The Tiger Lillies are renowned and infamous for their dark, often macabre humour and performances balancing between the repulsive and the beautiful. Anders Beyer writes about the new theatre piece Edgar Allan Poe’s Haunted Palace – world premiere during the 2017 edition of Bergen International Festival.
Throughout 2017 Southbank Centre in London housed the Nordic cultural campaign “Nordic Matters”, an ambitious initiative where the public could enjoy different kinds of Nordic culture and lifestyle. Time-honoured ideas of the Nordic may point the way for a changing world.
The theme for Bergen International Festival 2018 is longing. In this essay, Anders Beyer shares a personal experience about longing. The piece illustrates that much of the art we appreciate wishes to show us the way to a state of mind and being where time stops, and you just are.
The political and cultural situation in Europe makes it relevant to attempt to define afresh the relationship between Nordic music and the wider world. It is possible that the musical institutions in the Nordic countries are too deeply rooted in the conventional, central-European criteria. That it is say that we try to compete on others’ terms, in the struggle for famous works, famous composers, orchestras, prices and names.
Nordic-Balkan-Culture-Switch takes place in 2004 and 2005. The aim of the project is to build networks between the Nordic countries and the West Balkans.