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Join the Nordic Museum for the 24th Annual Raoul Wallenberg Dinner, honoring the memory of the Swedish diplomat who intervened to save thousands of Jews from deportation to Nazi concentration camps.

The Nordic Lights Film Festival is devoted to showcasing Nordic cinema.

For a decade, we have offered NLFF to Seattle audiences as an avenue to experience Nordic cinema in all its forms. The festival gives us the opportunity to share the richness and diversity of the Nordic cultures through the lens of film.

All films are screened at SIFF Cinema Uptown in Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood.


Join us February 24th for Suds for Cinema—a benefit for Nordic Lights Film Festival! 

Bring your friends and join us at Lagunitas Brewing in Ballard to raise a glass and toast the success of the upcoming festival. Your ticket gets you entry and food, while every beer you buy directly supports NLFF. We'll show trailers of the upcoming movies, enjoy food and friends, and even have some door prizes. Plus, at this family-friendly event, kids 10 and under are FREE! 

Even better? Attend Suds for Cinema and you'll automatically join our Suds for Cinema Circle, just for proud supporters of NLFF. Your name will appear on the silver screen before the films play at SIFF for the festival! Get your Suds for Cinema tickets here



Our opening film will be screened on Friday February 28th at 7pm
SIFF Uptown Cinema, 511 Queen Anne

The County Héraðið
Drama | Iceland | 2019 | 92 minutes | Grímur Hákonarson

Set in a small Icelandic farming community, The County tells the story of Inga, a middle-aged dairy farmer who rebels against the all-powerful local Cooperative. Inga tries to get other farmers to join her in rising up against the Co-op’s corruption, but encounters great resistance, forcing her to confront the community’s dependence and loyalty to this single, dominant enterprise. Inga must use her resourcefulness and cunning to break free of the Co-op’s grasp and finally live life on her own terms.

Cast: Arndís Hrönn Egilsdóttir, Sigurður Sigurjónsson

About the director: Grímur Hákonarson is an Icelandic film director and screenwriter. His first feature film was SUMMERLAND (2010), and was nominated for the Edda Award for Best Screenplay. His next feature film was RAMS, about two estranged brothers on the Icelandic countryside who come together to save their sheep. Hákonarson won several awards for RAMS among them the prestigious Un Certain Regard Award in Cannes. RAMS was screened at the 2016 NLFF.

Join us for an after party at the House Studios—a short walking distance from the Uptown Theater. This hip, modern space is the perfect stage for a party celebrating Nordic cinema. Admission to the after party is included for festival pass holders. Attendees who do not wish to purchase a festival pass can also purchase an opening night ticket, which grants admission to both the film and after party, for $20 for Museum and SIFF Members and $25 general admission. 



Sticks and Stones/Brakland
Drama | Denmark | 2018 | 93 minutes | Martin Skovbjerg

Simon arrives in Vesterby from Copenhagen. He is an outsider in a brand-new place and alone until he meets Bjarke - Vesterby's alpha male and heir to the local speaker factory. The two start challenging each other in intimate and transgressive actions as they forge a friendship. But when embezzlement forces Vesterby's speaker factory to close, the town is bereaved of its livelihood, and Bjarke's family is blamed. The anger thrust upon him by the locals triggers the beast in Bjarke, and Simon is faced with either having to turn away or save his friend from self-destruction.

Cast: Natalia ReyesPatricia SchumannEmma Sehested Høeg

Happy Ending
Drama/Comedy | Denmark | 2018 | 96 minutes | Hella Joof

Helle has been waiting forever for her workaholic husband to retire, so they can enjoy the autumn of their life together. She really wants to travel and explore the world with him – but when Peter comes home from his last day of work, life takes a surprising new turn, as he has a big surprise for her. Helle and Peter split up and they each set out on a blazing journey of discovery, filled with new opportunities, problems and dreams…But can you start over after 50 years of marriage? And can you live without each other after all?

The Hypnotist/Olliver Hawk
Documentary | Finland | 2019 | 73 minutes | Arthur Franck

In 1980, Finland’s most famous hypnotist Olavi Hakasalo, a.k.a Olliver Hawk, was put on trial accused of fraud. His mission in life had been to spread the gospel of the power of suggestion, and he was willing to risk everything to become a player of political influence. But in the corridors of power, with a nation’s destiny at stake, an eccentric showman sitting on too many secrets is considered a liability.

Director Arthur Franck will be attending the festival and participate in a Q&A session after the screening.

My Life as a Comedian/En komikers uppväxt
Drama | Sweden | 2019 | 92 minutes | Rojda Sekersöz

Juha 12, is a class clown in the suburb of Sävbyholm, Sweden. Being funny is the only thing he is good at and all he wants is to fit in to the social pecking order in school. When Juha, as an adult, performs his stand-up My Life as a Comedian, to sold out theatres and tells the both horrid and funny stories from his childhood to the audience he gets an unexpected visit from an old friend from school. The visit prompts him to return to Sävbyholm and deal with his past.

Cast: Johan Rheborg, Loke Hellberg, Ulla Skogh

Nordic Shorts

The Nordic Lights Film Festival is pleased to present the popular Nordic Shorts series. This group of entertaining and thought-provoking short films from the Nordic countries highlights the growing art of short films. Through these films, we see a glimpse of the Nordic countries through the lens of talented filmmakers.

Iceland | 2019 | 10.5 minutes | Haukur Björgvinsson
A young child meets her estranged trailer park father for the first time. What the father doesn’t know is that his child now identifies as a girl.

A Chamber Play/Ett kammarspel
Finland |2018 | 20 minutes | Viktor Granö
The psychoanalyst Helena receives a new patient, Alice. But the story Alice is telling gets uncomfortably close to Helena's own life.

Sweden | 2018 | 8 minutes | Erik Warolin
When Jonna is told by her boss to be more friendly with the diners’ customers she could never believe what that would result in. What at first seems like a polite conversation with the only guest quickly escalate to an unexpected turn of events.

Poor Things/Stakler
Denmark | 2019 | 18 minutes | Joachim Morre
One day, Ronja is being followed by an unknown woman. The experience sparks off her interest and she is instantly drawn towards the mystery surrounding the stranger and her actions. To her regret, she is not the only one being followed by the woman.

To Share a Flame/ dele en flamme
Norway |2019 | 10.5 minutes | Kathleen Johnsen
We meet, we fall in love, but how do we keep the flame alive? A mature couple makes a new attempt to keep their relationship going. The outcome however, is not quite as expected. To Share a Flame is based on a short story by Norwegian writer Annette Mattsson.

Awaiting Death/I väntan på döden
Sweden | 2019 | 12 minutes | Lars Vega
A son arrives at the hospital to watch over his father's death bed. When the son wants one last nice moment, his father would rather find out what to do with the two opened cans of mustard.

The Perfect Patient/Quick
Feature/Thriller | Sweden | 2019 | 122 minutes | Mikael Håfström

The Perfect Patient is the captivating story about the greatest judicial scandal in Swedish history, the story about the reporter who questioned an entire legal system. Hannes Råstam was dedicated to proving the innocence of Thomas Quick and unmask the legal chaos which sentenced Quick to a life in psychiatric prison. However, no one was interested in exonerating and freeing the worst serial killer in Sweden, a cannibalistic rapist who had been sentenced for eight murders and confessed to another twenty-five. This tale lays out a puzzle for the viewer to put together as the incredible story behind the Thomas Quick case is laid bare piece by piece. The audience will be continuously captivated by secret sources and one person's resilient sense of justice all the way until the overwhelming ending.

Cast: David Dencik, Jonas Karlsson, Alba August



Drama | Norway | 2018 | 83 minutes | I Eirik Svensson

It’s the day before Christmas and Vilde hangs out with her friends when she learns that her mother has been in an accident. She is forced to contact her father, whom she has never met. She tries to escape it all with a one-way ticket to Tokyo but is caught up in an emotional first meeting with her father. 

Cast: Birthe Neumann, Kurt Ravn, Charlotte Sieling

The Seer and the Unseen
Documentary | Iceland/USA | 2019 | 86 minutes | Sara Dosa

The volcanic rock that covers most of Iceland is not just beautiful and protected in the Nature Conservation register, it is also purportedly the home to elves, trolls, and other hidden people. When a new road is set to be built through a lava filed, environmentalists including Ragnihildur “Ragga” Jónsdottir - a “seer” who can communicate with elves  - must fight to preserve the sacred rock while combating Iceland’s push to grow economically in this magically real fable by Sara Dosa.

Ragga’s gift has made her an expert interpreter between humans and the elves, which is how she becomes desperately aware that the lava rock must be saved. Following Ragga’s fight to save their home, while exploring folklore, the financial history of the country, and the environmental impact of this new road, The Seer and the Unseen shows the surprising power of belief, the profound meaning of home, and the invisible forces – be they elves or the marketplace – that shape our visible worlds and transform our natural landscapes.

Agnes Joy
Drama | Iceland | 2019 | 93 minutes | Silja Hauksdóttir

Rannveig is experiencing burnout in all aspects of her mundane suburban life. She's stuck with a job she hates and a marriage that is slowly dying. On top of that, she's constantly fighting with her rebellious daughter, Agnes, and can't face the possibility of Agnes growing up and leaving her behind. When a new neighbor, Hreinn, shows up at their doorstep, Rannveig and family face new challenges that are beyond their control.

Cast:  Anna Kristín ArngrímsdóttirEdda ArnljótsdóttirÞorsteinn Bachmann 

Laugh or Die/Suomen hauskin mies
Drama/History/War | Finland | 2018 | 103 minutes | Heikki Kujanpää

In a detention camp in 1918, a group of Finnish actors are sentenced to death. When an important German general arrives, the camp's vicious commandant forges out a cruel plan: the prisoners must perform a comedy—and if they can make the visiting general laugh, they will be spared. A story about zest for life and power of laughter. Based on true events.

Cast:  Martti SuosaloJani VolanenLeena Pöysti 

Out Stealing Horses/Ut og stjæle hestar
Feature | Norway | 2019 | 123 minutes | Hans Petter Moland

Out Stealing Horses follows 67-year-old Trond Sander who, after the death of his wife, retires to a desolate place in the east of Norway. As winter arrives, he discovers he has a neighbor, a man he knew during the summer of 1948. This leads Trond to reflect on a childhood summer he spent with his father. Long afternoons in the forest, rides on wild horses and hard work felling wood begin to blur into a series of images of carefree happiness but also fateful experiences.

Cast: Stellan Skarsgård, Bjørn Floberg, Tobias Santelman,

Although the Northern Lights Auktion is postponed until October, we're planning a fun VIRTUAL auction this spring! Stay tuned for details!


It's fun for kids at the National Nordic Museum this summer!

We have plenty of fun day-long and week-long summer camp fun planned for school-aged children at the Museum. This year, we're excited to partner with our friends at Seattle Children's Theatre for some story-centric camps, too. Scroll down to read more about each camp, and then click on the link to register. Spaces are limited, so sign up today! 

Story Drama Session 1
Monday, June 22 through Friday, June 26 from 10–11am daily

National Nordic Museum and Seattle Children’s Theatre are teaming up to offer Story Drama with a Nordic twist! Beloved children’s books by Nordic authors serve as launching pads for our dramatic adventures, as we work together to create new characters, climactic situations and exciting opportunities for creative and heroic problem solving.
Open to children ages 3.5–4.5

Cost: $85.50 for Members; $90.00 general admission. Prices go up after April 30.
Register here 


Story Drama Session 2 
Monday, June 22 through Friday, June 26, 11:30am–12:30am daily

National Nordic Museum and Seattle Children’s Theatre are teaming up to offer Story Drama with a Nordic twist! Beloved children’s books by Nordic authors serve as launching pads for our dramatic adventures, as we work together to create new characters, climactic situations and exciting opportunities for creative and heroic problem solving.
Open to children ages 3.5–4.5

Cost: $85.50 for Members; $90.00 general admission. Prices go up after April 30.
Register here


Drama Quest Viking Seafarers
Monday, June 29 through Friday, July 3, 9am–4pm daily

On this week-long adventure, students build characters and create a detailed, dramatic environment through collaborative storytelling. Students will explore the week’s theme through a different specialty such as art, movement, puppetry, or storytelling. Come sail the seven seas! Grab an oar and join the Vikings as they raid and trade their way over sea and land. Discover the story of these intrepid seafarers as you explore the lives of the Vikings. Are you brave enough to join the adventure?
Open to children going into grades 1-3

Cost: $332.50 for Members; $350.00 general admission. Prices go up after April 30.
Register here


Norse Gods Day Camp
Tuesday, July 28, 10am–4pm

Extraordinary tales of magic, war, love, and betrayal–these are the stories of the Norse gods! Spend a fun day at National Nordic Museum exploring Norse mythology with stories and crafts celebrating the gods of the Vikings. 
For ages 8-12

Cost: $40 for Members; $50 general admission
Register here


Nordic Animals Day Camp

Nordic Animals Day Camp
Tuesday, August 4, 10am–4pm

Are you an animal lover? Come spend the day at National Nordic Museum and create fun crafts related to Nordic animals–real animals, animals from stories, and animals from Norse mythology!
For ages 8-12.

Cost: $40 for Members; $50 general admission
Register here


Get ready to celebrate summer...Nordic style! Our new summer extravaganza will focus on a different Nordic region each year, and in 2019, we are making summer cool with an exploration of the Arctic.

You’re invited to National Nordic Museum’s new summer cultural showcase- Nordic Sól!

PechaKucha: A Changing Arctic - Culture, Community, and Climate
w/ PechaKucha Seattle
Thursday, August 22 | 6pm doors/6:30pm presentation

The celebration of Arctic culture during Nordic Sól will give an American audience insight into the diversity of the arts and culture of the Arctic but also bring up the important issue of climate change. Throughout history the culture of the Arctic has developed through interaction between local traditions and external influences. Where art through the 20th century had been heavily influenced by westernizing (colonizing) streams, the contemporary Arctic and North Atlantic culture, art and design scene is increasingly exploring and challenging not only local, traditional heritage, but also history and existential questions about identity and national affiliation.

The speakers for this event will include Louise Lynge Berthelsen - CEO and Designer at Nuuk Couture | Harry Stern - Scientist at Polar Science Center | Alice Jektevik - Producer and Director of Riddu Riððu Festival | Helen Cherullo - Publisher of Mountaineer Books and founder of Braided River |  Eric Scigliano - Author and Science Writer | Paul Bannick - Author & Photographer | Jacqueline Hill - Herbal Scientist, Bastyr College | Edward Blanchard-Wriggles - Research Professor in Atmospheric Science at UW | Greg Hemmings - Entrepreneur, Filmmaker and Community movement-maker |  Julie Whitehorn - Co-founder and President of the Pacific Sámi Searvi | Maria Coryell-Martin - Expeditionary Artist | Louise Berthelsen - Indigenous entrepreneur and designer from Greenland | Troy Storfjell - Sámi Director of Native and American studies at PLU. This diverse group of speakers will commit to give a presentation (based on their interpretation of our evening’s theme A Changing Arctic – Culture, Community and Climate) of 20 slides (each being displayed for exactly 20 seconds). Each total presentation will be 6 minutes and 40 seconds. Bottom line: 20 slides x 20 seconds each.

Cost: Free; RSVP is appreciated


Circumpolar Hip Hop Collab
Friday, August 23 | 7pm

The outcome of a commissioned concert at the prestigious Riddu Riđđu festival in Norway 2018, the Circumpolar Hip Hop Collab features several young indigenous artists creating urban music in their native tongues; representing Greenland, Sami Finland, Sami Russia, Kaktovik Alaska, and Nunavut Canada.

You can watch a video of the Collab performing at Riddu Riđđu 2018 on YouTube here

The artists coming include: 
Aqqalu Berthelsen—Greenland (lives in Finland)
Alexia Galloway-Alainga—Canada, Inuk
Aliu Valle—Finland, Sámi
Mikkal Morottaja—Finland, Sámi
Kim Jacobsen—Greenland, Inuk

Thank you to our concert sponsors, including C89.5 and Filson. 

Cost: $15 for students; $18 for Members; $20 general admission. Concert is all ages.

Tickets are available at the door.

[Images: Riddu Riđđu Festival] 


Inuit Games
w/ Kyle Kaayák’w Worl
Saturday & Sunday, August 24 & 25 | Times Below

Inuit Games, also known as Arctic Sports, are a collection of Indigenous games based on hunting and survival skills of the north. The games trained both physical and mental abilities that allowed the indigenous people of Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Chukotka to thrive in the Arctic for millennia. Today athletes from across the Arctic and beyond carry on the tradition of the games in events such as Native Youth Olympics, World Eskimo-Indian Olympic, and Arctic Winter Games.

Kyle Kaayák’w Worl is an award winning Arctic Sports athlete and coach currently residing in Juneau, Alaska. He is Tlingit of the Lukaax̲.ádi clan, Deg Hit’an and Yup’ik. Over his 10 year career in the sport he has won over 70 medals, traveling from Alaska to Greenland to compete in various events. Along with training and coaching year round in Alaska, Kyle travels across the world to demonstrate Arctic Sports, including the Riddu Riddu Festival in Northern Norway, Orenda Art International Gallery in Paris, and Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

Kyle will teach four sessions throughout the weekend. Advanced registration required to learn with Kyle. You can watch a video here that describes the history and technique of Inuit Games. 

Saturday, August 24th | 11:00am–12:00pm; 3:00pm–4:00pm

Sunday, August 25th | 12:00–1:00pm; 2:00–3:00pm

Cost: Free; demonstrations will take place on the Fisherman's Sun Terrace. 

[Image: Ørjan Bertelsen—Two-Foot High Kick, Northern Norway]


Family & Kids
Saturday & Sunday, August 24 & 25 | 10am–5pm

In addition to Inuit Games, the weekend has a host of special fun perfect for families and kids. Drop-in crafting stations, stories, games, and STEAM learning activities will take place in the Museum and on outdoor terrace. You'll be able to make your own festive flower crown, and watch demonstrations by several of the vendors. We'll also screen Arctic shorts by filmmaker Greg Hemmings on loop in the classrooms. Plus, the Sweet Wheels ice cream truck will be in the parking lot to satisfy your sweet tooth! As a weekend special, Museum admission is half off for all guests! 

Cost: Free 




Artisan Marketplace
Saturday, August 24, 12-5pm to the public + during Arctic Adventure
Sunday, August 25 | 10am-5pm

In this curated artisan marketplace, 30 hand-picked artists and designers from the Arctic region will display and sell their wares. This is a great opportunity to meet artists and craftspersons from the Arctic region to discuss their work, process, and support them with direct purchases. Some of our featured artists include Greenland fashion designer Nuuk Couture, painter Maria Kjaerulff from Greenland, and woodworker Anders Zeeb from Greenland.

Cost: Free

[Image: Maria Kjaerulff, Anders Zeeb, Oleana, By Heart, and Simply Sami]


Night at the Nordic: Arctic Adventure
Saturday, August 24 | 6pm

Calling all explorers! The National Nordic Museum is collaborating with our partners in the Arctic and local businesses for an event that is sure to really heat up Nordic Sól! Guests will have the opportunity to taste their way through the Arctic region, by sampling traditional food & drinks, discovering the latest in Arctic modern fashion, and of course visit the Aquavit garden!  Doors open at 6pm and with all the food you can eat and drink, its sure to be one hot party!

What can guests expect? Food. Fashion. Artists. Drinks! We have all this and more packed into one great evening that's sure to entice and even challenge your senses. 

When you arrive, you'll receive a passport at the door, and from there you'll embark on a choose-your-own-adventure experience. Perhaps your first stop is in Osberg Great Hall, where over 20 curated vendors will be selling and showcasing their wares. Or maybe you want to begin at the Fishermen's Sun Terrace for a beer/mead tasting. Or perhaps you're the bravest of the brave, and will head straight to the Aquavit Garden, where you can pluck up the courage to try Iceland's famous fermented shark, hákarl.

Make sure you're back in Fjord Hall around 7pm for an incredible fashion show with visiting international designer Nuuk Couture. And the adventure continues, with more Arctic-inspired food stations, a champagne lounge, and special discounts in the Museum Store.

Cost: $55 for Members; $65 general admission

Tickets available at: https://nordicarcticadventure.eventbrite.com



Exhibition: Glacier
August 22—September 30

In conjunction with Nordic Sól, Icelandic photographer Ragnar Axelsson (aka Rax) presents a breathtaking selection of works from his polar landscape explorations. RAX has been a staff photographer of Morgunblaðið (Iceland's second largest newspaper) since 1976. His work has appeared in Life, National Geographic, and Time magazines.


Cost: Included with Museum admission


Half-Priced Museum Admission
August 24—25

As a special addition to the weekend, the Museum is offering half-priced admission to the galleries, including entry to the final weekend of our temporary exhibition Studio 54 and Beyond. You can purchase your Museum admission in advance using the links below. 

Saturday, August 24: purchase admission
Sunday, August 25: purchase admission



Freya Cafe Specials
August 24—25

Our culinary award-winning café, Freya, is joining in the celebration with three specials for the Nordic Sól weekend. Make sure to stop by Freya to enjoy: 

  • A special Nordic Sól cookie
  • $6 Icelandic Mules, featuring Reyka Vodka, lime juice, house ginger syrup, ginger ale, and club soda
  • $5 Swedish meatball special, featuring 3 Swedish meatballs served with lingonberry jam
  • $5 Krukost and crackers, featuring spreadable cheese seasoned with aquavit and caraway
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