Nordischer Klang / Nordic Sound

Greifswald is a small city in the north of Germany, directly at the coast of the Baltic Sea and near the boarder of Poland. It has only 56,000 inhabitants, but on May the biggest festival for Northern European culture outside of Scandinavia takes place there. This festival is called Nordischer Klang (Eng. Nordic Sound) and I want to write a little bit about it below.
Since 1991 the festival takes place annually during a week in May. Especially in the evenings there are interesting concerts, but during the daytime you can join stage crafts, exhibitions, readings, movies and lectures too. The program is always very mixed, so everybody can find some interesting activities. Even the kids can participate special events.
Most important is the artistic quality of different acts, therefore every year there are a lot of different artists from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, but also from other countries from north and east Europe, traveling to Greifswald.
Thanks to the variety of events, the festival has already hosted different highlights.
Last year there was the ‘Weird Girl Project’, an experiment from Kitty Von-Sometime, who lives in Iceland. The project contains different music videos and series of photos, in which you can see groups of 12 women in very flashy costumes.
The ambition of these shoots is to strengthen the women’s self-confidence by demonstrating against the stereotype of ideal of the beauty among women. The models aren’t perfectly thin, but normal women.
Of course there have been musical highlights too. The trombonist Nils Landgren from Sweden performed together with the ARD big band with a diversified jazz program. The concert was very successful, so he will be a part of the program this year again.
The music program is always variegated and offers different concerts from pop to rock and jazz. However there are also performances, which break ranks completely. People who are searching for new experiences should join the concert ‘Iceland’s powerful voices’, where you can hear pop in contrast to seto.
Of course there are events with more mass appeal as well. The acts are full of capability and it isn’t surprising, that some artists are very popular and internationally known now. For example Apocalyptica were part of the festivals some years ago and now they can fill up big concert halls.
Nevertheless performances at Nordic Sound are often debuts in Germany, even if the artists are still better known in their home countries. As a result of that it is a good chance to meet former stars at the beginning of their career.
But why can such a festival take place in a small German town?
Greifswald enjoys a special closeness to the Nordic countries, which support the festival each year. This is based on the faculty of Nordic languages, one of the biggest outside of Scandinavia. In Germany, Greifswald is one of the very few cities where you can study Finnish Philology and Scandinavian Philology, so the exchange with Nordic universities is very brisk.
Of course there will be a lot of interesting performances this year too. The main theme is music that invites you to dream.
Maybe Suvi Teräsniska Band or Lisa Nybrott Quartet could guide you into a world full of joy at pop night.
Or do you prefer vocal improvisation from IKI, an international group of young vocalists?
Are you interested in more information now?
You can find the whole program at the website
Or you can visit the Facebook page

Festival's poster

Festival’s poster