The fifth Best of Norden festival has a packed two-day programme featuring top writers, conductors and directors, which is designed to provide audiences with an opportunity to learn more about Nordic culture and languages and to meet environmental innovators.
Extracts from the programme:
- Processing a trauma: a discussion. The panel includes the director Carl Javér, who has been nominated for the Nordic Council Film Prize.
- Writing for children and young people: Journalists Gunilla Kindstrand (SE) and Tore Leifer (DK) in conversation with some of the writers nominated for the Nordic Council Children’s and Young People’s Literature Prize 2019.
- Bibliotherapy – literature as a means of understanding life: Louise Hertzberg in conversation with therapist Pia Bergström, journalist and author Eric Rosén and author Jan Grue, who has been nominated for the Literature Prize.
- About literature: Journalists Gunilla Kindstrand (SE) and Tore Leifer (DK) in conversation with some of the writers nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize in 2019. Interspersed with readings from their works.
- Concert and discussion: Gunilla Kindstrand and Camilla Lundberg in conversation with some of the musicians who have been nominated for the Music Prize. Interspersed with their music.
- About film: Jan Göransson of the Swedish Film Institute in conversation with some of the filmmakers nominated for the Nordic Council Film Prize.
- About the environment: the nominees for the Nordic Council Nature and Environment Prize are all people who think in new and different ways. How can they bring the general public on board?
- Opportunity to listen to unique introductions to screenings of all five films nominated for the Nordic Film Prize: Queen of Hearts (DK), Aurora (FIN), A White, White Day (ICE), Blind Spot (NO) and Reconstructing Utøya (SE).
Nordic Film Weekend
During the autumn, the five films nominated for the annual Nordic Film Prize will be screened at events in Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen. The tour started earlier this month in Helsinki during Love & Anarchy and at Bio Paradis in Reykjavik. The remaining screenings are at:
- Cinemateket, Oslo, 25 to 27 October
- Grand Teatret, Copenhagen, 27 October
- Best of Norden, Stockholm, 27 to 28 October
Watch the live broadcast from the Concert Hall, Stockholm, 29 October
The Nordic Council prizes will be awarded at a ceremony in the Concert Hall in Stockholm on 29 October. Jessika Gedin will be the compère for the live broadcast. The winners will receive their prizes from the Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, the environmental activist Noura Berrouba, the novelist John Anyuru, the actor Lene Cecilia Sparrok and the director and previous prize winner Susanna Mälkki.