The Government of Norway recently published a White Paper, stating that it aims to reinforce the international promotion of Norwegian cultural institutions. In the field of music, the agency Music Norway has recently been established to promote Norwegian export of music in developing countries, and raise its international profile. Arts Council Norway has been charged with formulating an international strategy for its activities within their field, and an international section has been added to it. In parallel, Concerts Norway is continuing its long-standing cooperation with countries in the South. As a whole, this indicates a high level of ambition and determination on the part of the authorities to bring Norway onto the international cultural arena. We wish to take a closer look at how the various actors intend to work on their respective assignments. What activities are foreseen to achieve the government’s goals? What strategies are chosen when long-term plans are being prepared? How can the musical communities help give shape to these important efforts?
Cecilie Willoch – Head of Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Tom Gravlie – Head og Foreign Relations, Concerts Norway
Britt Holtebrekk – Head og International Department, Arts Council Norway
Kathrine Synnes – Director, Music Norway
The conversations will be in Norwegian and chaired by Kristin Danielsen.