Scandimania: From Culture to Cartoons


Scandinavian culture is often celebrated across the globe. Their unique history, traditions and customs are often the centre of many festivals in other countries. Children are a main ingredient in many of the activities and festivities. Just earlier this year, children were able to enjoy Scandimania, as part of the Dulwich Picture Gallery’s Scandinavian theme and as a closure to Nikolai Astrup’s exhibition. The festival celebrated Norwegian culture with music, film, crafts and family events, as well as a ‘crochet-a-thon’ where two Norwegian designers (Arne and Carlos) taught entire families the art of crochet.

Although this festival is over, there are plenty more things to do for families that want to continue being involved in Norwegian culture. For children interested in the arts, they can check out Unknown Pleasures, a completely anonymous program of dance from an Oslo dance school, CODA, which will perform at Sadler’s Wells during Dance Umbrella in London. Families can also enjoy Northern Lights, a celebration of Nordic dancing which brings together artists from Scandinavia, including Norway. Also performing at Sadler’s Wells, as well as the Lilian Baylis Studio and the Platform Theatre in Kings Cross, the performance will explore the different dances from the region.

Let’s not forget Roald Dahl. British-born but of Norwegian heritage, Dahl was and continues being one of the greatest children’s writers of the 20th century. September of this year marks 100 years since his birth and to commemorate not only that but 34 years since the original release, Steven Spielberg remade the BFG. What better way to celebrate Norwegian children’s literature than spending a family afternoon at the cinema?


Lastly, for some Norwegian at-home entertainment, children can enjoy Elias - Rescue Team Adventures on Netflix in the UK. The show is completely entertaining for children and is available in English if you want to reinforce your children’s language abilities. As a big part of many Norwegian childhoods, the show is finally reaching broader audiences abroad.