Barents Spektakel in Kirkenes
On Tuesday His Royal Highness The Crown Prince began a busy two-day programme in Kirkenes in Northern Norway in connection with the opening of the Barents Spektakel festival and the celebration of the Samefolkets dag (Samí National Day) on 6 February.
Crown Prince Haakon started the day on Tuesday by attending the Kirkenes Conference, which featured lectures on the themes The Political Development in the Northern Region and The Northern Region towards 2030. The Crown Prince also had the opportunity to visit the Norwegian Barents Secretariat, which is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Barents Cooperation this year.
At 6:00 pm, Crown Prince Haakon officially opened the Barents Spektakel festival, which for the tenth consecutive year is providing cultural meeting places for the peoples and countries in the Arctic and northern areas. In his opening remarks, the Crown Prince focused on the importance of culture for development in the region:
- Because culture is dialogue. Dialogue promotes peace and stability, and stability brings development. I have tremendous faith in cultures creative power, its ability to unite us, boost communication and build something entirely new.
The Crown Prince stayed for the hour-long opening show, which was held at the Kimek ship repair hall and produced by Pikene på Broen, the Norwegian-Russian company of art curators and producers behind the Barents Spektakel.
Crown Prince Haakon also attended the opening concert, Ticking Barents - a collaboration between the projects Reconstruction of Utopia by Peter Aidu and Moscow School of Dramatic Art, Wach auf! by Poing and MajaRatkje from Oslo, and ensemble Spolokhi from Arkhangelsk.
Together they gave a performance encompassing revolutionary music utopias of the 1920-30s of the Soviet Russia, recitation of poetry (in a kind of futurist language), post-war German music and Norwegian workers songs.
At one minute to midnight, the Crown Prince attended the premiere of the film Border Musical. The film tells the story of Ola from Finnmark, Norway, and Tanja from Kola, Russia, who try to build a life together. Their marriage offers a glimpse into the interface between cultural and social norms and values across the Norwegian-Russian border.
The film was made by the Russian artist collective Chto Delat, in cooperation with other Russian and Norwegian artists. Screenings will be held at the outdoor snow cinema from Wednesday, 6 February, through Saturday, 9 February.
Congratulations are presented today from His Majesty King Harald to His Excellency Mr Egils Levits, President of the Republic of Latvia.
World Heritage at Vega
In 2004, UNESCO inscribed the Vega Archipelago on the World Heritage List. Today His Royal Highness The Crown Prince was in attendance to open the new Vega Archipelago World Heritage Centre – Norway’s first authorised centre of its kind.