Must-sees among cultural events

One of the keywords during the Arctic Winter Games is curiosity. Curiosity about each other’s similarities and differences. We spoke to Director for Culture at AWG, Ruth Montgomery-Andersen. Here you can read what she thinks are the must-sees among the cultural events in Nuuk during the Arctic Winter Games.

AWG is a sports event for young people in the Arctic and North. This year the AWG is held in Nuuk. An important value for the host nation, which is Greenland this year, is community. 

“Our cultural programme is built around three things. That is diversity, it is the use of the young locals – and it is spectacular events!”

 

Exhibition "13"

“13” focuses on thirteen interesting and diverse citizens of Greenland’s capital. The exhibition is a hybrid between photographs and answers to thirteen questions about each of the portrayed characters’ private and professional life. This way the exhibition sheds light on people from a new angle. 

Where: The National Theatre of Greenland

When: 3rd – 11th of March

 

EXHIBITION “CULTURAL CARRIERS”

The “Cultural Carriers” is an exhibition, which is made especially for the Arctic Winter Games 2016. It tells the story of the coordination efforts it has taken to bring together all of these different nations that are coming together for the Games. At the exhibition you can see different objects that characterise the different participating nations.

Where: Nuuk Art Museum

When: 5th – 10th of March

Gustin Adjun

18-year-old Gustin Adjun is the pride of his homeland, Kuglutuk in Nunavut. He combines youthful charm with the traditional folk music. During the Games he will entertain at different workshops and events all over town. One place to see him is during a Community Show in Nuuk Center.

Where: Nuuk Center

When: 7th of March, 10 AM – 11:30 AM

"He combines youthful charm with the traditional folk music"

“All nations will, besides their sports contenders, send a small group of cultural participants. They will be responsible for the cultural representation of their Arctic community”

 

Gala Show

The big Gala show is going to consist of a contribution from each of the nine participating nations. All performers in the show are – like the sports participants - between the age of 14 and 21. “All nations will, besides their sports contenders, send a small group of cultural participants. They will be responsible for the cultural representation of their Arctic community,” says Ruth Montgomery-Andersen. Besides taking part in the show, the cultural participants will be teaching at different workshops for local children in Nuuk.

Where: Katuaq

When: 9th and 10th of March, 7 PM – 9 PM

This is a ticketed event. Purchase your ticket at www.katuaq.gl

 

Fireworks

The Firework show will be held in true Greenlandic spirit: There must be plenty! Right after the last performance at the Gala Show, we all head to Nuutoqaq (the old part of town otherwise known as Colonial Harbor) to see the big fireworks. While the sky is lit up, the theme song of the Arctic Winter Games will be played. The theme song is made by the Greenlandic band ‘Small Time Giants’ and is called “We are the Arctic”. Where: The Colonial Harbor When: 10th of March, ca. 9:30 PM

AWG celebrates sports, social interaction and cultural diversity. The goal this year is that participants as well as locals must be able to take part in colorful activities. Everyone should be able to take part of a meaningful project that generates joy.

“The Opening Ceremony is the event during Arctic Winter Games with the most “goose bump moments and at the Closing Ceremony it is the transformation of the young people that is magic”

Opening and Closing Ceremony

The Opening Ceremony is the event during Arctic Winter Games with the most “goose bump moments,” says Ruth Montgomery-Andersen. Proud young people that are entering in the colors of their nation are representing their home country for the first time. The audience will experience cultural personalities from all of Greenland and the rest of the world. “At the Closing Ceremony it is the transformation of the young people that is magic,” Ruth says. At this ceremony the entertainment will be diverse. A trained dance group of Greenlandic dancers will perform. A huge choir put together by three totally distinct choirs will let their voices merge together under the direction of Nina Kreutzmann-Jørgensen.

Where: Inussivik

When: Opening 6th of March, 12 PM – Closing 11th of March, 7 PM

This is a ticketed event. Purchase your ticket at www.katuaq.gl