|Patron(s)||Nordischer Klang e.V.|
Nordischer Klang (English: Nordic Sound) is the largest festival of Nordic culture in Germany. It is a major platform for artists from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden in Germany. The festival takes place in the town of Greifswald, which is situated about 200 km to the north of Germany's capital Berlin at the Baltic shore.
Nordischer Klang is organised by a non-profit society loosely associated with the Department of Nordic Studies at the University of Greifswald.
The festival began in 1992 and has since then taken place every year. A wide range of activities is offered every year, covering the whole spectrum of culture in the form of live performances, exhibitions, shows, lectures and courses, e.g. about film, theatre, literature, social developments, comedy, and different types of music.
The festival is usually under the patronage of one politician from Germany and one from the Nordic countries. The 16th festival in 2007 was under the aegis of Harald Ringstorff (then governor of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) and the Minister of Culture of Denmark. The 17th festival in May 2008 under the patronage of Thorgerdur Katrín Gunnarsdóttir (Minister of Culture of Iceland). Among the performing guests were the Scandinavian Jazz stars Viktoria Tolstoy and LaGaylia Frazier. The 18th festival in May 2009 was under the aegis of Erwin Sellering (the governor of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) and Alexander Stubb (Minister of Foreign of Finland).
The embassies of Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden in Berlin as well as the city of Greifswald, the University of Greifswald and the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern give moral and financial support. Other major supporters are:
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