The Nordic Culture Fund has awarded 51 projects totalling DKK 8,375,000. By the application deadline, on the 15th of February, the Fund had received 236 valid applications.
Among the funded projects is Embrace, which seeks to interweave Nordic and African cultural heritage through a dance performance focusing on ‘braiding’. The brade is central to both traditional Nordic craftsmanship and as a marker of identity in the African diaspora, but can also be seen as a metaphor for intertwining and connecting different destinies, cultures and art forms.
The Fund has also supported Observation of Change, which is based on a nature restoration project, seeking to mitigate the damage that planted spruce trees have begun to inflict on naturally growing birch forests as a consequence of global temperature increases. The project brings together artistic and scientific methods and creates a dialogue between artists and scientific researchers in a joint effort to increase understanding of the consequences of human intervention in nature.
A third project that received funding is the Sustainable Diversity Offstage initiative. The project brings much-needed focus to the representation of women and minorities among those working behind the artistic scenes with logistics, engineering and production. Women and minorities make up only 5 percent of this workforce and the project aims at changing this by introducing minorities to the field and upskilling those already working in it through workshops and mentoring. The workshops will be carried out in collaboration with relevant festivals, concert organizers and producers.
The next application deadline for project funding is 1 September 2023, 23:59, Danish time, UTC+1
You can read more about the projects previously supported by the Fund here.