The new Nordic Museum in Ballard is finally opening! Learn more here, and check out the schedule of events for the weekend:
SATURDAY, MAY 5
GRAND OPENING RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY
Join us as we officially open the new Nordic Museum! The ribbon cutting ceremony will feature remarks by one representative from each of the Nordic countries, the Secretary General from the Nordic Council of Ministers, and other local and international figures.
GRAND OPENING MUSICAL PERFORMANCES
Following our Grand Opening ribbon cutting ceremony, enjoy an afternoon of Nordic choirs, choruses, and traditional folk musicians performing in our Great Hall and on a special outdoor stage ! Choirs, instrumentalists, storytellers, youth musicians, and folk performers will all be featured. Over the course of the weekend, visitors will see more than 30 performers, representing all five Nordic countries, including Norway’s Vokal Nord; Fóstbræður, the Icelandic Male Chorus; Norwegian singer Eva Vea; Swedish Grammy nominated artist Petra Stahl; Voices of Reykjavik; and Migrasong, a performance focusing on the history of emigration from Norway; as well as beloved local performers. Check back soon for details on our special performers.
MAY 5, 7PM–12AM | GRAND OPENING CONCERT
FEATURING CHELSEA WOLFE, MAMMÚT, MIKKO JOENSUU, AND BABY IN VAIN
This event was produced in partnership with KEXP Radio.
In celebration of our Grand Opening and launch of our Nordic Nights program on May 10, Nordic Museum presents internationally acclaimed recording artist Chelsea Wolfe for a special Saturday night concert in our Great Hall! Joining Chelsea are Icelandic post-punk band Mammút, Finnish singer-songwriter Mikko Joensuu, and Danish grunge-rockers Baby in Vain. Tickets are $18 for members, $25 general admission.
TICKETS TO THE GRAND OPENING CONCERT ARE SOLD OUT.
SUNDAY, MAY 6
GRAND OPENING ACTIVITIES
Our celebration continues on Sunday with extended hours. The musical program begins at 9am and lasts through 5pm with even more Nordic choirs, choruses, and traditional folk musicians performing on both indoor and outdoor stages. Check back soon for details on our special performers!
GRAND OPENING PARTICIPATORY DANCE
After our Sunday Grand Opening festivities, join our Nordic dance community for a participatory dance with three local musical groups (Nordic Exposure, Barneleikarringen Jam, and Hale Bill and the Bopps, in that order) playing traditional and newly composed music for dancing throughout the evening.