On Friday, His Royal Highness The Crown Prince opened Scene Norway, a mini-festival showcasing Norwegian modern art, film and literature as well as jazz during this years London Jazz Festival.
In his opening speech, Crown Prince Haakon emphasised the increase in international interest in Norwegian art, music, film and literature, as well as the importance of the London scene to Norwegian artists:
London is an extremely important artistic arena, both within the UK itself and in an international context .... For many Norwegian artists, London is their home away from home and a place they often return to for work and inspiration in a stimulating artistic environment.
The events featured are:
- Scene Norway Close Up – Discussing current Norwegian art and culture
- An evening with Ketil Bjørnstad
- Norway in words - A spoken word event featuring readings and discussion by some of Norway's leading writers
- Film: The man who loved Yngve
- Norway through Film - Discover the similarities between the UK and Norway through the medium of film
- UK Punkt - Brings together some of Norway's most original contemporary musicians over three days of events
The events under Scene Norway are being held at Kings Place, a house of culture that features concert halls as well as galleries and serves as the home base for two orchestras: the London Sinfonietta and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
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.