100 Years as an Independent Nation

The peaceful dissolution of the Union between Norway and Sweden in 1905 will be marked next year by a number of events throughout the UK. The Centennial Anniversary programme will include music festivals, exhibitions, theatre performances and seminars



Grieg Exhibition (Jan - Apr 05)
Edinburgh / Aberdeen

Norwegian Crafts (Feb 05)
Flow Gallery, London
Modern Norwegian applied art at Flow Gallery in Notting Hill

Style and Splendour (Feb 05 - Jan 06)
V&A Museum, London
Queen Maud of Norway’s wardrobe 1896-1938
Exhibition from the Norwegian National Museum of Art/Museum of Applied Art. Shown in Norway in 1995

All-Norwegian concert (16 Feb 05)
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
Nils Økland, soloist, plays Geirr Tveitt; New work commissioned for Nils Økland
Concert broadcast by BBC Radio 3

Grieg Concert (Feb - Mar 05)
Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Fresh Air – 100 years of fresh air (3 Mar 05)
Fabric, London
One-night mini pop/rock/elektronica festival at the top London club Fabric. The following artists have been contacted: Røyksopp,  Turboneger, Kings of Convenience, Ralph Meyer, Jaga Jazzist,  Bugge Wesseltoft, NP Molvær, Frost, and  more

Club Exchange: Notting Hill Arts Club & Blå (Mar 05)
Notting Hill Arts Club, London & Blå, Oslo
The entire staff of the two clubs swap capital venues for one night

A Hundred Years of Norwegians in London (Spring 05)
The Norwegian Church, London
Photo Exhibition

Concert: Students of Trondheim Conservatory of Music (Apr 05)
The Norwegian Church, London

Photographic documentary (Spring 05)
The Norwegian Church in Cardiff
"The people behind the Norwegian Church in Cardiff"

Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler (Mar / Apr 05)
Almeida Theatre, London

Håvard Gimse / Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (27 - 29 Apr 05)
Three concerts with pianist Håvard Gimse and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Norwegian Crafts (Apr 05)
Usher Gallery, Lincoln
Exhibition of Norwegian decorative arts

Fashion in Motion (May 05)
V&A Museum, London
Norwegian fashion show as part of London Fashion Week. Based on the Queen Maud exhibition

Beachclub 2005 (Jun 05)
Notting Hill Arts Club, London
Exhibition of Norwegian photos and short films. Concerts with Norwegian bands

Concert (Jun 05)
(Organized by St. Giles Cathedral/Old Parliament Hall/RSAMD)

Norwegian Day(s) during the World Port Festivals (Jul 05)

Norway Guest Nation at the Cardiff Harbour Festival (Jul 05)

Ibsenesque Theatre (Aug 05)

Screening of Norwegian films (Aug 05)

Notion of a Nation (Aug 05)
Norwegian symposium at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Late Junction – Norway in Focus (Autumn 05)
BBC Radio 3 programme series on modern & world music will focus on Norway and Norwegian music in the last 100 years. The series will culminate with an entire evening of Norwegiam music in 2005. serien

Norwegian / Swedish Service (Autumn 05)
Southwark Cathedral, London

100% Norway 2005 (Sep 05)
Earl's Court, London
Norwegian design as part of London Design Week

Look at Norway - geography resource pack for schools (Sep 05)
Internet and primary schools in UK
Launch of second internet-based resource pack for schoolchildren aged 8 –11. år. This new pack presents Norwegian geography, society and history in a form consistent with the National Curriculum

Tribute to Norway Concert (Oct 05 TBC)

Nansen Lectures (May / Jun 05)
Norwich, Cambridge, Manchester

C for Courage - Exhibition on Children’s Rights (Nov 05)
London or Aylesbury
Exhibition supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Norwegian Day Contemporary Music (Nov 05)
Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
Norwegian music all day and three concerts in the evening. Participants will include: BIT 20, Cikada, Eir Inderhaug, Ellen Ugelvik  Nov 2005 Huddersfield

Translation Seminar (Nov 05)
University of Surrey
Combine the centennary of the dissolution of the Union and the death of Ibsen in January 2006

Open Air Concert (Dec 05 TBC)
Trafalgar Square, London
On the occasion of the lighting of the Norwegian Christmas Tree in Trafalgar Square 2005

Norwegian Voices - Celebration concert (8 Dec 05)
Barbican Centre, London
Featuring Norwegian music, visual arts and literature in combination with British graphic design. Focus on new Norwegian jazz, BBC Radio 3 to record for broadcast

Lecture Series at University College London (15 - 16 Dec 05)
University College, London
On the Dissolution of the Union, arranged by Nordic History Group. One Norwegian, one Swedish and one British lecturer

School Project 2005/2006 Edinburgh (05 - 06)
(Arranger: John Turner / Education Dept)

Music Under Newcastle (05)
The Oslo jazz venue Blå as part of its Music under Europa 2005 tour

Queen Maud of Norway (05)
Ambassador’s residence, London
Unveiling of statue by Ada Madsen in front garden of 10 Palace Green - a near-copy of the original in Oslo’s Royal Gardens

Tall Ships Festival (05)
Norwegian participation

Festival: The Spirit of Norway (05)
Chethams School of Music, Manchester
Focus on Norway and Norwegian music 2005

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King Haakon VII and Queen Maud were crowned in Nidarosdomen in Trondheim in 1906

Photo: Aschehoug forlags arkiv/ Utenriksdepartementet