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The 33rd Annual Northern Lights Auktion

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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