The Kennedy Center will be hosting Nordic Cool 2013, a celebration of theater, dance, music, visual arts, literature, design, cuisine, and film to highlight the diverse cultures of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden as well as the territories of Greenland, the Faroe Islands, and Áland Islands.
This festival is scheduled to go on from February 19 - March 17, 2013. This is an opportunity for DC residents to indulge themselves in some of the most interesting parts of Nordic culture.
There will be celebrity chefs providing Nordic cuisine demonstrations, an opportunity to sample Nordic cuisine buffets at the home of His Excellenc,y Wegger Chr. Strommen, the Ambassador of Norway. There will also be cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs on the Millenium Stage.
Ever seen a Swedish tango? Have you listened to contemporary Swedish classical music, or the traditional form of song, joik, of the Sami people (the indigenous people of the northern Nordic region), or explored Nordic contemporary jazz? If not, you are in for a treat. With some free and some paid performances, you get a wonderful sampling of the various Nordic musical cultures, old and new. There is also a chance to watch Ice Music and see Terje Isungset carve music instruments out of ice and then play them.
Movies will range from the 1921 silent film, 'The Phantom Carriage', performed with live piano accompaniment, to recent award winners at international festivals (Teddy Bear and The Almost Man). There will also be a movie for younger audiences 'Legends of Valhalla - Thor'.
The Master Class Dance Company, the Danish Dance Theatre, Carte Blanche, GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, and the Tero Saarinen Company are just some of the dance troupes that you will see performing at Nordic Cool.
Free events include a Lego Exhibit and play space (you are NEVER too old for Legos), a really cool Northern Light exhibition, an opportunity to explore Nordic mobile gaming titles and meet the companies behind them, and several sculptures and performances.
There will also be several theatrical events, exhibitions, literature, forums, and works of Nordic designers in the Terrace Gallery. To learn more about these events, or purchase a ticket, visit the Kennedy Center website. You can also view the brochure (PDF) for a full list of performances.