Music and Politics – Identity and Belonging – Activism and Hope
In addition to our concerts, we also have an exciting lineup prepared for our daytime programming, which will include workshops, seminars, a keynote speech, and a film screening.
This years seminars are gathered in a one day event on the Saturday afternoon at Tromsø Bibliotek & Byarkiv that will touch upon the themes of music and politics, identity, belonging, activism and hope.
We will start the day with a panel by the research group “Russian Space: Concepts, Practices, representations” (RSCPR) from UiT/The Arctic University of Norway who is currently preparing a book on popular music and recent Russia-Ukraine relations. The panel will be based upon their findings from their forthcoming book release, including topic such as song wars, the music of the Ukrainian revolution, answer songs at war and the re-interpretation of the Russian national anthem.
RSCPRs session will be followed by the panel “The Idea of a European Identity” moderated by editor and writer Lisa Blanning. Panelists from all across the continent will try to tackle some of the central questions about what it means to be European. Do we have a common identity? In this continent made up of so many diverse countries, peoples, languages, and traditions, is the idea of European identity doomed to fail? On what do we base our sense of belonging, does it expand beyond our national borders?
To wrap up the day, Croatian philosopher Srecko Horvat will have a keynote titled “What if the Apocalypse already happened?”. As the general public now also starts to feel that the apocalypse is here, whether it is climate change or the increasing number of people on the run from war, how can we counteract and revive hope?
On Friday the 26th we will be screening the documentary “Conny Plank: The Potential of Noise” at Verdensteatret. The film details the search for the person and producer Conny Plank, a journey through music history, a son getting to know his father and a soundtrack that has influenced millions of music fans over three decades.
You can read more about each event on our Daytime Program page.