Virtual Programs with a Nordic theme!
Updated: Jun 16
Our larger Northwest Nordic community has been doing a wonderful job providing virtual programming during this COVID-19 pandemic, even though our Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge is unable to do so. We're talking here about an array of streaming and online activities, programs, and events that the National Nordic Museum in Seattle, Nordic Northwest in Portland, the Nordic Council of Greater Seattle, and the Norwegian American, America's only Norwegian-American newspaper, have been offering.
The National Nordic Museum has a YouTube Channel ! There are videorecordings of many live events here, including: a tour of the Dream of America exhibit from the Nordic Heritage Museum, Expert Chats with Professor Lotta Gavel Adams on the Moomin books, and the 2020 Nordic Innovation Summit. VIRTUAL Nordic Stories will also soon appear on their YouTube Channel.
On the Nordic Northwest website, you can view past Friday Night Lectures from 1999-2019. Lecture titles include Nordic Crime Fiction; Under the Swastika: A Student's Experience in Occupied Norway during World War II; Nordic Myths: Crossing the Rainbow Bridge; Gods and Giants and Trolls, Oh My! ; and Visiting Viking Sites in Scandinavia.
From June 12-June 20 in Portland Oregon, Nordic Northwest promises us a "unique digital experience" at the Oregon Midsummer Festival. Links to events each day will appear on our Nordic Lodge Programs & Activities webpage when made available.
The Nordic Council of Greater Seattle offers access from its website to "Nordic on Tap Podcasts" --30 minute shows playing engaging interviews with musicians and other fascinating people, tales from Nordic folklore, and live recordings of non-commercial Nordic music.
On Syttende Mai, the Norwegian-American live streamed on its website a fantastic Hardanger Arts Festival concert directly from Norway. Its website calendar links us to a number of online events sponsored by other organizations. For instance, their link to Norway House in Minneapolis leads us to a special tour of John Kaul Portraits and also invites us to The Baldishol: A Medieval Norwegian tapestry inspires contemporary textiles, an online exhibit that features the works of local, national, and international fiber artists who draw inspiration from the Baldishol. The link to this exhibit will be provided when available.
Live streamed and online events sponsored by these organizations and perhaps others will now be listed in the Programs & Activities section of our own website. Hopefully, programs & events will continue to be live streamed even as pandemic group gathering restrictions ease.
Have fun exploring, watching, listening!