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Northern European Art Festival opens in Murmansk on Friday
The organizer, the Nordic Council of Ministers contact center, plans to introduce the residents of Murmansk to the musical, artistic and even culinary achievements of their Northern European neighbors. The festival comprises12 events, including the art exhibit "Nordic Countries in the Eyes of Murmansk Artists," the book fair "The Icy Country with a Warm Heart, Iceland," and the exhibit "Norwegian Fairy Tales in the Eyes of Russian Children." The Murmansk Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by British conductor Damian Yorio and featuring soloists from Denmark and Norway, will perform. The Icelandic films, "The Angels of the Universe" and "The Cold Light" will be shown. A restaurant in Murmansk will serve traditional and Christmas dishes from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland, a spokesman for the local administration said. The Nordic Council and the Nordic Council of Ministers coordinates cooperation between the five Northern European countries. The Nordic Council was created in 1952 as a legislative body responsible for cooperation between the parliaments and governments of these countries. The Nordic Council of Ministers was formed in 1971 as an executive body to implement intergovernmental cooperation between the North European countries. In 1995, the Nordic Council of Ministers opened an information bureau in St. Petersburg to develop and strengthen contacts between the North European countries and the northwestern regions of Russia. Several years later, contact centers were opened in Arkhangelsk, Petrozavodsk and Murmansk. "Previously, Nordic festivals in Murmansk only included some aspects of art," the Murmansk administration said. "This will be the first time such a large-scale event will be held above the Arctic Circle."
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