Arctic Culture Promoted by Danish and Finnish Embassies in UK
Highlight Arts organizes an event to spread awareness about the Arctic territories in collaboration with the Nordic embassiesNovember 30th, 2016
The Free Word Centre of London, an international organization that values the power of words, hosts an event focused on Arctic changes, entitled ‘Northern Lights – Voices from the Arctic’, and taking place on the 28th of November. It is an event realized by Highlight Arts, partner of the British Council, and specially promoted by the embassy of Denmark in the United Kingdom and the embassy of Finland in London.
The event focuses on the transformations that the circumpolar North is currently facing. The Arctic is known for its inhospitable climate and weather, which made it difficult for humankind to travel and to live there. Even so, people have learnt to adapt: to this day, numerous ethnic groups, to whom recent arrivals from southern lands have aggregated, are living there. They are in 50 different ecological areas, and their culture and tradition is deeply based on their adaptation to the peculiar environment they are surrounded by.
It is for this bond to the specificity of the nature that the changing in climate is a challenge for Arctic inhabitants. This transformation is happening with a rapid rate, causing higher temperatures, ice melting and, more in general, creating a different ecosystem. Moreover, the Arctic is facing a new openness towards international economy and external communication. Both these factors are therefore contributing to the necessity of adaptation.
The event aims to promote the culture of these places and to raise awareness. In order to obtain this result, in the evening of the 28th of November, some interesting guests are being hosted: the Inuit Jessie Kleemann and the Sámi Niillas Holmberg. The first one, born in northern Greenland, is a poet and a performance artist, and, for the occasion, she is presenting her poems, characterized by her country imagery and narrating its daily challenges. The second one is an all-round international artist, since he works as a poet, a musician, singing, playing and composing, an actor and an activist. During the event he is addressing the threats on Sámi people’s connection with the environment.
Furthermore, two movies are presented: ‘Pitaqangittuq’, explaining how this community in the northern Canadian territory is adapting; and ‘Hollow Earth’, which explores the current conditions of the Arctic.