Cultural co-operation is a cornerstone of Nordic co-operation and is an important part of the vision to make the Nordic Region the most sustainable and integrated region in the world. The Nordic House in Reykjavik and the Nordic Association in Iceland are hosting a debate about the value of Nordic culture and cultural co-operation in the past, present and future.
Perspective: Nordic cultural institutions – Sabina Westerholm, director of the Nordic House in Reykjavik
Perspective: Political co-operation – Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson, Minister for Nordic Co-operation in Iceland
Perspective: Nordic civil society – Hrannar Arnarsson, chair of the Nordic Association in Iceland
Perspective: The Finnish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers 2021– Ann-Sofie Stude, the Finnish Ambassador to Iceland
The panel will:
- Take a retrospective look at the historical value of Nordic cultural co-operation.
- Reflect on the impact of COVID-19 on cultural life and Nordic co-operation in the sector.
- Discuss the themes that culture will address and the role it will play in the Nordic co-operation of the future.
- Gísli Örn Garðarsson, actor and director
- Tue West, musician
- Björn Rafnar Ólafsson, student in North Atlantic Senior Secondary Class (NGK)
- Steinunn Þóra Árnadóttir MP, Member of the Presidium of the Nordic Council and board member of the Nordic Culture Fund
- Sabina Westerholm, director of the Nordic House in Reykjavik
Concluding reflections on the debate: Aldís Mjöll Geirsdóttir, President of the Nordic Youth Council (UNR).
Moderator: Sif Gunnarsdóttir, vice-chair of the Nordic Association in Iceland.
At the end, the choir Söngsveitin Fílharmónía will sing two Nordic songs.
The event will be held in the Scandinavian languages.