Scandinavia House
Spring 2018

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New York, NY—This spring, Scandinavia House brings a new array of Nordic art, film, music, literary, and kid-friendly events programming to New York! Our upcoming events include programming to coincide with our acclaimed ongoing exhibition The Experimental Self: Edvard Munch's Photography; "New Nordic Cinema," a new film series that spotlights some of the best new films from Scandinavia, including hits from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden; concerts and musical events from performers such as Sweden's New Tide Orquestra, Norwegian string quartet Quartetto Testosterone, the ensemble Trio Vitruvi, and Kalevala: The Musical; book talks and panels on notable figures in Scandinavian history such as the scientist and inventor Kristian Birkeland; and ongoing art workshops for kids.

For information on all of our programming and events for March through May, 2018, download the full press release.

Press Release — Spring Events at Scandinavia House

For further information, contact Lori Fredrickson at 212-847-9727 or


Upcoming arts highlights include "Experimental Lens: A Panel Moderated by Dr. Patricia Berman" on March 10 with artists Lori Nix, Torbjørn Rødland, and Teija Isorättyä, which looks at the innovation and experimentation of the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch as highlighted in our ongoing exhibition The Experimental Self: Edvard Munch's Photography. We will also be screening the Peter Watkins 1974 film Edvard Munch later in the month, with Part I screening on March 20 and Part II screening on March 27.

"New Nordic Cinema," from March 14 through May 4, features award-winning films across a range of subjects in contemporary European film: from gripping thrillers and Nordic noir to off-kilter family road-trip movies, and stirring social dramas on topics that include fantasy, rehabilitation, and 1960s Copenhagen. Titles include The Rift /Rökkur; Miami; Walk With Me /De Standhaftige; The Giant /Jötten; Framing Mom /Rosemari; Cruelty /Grimmd; Going West /Rett vest; and The Day Will Come /Der kommer en dag.

Films at Scandinavia House - Press Release

This spring, Scandinavia House presents musical performances ranging from classical to modern chamber music to pop and world music, with artists ranging from emerging new Scandinavian voices to renowned performers. These include multimedia performing arts events such as Kalevala: The Musical, in concert by Johanna Telander on March 5, and the collaboration Quiescence, which interprets the silence of Iceland through an expressive audiovisual work, on April 5.

Other highlights this spring include the unique sound and style of New Tide Orquestra on April 7; award-winning Norwegian string quartet Quartetto Testosterone, performing Edvard Grieg's string quartets, on April 17; the ensemble Trio Vitruvi on April 26; and Finnish concert pianist Juho Pohjonen on May 15. Swedish pianist Per Tengstrand returns to continue his popular Music on Park Avenue series with performances on March 22 & 29, and will be joined by a string quartet from Opus Twentyone Chamber Group on April 19. Internationally acclaimed pianist Jeffrey Siegel also returns for his ongoing Keyboard Conversations® series with performances on March 1 & May 10.

Concerts at Scandinavia House - Press Release

Lectures include this spring’s “Kristian Birkeland: The Almost-Forgotten Scientist” with the Norwegian Space Centre’s Dr. Pål Brekke, which will discuss the leading Norwegian scientist and inventor’s legacy in modern space research and his explorations into the source of the Northern Lights, on March 13. On May 8, “From Vikings to Vinland” with Mystic Seaport Museum’s Nicholas R. Bell will discuss two upcoming exhibitions at that museum. 

Book talks will feature authors including the Nordic noir crime duo Lars Kepler and their best-selling crime thriller The Sandman on March 6; Danish poet Ursula Ankjær Olsen and translator Katrine Øgaard Jensen on March 12; author Madame Nielsen on her novel The Endless Summer on March 15; and Sven-Eric Liedman on his biography The Life and Works of Karl Marx on May 1.

Lectures & Literary at Scandinavia House - Press Release

Our ongoing children’s programming continues at Scandinavia House with regular activities for small kids in the Heimbold Family Children’s Playing and Learning Center, as well as workshops and events for older kids on Wednesday afternoons and weekends! Through events that combine creativity with development, the American-Scandinavian Foundation’s educational activities continue to encourage its core philosophy: The play is learning, and learning is play.

These ongoing activities are accompanied by Saturday Arts & Storytelling workshops for all children ages 5 and older. On one Saturday each month, one of New York’s storytellers from the Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center presents fairy tales, folk stories, and fantastic adventures from Scandinavia and the far north. On all other Saturdays, Scandinavia House continues our new Saturday Arts Workshops guided by arts educators. 

Kids & Families at Scandinavia House - Press Release

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