NORDWIND was founded in 2006 by Ricarda Ciontos and has since grown continuously as a platform and festival. Initially it was dedicated to the presentation of the Nordic countries, but now the festival functions more as a platform for the encounter of Nordic and international artists.
2017 NORDWIND explored the unity, fragility and multiplicity of identity constructions. Under the title “Songs of a melting iceberg – Displaced without moving”, starting in autumn 2017, artists developed critical positions on concepts such as nationalities, cultures and identities within the framework of performances, concerts, exhibitions and a discussion programme in Berlin and Hamburg. For the first time, within the framework of ‘Songs of a melting iceberg – Displaced without moving’, artists and scientists from the Arctic, the North, Africa, Berlin and Hamburg were invited to work together artistically, thus creating a place of hybridity in which they could distinguish themselves from stereotypes and attributions and formulate and exchange their own ways of seeing and working artistically. Together with them, an attempt was made within the framework of the NORDWIND to ask for a changing identity and cultural structure and to create an open space of community and interaction for artists and viewers.
A Madame Nielsen Evening was an evening all about the exceptional artist, performer, author and musician Madame Nielsen. Nielsen imported democracy into Iran was buried and lived without papers on the streets of Copenhagen, was part of the famous Wooster Group around actor William Dafoe. Nielsen has her own band “The Nielsen Sisters” and wrote the novel “The Endless Summer” in 2013, which was enthusiastically received by the press and audience. On 16/17.11.2018 the Literaturhaus Berlin was transformed into a Nielsen universe with performances, readings, discourse, exhibition, installations and a late night concert by the Nielsen Sisters. A project by NORDWIND in cooperation with the Literaturhaus Berlin, which heralded next year’s focus 2019 on female voices in art, gender definitions and transgression issues.
On 8.2.2019 NORDWIND in cooperation with TIFF ( Tromso International Film Festival) and Babylon Berlin presented “Ofelas/The Pathfinder”, Nils Gaup‘s intense, Oscar-nominated adventure drama – the first Sami feature film – accompanied by an ensemble of top-class young musicians, Aigin follows a young Sami hunter whose family was massacred by the Chuden. Aigin swears revenge. The project was already shown as part of “Songs of a melting iceberg -displaced without moving” at Kampnagel in December 2017.
In 2019, NORDWIND will devote itself under the heading “Exploring Blankness” to the fourth wave of feminism and the critical re-reading of the feminist movement of recent decades. After the successful cooperation with the Literaturhaus Berlin for A Nielsen Evening in October/November 2019, a first project will be the multi-part project “Women in Battle-Rebellious Women”, which presents female* artists from Germany and Norway whose works are of great relevance in the current gender-critical discourse. On 25 October 2019, the series of events will begin at the Literaturhaus Berlin with artists including fxtrouble, Sofia N. Srour and Nancy Herz, Ingvild Lothe and Marta Breen. On 7 November 2019 the series will be continued with the event “Flügel in Flammen”, an evening dedicated to the Norwegian writer Dagny Juel with Anne Tismer and Lars Brandt. From 5-15 December 2019 there will also be another edition of the NORDWIND Festival at Kampnagel Hamburg.