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Welcome to the Royal Norwegian Embassy's newsletter for November!

It's time to head indoors, so what better excuse to keep warm and cosy than at one of this month's Norwegian events across the UK. Firstly, make sure you don't miss the Norwegian festival Scene Norway during the London Jazz Festival which will be packed with exciting acts from the north.

If you're in Liverpool, don't miss NICE08, a Nordic festival that includes theatre productions, concerts and exhibitions. Back in London, head down to the Barbican for the city's Children’s Film Festival where Norwegian film 'The Ten Lives of Titanic the Cat' will be screened. And to rock fans across the country, brace yourself as Ida Maria is back in the UK for her nationwide tour this month. Whatever you do, enjoy it!

Norwegian extravaganza at London Jazz Festival

This November, Kings Place will be hosting a special eight day celebration of Norwegian music, film, theatre, literature and dance; Scene Norway will present a mini festival within the London Jazz Festival. cene Norway expands on the high profile enjoyed by Norwegian jazz over the past eight years, drawing in literature, theatre and film to present some of Norway’s most creative figures. [+] Read more

Oh My God! Ida Maria is back in the UK...

Norwegian rock sensation Ida Maria returns to the UK in November for a UK tour, following the release of her debut album 'Fortress Round My Heart’. Ida Maria’s single ‘I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked’, which was A-listed by BBC Radio 1, went straight into the UK Top 20 charts earlier this year. 
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Wood waste and off-cuts make great furniture...

Norwegian-British designer and illustrator Amy Hunting will be exhibiting her new furniture collection made solely out of wood waste and off-cuts at NICE08 in Liverpool 20-30 November. he pieces were put together to form a wood patchwork before they were made into; a chair, a book box and a series of 12 lamps. 
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Norwegian children's film at the Barbican

On November 23rd, the successful Norwegian children's film 'The Ten Lives of Titanic the Cat' will be screened at the Barbican during the London Children’s Film Festival. The film is Grethe Bøe's feature film debut. Her track record shows broad experience from both film and television. 
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Nemi's creator at the Victoria & Albert

Following the release of her latest book, Lise Myhre, the mother of Metro's comic strip star Nemi, will be one of the contributors to the V&A's one day symposium about post-War comics and graphic novels. The one-day symposium, organised with the Comica Festival, examines the formation and function of archetypes and stereotypes in British, American and European comics and graphic novels. [+] Read more

The voice behind SKY's True Colours advert...

You've probably seen the new SKY advert rolling across your TV screen every other minute and wondered who's singing that heart-rending version of Cyndi Lauper's ‘True Colours’? Well, here's the answer; it's one of Norway's most popular singers, Ane Brun. Several of her albums are available from UK's iTunes and record stores. [+] Read more

Norway is born to be wide in Edinburgh

Norway’s Consul in Edinburgh is set to follow in the footsteps of author Irvine Welsh, football legend Pat Nevin and some of Scotland’s best-known bands, when she DJ’s at Scotland’s leading music scene night, Born To Be Wide, on November 6. The Consul will be taking to the decks as part of the Play Norway night, which  kicks off with a seminar featuring key representatives from the Norwegian music industry. [+] Read more
Contemporary Art

Norwegian-Brazilian photo exhibition in London

Norwegian-Brazilian photographer Flavia Sollner exhibits her new images that reflect both the overgrown rainforests of Brazil and the stark darkness of Norwegian wintertime, in Mile End, London. Using night-time as a veil, Sollner lifts the darkness to show the mysterious goings-on of her dark fancy: a flash over the shoulder blade of a half-naked boy, and car lights over the frozen ridges of a country road. [+] Read more

Acclaimed saxophonist with UK tour

Norwegian tenor and soprano saxophonist Frøy Aagre plays at London Jazz Festival with trumpet legend Kenny Wheeler, and followed by numerous concerts around the UK. Influenced by Wayne Shorter, Oliver Messian, Astor Piazzolla and Kenny Wheeler, Aagre's approach challenges the boundaries between written and improvised music. [+] Read more

Norwegian metal and rock combo hits London

El Caco, a Norwegian band that blends metal with rock, heads to London for a gig at The Fly on 11 November. These Norwegian road bandits have the ability to grasp the finer elements of their influences and mix them into their own diverse sound. The band’s music is a culmination of three very talented individuals, each with a very eclectic taste in music. Inspired by the best, but never stripping themselves of their own unique identity. [+] Read more
Performing Arts

Norwegian/Swedish performance 'To Die For' in Liverpool

h2dance presents the joint choreography and direction of two Norwegian and Swedish artistic directors. On 29 November, at NICE08 in Liverpool, they will perform a combination of dynamic movement and text through 'To Die For'. h2dance's work addresses political and gender issues with humour and irony to create energetic and thought-provoking performance work with a live art edge. [+] Read more

Launch of Kaya's first album in Liverpool

Talented Norwegian singer Kaya will launch her first album 'Balloon in a Cactus Field' on the 20th of November as part of the opening of the festival NICE08. Kaya grew up in Narvik, in Northern Norway. She is a singer, songwriter, and a freelance musician who works and plays in Liverpool. She runs Aurora Borealis Music. and she is also one of the founding members of the Liverpool Music Week team. [+] Read more
Contemporary Art

Curatorial collective in Hackney with new exhibition

Norwegian Una Hamilton Helle is one of the main artists behind the curatorial collective 'Five Storey Projects', which organises 'Matter of Time', an exhibition by 16 of Britain’s most promising young artists in Hackney, London. The artists have been asked to engage actively with the exhibition space (inside, outside or offsite), while considering themes connected to the space's history and its surroundings. [+] Read more
Performing Arts

The modern Ibsen to London

'Warm', a heartbreaking love story by Norwegian playwright Jon Fosse, will be staged at Theatre503 in Battersea. Norwegian Jon Fosse is Europe’s most prolific and most performed living playwright. He has been likened to ‘Ibsen for a new generation’, and this play is no exception. It is a play of tender precision, a dreamscape, a play stripped down to its emotional essentials. [+] Read more

Annual Christmas Fair

The annual Christmas fair at the Norwegian church and seamen's mission, St. Olav's Church, in London, will take place on 21 and 22 November. A wide selection of Norwegian products and items will be on sale, including silver, pewter and bronze jewellery, Norwegian sweaters and knitting wool, books, CDs and DVDs, and Norwegian groceries and hand-made cakes. [+] Read more
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