FIKA(S) Festival unveils its 3rd edition’s complete program

Festival Immersif de Kultur et d’Art Scandinave / Nordique runs March 8 to 17, 2019

Festival Immersif de Kultur et d’Art Scandinave / Nordique – FIKA(S)
March 8 to 17, 2019

The Immersive Festival of Scandinavian / Nordic Kultur and Art – FIKA(S) is pleased to unveil the program of its third edition today, which will take place from March 8 to 17, 2019. Music, design, photo exhibition, conferences, gourmet workshops: learn all the details of the programming of the first festival dedicated to Scandinavian and Nordic arts in Quebec.

KROY opening the 3rd edition of the FIKA(S) Festival 
Friday, March 8 at 8 p.m. at the Phi Centre for the launch of the 3rd edition of FIKA(S)

Photo : John Londono

In order to celebrate all Nordicities and underline Quebec’s belonging to this concept intimately linked to the Scandinavian and Nordic countries, the FIKA(S) Festival, in collaboration with the Phi Centre, is kicking off the Festival with a musical evening featuring special guest KROY, a.k.a. Camille Poliquin, member of the electro-pop duet Milk & Bone! The evening will be in two parts, with KROY first performing unusual and unique replays of Scandinavian artists followed by a concert of his own compositions.

FIKA(S) comes to Place des Arts
The Papas / Swedish Dads exhibition, from March 5 to 21, 2019 at the exhibition hall + talk at Place des Arts – Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme

For the first time since the festival’s inception in 2016, the FIKA(S) Festival will be present in the Quartier des Spectacles with Sweden’s Johan Bävman’s Papas / Swedish Dads photo exhibition.

Johan Bävman’s photographs of at-home fathers during their parental leave will also be an opportunity for Place des Arts to present a free talk entitled “Parental leave and Equity – Models from Quebec and Sweden”. In the presence of Johan Bävman – the exhibition’s photographer – panellists Michel Leblanc – President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montréal – and Valérie Harvey – Sociologist – will discuss this hot topic! The talk will be hosted by journalist Hélène Mercier.

Swedish bluesman Bror Gunnar Jansson concert at Salle Claude-Léveillée, Place des Arts – Monday, March 11 – 8 p.m.

Photo : Johan Rönnow

Having charmed Scandinavia and France, Swedish bluesman Bror Gunnar Jansson is on his way to conquer Quebec! In 2017, the Festival closed its second edition with the performance of this unusual one-man band who, according to the French music magazine Les Inrockuptibles, “takes contemporary blues one step further.” The Swede is finally back for several performances in Quebec before flying off to the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. FIKA(S) will host Bror Gunnar Jansson, who will present the songs of his new album scheduled this year to the public of Salle Claude-Léveillée at Place des Arts.

Discovery Concert: Open stage for the Nordic emerging artists! / Norway Special Edition
Tuvaband and Marthe Halvorsen at the Monument-National (Quartier des spectacles)

Two Norwegian favourites will perform on stage for the first time in Quebec and Canada:

Tuvaband (Norvège)

Revelation of the last edition of the Icelandic festival Iceland Airwaves, the Tuvaband, led by Tuva Hellum Marschhäuser, will present their first album, ‘Soft Drop’, released last September. Surrounded by rough guitar and string arrangements, Tuva’s singular voice, supported by her musicians, immerses us in her ethereal universe, constantly oscillating between shadow and light. After notable appearances at several European festivals such as Eurosonic, The Great Escape, Iceland Airwaves and a tour opening for Swedish band First Aid Kit, don’t miss their North American premiere!

Marthe Halvorsen

A perfect representation of the cultural bridge that FIKA(S) wants to build between Quebec and the Nordic countries, Marthe Halvorsen‘s musical project brings together Norwegian artists and a Montréal musician. Recorded in northern Norway, Marthe Halvorsen’s first album ‘All is in the seed’ is a folk gem with various influences that will appeal to the fans of musical travel.

With these various activities, the FIKA(S) Festival is expanding by performing for the first time since its inception in 2016 in the Quartier des spectacles.

FIKA(S): invaluable collaborations

With the aspiration of making Montréal an essential rendez-vous point of Scandinavian and Nordic cultures (Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway), the aim of the FIKA(S) team is to unite all the experts and enthusiasts of these cultures around its project. It is important for the organization to get the support of recognized and passionate cultural entities wishing to share their expertise. Thus, this year, FIKA(S) is happy to renew its collaborations with the Phi Center (opening night with KROY), Place des Arts (Johan Bävman photo exhibition), Ateliers et Saveurs (cooking & cocktails classes and Nordic-inspired cocktails) and La Société textile (textile workshops). It is happy to inaugurate the arrival in its programming of the Cinémathèque québécoise and Bref boutique and gallery!

As part of the festival’s parallel programming, FIKA(S) invites fans of Nordic Design to the FIKA exhibition, created by Bref and journalist Muriel Françoise. The 3rd edition of the festival is also an opportunity for the public to attend a ciné-concert, which will pay tribute to the Danish silent cinema, at the Cinémathèque québécoise, Saturday, March 9 at 7 p.m.

Other program activities worth attending:

  • Travel Coffee Club: Explore the Lofoten Islands (Norway), Saturday, March 9 at 2 p.m.
  • Montreal Women in Music Brunch as part of the FIKA(S) Festival, Sunday, March 10 at 11 p.m.
  • Nordic pop dance party, Saturday, March 9 at the Ritz from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m.
  • Conference by Stéphane Paquin: Fighting corruption effectively: Sweden as an example, Wednesday, March 13 at 6 p.m.

These numerous collaborations, which have grown steadily over the years, are a true mark of confidence for the young festival, now happening every two years, to begin this 3rd edition with the knowledge that Scandinavian and Nordic arts and cultures have their place in Montréal and Quebec’s cultural landscape.

About FIKA(S)

Founded in 2015 by Christel Durand, the cultural promotion organization FIKA(S) inaugurates its first event in March 2016: the Immersive Festival of Scandinavian and Nordic Kultur and Art. Inspired by the Swedish word fika, which refers to the coffee break or sharing of a privileged moment, this multidisciplinary festival aims to promote the Scandinavian and Nordic way of life by inviting the public to cultural, social and artistic meetings on a human scale. The festival’s main objective is to encourage exchanges and create spaces to meet and explore.

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