What a Sound! - The 32nd Installment of Greifswald's Nordischer Klang Festival Once Again Brings a Full Programme of Nordic Music, Art and Literature to the Hanseatic Town.

Festival logo 2023, © Nordischer Klang e. V.
Festival logo 2023, © Nordischer Klang e. V.

“We are once again pleased to be able to present a colourful festival programme with a variety of formats! The Nordischer Klang festival is now in its 32nd edition and, thanks to the great support by partners and sponsors, has become a highlight in the state's cultural programme. In fact, it is a highlight of particular cultural and political significance as part of the cultural programme of the 2023 German Presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States," explain Prof. Dr. Marko Pantermöller and Prof. Dr. Clemens Räthel. According to the two festival directors, the joint management of the festival provides the best possible presentation of Scandinavian and Finnish perspectives.

The patronage for this year’s festival is shared between Mecklenburg-Vorpommern's Minister-President, Manuela Schwesig, and the Swedish Minister of Culture, Parisa Liljestrand. The festival will be opened musically on 05 May by Aurelia Dey from 2023’s patron country: Sweden. Together with the seventeen-member band AVENUE, the singer and actress unites styles such as Afrobeat, reggae, traditional Nordic and Ghanaian music as well as dancehall. Their performance also features an electrifying dance show.

The musical programme in the following days offers something to suit all tastes. For example, contemporary folk-pop comes to Greifswald with Monique Mai (DK) and Paper Crown (N), while the Swedish Jazz Night with the Landæus Trio and Stella Gustin Quartet will make the hearts of all jazz fans beat faster. The last evening will also be a real treat, when the festival will be rounded off by the Norwegian folk rockers Gangar. In addition to music, this year's programme will again be enriched by readings, exhibitions, films and a diverse academic programme.

On the occasion of the anniversaries of the Sami parliaments in Finland and Sweden, the Nordischer Klang festival 2023 will lay emphasis on the cultures of the indigenous Sami community. The anniversaries will be celebrated for example with a double concert evening with the Sami bands Áilu Valle & Boogiemen (FIN) and Tundra Electro (N/FIN). Dr. Frithjof Strauß, artistic head of the festival, is thrilled: “Sami music never ceases to amaze! Not only through the yoik singing style, but also through the many connections it makes with other styles. The duo Tundra Electro, for example, combines yoik with loops, jazz and international music. Contrast this with Áilu Valle's gripping rap, which he performs to the rock sound of his band Boogiemen."

The Sami focus will be rounded off by the screening of the film "Eatnameamet - Our silent struggle" by Suvi West and a panel event with the Finnish provenance researcher Eeva-Kristiina Nylander from the Museum of European Cultures in Berlin.

To bridge the waiting time, the official Aftermovie from the 2022 festival allows you to reminisce about last year’s event.

All further information about the festival and the individual events can be found in the programme booklet, which will be available from April in tourist information offices, cultural centres, music schools and libraries in and around Greifswald. Information on the specific programme as well as the venues and ticket sales is also already available online at www.nordischerklang.de as well as on the social media platforms FacebookInstagram and Twitter, the YouTube channel or via newsletter [de]. On the festival's own Spotify channel you can also get a taste of the upcoming concerts. The NDR will again accompany and support the festival as a media partner this year.

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