- In collaboration with the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Greece, the Norwegian Institute at Athens (hereafter NIA) supported the participation of Professor Clifford Kentros at the Athens Science Festival (Technopolis, 29.3-2.4.2017). Clifford Kentros, a Professor of Medicine at Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience at the Norwegian University for Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway and a Research Associate Professor at the University of Oregon, Institute of Neuroscience, USA, gave a lecture titled Bugs in the Brain, where he presented his new finds on brain research. http://www.athens-science-festival.gr/en/event/bugs-in-the-brain/
- In collaboration with the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Greece, NIA supported the publication Athen – Alexandria by Haakon Smedsvig Hanssen, Associate Professor in Philosophy at the University of Agder, Norway. The book launch took place at the Art and Coffee bookshop Books Plus in Athens, on March 13 (Panepistimiou 37), where Roger Jørgensen, Deputy Head of Mission at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Greece and Professor Jorrun Økland, Director of the Norwegian Institute at Athens greeted the event. The book was translated into Greek by Professor Apostolos Spanos (Agder University, Norway). Greek title: Αθήνα – Αλεξάνδρεια. Από τη Σοφία της Αγοράς στην Πολυμάθεια της Βιβλιοθήκης. http://novus.mamutweb.com/Shop/Product/Hanssen-Haakon-Smedsvig-Athen-Alexandria/102696
- NIA supported the Norwegian cultural project/performance CoSA – Concerning the Spiritual in Art, which took shape as site specific performances, drawing, photography and artistic books. On April 6 we hosted a performance at the Norwegian Institute at Athens where the artists had the chance to meet with the audience and exchange views on the topic of interest, namely the exploration of the spiritual in contemporary art, particularly in early 1990s in Europe. www.locusart.org, www.laternalaterna.org
- Within the framework of Documenta 14, which in 2017 has a double presence in both Greece and Germany (opened in Athens on April 8 and Kassel on June 10), NIA collaborated with the Royal Embassy of Norway to promote the presence of Norwegian Sami artists in Athens. The artistic director of Documenta 14, Adam Szymczyk, has included a considerable number of Sami artists in this year’s programme. Therefore we had the chance to meet with Joar Nango, one of the few practicing architects and a prominent artist within the Sami community, and have long and interesting discussions about European Everything, his project for Documenta 14 both in Athens and Kassel.
- NIA organised a music event, which became part of the festivities on the occasion of the National Museum Day 2017 Museums and contested histories. Saying the unspeakable in museums. The event took place at the Traditional Pottery Museum at Kerameikos, on May 19, where the Sami yoik musician Issat Hætta sang along with the world musician Athena Chioti and combined the traditional yoik instrument with piano sounds from the Greek jazz pianist Kostas Yaxoglou.