Norwegian art and other forms of cultural expression have won international recognition and a number of Norwegian artists, writers and musicians rank among the best in the world. Norwegian architecture, design, music, literature and films are finding their way to other countries, and are raising Norway’s profile abroad.
The Government aims to provide a good framework for ensuring quality, breadth and diversity in the cultural sector. Internationalisation of Norwegian arts and culture has increased awareness of, and interest in, Norway as a nation of cultural innovation and knowledge. Through various support schemes and different forms of project cooperation, the Norwegian Government helps Norwegian artists and cultural professionals to participate on the international stage, thus enabling them to bring new ideas and inspiration back to Norway.
- Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906) is one of the world’s most widely performed dramatists, while Jon Fosse is one of the most widely performed living dramatists.
- Edvard Munch (1863-1944) captured his own anguish – and arguably the suffering of the human condition – in his iconic painting The Scream. Today, Tori Wrånes creates a whole world of images through sculpture, performance, music and drama.
- Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) was a National Romantic composer who revolutionised the music of his day. Today, Kygo is revolutionising electronic dance music, Mari Boine is mixing traditional Sami chanting song (joik) with elements of jazz, and Black Metal has become one of Norway’s largest cultural exports.
“… one of the leading figures in European jazz, helping to forge an identity distinct from the music’s American roots.”
David Honigmann, Financial Times on saxophonist Jan Garbarek
Deeyah Khan is a film director, record producer and human rights defender. In 2016, she was appointed UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador on artistic freedom.
Among the architecture firms that have made their mark abroad is Snøhetta, the firm behind the Oslo Opera House, the Library of Alexandria and the 9/11 memorial pavilion at Ground Zero in New York City.
A great many Norwegian books have been translated and published abroad. For example, Karl Ove Knausgård’s books have been translated into 30 languages, and Jo Nesbø is one of the world’s bestselling crime writers.
Norwegian Arts and Culture in Azerbijan
The Norwegian Embassy in Baku works actively to promote Norwegian culture to Azerbaijani audiences. A main objective is to enhance cooperation at the institutional level.
In recent years much has been done to promote Norwegian music, film and dance. Below is a list of recent projects:
- Alexander Rybak - Workshop with music students followed by a joint concert.
- Norwegian Film Days
- Oslo Kammerakademi - Workshops and concerts
- Elin Kåven and Victor Bomstad - Concerts
- Tord Gustavsen Quartet - Baku International Jazz Festival
- Per Oddvar Hildre - Choir workshops
- Kari Hoaas Productions - Contemporary dance
- Rune Lindbæk - DJ and producer
Cultural days in Tbilisi with Elin Kåven and "Northern Disco Lights"
For the cold winter days in Tbilisi, the Embassy saw it fit to showcase some of the most interesting cultural phenomena from the northern part of Norway on the weekend of 25 and 26 November 2016.
Tord Gustavsen Quartet made great success in Baku
For this year’s jazz festival in Baku (22 – 30 October 2016), the embassy was happy the programme boasted a Norwegian name.