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NEDNAC – Towards inclusive artscapes in the Nordic Region

With start-up network funding from Nordic Culture Fund and Nordic Culture Point, the Network for the Diversification of Nordic Arts and Culture (NEDNAC) was established to find ways to strengthen artistic and cultural cooperation in the Nordic region with regard to artists and cultural workers of foreign origin, together with non foreign-born actors and institutions. Working cross-disciplinarily and including research, we aim to increase the exchange of knowledge in this area and increase the presence of and interest in art and culture produced in the Nordic region by resident producers of art and culture of diverse nationalities and heritage. NEDNAC’s objectives are:

OBJECTIVE 1: To pool our resources and skills in order to achieve our goal and maximize impact in the three countries (Sweden, Denmark, Finland).

OBJECTIVE 2: To identify how the artscapes differ in the three countries and how their diversification can be mainstreamed across the Nordic region.

OBJECTIVE 3: To identify how we can we work with local, national and Nordic foundations and arts and cultural institutions in both the private and public sector to improve and diversify opportunities.

According to a 2018 report by the Swedish Agency for Cultural Policy Analysis, there is a distinct lack of diversity at state cultural institutions in the Nordic Region. Read more here. This trend is also visible in the mainstream arts and cultural scene in the Nordic countries. NEDNAC’s mission is to make artscapes in the Nordic region inclusive and thus improve the situation for artists of foreign origin. The network shall operate at the grassroots and policy level.

In this start-up phase, NEDNAC is administered and managed by IMMART. NEDNAC is working with artists of foreign origin who are resident in Denmark, Sweden and Finland. The current member organisations/persons are:

Between November 2018 and April 2019, NEDNAC will hold virtual and face-to-face meetings, workshops and dinners with the member organisations, invited artists of foreign origin and other stakeholders. The goal of these gatherings is to better understand the current situation for artists and cultural workers of foreign origin, identify the gaps in opportunities and services provided, and figure out how they can be bridged.


November 2019

  • Acceptance of funding applications
  • Virtual meeting of NEDNAC members

January 2019

  • Virtual meeting of NEDNAC members

February 2019

  • Meeting and workshop with NEDNAC members held at Region Skåne offices, Malmö.
    Click here to read more.
  • IMMART Dinner with NEDNAC members and artists of foreign origin living in Sweden and Denmark held at the Satellite room at STUDIO in Malmö.
    Click here to see pictures from the Dinner.
    Click here to read about the Dinner.

March 2019

  • Virtual Meeting

April 2019

  • Workshop to be held at Globe Art Point, Helsinki.
  • IMMART Dinner to be held at Globe Art Point, Helsinki.