This November it´s all about the music. Iceland Airwaves just finished their spectacular five day festival and now the JaJaJa Festival starts in London where the focus is on Nordic music with a taste of food and exclusive film screenings. It takes place at two venues, The Great Hall in Mile End and the Lexington ending with an all-day performance at Queen Mary University´s Historic Great Hall on November 15th.
Nordic culture has seen growing interest in Britain in a vide variety of form such as the Nordic Noir literature, TV-series, film, furniture and of course music. For the past five years, there have been monthly JaJaJa club nights in both London and Berlin where emerging musical talents from Sweden, Finland, Norway, Iceland and Denmark have performed. Last year the organisers took the club-nights to another level when they held the first JaJaJa Festival so this is the second time this festival takes off celebrating the creativity and culture of the Nordic region. It´s not just great music to be enjoyed because your tastebuds are also in for a treat with a menu from star Finnish chef Antto Melasniemi, once a member of the cult Finnish rockband HIM, inspired by his collaboration with with the Icelandic singer Emilíana Torrini. Watch this video that documents their collaboration. Do you fancy some crispy catfish cheeks in Icelandic beer batter and seaweed salt or would you just like to “fika” (Swedish for coffee break) with a cup of good coffee and Swedish cinnamon buns? Tommi the Icelandic hamburger master will be there and one can find a Nordic bar serving beers from the region just to mention a few culinary options available. Sounds good doesn´t it?
Finnish chef Antto Melasniemi
The Nordic music scene is incredibly vibrant and keeps on introducing new talented players to a growing group of audiences. Emilíana Torrini headlines the festival along with When Saints go Machine, Jenny Wilson, Highasakite, Sin Cos Tan and Byrta. The festival also includes some of the brightest up-and-coming artist in Nordic music such as Asbjørn, Death Hawks, Rytmeklubben, Blaue Blume, Low Roar, Simie, Fufanu, Nils Bech and Noah kin and Sin Fang.
Sin FangPhoto: Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir
There will also be screenings from the Nordic Music Video Awards that took place earlier this year, documentaries, short-films and Björk´s Biophilia will be screened on Saturday. If you are in London this event is definitely worth checking out.
Learn more about the festival at their website www.jajajafestival.com
All photos from www.jajajafestival.com
Tags: music festival, nordic
Þórhildur is an Icelander living in Luxembourg. A business graduate from the University of Texas at Austin she worked for a number of years in the financial sector in Reykjavik. Art, literature and design have always been of interest to her and for the last few years she has been studying Art Theory at the University of Iceland with a minor in Museology. She has been spending a lot of time in Stockholm where some of her family members live and loves to visit art galleries, museums and design stores whenever travelling.
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