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Newsletter November 2018

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Welcome to this month’s newsletter from the Norwegian Consulate General in Shanghai. With the State Visit by the King and Queen successfully completed last month, we look forward to a very busy November with lots of Norway-related events within music, drama, literature and visual arts. Please contact us if you are interested in any of the events and would like some more information.


Would you like to experience Ibsen’s Gengangere, performed as a modern dance?

As part of the 20th China Shanghai International Arts Festival, Ghosts will be performed November 7 and November 8 at Shanghai International Dance Centre. The theatre director Marit Moum Aune, together with choreographer Cina Espejord, have transformed this play into a narrative performance in the language of contemporary dance. The production received very positive recognition after its premiere in 2014 and has since been performed in several cities around the world. This will be the first time the Norwegian National Ballet visits China.

The Norwegian Consulate General in Shanghai will host a drink reception after the premiere on November 7, inviting local key cultural contacts and the dance group members, to share more about the dance performance and Ibsen’s play.

How to buy tickets: https://piao.damai.cn/164617.html?spm=a2oeg.search

There is a 20% discount for group tickets (minimum 10 tickets)! Please contact 021 – 64332425 for more information. (Phone service in Chinese)


Thomas Mustaki’s solo exhibition “Cheers!” is currently on display at Ying Art Center from November 6-20. The Swiss-Norwegian artist began his work in 2005 and has become a major figure in the contemporary art scene. His use of brushes, sponges and aerosols when creating his abstract figures and faces has become somewhat of a trademark signature. Curated by Norwegian curator Aleksander Strandli, his art collection is now shown in China for the first time.

Address: Ying Art Center, M50 Creative Space, 97 Moganshan Road, Putuo District

CHINA CHILDREN BOOK FAIR in November - Norwegian picture books going to China

The Norwegian illustrator Haakon Lie has recently sold his book “Hva ville dyrene hatt som jobb” to the Chinese publisher Duku Cultural Exchange. The book, which was first published in 2013, is a children’s book about animals who have jobs that fit their own abilities as species. Lie introduces us to many funny characters like “beaver the lumberjack” and “elephant the firefighter” in his well-illustrated book. Many Norwegian children have enjoyed his humoristic take on animals working as humans, and this month he will present his book to the Chinese audience.

During November 9-11, Haakon Lie will be at the China Children Book fair having three book-sharing events at the Duku bookstand. He will also join an exclusive workshop for Chinese children at Shanghai Jing ’An District Children’s Library.

For more information about the book fair: http://www.ccbookfair.com/en


Teater Joker is back in China with their award-winning children theatre performance BRUNE.

Brune is a warm and powerful story about a little boy, Rune, who uses his vivid imagination and courage to confront his bullies by transforming himself to his alter ego Super-BrunoBrune is a dramatization of Håkon Øvreås´ prizewinning book, which has also been translated into Chinese. The show has won Norway’s most prestigious theater award “THE HEDDA PRICE 2017” for the best performance for children. Since their premiere in 2016, the show has toured extensively in Norway and has already performed over 200 times.

From 10-18 November, Teater Joker in collaboration with Yu Theatre, will tour in China and visit Nanjing, Suzhou and Shanghai.

  • November 10: Citizen Little Theatre at Nanjing National Theatre in Nanjing.   Time: 15:00 and 19:30
  • November 11: Citizen Little Theatre at Nanjing National Theatre in Nanjing.  Time: 10:30 and 19:30
  • November 16: Children Palace of Gusu District, Suzhou. Time:19:30
  • November 17: Children Palace of Gusu District, Suzhou.Time:10:30 and 19:30
  • November 18: Sky Theatre, Shanghai. Time:15:00

The show will be performed in English with Chinese subtitles, and is suitable for families with children from 8 years old.

Free entrance.

The tour is supported by Performing Arts Hub Norway and the Norwegian Consulate General in Shanghai. 

Photo: Mads Nygård


The Norwegian violist Lars Anders Tomter, who is regarded at one of today’s most outstanding violists, will be peforming during the International Viola Festival at Shanghai Conservatory of Music from 12-16 November. Tomter will have a solo performance on November 15. His appearance as soloist has been greeted with high acclaim around the world. He has performed with a large number of world class orchestras in prestige concert halls. He collaborates frequently with internationally renowned musicians and conductors, and is a regular guest at music festivals worldwide.

Tomter will also hold a master class, which will take place at the same location as the concert at November 14 and November 16. The class is open for both professional musicians and interested observers.  

More information about the master class and concert: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s?__biz=MzAwNDQxMjYzNw==&mid=2651230454&idx=1&sn=96a1c7872f0253bfc1ce6b4cc4164af0&chksm


Nordic Music festival has for the past two years brought Nordic music, food and art to Shanghai. Here you can listen to young up-and-coming Nordic artists, eat Swedish meatballs and enjoy a glass of mulled wine (gløgg). For more information about the program and activities, scan the QR code below. 

Artists who will perform at the festival:

Virgin suicide  


Dj Simon Adams

Time: November 18, 13:30 – 21:30  

Address: Innovation Galaxy, Yixian Road No. 1328 (line 3 to West YinGao Road, exit 1)

Scan the QR Code for tickets! 


The Norwegian Seafood Dinner in Shanghai, co-hosted by the Consulate General and the Norwegian Business Association (NBA) China, has become a proud annual tradition. This year’s dinner will be held at Marriot Shanghai City Center on November 23rd (Friday). The theme will be Northern Lights and the Arctic, and Norwegian Sami artist Mikkel Gaup will be performing (see below) as well as other art- and cultural elements. Seats/tables are currently available for sale.

Find more information on NBA’s webpage: http://norbachina.com/event/the-norwegian-annual-seafood-dinner-2018/

NORWEGIAN SUNDAY BRUNCH at Westin Hotel, Sunday 25 November

Would you like to have a Norwegian culinary and cultural experience in Shanghai with your friends and family?

On one Sunday of each month, The Westin Bund Center Shanghai offers guests the opportunity to experience a ‘Around the World’ Brunch theme, focusing on a particular country, featuring that country’s finest food and beverage and cultural traditions. On Sunday 25th of November, the turn has come to Norway! In addition to Norwegian food and drinks, the brunch provides over 100 different local and international dishes including free flow Veuve Clicquot Champagne, a kids club, live interactive entertainment by Norwegian Sami artist Mikkel Gaup, and a lucky draw.


Book your table now and get 20%discount: [email protected]


The Norwegian performance artist Mikkel Gaup is in Shanghai to join a couple of culture events, among others a film screening of the Oscar nominated movie “Pathfinder”, where Gaup is the leading actor. He will be present at the event to talk about the movie and introduce the Sami culture to the Chinese audience. See details in the poster below. Free entry but seats are limited.


Time: Saturday 24, 13:30 – 15:30

Venue: Movie Space, B2-001/002, Ruiping Road 230, The Time Lane Center (瑞平路230号时光里中心B2-001/002


Mikkel Gaup will also have a joik workshop for family and children at the Art Space for Kids Saturday afternoon. This is a unique chance to learn more about the Sami culture and their traditional folk music, joik. The workshop is suitable for children between 4-13 years old.


Time: Saturday 24, 16:30-17:30

Venue: Art Space for Kids, Gong He Xin Road 1878上海市静安区共和新路1878号大宁国际53楼小剧场


The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra will be performing at Shanghai Concert Hall from November 29 to December 1. Their three-day program in Shanghai will be fully packed with workshops, concerts and a late night jazz performance.


Thursday, November 29: Workshop from 14:30-15:30

Topic 1: Learning music by heart and how this opens for a new way to experience classical music. Terje Tønnesen, Artistic Director – Norwegian Chamber Orchestra

Topic 2: The Art of improvisation – how to organize, plan and create systems when you are improvising. Bugge Wesseltoft, jazz pianist and record label owner

Topic 3: When “chaos” and “system” join forces. How jazz and classical music has been mixed into one piece in Bach’s Goldberg variations. A panel discussion with Terje Tønnesen and Bugge Wesseltoft with general manager in Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Pelle Larsen as moderator

16:00 – 16:30 Demonstration from the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra

Friday, November 30: Concert from 19:30 – 21:30

Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and jazz pianist Bugge Wesseltoft will perform a series of concerts.

Saturday, December 1:

13:15-15:30 Visit day - When Classic Meets Jazz

19:30-21:30 Concert- Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and jazz pianist Bugge Wesseltoft will perform a series of concerts.

22:00-23:00 late night jazz -performed by jazz pianist Bugge Wesseltoft

The workshop is open to anyone who is interested.

For more information and registration:https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s__biz=MjM5MTQwNTAyMA==&mid=2649832238&idx=


Ticket box is now open: http://www.shanghaiconcerthall.org/Docs/ticket/716 

For more enquiries, please contact [email protected]



You will soon have the chance to be among the very first people to discover brand new Nordic-Chinese music.

Music by Design is a project initiated by the four Nordic Consulate General in Shanghai. The purpose is to share and exchange expertise within the music field, with Chinese contemporary musicians and the Chinese music industry. The Nordic artists will have a unique opportunity to not only perform in China, but to create music together with a Chinese counterpart. Both the Nordic and the Chinese artists will have valuable opportunity to learn from each other both culturally and artistically. The composed songs will be performed to a live audience in Shanghai December 1! Time and place will be announced soon.

For more information about Music by Design:https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s?__biz=MzI2MTM2OTc0Mw==&mid=2247484195&idx=1&sn=0199d7faed6d8765e28c67d3696f10df&chksm


Artists who will participate:

Dirty fingers (CN) & Bror Forsgren (NO)

Jasmine Li (CN) & Ida Elina (FI)

ChaCha (CN) & Farveblind (DN)

Anchun (CN) & Elias/ Erik Rapp (SE)

For more enquiries, please contact [email protected]