of Strindberg”, photographer Kait Ebinger

     

    Firstly, we spoke with one of the actors, Christiane Seidel (from Boardwalk Empire) and found out from her what it is like to be part of not only SATC in New York but the Nordic community as well.

     

    Photo credit Christopher St. George.

     

    How did you first become involved with SATC?

    As a half-Dane, I had excitedly been following SATC for a while and was quite impressed with their consistent body of work, especially since the company had only been around for a couple of years. While I was shooting Boardwalk Empire, our casting director Meredith Tucker had asked me if I could recommend any Norwegian men for a role she was casting. I reached out to Albert Bendix, SATC’s Co-Artistic Director and a fellow Dane, to see if he had any suggestions and we ended up meeting for coffee. We hit it off, kept in touch and this spring SATC reached out to me if I was interested in possibly becoming a member. Because this company doesn’t mess around, I even had to come in for an interview (a very nice one with coffee and Scandinavian cookies) with the entire company. Albert even skyped in from Denmark as he was on tour. Somehow I was able to prove myself worthy and now I’m responsible for Audience and Press Coordination.

     

    Have you seen an equal interest by both the Nordic and New York audience?

    Absolutely. SATC has a large audience following our productions, our SATContemporary Reading Series, and on our social media. For example, we have approximately 80-100 audience members per reading and that includes all ages of Scandinavians, Americans with Scandinavian roots, and Americans with an interest in new Nordic theater and contemporary culture.

     

    Rikke Lylloff and Albert Bendix from SATC’s Off-Broadway production “Bastards of Strindberg”, photographer Kait Ebinger

     

    Nordic eateries are popping up all over New York and the attendance to exhibitions by Nordic artists is high. Do you feel Nordic drama productions is on the same level of acceptance?

    There is definitely a surge in interest in all things Nordic. Especially, since Scandinavian tv shows like The Killing, The Bridge, or Borgen as well as Scandinavian literature have become widely popular (in their original or their US remakes) and Scandinavian actors like Mads Mikkelsen, Joel Kinnaman, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau or Birgitte Hjort Sørensen are being cast on American tv shows and films. We can feel that this definitely has an effect on the interest in what Scandinavian storytelling looks like on stage. Especially, when we’re inviting some of these actors to join us for readings. However, contemporary Scandinavian plays and playwrights are still relatively unknown stateside. So with SATC we’re in an exciting position to be able to bring these plays to New York for the first time. In a sense we’re educating the New York audiences about their existence while filling that increasing interest in Scandinavian culture. There are so many edgy, interesting, and widely different plays that are a cultural representation of what Scandinavia is today. I might be biased, but I definitely feel that we’re approaching the same level of acceptance very fast.

     

    Finally, you are performing a couple of  readings for SATC, can you tell us a bit about what we can expect.

    Our audience is definitely in for a fun (and free!) evening. We’ll have wine, guest actors and we’ll have up-and-coming playwright Marius Leknes Snekkevåg flying in from Norway. Our readings always take place at the beautiful Scandinavia House on Park Avenue. We’ll be presenting two short plays from Marius – one dramatic and one comedic. There’ll be a short Q&A with everyone and usually, we go out for drinks at a nearby bar, which is fun as we get a chance to chat with our audience. Personally, I’m extra excited as this will be my first time performing for SATC.

     

    Readings by

    Marius Leknes Snekkevåg (playwright, reading #1 on Oct 5, Norwegian plays)

    Courtesy of SATC

    Christiane Seidel (actress, reading #1 on Oct 5, Norwegian plays). www.christianeseidel.com

     

    Tomas Lagermand Lundme (playwright, reading #2 on Nov 9, Danish play “The Sauna”).

    Courtesy of SATC

    What’s On

    We’ll be kicking off our upcoming season with a new concept called “Shows in Development”. Here we invite audiences to follow and experience our process of creating an off-Broadway production at an early stage to give our audience the opportunity to ask questions and bring their thoughts to the table. The first show in development is titled “The Remember Me Project” and our first audience interaction will be on Sept 21, 2015 at 7:30pm with a pre-reception at 7:00pm. The play we’re working on is titled “Remember Me” (original title “Muista minut”) by Finnish writer Minna Nurmelin.

    We’re also continuing with our popular SATContemporary Reading Series. This is the sixth season of the series where we present five staged readings – one from each of the Nordic countries Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. The readings are one-night-only events, free to the public.

    The first reading will be on Oct 5, 2015 presenting two plays by the Norwegian playwright Marius Leknes Snekkevåg: “I Love You, Let Me Go” and “We Are The Voice of Our People”.

    The second reading will be on Nov 9, 2015 introducing Danish playwright Tomas Lagermand Lundme and his play “The Sauna”. For this reading, we’ll also have a guest star (TBA) joining us.

    The dates for the remaining readings are Jan 25, 2016, Feb 29, 2016, and May 2, 2016. We’re currently in the process of deciding on the individual plays.

    All our readings and “Show in Development” projects take place at Scandinavia House (http://www.scandinaviahouse.org/ at 58 Park Avenue, 10016 NYC) at 7:30pm with a 7:00pm pre-reception.

    In 2016, we’ll present the US-premiere of Norwegian playwright Arne Lygre’s play “Then Silence” as an Off-Broadway production.

    Head over to satcnyc.org to find out more
    Featured image Full cast from SATC’s Off-Broadway production “Bastards of Strindberg”, photographer Kait Ebinger
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    Espoo. – Scandinavian Design, Antwerp

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  • 7th July 2015
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    With Scandinavian design injecting style into areas of cities all around Europe, we were on a hunt to find Nordic design shops which have been established for some time. Before the explosion of interest in our Scandinavian friends and their contemporary, clean cut designs, esppo. had embraced this design concept as something which although streamlined and […]




    With Scandinavian design injecting style into areas of cities all around Europe, we were on a hunt to find Nordic design shops which have been established for some time. Before the explosion of interest in our Scandinavian friends and their contemporary, clean cut designs, esppo. had embraced this design concept as something which although streamlined and precise, gave versatility within itself and was coming through as a style which was both relevant and more importantly, in demand.

     

    espoo

    espoo.

    espoo. was the first interior design shop in Belgium in 2009 that shows some of Scandinavians best design brands in a whole new concept. The roots of espoo. have remained Scandinavian but are now woven with brands from the entire world. A bit further on the road, we opened espoo. bütik in 2013. While espoo. mainly focusses on the furniture- and lighting collections, espoo. bütik shows accessories and carefully selected design objects.

     

    epoo

    As an interior design- and lifestyle shop, espoo. shows design that brings joy in everyday life. This results in 2 young and pure design shops that are unique by its ease and simplicity; meeting points for the young and old masters of design. We believe in design that tells a story and we carefully select products that last for ages. No nonsense, simple and easygoing. The concept of espoo. was created by a young team, resulting in a new, fresh and pure design store that stands out thanks to its plainness and ease.

    espoo

     

    Furniture Collections

    Asplund, Swedese, HAY, Muuto, Normann Copenhagen, ferm Living, andTradition, Secto Design, ARTEK, Zweed, String, GUBI, Luckyboysunday, Architectmade, Donna Wilson, Sandqvist, Frama Cph, Ontwerpduo, Makers with Agendas, MENU, Karimoku New Standard, Geografia Japan, Studio Snug, Paper Collective, Tom Pigeon, SIWA, Mae Engelgeer, Alissa + Nienke, Plant & Moss, Stattmann Neue Möbel…

     

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    Find out more at espoo.be

    Photos copyright Ans Brys Photography

     

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    Scandinavia House – ASF

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  • 23rd June 2015
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    Scandinavia House in New York, houses the American-Scandinavian foundation who is the leading cultural and educational link between the U.S and Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden and Iceland. An American non-profit organization, the ASF works to build international understanding with extensive programs. Here are some of it’s events for July.   A Portrait of Creativity: Edvard […]




    Scandinavia House in New York, houses the American-Scandinavian foundation who is the leading cultural and educational link between the U.S and Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden and Iceland. An American non-profit organization, the ASF works to build international understanding with extensive programs.

    Here are some of it’s events for July.

     

    A Portrait of Creativity: Edvard Munch on Film Wednesday, July 1, 7 pm $10 ($7 ASF Members)

    A methodical expressionist print-maker and painter, Edvard Munch’s impact and influence on art span both the ages and artistic mediums. In a companion program to the Prize Prints exhibition, two films examine Munch’s often arduous artistic processes and enduring influence.

     

    edvard-munch

    Photo credit The Norwegian film Institute.

     

    The Sun/Solen

    Directed by Stein-Roger Bull (Norway, 2013). Originally broadcast on NRK (Norwegian public broadcasting) in 2013, The Sun is a film about two inimitable artists’ – artist Edvard Munch and composer Edvard Grieg – life-long struggle to create the ultimate work of art.

    The 11 oil paintings that cover the walls of the University of Oslo’s Aula – built for the University’s centennial in 1911 – are the only decorations by Munch that can still be viewed in their original context. Munch and the University’s mural, The Sun (1909), radiates out to audiences from the wall behind the assembly hall’s podium, giving life to those who perform. Yet it took many years and numerous sketches and preparation before Munch reached the final result. The artist’s own photographs and hand-held film sequences, together with archival stills of Munch working, cast a portrait on the creative process and the mural’s theme.

    Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A-minor, Op. 16 (1868) is inspired by and draws musical themes from Norwegian cultural heritage and folk music and gives it a symphonic form. The Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, with soloist Håvard Gimse, conveys the themes of Grieg’s musical score, to which he made over 3,000 corrections over the course of 40 years – the last of which was just three weeks before his death.

    30 min. | In Norwegian with English subtitles.

     

    About the director

    Stein-Roger Bull, producer and director, develops cultural projects for NordicStories in Norway and abroad, including the opening of the library in Alexandria, Peer Gynt at the Sphinx in Cairo, Egypt, the opera Fidelio on Robben Island, South Africa, and a major European concert in Malta, among others.

    Bull joined NordicStories from Nordisk Film AS, which in the course of his 12 years as CEO became Norway’s largest production company for film and television. Bull previously worked as Station Manager, as well as cultural and Entertainment Manager at NRK.

     

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    Photo courtesy; Dheeraj Akolkar

     

    Let The Scream Be Heard/La skrik bli hørt

    Directed by Dheeraj Akolkar (Norway, 2013). Let The Scream Be Heard is an artistic investigation to reveal and celebrate the essence behind Norwegian artist Edvard Munch’s timeless and universal artistry, his iconic painting, and more than 40,000 works of art, spanning over 62 years.

     

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    In a world where 15 minutes – or even seconds – of fame are the deeply satisfying and much sought-after rewards, director Dheeraj Akolkar explores why, after more than 150 years, the artist Edvard Munch is still celebrated today. Originally premiering in 2013, which marked the 150th anniversary of Edvard Munch’s birth, the documentary journeys into Munch’s mind and creative processes, closely examining and gaining insight from the artist’s words, values, and philosophies, witnessing the tests of his survival, and understanding what artistic integrity eventually amounts to in an ever-changing scheme of existence.

    Through interviews with renowned contemporary artists and respected Munch experts – including Marina Abramovic, Patricia G. Berman, Ketil Bjørnstad, Tracy Emin, Magne Furuholmen, Liv Ullmann, and Gerd Woll, among others – Akolkar creates an audio-visual collage on celluloid that enables audiences to discern and appreciate Munch’s continual relevance.

    58 min. | In English.

     

    About the director

    After graduating with a Gold Medal in architecture from Pune University, India, Dheeraj Akolkar worked extensively in the Indian film industry on various films such as Lagaan (Academy Award Nominee, 2001), Devdas (Cannes Showcase, 2002; BAFTA nominated, 2003), Charas – A Joint Effort, Sala Bandar (official selection Rotterdam, 2004; nominated Best Short Film Edinburgh, 2004), and Black (Time magazine’s 5th Best Film of the Year, 2006).

    As a writer, director, cinematographer, and producer, his own work includes the short films Jyotirgamaya/Lead Me to the Light (IDPA Awards for Excellence, 2005: Best Script and Best Editing), Whatever! (ICE 2006 2nd Best Film of the Festival), Sold My Soul (Official Selection Clermont Ferrand, 2007), and Asylum (Official Selection Rotterdam, 2010). He currently works between the U.K., India, and Scandinavia on a slate of five films under his London-based production company, Vardo Films. Akolkar is the associate director of an independent film festival in London called Bombay Mix and founder of a charity called Grassroots Stories, which specializes in making films that can inspire social change.

    Film showings

    Nordic Noir: Look of a Killer/Tappajan näköinen mies
    July 8 through 30, 2015 Wednesdays @ 7 pm & Thursdays @ 3 pm $10 ($7 ASF Members)

    Directed by Lauri Nurkse & adapted from the novels by Matti Rönkä (Finland, 2011). Private investigator Viktor Kärppä (Samuli Edelmann) is a former KGB agent haunted by his past. When he settles in Finland, the country of his , it is his attempt to create an orderly and tranquil life with his new girlfriend Marja Takala (Maria Ylipää), an independent-minded academic who prefers to keep her life simple. But when a kindly antiques dealer approaches him for help in finding his Estonian wife, Kärppä soon finds himself in a descent into the international criminal underworld – complete with drugs, KGB operatives, and lowlifes – as the uncomplicated life he had with Marja begins to slip away. Kärppä is not a killer, even if he looks like one, but can a man change his identity – or shed his loyalties – merely by crossing a border?

    Look of a Killer is a gripping thriller based on the novels by acclaimed Finnish author Matti Rönkä – known for their strong political and social focus and the grim realism of their Finnish, Russian, and Baltic settings.

    Each installment is 90 min. and in Finnish with English subtitles.

     

    lookofkiller

    Photo credit; MHz Networks

     

    The Man from Across the Border/Mies rajan takaa July 8 & 9

    Private investigator Viktor Kärppä is assigned the task of finding a missing woman. Simultaneously, a robber makes off with hundreds of thousands worth of goods. Both cases bear the mark of a well-known Estonian criminal.

    Meanwhile, Kärppä enlists the help of an old friend to solve a double murder and receives an offer he cannot refuse without causing harm to his girlfriend Marja Takala.

     

    Good Brother, Bad Brother/Hyvä veli, paha veli July 15 & 16

    When synthetic heroin begins to kill young people in Helsinki, Viktor Kärppä is suspected as the importer of the drugs. With his refusal to protect the heroin shipments, Kärppä must go head to head with the Russian mafia.

     

    Far Away Friends/Ystävät kaukana July 22 & 23

    Viktor Kärppä is confronted by two men demanding he hand over his business assets. Tensions escalate quickly after Kärppä refuses to be extorted.

    As a result, hehas no choice but to illegally cross the border into Russia in order to rescue his kidnapped girlfriend Marja. Fortunately, he has Teppo Korhonen (Martti Suosalo) at his side to aide him.

     

    The Father, The Son, and The Unholy Spirit/Isä, poika ja paha henki July 29 & 30

    The husband of Viktor Kärppä’s estranged cousin has gone missing while working illegally in Finland. Kärppä discovers a connection with one of his tenant’s criminal operations.

    After intercepting a drug shipment bound for Helsinki, the private investigator finds himself under threat from a Russian gangster. So Kärppä must look for a way out in order to protect his family.

     

    Scandinaviahouse.org

    Only ASF Members may reserve film tickets, by calling 212.847.9746 or by emailing 

     

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    Are you Scandinavian?

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  • 18th June 2015
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    Are you Scandinavian? Our definition of a Nordophile is [A person who loves all things Nordic] but ever wondered where your passion comes from? Could it be that if you traced your family history back and looked on your family tree, you would, in fact, have Nordic relatives? How great would that be? Not only connecting […]




    Are you Scandinavian? Our definition of a Nordophile is [A person who loves all things Nordic] but ever wondered where your passion comes from? Could it be that if you traced your family history back and looked on your family tree, you would, in fact, have Nordic relatives?

    How great would that be? Not only connecting with family members who you didn’t know existed but family members who would help you immerse in one of the Nordic countries, as a family member.

     

    family-tree

     

    Nordophile have found someone who can do just that.

    Judi Buchanan is a family history researcher who specialises in tracing family from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland & Iceland.

    She started out tracing family history through records for people to build up their family tree, she then moved into schools where she teaches children to become a family history researcher themselves!

     

    nordophile

     

    But after speaking with some friends who class themselves as Nordophiles and they said they would love to find out somewhere in their family history that there were Nordic/Scandinavian family members, Judi decided to look further into researching in those countries.

    With the phenomenon which is sweeping Europe of all things Nordic, Judi said the interest has been immense.

    Judi herself has Danish family so can verify how lovely it is to blend the different cultures together for family meetings.

     

    judi

     

    If you are curious to find out or have a suspicion that you may, in fact, have some Nordic relatives, then contact Judi on Judi@theirpastmypresent.co.uk

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    Scandinavian Midsummer Feast

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  • 8th June 2015
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    The UK’s first ever Scandinavian Midsummer Food Festival is taking place on June 20th-21st  at Harptree Court, Somerset. Ever since Danish restaurant Noma landed the top spot on the World’s 50 Best  Restaurants in 2010, the interest in Scandinavian cuisine has been all-encompassing.  Now helping to celebrate what has become a global phenomenon is Scandinavian  Midsummer Feast, a magical new food festival that will be held at beautiful Harptree  Court in Somerset over the weekend of Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st June.  Featuring celebrity chefs and top food writers, starlit outdoor feasting, bonfires and live  music, Scandinavian Midsummer Feast is the ultimate celebration of food and drink  from Sweden, Norway and Denmark.  Headlined by Trine Hahnemann (dubbed the ‘Danish Delia’), Swedish Michelin-starred  fire pit chef Niklas Ekstedt (Saturday Kitchen, Scandimania), Valentine Warner  (Valentine Warner Eats Scandinavia, What to Eat Now) and wine expert Joe Wadsack  (co-host of BBC Two’s Food & Drink), this glorious event brings the unique flavours of  Scandinavian midsummer to the UK for the very first time.  From the welcome cocktail reception at 11.30am on Saturday morning through to the  final demonstration at 4pm on Sunday, this is a food festival like no other.  On the Saturday evening, there will be an unforgettable midsummer feast designed by  Trine Hahnemann and featuring whole roasted lamb amongst many other delicacies.  Afterwards, guests can drink and dance their way through the night to a live band, lit by  a bonfire.  The weekend also offers a huge range of other experiences to enjoy: new Nordic  cuisine tutorials; cooking over fire; floral demonstrations; Scandinavian baking; summer  smorgasbords and foraging. There will also be a gravlaks masterclass hosted by  Ole-Martin Hansen, of celebrated artisan salmon smokers Hansen & Lydersen and  internationally renowned fisherman Geir Sivertzen and much more.       Scandinavian Midsummer Feast is the creation of TV producer and passionate foodie  Chloë Avery. Chloë spent 2013 travelling across Scandinavia for a TV series and  completely fell in love with the local food, culture, people and way of life. Whilst in  Denmark she filmed a midsummer party on the coast and wanted to bring this unique  style of celebration to the UK, with a weekend of eating, drinking and partying.  Ticket price for the adults-only festival is £200 per person and covers all the demos and  feasts, excluding drinks bought from the bar. Guests will camp in the grounds of  Harptree Court in their own tents. Shower and toilet blocks will be provided on site.    For the full programme and tickets please see www.scandifeast.co.uk  For further details, hi-res images & interviews please contact:  […]




    The UK’s first ever Scandinavian Midsummer Food Festival is taking place on June 20th-21st 
    at Harptree Court, Somerset.
    Ever since Danish restaurant Noma landed the top spot on the World’s 50 Best 
    Restaurants in 2010, the interest in Scandinavian cuisine has been all-encompassing. 
    Now helping to celebrate what has become a global phenomenon is Scandinavian 
    Midsummer Feast, a magical new food festival that will be held at beautiful Harptree 
    Court in Somerset over the weekend of Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st June. 
    Featuring celebrity chefs and top food writers, starlit outdoor feasting, bonfires and live 
    music, Scandinavian Midsummer Feast is the ultimate celebration of food and drink 
    from Sweden, Norway and Denmark. 
    scandifeat
    Headlined by Trine Hahnemann (dubbed the ‘Danish Delia’), Swedish Michelin-starred 
    fire pit chef Niklas Ekstedt (Saturday Kitchen, Scandimania), Valentine Warner 
    (Valentine Warner Eats Scandinavia, What to Eat Now) and wine expert Joe Wadsack 
    (co-host of BBC Two’s Food & Drink), this glorious event brings the unique flavours of 
    Scandinavian midsummer to the UK for the very first time. 
    scandifeast
    From the welcome cocktail reception at 11.30am on Saturday morning through to the 
    final demonstration at 4pm on Sunday, this is a food festival like no other. 
    On the Saturday evening, there will be an unforgettable midsummer feast designed by 
    Trine Hahnemann and featuring whole roasted lamb amongst many other delicacies. 
    Afterwards, guests can drink and dance their way through the night to a live band, lit by 
    a bonfire. 
    The weekend also offers a huge range of other experiences to enjoy: new Nordic 
    cuisine tutorials; cooking over fire; floral demonstrations; Scandinavian baking; summer 
    smorgasbords and foraging. There will also be a gravlaks masterclass hosted by 
    Ole-Martin Hansen, of celebrated artisan salmon smokers Hansen & Lydersen and 
    internationally renowned fisherman Geir Sivertzen and much more.  
    scandifeast
     
     
    Scandinavian Midsummer Feast is the creation of TV producer and passionate foodie 
    Chloë Avery. Chloë spent 2013 travelling across Scandinavia for a TV series and 
    completely fell in love with the local food, culture, people and way of life. Whilst in 
    Denmark she filmed a midsummer party on the coast and wanted to bring this unique 
    style of celebration to the UK, with a weekend of eating, drinking and partying. 
    Ticket price for the adults-only festival is £200 per person and covers all the demos and 
    feasts, excluding drinks bought from the bar. Guests will camp in the grounds of 
    Harptree Court in their own tents. Shower and toilet blocks will be provided on site. 
     
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    For the full programme and tickets please see www.scandifeast.co.uk 
    For further details, hi-res images & interviews please contact: 
    Chloë Avery 
    Tel0797 741 1570  
    or e-mail: chloe.avery@scandifeast.co.uk 
     
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    The New Nordic

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  • 2nd June 2015
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    For any Nordophile wanting to recreate some inspiring Scandinavian dishes at home, we have found this amazing book to help you on your way! The New Nordic is an overdue appreciation of the rich food histories and ancient cultures of Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland. This contemporary cuisine mirrors its landscape: raw, subtle, grounded, […]




    For any Nordophile wanting to recreate some inspiring Scandinavian dishes at home, we have found this amazing book to help you on your way!

    The New Nordic is an overdue appreciation of the rich food histories and ancient cultures of Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland. This contemporary cuisine mirrors its landscape: raw, subtle, grounded, just like the vast treeless plains of Iceland or the rocky outcrops of the many archipelagos scattered around the coasts. The beauty of the region doesn’t tend to stop you in your tracks; but it will always make you look twice. It will creep up on you until you truly appreciate its harmony and subtle complexity, just like its cuisine.

    The New Nordic Cover

    Chef, food stylist and photographer, Simon Bajada celebrates this constantly evolving cuisine by using traditional Scandinavian ingredients and preparing them in contemporary ways. The flavours are earthy, clean and subtle, often with soft contrasts of sweet and sour.

    Split into eight chapters that each celebrate a different set of traditional Scandinavian ingredients found ‘from the forest’, ‘from the sea’, ‘from the land’, and ‘in the larder’, along with a basics chapter that demystifies the process of smoking food and other classic Scandinavian cooking techniques such as pickling.

    Recipes concentrate on modern, everyday dishes that use the freshest of ingredients and are simple to create. Indulge in Beetroot carpaccio with goat’s cheese and minted pea relish or enjoy the simplicity of Fresh radishes with fennel butter and honey; move on to grander feasts such as Flaked salmon burgers with mayonnaise, pickled cucumber and fresh horseradish or Whole flounder with Nordic bread salad, Spiced beef with cauliflower steaks, honey parsnips and rocket; and not forgetting the classics such as Swedish meatballs, Danish smorrebrod, Gravlax cured with Juniper & mustard seeds, and gooey Cinnamon buns.

    With a glossary explaining substitutes and hard-to-find ingredients, The New Nordic, gives you an understanding of the food and cooking techniques enjoyed across the region so that you can bring a little Nordic style into your own kitchen.

    With Simon’s stunning Scandinavian photography throughout, including imagery of landscapes, nature and produce shot on location, The New Nordic is a feast for all the senses.

    About the Author:

    Simon Bajada

    Simon Bajada is a chef, food stylist and photographer. After 10 years working in the hospitality industry Simon turned his hand to food styling where he has contributed to 15 cookbooks. He recently moved to Sweden with his wife and 2 sons, where he has nurtured his love for food and lifestyle photography. Simon regularly photographs for Swedish Gourmet, Monocle, Australian Gourmet Traveller, SBS Feast, Scanorama, American Travel & Leisure, Plaza and Harrods Magazine. The New Nordic is Simon’s first authored cookbook and the perfect pairing of his culinary and creative passions.

    Find out more about Simon Bajada on his website Simonbajada.com and view the photos on Instagram.

    The book is published by www.hardiegrant.com.au/

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    Liverpool International Nordic Community

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  • 1st June 2015
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    We have come across a Nordic community in Liverpool, who seem to be extremely active in the local community. This would be a perfect place to embrace Nordic culture and make friends. But just where did the concept for this Nordic hub in Liverpool come from? The decision to establish a religious mission in Liverpool, […]




    We have come across a Nordic community in Liverpool, who seem to be extremely active in the local community. This would be a perfect place to embrace Nordic culture and make friends.

    But just where did the concept for this Nordic hub in Liverpool come from?

    The decision to establish a religious mission in Liverpool, in order to meet the pastoral needs of Scandinavian seamen and the growing number of emigrants on their way to North America and other overseas destinations, was the result of a recommendation by the Swedish Norwegian Church Council in London, where a mission had already been established by the Evangelical Patriotic Foundation (Evangeliska Fosterlands-Stiftelsen) in 1862.

    The first priest, Per August Tegner, arrived in Liverpool on 22 August 1870 and the first service was held six days later at South Bethel.

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    The Liverpool International Nordic Community Cultural and Social Centre
    Gustaf Adolfs Kyrka in Park Lane Liverpool

    The connection between the Port of Liverpool, trade with the Baltic regions and Scandinavian seamen is deeply etched into Liverpool’s economic and cultural history. When you walk up Park Lane from the bustling shops of Liverpool One, you can’t fail to notice on your right an imposing Neo-Gothic brick building. Gustaf Adolf’s Kyrka, was completed in 1884 specifically as a place of worship and sanctuary initially for Scandinavian seamen and later extended to the thousands of emigrants from Scandinavian countries on their way to the ‘New World’. Before that, ministers had to visit boarding houses, or hop from ship to ship to provide worship and spiritual sustenance.
    This much-loved and cherished building, so long part of Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle, remains today as the heart of the Nordic Community in and beyond Merseyside.

    Liverpool international Nordic Community Charity Company (LiNC)

    Today, the building has a more varied range of activities than was the case as recently as 10 years ago, when it became the home of LiNC. The charity has a modern wide set of objectives to meet the needs of anyone connected to, or interested in, Nordic cultural and social activities.
    On certain days of the week, there is a buzz of activity — coffee mornings, knitting and crafts, language classes, music gigs, film club, cultural events, and, for a small charge, guests can stay overnight. Everyone speaks English of course. But you will also hear Norwegian, Swedish, Danish and Finnish languages spoken, and on festive occasions like Jul (Christmas), Midsommar, Lucia (Festival of Light) and on Nordic National Days, you will also see a sprinkling of colourful national costumes.

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    Gustaf Adolf Nordic Congregation Company (GANC)

    After the departure of the Church of Sweden in 2008, the building was renamed the Nordic Church. The members of the congregation have set up the Gustaf Adolf Nordic Congregation Company and have joined the Lutheran Church in Great Britain. Through the Porvoo agreement, the Lutheran church is now affiliated with the Anglican Church in Great Britain. The congregation holds regular acts of worship. Everyone is welcome to join the congregation. Just click on Church Services to view the programme. Occupying the top floor of the building, the church, with blue painted pews and soft lighting, has a distinct maritime feel and is an oasis of perfect calm.
    Managed by LiNC, everyone is welcome to attend events at the Nordic Church. Why not find out what is on and join us?
    Under the tabs you will find membership forms for LiNC, the Congregation Company and more information on our activities.

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    Can you help beat a Guiness World Record?

    As part of Liverpool’s One Magnificent City celebration on SATURDAY 4th JULY, starting at 4pm, there will be a
    VERY BIG CATWALK taking place at THE LIVERPOOL PIERHEAD.

    This is an attempt to beat the Guinness World Record for the most models on a catwalk, currently held by Mexico City.
    The Nordic Church (LiNC) has been asked to take part. To do this, we need to form a group of at least 25 men, women and children willing to wear national dress, lucia outfits, Nordic knits or carry flags.

    To take part you must be committed to attend a rehearsal on SUNDAY 28th JUNE, 3pm and the actual event, SATURDAY 4th JULY.

    It will be great fun- a chance to strut our stuff- and afterwards, if you want, you can stay on for an open air disco and the departure of the Queen Mary 2.

    Just say yes and email Sylvia at sycy83@hotmail.com or Stan at stan.royden@hotmail.co.uk

    http://nordicliverpool.co.uk/

    Liverpool international Nordic Community Charity Company Ltd is a registered charity company.
    (Registration 8351592 and charity registration 1152041)
    LiNC Operations Company Ltd (Registration 8748865)
    Gustaf Adolf Nordic Congregation Company (Registration 7034654)
    Head offices: Gustaf Adolf Church, 138 Park Lane, Liverpool L1 8HG.

    photo credit; Markus Spiske raumrot.com

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    Scandinavian American Theater Company

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    Nordophile heard about the Scandinavian American Theater Company (SATC) in New York, who were not only producing top quality theatre productions which were truly making an impact and creating a buzz, but were also strengthening ties between the Scandinavian and American communities. We spoke with Albert Bendix to find out more. Scandinavian American Theater Company […]




    Nordophile heard about the Scandinavian American Theater Company (SATC) in New York, who were not only producing top quality theatre productions which were truly making an impact and creating a buzz, but were also strengthening ties between the Scandinavian and American communities. We spoke with Albert Bendix to find out more.

    Scandinavian American Theater Company SATC is a New York City-based not-for-profit theater company founded on April 14th 2009 to provide Scandinavian perspectives that examine and challenge the cultural status quo through a new generation of Scandinavian playwrights and theater artists. They present contemporary plays and inventive takes on the classics from the Nordic region, including Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Denmark, Greenland, and the Faroe Islands. In 2012, the company was awarded the American Scandinavian Society’s Honorary Grant for their “very ambitious work to promote Scandinavian culture in New York”.

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    They are committed to strengthening the relationship between Scandinavia and the United States through collaborations and interdisciplinary artistic exchange. We have accomplished an unparalleled engagement with over 250 theater artists including playwrights, translators, directors, actors, designers, composers, stage managers and more. As of June 2014, 43% of these artists were Scandinavians, 49% were Americans and 8% from the rest of the world.

    SATC has grown at a rate few other independent theater companies in New York could only dream. As a small company with limited financial resources, they have managed to present 8 new plays and more than 25 readings in their first 5 seasons. They believe that SATC brings something unique and vital to New York City: A new cultural theater hybrid that speaks to the audience of the 21st century and which takes the forefront in the development of the Nordic performing arts in the United States.

    SATC

    OFF-BROADWAY

    In an exciting development, SATC moved from Off-Off-Broadway to Off-Broadway in celebrating their 5th-year anniversary with the critically acclaimed Bastards of Strindberg at Theatre Row on 42nd Street. The show was an important step for them in offering a true fusion of Swedish and American playwrights inspired by a classic piece of modern theater. SATC’s next Off-Broadway production will premiere winter 2015/16

    THE PLAY CLUB

    The Play Club is SATC’s most recent venture into creating a community of theater lovers and creators: An online forum for people with a shared passion for new Scandinavian plays to exchange thoughts and opinions. Every other month a translated contemporary Scandinavian play will be available as a free download for the Play Club Members. They hope the Play Club will engage the SATC community to become more actively involved in the SATContemporary Reading Series, and give the playwrights a chance to showcase their work and expand on their international following. To become a member of the Play Club, please email your full name and city/country of residence to: playclub@satcnyc.org

    SATC

    SATC ON TOUR

    SATC would like to expand on the bridge we have created between American and Nordic culture. They will continue to produce Off-Broadway productions in New York City but at the same time strive to get these productions on tour in Scandinavia and the rest of the United States. In order to achieve this vision, SATC wishes to partner with organizations and companies that share the same passion for intercultural exchange. If you would like to collaborate with and/or invite SATC to perform at your theater, please contact SATC’s co-artistic director Albert Bendix albert@satcnyc.org

    A NORDIC THEATER IN NEW YORK

    One of SATC’s long term goals is a theater to call home in New York City: A residency at an established theater, or financial assistance to run a building as our own. A Nordic theater would be financially practical as we would save on costly production expenses. Additionally, SATC would be able to host Nordic theaters from abroad where together we can build our community and serve as a cultural platform, producing the best of Nordic culture for audiences from all over the world.

    SATC

    READING SERIES

    SATContemporary Reading Series consists of five staged readings that take place throughout the year. One contemporary play is chosen from each Scandinavian country, introducing our audience to a new generation of Nordic playwrights. The reading series is co-presented by Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America, where the readings also take place. The plays are read in English and the readings are free to the public. SATContemporary Reading Series has continued to grow with more than 450 audience members attending the 4th season. If you wish to submit or suggest a play for the reading series please email SATC’s literary director Vanessa Johansson: vanessa@satcnyc.org.

    SATC

    Playwrights presented in the reading series: Alexander Bodin Saphir, Andreas Boonstra, Anna Krogerus, Arne Lygre, Bjarni Jónsson, David Bar Katz, Dominique Morisseau, Fredrik Brattberg, Hávar Sigurjónsson, Jacob Hirdwall, Jokum Rohde, Jón Atli Jónasson, Jon Fosse, Jonas Hassen Khemiri, Juha Lehtola, Kari Hotakainen, Laura Ruohonen, Lina Ekdahl, Maria Tryti Vennerød, Minna Nurmelin, Pasi Lampela, Petter S. Rosenlund, Rhea Leman, Richard Hobert, Sofia Fredén, Thomas Markmann, Thor Bjørn Krebs, Thorvaldur Thorsteinsson and Vera Näsström

    www.satcnyc.org

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    A Piece of Finland, in The Netherlands

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    As we’ve said before The Netherlands has been likened to the Nordics on many occasions, people have even questioned whether they once were joined, or will be in the future. So it is no surprise that in Amsterdam, a city of modern architecture, culturally important premises, cobble streets and bikes, that we find a shop […]




    As we’ve said before The Netherlands has been likened to the Nordics on many occasions, people have even questioned whether they once were joined, or will be in the future. So it is no surprise that in Amsterdam, a city of modern architecture, culturally important premises, cobble streets and bikes, that we find a shop dedicated to one of the Nordics, Finland.

    A Piece of Finland is situated in around the trendy district of  Jordaan, on the Haarlemmerdijk. The Haarlemmerdijk is a hub of cafes, specialty restaurants and one off boutiques neighbouring each other along the street.

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    But A Piece of Finland wasn’t born from someone who just happened to have an interest in Finland, it comes from two native Finnish women whose passion is to share their native home, in Amsterdam and all the products that come from there.

    A Piece of Finland

    It was a rainy Amsterdam afternoon when the two Finnish ladies first met. Anna had spent a few months prior developing a concept for a space in which Finnish culture meets food, design and travel. Ramona had in turn been nurturing a dream of a combined café and shop, for Finnish products. After a brief chat, the women decided to put their heads together and start a new, exciting journey of entrepreneurship together.

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    The decision made on a wintery afternoon has led to a successful partnership and the opening of A Piece Of Finland, in April 2014. We are the Finnish Design Shop & Coffee Corner in Amsterdam, providing a unique service and a living room for finnofans and anyone else looking to connect to Finnish goods, travel and culture.

    apieceoffinland

    Design products on offer include home tableware and gifts, glassware and décor, rubber shoes and boots, leather bags and accessories, organic cosmetics, children’s clothes and a changing selection of books. In addition, we offer traditional foods to take home such as rye breads, chocolates and seasonal delicacies. In the coffee corner you can sample on traditional Karelia pies, smoked salmon sandwiches and cinnamon rolls, with some excellent tea and coffee. A Piece Of Finland also hosts themed events and provides independent travel consultation. We’re open 7 days a week. You can find us also on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest & Twitter.”

    Sadepisara

    www.apieceoffinland.nl

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    Swedish painter in London – Joakim Allgulander

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  • 31st May 2015
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    BIOGRAPHY  Joakim Allgulander (1965) is a Swedish painter, sculptor and conceptual artist born  in Stockholm. Allgulander studied at the College of Arts and Crafts in Stockholm; to  become one of Sweden’s most renowned contemporary artists. The work of  Allgulander is frequently represented and exhibited both in Sweden and  Internationally. Since his move to London two years ago, he has been involved in a  number of projects with a number of curators and is represented by Jealous Gallery.  Recent exhibitions includes The International Art Fair (Jealous Gallery), The  Original Print Fair RA (Jealous Gallery), Spring Salon, Liljevalchs Konsthall,  Stockholm – where two of his major works; The Human Katapult and the neon chair  Burned was exposed. Intruders. Agardh-Tornvall Gallery, Stockholm, The Great  Sleep. PS Gallery Gothenburg. ART14 (Jealous Gallery). Allgulander is also known  for his neon piece Bubble featured in the UK TV show The Apprentice.  Down the Rabbit Hole is Joakim Allgulander’s first solo exhibition in London and  has been initiated by freelance curator Raffaella Galliano.    Down the Rabbit Hole Lewis Carroll’s children’s classic, ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,’ turns 150 this  year. Drawing inspiration from the novel, Joakim Allgulander’s latest solo exhibition  titled ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’ evokes the surreal and dream-like state we are  presented in this literary masterpiece.      Similarly, Allgulander explores the spiritual and philosophical journey through  madness to wisdom. His work explores the existential dilemma in his art, and  presents a dynamic interplay between contrasts: what is real and what is  imagination, natural and artificial, new and old, to more archetypical opposites such  as light and darkness, life and death. The work of Joakim Allgulander is  characterised by a strong conceptual base, combined with the skill of craft and a love  for the production process.   His work demonstrates a curiosity and desire to explore different media and  techniques, through works that cover figurative and abstract paintings, sculptures,  graphics, prints and installations. His main body of work consists of a series of larger  paintings depicting chandeliers. The duality occurs in these works through the  interpretation of these objects as symbols for a better life; but also through the  possibility of these becoming organic creatures living a life of their own.       Allgulander invites us to a place where we can explore our preconceptions of ideas,  release our inhibitions, and to start really questioning to gain true wisdom and true  knowledge. In its insanity, in its complete separation from the world of adults, one  can begin the long journey to true knowledge. We can see this in his work  Mushroom; where in popular culture the mushroom represents the psychedelic trip.   If ‘Wonderland’ weren’t a magical fantasy land, Alice would have been probably hurt  by the fall and lost her way as she has no idea where she’s going, what she’s facing, or  how to get home. Going down the rabbit hole is a one-way trip – the entry, but not  the exit, to the fantasy world – Joakim Allgulander invites you to explore it through  the lens of his curiosity and emotion. Exhibition dates at Grace […]




    joakim-allgulander
    BIOGRAPHY 
    Joakim Allgulander (1965) is a Swedish painter, sculptor and conceptual artist born 
    in Stockholm. Allgulander studied at the College of Arts and Crafts in Stockholm; to 
    become one of Sweden’s most renowned contemporary artists. The work of 
    Allgulander is frequently represented and exhibited both in Sweden and 
    Internationally. Since his move to London two years ago, he has been involved in a 
    number of projects with a number of curators and is represented by Jealous Gallery. 
    Recent exhibitions includes The International Art Fair (Jealous Gallery), The 
    Original Print Fair RA (Jealous Gallery), Spring Salon, Liljevalchs Konsthall, 
    Stockholm  where two of his major works; The Human Katapult and the neon chair 
    Burned was exposed. Intruders. Agardh-Tornvall Gallery, Stockholm, The Great 
    Sleep. PS Gallery Gothenburg. ART14 (Jealous Gallery). Allgulander is also known 
    for his neon piece Bubble featured in the UK TV show The Apprentice. 
    Down the Rabbit Hole is Joakim Allgulander’s first solo exhibition in London and 
    has been initiated by freelance curator Raffaella Galliano. 
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    Down the Rabbit Hole
    Lewis Carroll’s children’s classic, ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,’ turns 150 this 
    year. Drawing inspiration from the novel, Joakim Allgulander’s latest solo exhibition 
    titled ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’ evokes the surreal and dream-like state we are 
    presented in this literary masterpiece.   
     Black chandelier grace
    Similarly, Allgulander explores the spiritual and philosophical journey through 
    madness to wisdom. His work explores the existential dilemma in his art, and 
    presents a dynamic interplay between contrasts: what is real and what is 
    imagination, natural and artificial, new and old, to more archetypical opposites such 
    as light and darkness, life and death. The work of Joakim Allgulander is 
    characterised by a strong conceptual base, combined with the skill of craft and a love 
    for the production process.  
    His work demonstrates a curiosity and desire to explore different media and 
    techniques, through works that cover figurative and abstract paintings, sculptures, 
    graphics, prints and installations. His main body of work consists of a series of larger 
    paintings depicting chandeliers. The duality occurs in these works through the 
    interpretation of these objects as symbols for a better life; but also through the 
    possibility of these becoming organic creatures living a life of their own.  
     Blue chandelier Grace
     
    Allgulander invites us to a place where we can explore our preconceptions of ideas, 
    release our inhibitions, and to start really questioning to gain true wisdom and true 
    knowledge. In its insanity, in its complete separation from the world of adults, one 
    can begin the long journey to true knowledge. We can see this in his work 
    Mushroom; where in popular culture the mushroom represents the psychedelic trip.  
    If ‘Wonderland’ weren’t a magical fantasy land, Alice would have been probably hurt 
    by the fall and lost her way as she has no idea where she’s going, what she’s facing, or 
    how to get home. Going down the rabbit hole is a one-way trip  the entry, but not 
    the exit, to the fantasy world  Joakim Allgulander invites you to explore it through 
    the lens of his curiosity and emotion.
    Exhibition dates at Grace Belgravia, London: 5th June – 27th July, 2015
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    JOAKIM ALLGULANDER RAFFAELLA GALLIANO 
    joakim.allgulander@gmail.comraffagalliano@hotmail.com 
    07784 16120207590069904 
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