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Nordic Matters

What’s not to admire of our Nordic cousins? Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Finland have all been voted the world's best countries in which to be a woman – and did you know that the United Nations rates Denmark the happiest place on the planet?

For a long time at the forefront of social change, the Nordic approach to parenting and education, investment in sustainable energy and general quality of life sets inspiring benchmarks for us all.  Make sure you keep an eye out for Southbank Centre’s host of events throughout the year, which covers music, dance, theatre, literature, spoken word, visual art, design, fashion and food from the Nordic countries and explore the festival to the fullest in 2017.

Whether you take an interest in Nordic art and culture, want to find out more about sustainable food and communal singing, hygge, saunas, paternity leave or the struggle for gender equality, there’s something here to cover all interests and fancies.  

Chosen from a number of international applicants, Southbank Centre is the sole recipient of a grant from The Nordic Council of Ministers for a new festival celebrating the very best of Nordic art and culture. The festival takes place throughout 2017 and is one of the biggest cultural-political partnerships of its kind.

Discover Southbank Centre


There’s always something to see and do at Southbank Centre, the bustling arts centre by the river Thames. See shows and exhibitions, take part in vibrant festivals, and look out for free music and events. Enjoy a drink or a meal in one of the many bars and restaurants or soak up the atmosphere at the iconic Royal Festival Hall. 

In addition to the Royal Festival Hall, the expansive site includes Hayward Gallery (scheduled to reopen in 2018), Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Rooms and the Poetry Library.

The arts centre hosts a festival programme of over 5000 events every year across the genres of art, theatre, dance, classical and contemporary music, literature and debate. For 2017 Southbank Centre places a focus Nordic art and culture - find out more about sustainable food and communal singing, hygge and saunas, paternity leave and the struggle for gender equality

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Southbank Centre

Belvedere Rd, South Bank, London SE1 8XX