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Next Two Weeks
June 4-6 - Celtic Languages: From the Viking Era to Modern Times Conference at PSU
June 5 - Swedish National Day Concert & Dinner at the Swedish Cultural Center (WA)
June 13 - Portland Scandinavian Midsummer Festival
Nordic Cultural Center Opening Celebration Weekend
Everyone is welcome at this summer solstice festival! Anyone who's been there before knows that it's always a fun, family-friendly day filled with games, dancing, food, music, Scandinavian crafts and of course the raising of the Maypole. Presented by SHF and the League of Swedish Societies.
Friday-Sunday June 19-21, Clatsop County Fairgrounds: 92937 Walluski Loop, Astoria OR 97103
The festival embodies the rich cultural heritage that was transplanted to the Astoria, Oregon region by emigrating Scandinavians. In the Pacific Northwest they found the same bounteous seas and forests as in their native lands and the demand for their skills at managing them. During the three days of the festival over a dozen Scandinavian musical, dance, and theater groups are scheduled to entertain . Retail booths will offer handcrafts, Scandinavian import items, and traditional Scandinavian foods.
SHF Cultural Center: 8800 SW Oleson Rd. Portland OR 97223
Danish fiddler Harald Haugaard and Danish singer/fiddler Helene Blum are touring the world promote Haugaard's new album "Lys & Forfald." Helene & Harald are among Denmark’s finest and busiest artists with more than 500 performances during the past six years, most of them abroad. When they perform together they create, quite simply, "Musical Fireworks” (~Jyske Vestkysten). Buy tickets online here.
Over the last six years, Arstidir has toured more than 30 countries bringing their unique vocal style to both traditional and jazz arrangements. They appear at our new cultural center after starting their US tour at the Rochester International Jazz Festival in New York. Buy tickets online here.
Danish Brotherhood of America
Danish Brotherhood #167 - Portland OR & SW Washington
Danish Sisterhood of America
Daughters of Norway
New Sweden Cultural Heritage Society - Portland OR
Application Deadline Extended - APPLY NOW!
Registration is still open for Trollbacken, the Swedish Language and Culture Camp! To print a copy of the registration form or counselor application, please visit the Trollbacken website.
March 12 - July 26, 2015
This exhibit looks at the explosion of creativity in Finnish design over the last 15 years. Examples of furnishings, fashion, and craft, as well as architecture and urbanism, illustrate how nearly every aspect of Finnish life incorporates thoughtful design thinking - from city streets and summer homes to fashion and food - and is marked by sensitivity to form and material. The exhibition is the first significant U.S. museum presentation since the 1990s to examine contemporary Finnish design.
June 26-28, Menucha Retreat & Conference Center in Corbett OR
The Danish Cultural Conference has been held for 30 years. The new name for this get-a-way is Danish American Cultural Retreat to more accurately reflect the program and experience. There are speakers from various walks of life on various topics related to the Danish culture. In addition, we take guided walks through the forest and a field trip to nearby sites. See the NWDA website for more information and registration. Or call 206-523-3263.
Scandinavian Genealogical Society
June 20 - Attic Exploration 2: Find Passenger Lists
Sons of NorwayGrieg Lodge 2-15 - Portland OR
Wednesday May 27 at 7:30pm, AND Friday May 29 at 2pm, $5
Documentary about a volunteer who delivers soup to men on the front. 48 minutes. Sponsored by Finlandia Foundation.
National Day Concert & Dinner
Friday June 5, 6pm Concert, 7pm Dinner, $25, RSVP by June 3
The Swedish Women’s and Svea Male Chorus will present a concert at 6 pm, along with the announcement of Swede of the Year. Then at 7 pm, Chef Malin will serve a delicious salmon dinner. Please RSVP to 206-283-1090 or email@example.com.
Vasa Order of AmericaLodge Tre Kronor #713 - Salem OR
SHF's Lucia Queen of Light Scholarship - APPLY NOW!
This is the 60th year that the Lucia Queen of Light Scholarship program will honor young women of Nordic descent and crown the official Lucia of Oregon. Please see the Lucia page of this website for complete details and application instructions.
SHF's Scandinavian of the Year Award - APPLY NOW!
Swedish Language Meet-UpPractice your conversational Swedish, whatever level of proficiency. Come to the meetings once a month in NE Portland at 7:00 pm and speak Svenska! Email Peggy at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
PLU offers a Scandinavian Studies Program with a concentration either in Scandinavian Area Studies or Norwegian.
PSU currently offers language classes in Norwegian & Swedish.
U of O offers language (Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish & Old Norse [reading knowledge]) in addition to Scandinavian cultural, history & literature classes.
UW courses include languages (Danish, Finnish, Norwegian & Swedish), literature, cinema, and drama.
Grieg Lodge LeikarringenYouth dance group. Meets 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 7-7:30 pm, at Norse Hall (111 NE 11th Ave.). Parents of younger children are encouraged to participate. Contact David Champion at email@example.com or Karen Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsored by the Daughters of Norway and Norske Runddansere, this is a youth dance group ages 4 and up. Practices are at St. Philip Neri.
The Nordlys from Portland have been performing Scandinavian folk dances for audiences in Oregon/Washington since 1987.
Every Monday, 7:30-10pm, $4, No partner needed, Polish Hall at 3832 N. Interstate Ave., PDX, OR 97227
The Fall 2014 schedule runs from September 8 through December and includes a free lesson from 7:30-8:30pm with fantastic instructors, and dancing to requests from 8:30-10:00pm. There's always live music at special events, and also randomly throughout the season. There is something for everyone, from beginners to experienced dancers who want to brush up their technique.
Monday July 13, 7:30-10pm, FREE, Nordia House: 8800 SW Oleson Road
Norske Runddansere is moving to the New Scandinavian Heritage Foundation Center! Our first Monday night dance at the new location is FREE! Featuring: Live Music, Scandinavian Folk Dancing, and Snacks. Come Join Us! (Please wear indoor dance shoes to protect the new floor).
In the Vasa Youth Group Children's Swedish Dance Group, dancers range in age from 2 to 18 years. They practice 2 times a month with performances mainly in December and June. Dancers come from across Portland and SW Washington, boys and girls both are welcome, and new members are accepted anytime. Email Christine and Teri at email@example.com for more information.
Celtic Languages: From the Viking Age to Modern Times
The annual conference of the North American Association for Celtic Language Teachers will this year focus on the influence of the Scandinavian 'invasions' - beginning in the 8th Century - on the cultures and languages of the 6 Celtic Nations: Ireland, Scotland, Wales, The Isle of Man, Cornwall and Brittany. Contact Robert Burke, President of the Association, at 360-954-5529 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.