Help celebrate Leif Erikson Day this Saturday at the Leif Erikson Lodge (2245 NW 57th St) and Viking Bank (2237 NW 57th St). The day honors the Norse explorer who is credited with bringing the first Europeans to the Americas. From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., the Puget Sound Chapter of Volvo Sports America will […]
A new exhibit at the Nordic Heritage Museum focuses on contemporary Norwegian architecture. “Lost in Nature: The Architecture of Jarmund/Vigsnæs” features photographs and models created by the Oslo-based architecture firm Jarmund/Vigsnæs, which the artist is a partner. “This exhibition will highlight the Nordic tradition of creating elegant spaces that are sensitive to the natural landscape,” […]
If you’ve heard of the Seattle Freeze, then a quote near the start of Solveig Torvik’s new book, “The World’s Best Place: Norway and the Norwegians,” might sound familiar. “A Norwegian will not talk to you without good reason,” states a cross-cultural communications expert. “And saying hello is not a good enough reason.”
This perhaps can be forgiven when you consider Norwegians’ generosity; they are often the first to contribute to victims of natural disasters around the world and pitch in more per-capita than virtually anyone else. And that charity begins at home. With its enviable longevity rates, its cradle-to-grave health care, its free education – not to mention its stupendous natural beauty and millions in annual revenue from North Sea oilfields – Norway is routinely named by the U.N. and other entities as the best place to live.
Torvik discussed her book, which delves beneath the surface of this seeming utopia, on Tuesday evening at the Nordic Heritage Museum. An enthusiastic audience of around 65 included many transplanted Scandinavians. A former longtime Ballard resident and journalist – she retired as associate editorial-page editor of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer – Torvik now lives in Central Washington. Her first decade of life, however — the 1940s — was spent in the picturesque fjord village of Aalesund, where she was “imprinted with Norway’s values and sensibilities,” she said. Her family then immigrated to Salt Lake City.
A large crowd gathered in the shadow of Leif Erikson Sunday afternoon to celebrate the addition of nearly 1,700 names etched in the plaques on the plaza. “This statue surrounded by runestones tells a story of those immigrants who left their homeland in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden,” said Port of Seattle Commissioner Gael […]
One of Ballard’s favorite annual events is underway at the Nordic Heritage Museum all weekend, featuring Viking reenactments, Scandinavian food, crafts, historic exhibits, live music and a beer garden. We shot a short video tour of Viking Days on Saturday afternoon, starting off with Einar Tapio playing to a happy crowd in the beer garden, […]
On the heels of SeafoodFest, another Ballard summer tradition is on the calendar for this weekend. The 27th annual Viking Days will be held at the Nordic Heritage Museum (3014 NW 67th St) on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Snippets of the 2009 Viking Days event. The festival features food from […]
Followed by a contingent of Swedish press photographers, Swedish Crown Princess Victoria visited Ballard over the weekend as the honored guest at the Arctic Summer fashion show at the Nordic Heritage Museum. Despite having a younger brother, Crown Princess Victoria is the heir-apparent to the Swedish throne. In 1979, the Swedish Parliament changed the Act […]
On Friday evening, the Nordic Heritage Museum will host Dr. Gylfi Magnússon, Iceland’s Minister of Economic Affairs, who will discuss the banking crisis in his country. Here is information from the museum: The Minister will discuss the effects of the 2008 banking crisis on the Icelandic economy, the government’s plan for getting economic growth back […]
The Scandinavian Language Institute‘s spring session gets under way at the end of the month. With 30 years under their belt, they offer Norwegian, Swedish and Icelandic at several levels which include beginning, know-a-little, intermediate and advanced. Most classes meet at the Nordic Heritage Museum (3014 NW 67th St) in the evenings, although there are […]
Sofia Talvik, a singer and songwriter from Göteborg, Sweden is coming to the Nordic Heritage Museum for a concert this weekend.
Not knowing anything about the musician, we wanted to ask her a few questions:
MyBallard: Tell me a little bit about your music.
Talvik: I think my music is very personal. I try to put the lyrics in focus which often results in a bit of a minimalisttic production. I guess I’d be tagged as a singer/songwriter but leaning towards a folk pop expression. I have a new album out in May and it’s got a bigger sound than my previous work, I’ve worked a lot on giving the songs a depth, and it’s almost like my vocals are resting on top of the instruments. What’s similar in all my albums though is that my voice and acoustic guitar is the core of everything.
MyBallard: Where do you get your inspiration? Who are your musical influences?
Talvik:I get my inspiration from everyday life. I love movies and often find the score interesting, I also pick up phrases I like from the movies or TV and incorporate them in my lyrics. Musically I have a very diverse taste. Like for this album I was inspired by Kings of Leon, something you probably wouldn’t think of when you listen to it. But I also love great songwriters like Neko Case, Aimee Mann and Nick Drake.
This weekend, the Nordic Heritage Museum presents the world premier musical, Troublemaker’s Mother, based on the Finnish epic, Kalevala (Land of the Heroes.) Finns and Fennophiles around the world honor the epic poems on February 28th, the date the author signed the forward, and this year’s Seattle celebration is no different. This is the second […]
Governor Christine Gregoire toured The Nordic Heritage Museum this afternoon and learned its plans for the future. “On the eve of Leif Erikson day, welcome,” said the museum’s executive director Eric Nelson as the governor walked through the front doors of the old schoolhouse on NW 67th St. She toured the building that has housed […]