Every year Nuuk Nordic is opened with a show of Arctic dimension with a taste of a lot of what really is the cream of the crop of the Greenlandic cultural scene. The show consists of a concert, theatre, dance and speeches by the local politicians and festival organizers. One can be sure to feel the local spirit, when happy and excited families, children and grandparents from all over Nuuk gather. I have yet to make it through an opening show without shedding a tear, so this is definitely an event, which you do not want to miss.
Staging Life in Greenland
Modern performing arts thrives during Nuuk Nordic, where different venues such as The National Theatre of Greenland, Katuaq and Nuuk Art Museum host modern drama, children’s shows, storytelling and performance art.
Theatre and performance can be found everywhere in the Greenlandic culture, and Greenland has a proud, and thousand year old, history of theatre, where one can also find traditional ways of expression. You should really allow yourself to drop by an event with scary and entertaining mask dancing, magical catchy drum dancing or cozy-scary storytelling.
Legends, Myths and Great Stories
In the Arctic winters good laughs and thrills are essential and great stories come highly valued. Thus, the Greenlandic literature is based on a year-long oral tradition, legends and myths. In the last couple of years the literature has also had a renaissance with breakthroughs in modern poetry, short stories, crime stories, novels and tales. At the festival you can typically also experience tales on life in the Nordic region from prominent international actors. Drop by the national library or the university where you are sure to find good literary events, or, alternatively, you can flick through some of the Greenlandic works that are not easy to find anywhere else.
Experience the City from New Angles
During the festival the nooks and crannies of the city are transformed into exhibition spaces and visual venues. Nuuk Center will be home to photographic exhibitions, Katuaq to installations and the city streets will be used to shine a light on buildings that are normally just a part of the everyday visual noise. Even the permanent exhibitions at the Nuuk Art Museum, the local museum and the National Museum are joined by new artistic guests. Nuuk Nordic focuses on visual culture and architecture in a number of ways, and all you have to do is keep your eyes open and be lead to a wide array of very different events. Whether you are into the national costumes or ground breaking Icelandic experiments, you can find what suits you. Even if museums usually makes you drowsy, you will have ample opportunity to gain a new perspective on the urban space, when overlooked architectural gems open their usually closed doors and host talks, concerts and workshops.