Nordic cooperation: What do we need to know to improve the conditions for arts and cultural participation?

The Nordic Council of Ministers and Nordic Agency for Cultural Policy Analysis, Kulturanalys Norden, invite to a discussion about the conditions for creating and sustaining a strong art sector and a broad cultural participation north of the circumpolar.

At first the Nordic Agency for Cultural Policy Analysis, Kulturanalys Norden, presents its current work with establishing a knowledge centre for Nordic cultural policy. Results from a recent study on cultural participation in sparsely populated areas and populous areas in Sweden, will be presented, and serve as a point of departure for a conversation between arctic arts expertsaboutissuessuchas: What are the different conditions for the arts in sparsely populated areas versus in populous areas? What knowledge do we need in order to strengthen the arts and the cultural participation north of the circumpolar? When we address regional di erences in the cultural participation, what do we need to consider from the Arctic?

Host: Nordic Council of Ministers and Kulturanalys Norden


Moderator: Karolina Windell
Director, Kulturanalys Norden

Maria Utsi
Director, Festspillene i Nord-Norge

Mats Bjerde
Director, Napa, Nordic Insitute in Greenland

Susanne Jonsson
Director, Filmpool Nord

Contemporary indigenous art

What is indigenous art today? What is cultural appropriation and what are the genuine indigenous expressions – who decides?

Host: Riddu Riddu Festival


Moderator: Katya-Garcia Antón
Director, Office for Contemporary Art Norway (NO)

Moderator: Karoline Trollvik
Director, Riddu Riddu Festivala (Sápmi/NO)

Tone Hansen
Chair of the board, Council of Culture, Director of Henie Onstad (NO)

Maria Huhmarniemi
Chairperson, Artists ́ Association of Lapland (FI)

Heather Igloliorte
Assistant Professor in Aboriginal Art History, Concordia University, Montreal (CA)

Máret Ánne Sara
Artist, Dáidadállu (Sápmi/NO)

Bernadette Driscoll
Researcher, Arctic Studies Center, Smithsonian (US)

Barents cooperation

For more than twenty years, the neighboring countries of the Barents region, Russia, Finland, Sweden and Norway have been cooperating extensively, also in the eld of culture. What is their story of success and how does cooperation proceed facing Arctic changes?


Host: The International Barents Secretariat


Moderator: Tomas Hallberg
Director, The International Barents Secretariat (SE)

Margrethe Alnes
Grant programme coordinator, the Norwegian Barents Secretariat (NO)

Artistic education, research and practice in the Arctic

Host: University of Lapland


Timo Jokela
Dean, professor, Faculty of Art and Design, University of Lapland. Leader of the Thematic network on Arctic Sustainable Art & Design, University of Arctic (FI)

Gunvor Guttorm
Rector, Sami University of Applied Sciences (NO)

Mirja Hiltunen
Professor, University of Lapland (FI)

Curating the North

Who owns and mediates ”North” in the current ”scramble” for the Arctic?

The North has long been a place both imaged and imagined by insiders and outsiders alike.
Advocating perspectives, ownership and storytelling from, by and in the North, we adopt an expanded understanding of ”curation” to probe the competing in uences at play in today’s renewed ”scramble” for the Arctic.

Host: Northern Norway Art Museum


Moderator: Jérémie Michael McGowan
Director, Northern Norway Art Museum (NO)
Rickard Borgström
Project Manager & Curator, Nuuk Nordic cultural festival (GL)
Marja Helander
Visual artist and lmmaker (Sápmi/FI)
Andreas Hoffmann
Artistic Director, Arctic Culture Lab (NO)
Christine Lalonde
Curator, National Gallery of Canada (CA)
Sonya Kelliher-Combs
Visual artist (US)

Cultural circumpolar connections

As the world of international relations seems to become increasingly unstable and unpredictable, the Arctic stands out as a place of dialogue and peaceful collaboration across the borders. What role do international institutions such as the Arctic Council and Arctic Economic Council have in this picture? And what about science and cultural collaboration across borders? The Arctic Arts Summit brings people together across the Arctic borders. How do such gatherings, conference and cultural events e ect the devolopment of the Arctic region? This session will explore the role of so diplomacy and cultural relations in the Arctic.

Host: Arctic Frontiers


Moderator: Ole Øvretveit
Director, Arctic Frontiers (NO)

Anu Fredrikson
Director, Arctic Economic Council (FI)

Magnus Johannesson
Director of the Arctic Council Secretariat (IS)

Julie Decker
Director, Anchorage Museum (US)

Nauja Bianco
Arctic Advisor, Nordic Council of Ministers (GL)

Ethan Berkowitz
Mayor, Municipality of Anchorage (US)

Cultural tourism: Tourists meeting the culture of the North

Tourism is a rapidly growing industry which may have far-reaching economic and environmental impact in the Arctic. Having focused on natural wonders and nature-based tourism in international marketing, there is a growing awareness of cultural tourism as a vital part of the experience. Going forward, leveraging the unique Arctic culture in marketing campaigns represents a potential for sustainable growth, provided it is executed with insight and respect of the Arctic culture. Positioning the Arctic as a unique experience in terms of both nature and culture can thus provide a platform for increased understanding and respect for local and indigenous societies in the North.

Host: Innovation Norway Arctic


Moderator: Børge Hemmingsen
Senior Adviser, Innovation Norway Arctic (NO)

Áshildur Bragadóttir
Director, Visit Reykjavik (IS)

Soile Veijola
Professor, Multidimensional Tourism Institute (MTI), Faculty of Social Sciences,
University of Lapland (Fi)

Keith Henry
CEO, Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada (CA)