Inclusive local communities

How does the Nordic countries work with culture to create inclusive local communities? We welcome you to a day packed with Nordic experiences on methods for creating inclusive culture practices and communities.

The Norwegian Ministry of Culture has initiated a three year project “An inclusive culture
sector in the Nordics” (2017-2019) in connection with the Norwegian Chairmanship in the
Nordic Council of Ministers. The project works with identifying challenges and solutions for
inclusiveness both in the professional and volunteer cultural sector. One of the focus areas is
culture in local communities: how do we work with involvement and why is culture such a
powerful tool in creating inclusion and empower the individual?

To answer these question we have invited to Folk och Kultur projects and examples from
Iceland, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway. They will share their experience and
knowledge with inclusive methods and practices.

10:00 Welcome Presentation of “An inclusive culture sector in the Nordics”, introduction of Critical Friends and NFI by Silje Eikemo Sande

10:15 Critical Friends / Ninos Josef - Appell

10:30: Grorud Valley (Norway)
The Borough of Stovner has relatively disadvantaged communities characterized by lower
socio-economical status, child poverty, unemployment etc. Due to this, these areas from
Stovner and 3 other Boroughs in Oslo are a part of a big programme called
Groruddalssatsingen, with the catching English name The Groruddalen Integrated Urban
Regeneration Project. One project initated under this programme in Stovner, was called
“Kultur som integreringsarena – translated to English as Arts and culture as an arena for
integration.” Here the project is gathering information about our inhabitant’s cultural
resources, practices and preferences and initiating customized events to increase the
diversity of participants and heighten cohesion and local identity.

By Neha Naveen and Karen Bøhle Aarhus

10:50 Roots and Wings - collaboration across society through the arts and culture.

The main focus of the introduction will be on The Women’s Story Circle which is a
collaboration between Reykjavik City Library and the NGO W.O.M.E.N Iceland. Since 2008
women from all over the world living in Iceland have met at the library, created art works
and performances together, exchanged stories and contributed to a more intercultural

Presented by:
Lilianne Vorstenbosch, art teacher
Zahra Mesbah, interpreter and participant in The Women’s Story Circle
Kristín R. Vilhjálmsdóttir, intercultural project manager, Reykjavik City Library

11:10 GAME (Denmark)
GAME is a Top 200 NGO founded in 2002 with a mission to create lasting social change
through youth-led street sports and culture. The activities offered in less advantaged
neighbourhoods in Denmark, Lebanon, Somaliland, Jordan and Ghana are a fusion of urban
sports, dance, and urban culture.

Presented by: Mikkel Selmar, Director Game Denmark

11:30 Break

11:45 Neighbourhood Yurt (Finland)
Neighbourhood Yurt is a project that maps existing neighbourhood dialogues in the
multilingual and multicultural suburb of Hervanta, in Tampere, Finland. The project
combines a yurt that travels around Hervanta with community art and co-created research
with the dwellers.

Presented by: Artist Khalid Imran and Doctoral Student Karim Maiche

12:05 FlenWorldOrchestra (Sweden)
FVO is a successful integration project with high quality in music and culture where both
professionals and amateurs are welcome. The Culture House will, through various cultural
forms such as music, dance, theater, art, film and photo, engage and create meetings
between people of all ages, with different national background and function.

Presented by: Anne Sjöberg, Project Leader The Culture House

12:30 Nordic Ressourcecentres presents a summary of the day and recommendations for strategies for institutions (NFI) and politicians wanting to create inclusive local
communities through culture initatives.

Fredag 8 februari
Kl. 10.00 - 13.00
Lokal: Munktellsalen, Bolinder Munktell

Arrangör: Norska Kulturrådet
Kategori: Nordiskt

Norsk Kulturråd deltar även med:
Co-creating inclusion​​​​​​​​​​​​​​