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Celebrations with a Nordic flavour; CARDIFF BAY: Week of cultural events mark reopening of Norwegian Church.

A WEEK-LONG celebration will mark the 10th anniversary of the reopening of the Norwegian Church in Cardiff Bay - now one of the city's major arts venues.

The series of Norwegian cultural events includes two concerts with high-profile musicians who are leading lights in the contemporary music scene in Norway and an exhibition by a Norwegian photographer living in Wales.

The celebrations - from October 12 to 19 - will be launched on Saturday with a performance by innovative fiddler Nils kland, described as one of the best things to come out of the Norwegian folk scene in more than 100 years.

As well as the one-off events, there is a celebration exhibition at the arts centre throughout October.

Picturing Cardiff is a series of images by Norwegian photographer Toril Brancher who lives in Abergavenny.

``We have forged strong links with the Royal Norwegian Embassy in London, as a result of our efforts to promote links between Wales and Norway, and thanks to their support we are able to bring a bit of Norway to Cardiff next week,'' said Norwegian Church administrator Karen Allen. The highlights of the week include: #October 12 at 8pm --Nils kland Trio. One of Norway's leading Hardanger fiddle players combines innovation with respect for Norway's heritage.

#October 15 at 8pm - Iain Ballamy. He is one of the most consistently original and creative British jazz musicians. Food is the name of his collaboration with three highly gifted Norwegians at the forefront of the Norwegian music scene.

#October 16 at 7.30pm - Welsh Norwegian Society. A talk by Father Helge Pettersson of the Norwegian Seaman's Church, London. #October 19 at 7.30pm - Nordic evening. A social evening for the Scandinavian and Baltic communities in recognition of the fact the Norwegian Seamen's Church was used by people from across the Nordic region.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Oct 8, 2002
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