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.
Science and culture
Research, sports, beekeeping and music. Norway and Slovenia share a wide array of interests, and today the King and Queen and the Slovenian President, Borut Pahor, gained insight into several of them.
State visit from Slovenia
Today Their Majesties The King and Queen welcomed the President of the Republic of Slovenia, His Excellency Mr Borut Pahor, to Norway. This is the first State Visit to Norway of a Slovenian President and King Harald and Queen Sonja are his hosts.