February 2009

Music

Ane Brun returns to the capital

One of Norway’s most popular female musicians, Ane Brun, will perform at London’s Union Chapel on February 26th. The concert at Union Chapel will be her only gig in the UK this spring and the show will kick-start her European tour. Brun's latest album ‘Changing of the Seasons’ is out now. 
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Music

NME & Ida Maria make sweet music…

Norwegian pop/rock sensation Ida Maria will sing her heart out at three UK gigs as part of the Shockwaves NME Awards season of concerts. Ida Maria broke on to the international music scene in 2008 and has been described as one of the most challenging female punk icons of her generation. 
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Literature

Double dose of Nemi each week

A million Britons already wake up with Nemi each morning on the train whilst flicking through their copy of the Metro newspaper, and in 2008 Nemi was released in book form in the UK for the second time. Now the popular Norwegian comic star has a strip on this website twice a week.
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Contemporary Art

Andy Murray as a work of art

Bergen-born artist Gro Thorsen’s paintings of Scottish tennis ace Andy Murray is now on display at the Jill George Gallery in London. The art work is part of a group exhibition entitled ‘The Figure Show’, and features more than twenty different artists. 
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Performing Arts

Ibsen-inspired play at the National Theatre

 Samuel Adamson’s play ’Mrs. Affleck’, inspired by Henrik Ibsen’s ’Little Eyolf’, will be staged at the National Theatre in London from January through April. "There are new characters, a new setting, new themes, new subplots and all sorts of changes including an altered ending, but it remains a play about parenthood, obsessive love and loss," says Adamson. [+] Read more
Music

Grieg Trio to Wigmore Hall

The celebrated Grieg Trio returns to London’s Wigmore Hall, where they presented the ‘Beethoven plus’ project during the 2002/03 season, on Monday 23 February for yet another concert. The Grieg Trio received the first ever Parkhouse Award in 1991, and they also won the prestigious Grieg Award in 1997. 
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Music

Ashkenazy conducts Norwegian composition

Vladimir Ashkenazy, one of the world’s most renowned pianists and conductors, will conduct the world premiere of a flute concerto by Norwegian composer Fred Jonny Berg at London’s St. John’s, Smith Square. Ashkenazy and the widely acknowledged Philharmonia Orchestra will perform the world premiere of Berg’s Flute Concerto No. 1 Op. 70. [+] Read more
Contemporary Art

Violent movies and comic books inspire artist

The Norwegian artist Martin Skauen, whose work is influenced by comic books and violent movies, will be exhibiting at London's Laura Bartlett Gallery from 31st of January. "I am influence by popular culture, especially violent movies and comic books, but also by well renowned works of art depicting death and destruction", he explains. [+] Read more
Contemporary Art

Garbarek and Widerberg lecture in Glasgow

As this year’s Oddveig Røsegg lecture, professor Michael Tucker will present an illustrated talk entitled: ‘Music in the Landscape: Jan Garbarek & Frans Widerberg’ at the University of Strathclyde. Oddveig Røsegg, in whose memory this annual lecture is held, was lecturer in Norwegian Language and Culture for 21 years at the University of Glasgow. [+] Read more
Architecture

Oslo Opera House on shortlist for British design award

Along with several other spectacular buildings, Snøhetta’s Oslo Opera House is on the shortlist for the Brit Insurance Design Awards for architecture. The awards conicide with an exhibition at the Design Museum in London. where the shortlist will be on show. [+] Read more

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