Culture

Joint cultural activities in theatre, literature, art and music are important channels for dialogue and development.

Large Norwegian presence at the Dhaka International Film Festival got visible media coverage. On January 15th, Fourteenth Dhaka International Film Festival began with over 150 films from 56 countries being screened, and several workshops held over nine days. Anja Breien, a pioneer among Norwegian female film professionals, and an active long-time veteran of the Norwegian film industry, was pa Read more

 Norwegian filmmakers and directors are well represented at the ongoing 14 th Dhaka International Film festival. The festival has special tribute to renowned filmmaker and director Anja Breien and is showing eight of her most celebrated and important movies. (See below for when and where).  With Anja Breien as the first among equals, five Norwegian filmmakers are visiting Bangladesh for Read more

The Norwegian Film in the third European Union Film Festival. 
Photo: Star Cineplex.

The European Union Film Festival is back to Dhaka once more. For the third time in three years, the EU Film Festival will bring diverse array of European movies to the audience in Bangladesh. From 3 – 11 December, movie goers in Dhaka will have the opportunity to experience Europe and its culture without travelling long journeys and visa free! The Star Cineplex at Bashundhara City will as usual... Read more

Nritya Nandan’s dancers along the students, teachers of Anadaniketan School, Sylhet, after the completion of the project.

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Photo: Nritya Nandan.

The dancers of Nritya Nandan had performed at different schools in Dhaka, Sylhet, Khulna under "Celebrating Life in Rhythm” project. Nritya Nandan implemented this project in association with Rikskonsertene (Concerts Norway), with the objective to increase children’s knowledge of their own culture and heritage and to create a sensitivity and taste of appreciation toward dance. Inspired with t Read more

The dances of Nritya Nandan performing in the inaugural ceremony. 
Photo: LiveSquare.

Bangladesh Music Week 2015 was a two-day long music conference, workshop and festival held on November 6 and 7 2015 at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka. Organized under the aegis of Norway-Bangladesh Music Cooperation, the aim is to establish a sustainable regional network of cultural activists and resource persons, so they could share experiences, build capacity and work together more.... Read more

Photo: LiveSquare.

Norway is a strong partner in Bangladesh Music week 2015, taking place in Dhaka from November 5 to 7, 2015. This platform will engage and inform local and global music professionals, artists, patrons, media and policy makers in a three-day long networking through conference and music festival. The conference will take place in Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka and the music festival will tak... Read more

The Embassies of Brazil, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland are hosting a joint ‘Art Weekend’ on the 24 th and 25 th of July at their respective residences. The purpose of the Art Weekend will be to highlight and exhibit the works of local artists and photographers, and to foster a dialogue between the expat and local art lovers, senior and young artists. Hope fully, the Art Weeke... Read more

Lalon. 
Photo: LiveSquare.

The Jaffna Music Festival has been organized under the music cooperation between Sri Lanka and Norway, together with United States Agency for International Development (USAID) since its inception in 2009. Rikskonsertene (Concerts Norway) and the Royal Norwegian Embassy are supporting this venture in partnership with LiveSquare under the Norway-Bangladesh Music Cooperation. The Jaffna Music... Read more

The representatives from the Concerts Norway and the Embassy with the students. 
Photo: Scandinavian Study Centre, University of Dhaka.

As a part of celebration of the National Day, a Norwegian film “Upperdog” was screened in the TSC auditorium at the University of Dhaka. Around two hundred students viewed the movie. A booklet on “Minifacts about Norway” were distributed among the students. A short discussion was held on the movie  in presence of representatives from Concerts Norway and the embassy, after the screening. This. Read more

From left to right: Saymon Zakaria, Assistant Director of Bangla Academy, Sisir Dutta, Executive Director of BITA, the Chief guest of the ceremony, Professor emeritus Dr. Anisuzzaman, famous actor Pijush Bondopaddaya, Dr. Sayeem Rana, writer of the book and the lecturer of Music Department of University of Dhaka, Sadia Afrin Mallik, Editor of arts & entertainment of the Daily Star, Ms. Solveig Korum Manga and Ms. Anne Moberg of Concerts Norway. 
Photo: BITA.

The publication of the book 'Historical Perception of Traditional Musical Instruments for Young Generation' on 4 th May, illustrated the richness of musical instruments in Bangladesh and the importance of saving these nearly extinct instruments. The research gave a deeper understanding of necessary actions to ensure that the instruments are played and practiced, especially by the younger... Read more

The sound engineers at the end of the workshop. 
Photo: LiveSquare Ltd.

A three day long workshop was held from April 30th to May 2nd. The purpose of the workshop was to build capacity and disseminate knowledge on live sound engineering with professional sound engineers and potential talents. The speakers at the workshop were eminent sound engineers of Bangladesh from diverse backgrounds such as television, radio and live sound. Participants came from various... Read more

Photo: The Royal Norwegian Embassy.

The Embassies of the Nordic Countries, Denmark, Norway and Sweden celebrated the International Women’s Day together. A fair displaying the creativeness of Bangladeshi Women was organized, Dhaka Women's Chamber and artist Rokeya Sultana and her students exhibited their work. The Honorable Minister of Cultural Affairs, Mr. Asaduzzaman Noor inaugurated the fair, as the Chief guest, and Nritya Nand... Read more

The Embassies of Norway, Denmark and Sweden marked the International Women’s Day on Monday in Dhaka. The arrangement included an art workshop with Rana Plaza Survivors. Their sculptures are real life examples of how women, despite adversity, exercise rights and take control of their own lives. The wax statues will be turned into clay molds and cast into metal sculptures. The art pieces will be... Read more

Ambassador Merete Lundemo, visiting Norwegian teachers and the leaders of the Martin Luther College in Dhaka.

The annual visit of the Norwegian Kristelig Gymnasium teachers to Martin Luther College in Dhaka has a tradition of friendship and learning. Read more

The staff from the Danish, Swedish and Norwegian Embassies visited the site of their future common Nordic Embassy building for the first time. The staff inspected the new offices and then participated in teambuilding exercises and discussion. The Nordic Embassies will move into the new premises during the summer. Read more

Photo: The Royal Norwegian Embassy.

To mark International Women’s Day 2015, the play «Seven» was staged on 6 March. Seven powerful women lent their voices to the seven characters in the documentary play portraying pioneers for women’s rights – from left to right Ambassadors Hanne Fugl Eskjær of Denmark, Pema Choden of Bhutan, Merete Lundemo of Norway, Actionaid Country Director Farah Kabir, President of the Metropolitian Chamber ... Read more

Photo: Embassy of Denmark, Bangladesh.

On November 1st 2014, employees from the Norwegian, Danish and Swedish embassies met for the first Nordic Football Cup ever held in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The event, hosted by the Royal Norwegian Embassy, had mixed teams from the three embassies. The teams were divided into two groups of four teams each. Read more

Concerts Norway invited Mr. Nafis Ahmed and Ms. Afrida Mahbub from the Bangladeshi music management firm LiveSquare to Norway in the period June 9th – June 14th. Read more

The Norwegian community in Dhaka on 17 May. 
Photo: Royal Norwegian Embassy in Dhaka.

Every year on 17 May, Norwegians gather all over the world to celebrate the Norwegian National Day. This year’s festivities were more special than usual, as they marked the 200th anniversary of the Norwegian Constitution. Read more

From 14th to 20th of May you can experience a little bit of Europe in Dhaka. Twelve movies from twelve European countries will be screened at the Cineplex cinema in Bashundara City in Central Dhaka. Read more