Nordic Cool 2013 festival presents Nordic culture widely in Washington


The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington presents Nordic Cool 2013, an international arts festival highlighting the culture of the Nordic countries from February 19 to March 17, 2013.

The event presents theater, dance, music, visual arts, literature, design, and film from the Nordic countries and the territories of Greenland, the Faroe and Åland Islands. The festival seeks to answer the question of what is “Nordic”.

The dance highlight of the festival is the Ice Hot Dance Series, which includes Tero Saarinen Company from Finland; Carte Blanche, the Norwegian National Company of Contemporary Dance; Danish Dance Theatre; the Iceland Dance Company and The Göteborg Ballet. Tero Saarinen Company will perform Westward Ho!, Wavelengths and HUNT.

From Finland will perform also Sami joik singer Wimme Saari, the jazz quartet Olli Hirvonen Quartet, violinist Pekka Kuusisto and the Tampere Workers Theatre with the Warmblooded by Sirkku Peltola.

This festival explores the interplay of themes central to Nordic life, such as nature, technological innovation, environmental sustainability, entrepreneurial spirit, and youth culture.

In addition to the performing arts, new Nordic cuisine will be highlighted in the Kennedy Center’s restaurants. Panel discussions and forums will include the region’s prominent writers, including Nobel laureates, and a Nordic film series will screen movies followed by talk-backs with some of the region's prominent directors and actors.

Since its founding in the early 1970s, the Kennedy Center has presented diverse festivals of international arts and culture.

The Kennedy Center


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