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.
As a representative of the Sami indigenous people living in the northern part of Norway, Elin Kåven, accompanied by Viktor Bomstad on guitar and vocals, seemed as the perfect cultural portal into the life and music of a contemporary Sami woman living in the urban capitol of Oslo. Although she sings in Sami, her musical expression shifts from classical pop songs about falling in love to traditional joik – a Sami singing style meant to reflect or evoke a beloved person, animal or place. For a multiethnic and developed country like Georgia where several different ethnic minorities reside, Elin Kåven’s work gives an exclusive insight into the balance she and thousands of others Sami people maintain, living as “normal” Norwegians, while still preserving and developing the cultural heritage of the Sami people.
With an interest in old traditions and ancient places Elin and Viktor, together with the Embassy, went on a day trip to the UNESCO World Heritage sites of the former capitol of Georgia, Mtskheta and the Jvari Monastery. Legend has it that Saint Nino (early 4th century) converted the Kingdom of Iberia into Christianity on the top of the hill where the monastery overlooks the town of Mtskheta and where the two rivers of Mtkvari and Aragvi converge. On the next day we went for a nice walk among the cobblestone-clad streets of the Old Town, followed by a sweaty climb to the Kartlis Deda momument.