LET’S WELCOME OUR NORDIC MATCH PARTICIPANTS TO THE STAGE

We’re proud to present the participants for Nordic Match, which is due to take place from 7 to 10 October. Our open call resulted in a raft of high-quality applications. We’re very proud to have been able to pick from a multitude of creators boasting a wide range of skills, all of which touch on this autumn’s theme “The right to participate”.

Bára Örk Melsted from Iceland combines the values of nature conservation, human rights, and equality through art, creative writing, theatre, literature, and poetry. Bára is inspired by the dynamics of small society, where direct democracy and its own influence on society become very clear.

Leanna Lunde is a community arts practitioner based in Finnmark, Norway, who boasts an extensive background in both dramatic art production and screen production. Leanna has worked as a producer, director, and choreographer in various youth and community arts programmes for some twenty years. In recent years, she has worked as a dance teacher and producer for the Alta kulturskole school in Finnmark, where she develops integrated dance programmes that emphasise community and inclusion.

Film producer Mete Sasioglu runs a production company based in Helsinki. In addition to his own films, Mete works with various educational projects related to film. He is passionate about providing a hotbed for new voices and approaches, and is a production lecturer at the Academy of Moving People and Images (AMPI), which is a new film school that provides people from various backgrounds who are new to Finland with an opportunity to participate in film production and the creation of change.

Ever since she can remember, Lina Linde has enjoyed inviting those around her to get involved. As a producer of transmedia projects and project manager within the film industry, she found a way to make audience engagement part of her profession. Her experience ranges from crowdfunding and outreach to experimenting as a temporary artist. She is based in Malmö, Sweden.

Linh Duong is studying for her master’s in Corporate Communication and Strategic Design Experience at Aalto University, School of Business in Helsinki. Socially sustainable solutions are close to her heart, and since moving to Finland four years ago, Linh has taken part in different projects involving both businesses and public authority stakeholders to help in the practice of tools and skills that are useful for design thought processes.

Margaux Gillet is a manager driven by processes and results with 15 years of experience in creative industries across Denmark, France, Japan, and Latin America. She has first-hand experience of what an amazing springboard international creative collaboration can be for ideas and action. Over the past six years, she has successfully developed, funded, and produced B2B events for film and television, professional training programmes, and project development platforms with special emphasis on interdisciplinary exchanges and international collaboration.

We are delighted to be entering into think-tank mode with you all and honing our joint Nordic creative force with this autumn’s local partner, the Finnish National Theatre.

Those following Nordic Match as a spectator can meet the participants at Nordic Culture Point in Helsinki on 7 October at 18:00 (Finnish time), and at the public networking event on the Omapohja stage of the Finnish National Theatre on 10 October at 18:00 (Finnish time). Follow our Facebook page and stay tuned!

MEET THE NORDIC MATCH SPRING 2019 PARTICIPANTS

April is finally upon us, and we are proud to present the five participants for this spring’s round of Nordic Match! One participant from each Nordic country was selected in an open call process that resulted in nearly 40 highly qualified applications.

Inanna Riccardi is an anthropologist, a project manager, and a visual artist based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Since 2015 she has specialised in using art as a tool for social innovation in different contexts and with a variety of vulnerable target groups. In her artistic practice Inanna investigates issues related to the construction of personal and national identity and has a special interest in the cognitive processes that lie behind how we think about who we are.

Leiry Seron is a brand designer and strategist based in Iceland. She is passionate about working across borders with entrepreneurs who are working hard to create a more beautiful, fair, and resilient world. Her design practice is fully focused on growth, innovation, and multidisciplinary collaboration. Through her work she seeks to empower creative thinking, promote social cohesion, and design tools for human happiness.

After graduating as an architect in Mexico City in 2007, Alberto Juarez got a position at a multinational architecture and engineering firm in Bergen, Norway. After working in three different firms, he established his own practice in 2015 in Oslo. Since the start, the office has carried out over 70 projects in five countries on three continents. Alberto’s design approach is based on holistic design, innovation and projects where everybody wins.

With a background in design, Natalia Villaman (Finland) has spent the past few years working alongside NGOs and social movements to tackle problems related to migration, human rights, refugee crises, and sustainable development. In addition to her current MA studies in Creative Sustainability at Aalto University, she is trained in Cultural and Intercultural Mediation.

Julia Zachemba migrated to Sweden for ideological and political reasons just over a year ago. Because she’s always observed how people interact with products and services and always been a fan of human-centric solutions, she decided to embark on a PhD from Service Design. In addition to taking part in a project for the Scientific Centre in Poland, she has been involved in numerous Hackathons and Tech Think-Tank events in Poland and Sweden.

We eagerly look forward to kicking off Nordic Match with you all!

The overarching theme for Nordic Match 8–12 April is migration, and the results from the workshops will be presented to the public at a networking event on 11 April. The participants will also present their work at two public events at the Nordic Culture Point on 9 April and 12 April.

Follow Nordic Match on Facebook to get all the latest updates and event info – there will be opportunities to engage in the Nordic Match discussions both on-site and online!

MEET THE NORDIC MATCH SPRING 2019 PARTICIPANTS

April is finally upon us, and we are proud to present the five participants for this spring’s round of Nordic Match! One participant from each Nordic country was selected in an open call process that resulted in nearly 40 highly qualified applications.

Inanna Riccardi is an anthropologist, a project manager, and a visual artist based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Since 2015 she has specialised in using art as a tool for social innovation in different contexts and with a variety of vulnerable target groups. In her artistic practice Inanna investigates issues related to the construction of personal and national identity and has a special interest in the cognitive processes that lie behind how we think about who we are.

Leiry Seron is a brand designer and strategist based in Iceland. She is passionate about working across borders with entrepreneurs who are working hard to create a more beautiful, fair, and resilient world. Her design practice is fully focused on growth, innovation, and multidisciplinary collaboration. Through her work she seeks to empower creative thinking, promote social cohesion, and design tools for human happiness.

After graduating as an architect in Mexico City in 2007, Alberto Juarez got a position at a multinational architecture and engineering firm in Bergen, Norway. After working in three different firms, he established his own practice in 2015 in Oslo. Since the start, the office has carried out over 70 projects in five countries on three continents. Alberto’s design approach is based on holistic design, innovation and projects where everybody wins.

With a background in design, Natalia Villaman (Finland) has spent the past few years working alongside NGOs and social movements to tackle problems related to migration, human rights, refugee crises, and sustainable development. In addition to her current MA studies in Creative Sustainability at Aalto University, she is trained in Cultural and Intercultural Mediation.

Julia Zachemba migrated to Sweden for ideological and political reasons just over a year ago. Because she’s always observed how people interact with products and services and always been a fan of human-centric solutions, she decided to embark on a PhD from Service Design. In addition to taking part in a project for the Scientific Centre in Poland, she has been involved in numerous Hackathons and Tech Think-Tank events in Poland and Sweden.

We eagerly look forward to kicking off Nordic Match with you all!

The overarching theme for Nordic Match 8–12 April is migration, and the results from the workshops will be presented to the public at a networking event on 11 April. The participants will also present their work at two public events at the Nordic Culture Point on 9 April and 12 April.

Follow Nordic Match on Facebook to get all the latest updates and event info – there will be opportunities to engage in the Nordic Match discussions both on-site and online!

MEET THE NORDIC MATCH SPRING 2019 PARTICIPANTS

April is finally upon us, and we are proud to present the five participants for this spring’s round of Nordic Match! One participant from each Nordic country was selected in an open call process that resulted in nearly 40 highly qualified applications.

Inanna Riccardi is an anthropologist, a project manager, and a visual artist based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Since 2015 she has specialised in using art as a tool for social innovation in different contexts and with a variety of vulnerable target groups. In her artistic practice Inanna investigates issues related to the construction of personal and national identity and has a special interest in the cognitive processes that lie behind how we think about who we are.

Leiry Seron is a brand designer and strategist based in Iceland. She is passionate about working across borders with entrepreneurs who are working hard to create a more beautiful, fair, and resilient world. Her design practice is fully focused on growth, innovation, and multidisciplinary collaboration. Through her work she seeks to empower creative thinking, promote social cohesion, and design tools for human happiness.

After graduating as an architect in Mexico City in 2007, Alberto Juarez got a position at a multinational architecture and engineering firm in Bergen, Norway. After working in three different firms, he established his own practice in 2015 in Oslo. Since the start, the office has carried out over 70 projects in five countries on three continents. Alberto’s design approach is based on holistic design, innovation and projects where everybody wins.

With a background in design, Natalia Villaman (Finland) has spent the past few years working alongside NGOs and social movements to tackle problems related to migration, human rights, refugee crises, and sustainable development. In addition to her current MA studies in Creative Sustainability at Aalto University, she is trained in Cultural and Intercultural Mediation.

Julia Zachemba migrated to Sweden for ideological and political reasons just over a year ago. Because she’s always observed how people interact with products and services and always been a fan of human-centric solutions, she decided to embark on a PhD from Service Design. In addition to taking part in a project for the Scientific Centre in Poland, she has been involved in numerous Hackathons and Tech Think-Tank events in Poland and Sweden.

We eagerly look forward to kicking off Nordic Match with you all!

The overarching theme for Nordic Match 8–12 April is migration, and the results from the workshops will be presented to the public at a networking event on 11 April. The participants will also present their work at two public events at the Nordic Culture Point on 9 April and 12 April.

Follow Nordic Match on Facebook to get all the latest updates and event info – there will be opportunities to engage in the Nordic Match discussions both on-site and online!