Korea–Nordic Connection is a collaboration programme started in 2017. The aim is to facilitate international exchange and collaboration between Korean and Nordic performing arts professionals.
The collaboration was born out of the earlier successful collaboration programme, Korea-Finland Connection (2010-2012), between Korea Arts Management Service (KAMS) and Dance Info Finland. The programme created collaboration projects and strengthened networks between Finnish and Korean dance professionals and fields.
In Korea-Nordic Connection (2017-2021), the scope is expanded to involve four Nordic countries and all performing arts. The programme is realized as networking and study visits for Nordic and Korean performing arts professionals to Korea and the Nordic countries. The programme offers an opportunity for its participants to exchange experiences while engaging in critical dialogue about their own practice, expanding networks and finding potential partners for future collaboration.
Two trips take place annually, one to South Korea and one to a Nordic country. The programme has a changing theme each year and the participants are selected for one year at a time, according to the theme. The partners select one dance professional from Finland through an open call.
NOTE. Due to the Covid-19 situation the programme of 2020 has been postponed to 2021. Consequently also the programme for 2021 will be postponed with a year.
The themes of Korea-Nordic Connection are:
2017-2018: Young audiences
2020: Art and technology
2021: Aging population
Read about the experiences of previous Finnish participants:
Blog post (9.12.2019) by Elli Isokoski (Tempest Group)
Project Manager Riitta Aittokallio, email@example.com