“The Nordic Region has always been my home. We wander the same forests and bathe in the same waters as one big Nordic family, so it’s a huge honour to host the Nordic Council awards ceremony,” Maria Sid says.
Finland celebrates the centenary of its national independence this year, a fact reflected in the programme. Fanny Forsander, Annika Ruokolahti, Linne Hjerppe and Drumphonix, who are music students at the Novia University of Applied Sciences, will provide the music along with Rajaton and Isac Elliot, while Sonya Lindfors will lead a dance performance also featuring the rapper Gracias.
Finnish YLE will broadcast the awards, which will also be screened by the other Nordic public service channels.
The DKK 350,00 prizes and statuettes, the Northern Lights, will be awarded by previous winners.
The nominees in 2017 are:
The Nordic Council of Ministers has analysed the gender split of previous nominees and winners of the Nordic Council Culture prizes.
Before the awards, there will be an opportunity to meet many of the authors nominated for the Literature Prize at the Helsinki Book Fair on Sunday, 29 October.
On 30 October, the nominees for the Film Prize will take part in a debate in Korjaamo Kino, where the films will also be screened.
The award ceremony for the Nordic Council prizes will take place during the 69th Session of the Nordic Council in the Finnish parliament.