Culture festival will bring all things Scandi to the heart of South London

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Dulwich Picture Gallery will open late during Museums at Night this May for its second spring culture festival, Scandimania: Norway and Beyond - this year inspired by the current exhibition, Nikolai Astrup: Painting Norway. The programme features live music, outdoor film screenings, Nordic-inspired craft workshops, film marathons and family events throughout the weekend.
 
During two ‘Scandinights’ on Friday and Saturday evening from 6.30pm visitors can enjoy the spectacular sounds of Norwegian breakthrough artists, Sasha Siem (pictured) and Eera who will perform live on-stage in the Gallery grounds. The sets will be followed by outdoor cinema screenings of cult Norwegian film Trollhunter (Friday) and Norwegian action thriller Headhunters (Saturday). Scandi street food and drinks will be available throughout the evening and Astrup will be open with guided tours on offer.
 
On Thursday evening renowned Norwegian designers, Arne and Carlos will lead a communal ‘crochet-a-thon’. With specialist guidance from the pair, budding knitters can hone their skills on their own projects and contribute to a bespoke large-scale work inspired by Astrup’s colourful landscapes.
 
Other highlights include Rosemåling painting workshops with Norwegian born artist, Bodil Walton, in the gardens and on Sunday a Nordic cinema marathon featuring shorts and award-winning feature-lengths specially curated by the experts from the Nordic Film Festival. Films will include Welcome to Norway, winner of this year's Audience Award at Gothenburg Film Festival.
 
Throughout the weekend between 10am and 5pm visitors can enjoy free entry to the site to peruse a variety of Scandi market stalls in the Gallery grounds selling gifts and homeware.

Scandimania: Norway and Beyond is part of Museums at Night, the annual UK-wide weekend of late openings at arts and heritage venues, which captures people’s imaginations and encourages audiences to do something different with their evening.
 
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For more information visit www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/scandimania

Further information:
Louisa Bee, Press and Communications Manager
l.bee@dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk / 020 8299 8710

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Dulwich Picture Gallery
Dulwich Picture Gallery is England’s first purpose-built public art gallery, founded in 1811 and designed by Regency architect Sir John Soane. It houses one of the finest collections of Old Masters in the country, especially rich in French, Italian and Spanish Baroque paintings and in British portraits from the Tudor period to the 19th century. The Gallery’s permanent collection is complemented by its diverse and critically acclaimed year round temporary exhibitions.
 
Museums at Night
Museums at Night is the annual after-hours celebration of arts, culture and heritage when hundreds of museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage sites open their doors for special evening events. It takes place over the weekend of Friday 13th – Sunday 15th May 2012. www.museumsatnight.org.uk 

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Scandimania: Norway and Beyond
Tickets: www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/scandimania

Sat 7 May: Scandinavian Soundaround
Folk artists Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer introduce you to the music and instruments of Scandinavia.

Thu 12 May: Nordic ‘Crochet-a-thon’ with Arne and Carlos
Norwegian textile artists Arne and Carlos, renowned for their knit and crochet work, lead an evening of communal knitting inspired by Nikolai Astrup.

Fri 13 May: Scandinight: Trollhunter
A night of live music, outdoor cinema, food drink and art. Performances by breakthrough music acts Sasha Siem and Eera will be followed by an outdoor screening of cult Norwegian film, Trollhunter (2010).

Sat 14 May: Scandinight: Headhunters
Rising music acts Sasha Siem and Eera are followed by Norwegian action thriller Headhunters (2011) in a night of live music, outdoor cinema, food drink and art.

Sat 14 - Sun 15 May: How to: Rosemåling
Explore how to paint in the traditional Norwegian style with our resident expert, Norwegian born Bodil Walton. 

Sun 15 May: Nordic Cinema Marathon
A day of Nordic film curated by the Nordic Film Festival featuring shorts and award-winning feature lengths.

Sat 14 - Sun 15 May! Family event: Weaving Norwegian Style!
A free, exciting workshop for all the family - learn to knit in the traditional Scandinavian style!  

ALL WEEKEND:
Shop: a selection of Scandi stalls will set-up shop in the Gallery grounds throughout the weekend.

Image: Sasha Siem