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Current/Upcoming Events

Iron Grandpa Saturday, April 29th | 1pm

The journey of a 72-year-old Finn, and four-time power-lifting world champion on the way to his last world championship event.

flags Saturday, May 13th | 12:30

Parade and picnic sponsored by the Norumbega Lodge #3-506, Sons of Norway

Midsummer Saturday, June 17th | 11:30 - 3:30

presented by the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce of New England (SACC-NE)

coffeebread Every Saturday 11am-3pm

Join us for our weekly pop-up Kaffestugan (café) every Saturday! Pastries, waffles, coffee, open-faced sandwiches and conversation.

Past Events

nice-people Saturday, March 25th | 1pm

What do you do when 3000 Somalis run over your small town in the backlands of Sweden, and McDonalds starts being called 'Little Mogadiscu'?

Screen Shot 2017-02-02 at 1.49.10 PM Saturday, February 11th | 1pm

A film about Scandinavia's amazing nature based education system.

piatruba-hanko-caravan-lowres-002 Saturday, January 28th | 1pm

Contemporary Jazz & Folk Music from Sweden

Night_Tree_2_photocred_Kate_Lemmon Saturday, April 8th | 1 pm

Folk sextet with Swedish and Celtic roots

Heartsone Wednesday, April 5th | 7pm at the Brattle Theatre

presented as part of Wicked Queer: The Boston LGBT Film Festival

Erika Koss Magic Cherries from Rwanda! July 2016 Saturday, October 29th | noon

Take a journey to Kenya through your coffee cup with Writer, Teacher, and Coffee Queen

wave-the-scene Saturday,October 15th | 1:30 | FREE

Although anticipated, no one is really ready when the mountain pass above the scenic, narrow Norwegian fjord Geiranger, collapses and creates an 85-meter high violent tsunami.

steinway-model-B-grand-piano-569594-LAB Friday, October 7th | 7pm

presented by Sons of Norway, Norumbega Lodge and the SCC

greta-garbo-queen-christina Saturday, September 17th | 1:30 | FREE

Queen Christina of Sweden is a popular monarch who is loyal to her country. However, when she falls in love with a Spanish envoy, she must choose between the throne and the man she loves.

miriam_preis-wilderness_sandwich-779 Saturday, September 24th | 11-3pm

This year we are takin' it to the streets with NORDIC STREET FOOD! Enjoy a taste of interpretations of street food from Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Iceland!

art by J. C. Varnum Exhibit open through June | Call for times

presented by the Newton Art Association as part of the Newton Festival of the Arts

YARN thumb Saturday, June 25th | 1pm

Yarn becomes provocative modern art, a political statement, a poetic circus performance and artistic playground.

Open Up to Me Saturday, June 18th | 1:30 | FREE

Maarit, a beautiful woman who used to be a man, becomes estranged from her daughter and family. When she meets Sami, a soccer coach and family man, she thinks her life will be complete.

bikes-vs-cars-1728x800_c Saturday, April 9th | 11am

In Copenhagen 40% commute by bike daily. Imagine if the whole world had numbers like this; an immediate climate effect, cities with a human scale.

3_JussiReijonen_Promo3_HIRES Saturday, April 16th | 7:30

Finnish fretless/fretted guitarist and oudist performing world music from his Nordic perspective.

FB Cover On display through March | Call for viewing

Maine artist, Elizabeth Hunter, presents her rugs and watercolors infused with nordic color and simplicity.

big game SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20TH | 1:30PM | FREE

A teenager camping in a Finnish forest helps rescue the President of the United States when his plane is shot down near his campsite.

lana Friday, February 5th | 7pm | $15

performing music by Beethoven and Schumann
presented by SWEA and the SCC

Cello and three violins, all vintage instruments. Thursday, January 14th | doors at 7pm

Presented by Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston

ninas-journey-agnieszka-grochowska SATURDAY, JANUARY 16TH | 1:30PM | FREE

A powerful drama about a Jewish woman’s odyssey from the WWII Warsaw ghetto to a life in Sweden.

Sara Pajunen Sunday, May 8th | 3pm | Free

The Finlandia Foundation and the SCC present the Finlandia Foundation's performer of the year

fm Saturday, October 17th | 1:30pm | FREE

A man's selfish reaction to the danger posed by an avalanche causes cracks in his marriage and relationships with his children. Presented as part of the Scandinavian Library's Nordic Film Series.

impressionpiano Sunday, October 18th | 3pm | $15 (Free for SCC Members)

In a program entitled "The Sights and Sounds of French Impressionism," pianist Kathryn Rosenbach performs works by Debussy and Ravel such as Reflet dans l'eau, L'isle joyeuse and Miroirs.

Kalos_Promo Thursday, August 27th | 7pm | $10 (Free for SCC Members)

Swedish-American ensemble, Quartet Kalos, presents Kalos Inscriptions, a retelling of traditional folk songs through new arrangements and unique instrumentation, plus some originals by the ensemble!

smorgasbord Saturday, September 12th | 11am-3pm

This year’s theme is “The Battle”! Enjoy a taste of Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Iceland and vote for your favorite dish! Plus, Nordic vendors music and fun for all ages, including a a Viking encampment and live battle reenactment!

francisco Sunday, September 20th | 3pm | Free

A special free concert with virtuosic Ecuadorian cellist Francisco Vila accompanied by Ukrainian pianist Oleksandr Poliykov presented by The SCC, Newton at Home and the Saul B. and Naomi R. Cohen Foundation.

34-gene-kelly-theredlist SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24th | 3PM | FREE

Finlandia-Foundation's 2015 Lecturer of the Year the award winning, multi-talented performer Taina Elg shares a behind-the-scenes glimpse of her life as a young star at MGM Studios, life in Hollywood, and the film industry today

boeursabat Friday, November 6th | 7:30pm | $10 (Free for SCC Members)

Elise Boeur and Nate Sabat play traditional music from a place where the sun forgets to rise. Bringing their profound love of folk music and their extensive jazz training together, Boeur and Sabat reach into the depths of the Norwegian and Swedish folk traditions to bring out the inner pulse.

marty On display through January 10th

Former architect Marty Lehman paints buildings, cityscapes, landscapes and "all things Swedish." In an exhibition entitled "Watercolor Impressions," view works including Swedish landscapes and winter scenes.

SONY DSC Saturday, November 14th | 7pm | $20

A special "dueling pianos" performance with pianists Hankus Netsky and Daniel Padgett.

Love Saturday, April 18th | 1:30pm

A story about seeking love and having the courage to change your life – even when you think it’s too late. Presented as part of the Scandinavian Library's Nordic Film Series.

Silveman-spoons-color On display through October | call for viewing times

Selections from printmaker and book artist Annie Silverman's artist book DANISH SPOONS, which was awarded First Prize in the 2014 Beyond Books Exhibition in Woodstock, Vermont.

Olli SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5th | 6pm | $30

Celebrate the foundation's 60th anniversary with dinner and a Scandinavian jazz concert by the Finnish guitarist and his band

Julgran Saturday, December 12th | 6pm

Kick off this holiday season with good friends and new acquaintances at SACC-NE's 53rd annual dinner.

Adams Apple SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19TH | 1:30PM | FREE

A neo-nazi sentenced to community service at a church clashes with the blindly devotional priest.

magdalenaverk November/December 2014

A collection of recent prints by Icelandic artists including etchings, Chine-collé, monoprints, lithographs and electro etchings inspired primarily by Icelandic landscapes and human nature.

paavali Sunday, February 1st | 3pm | $20

  

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, Finlandia Foundation-Boston invites pianist Paavali Jumppanen for a special performance featuring works by the famed composer.

Piano-keys Friday, February 20th | 7pm | $20

A program featuring Haydn, Liszt, Rachmaninoff and Chopin by acclaimed pianist Lilit Karapetian-Shougarian.

aatsinki-cowboys Saturday, February 21st | 1:30pm

Visit Finnish Lapland and enter the world of brothers Aarne and Lasse Aatsinki, leaders of a collective of traditional reindeer herders. Observe their families, seasonal routines and the difficulties and joys of a life so closely tied to the land.

lydiaandrea Saturday, February 28th | 1pm (Rescheduled from 1/24)

“Fika” with us as Scandinavian fiddle duo lydia and Andrea perform an energetic and engaging program of traditional music on fiddle, 5-string fiddle, nyckelharpa, and voice -- including waltzes, schottises, polskas, and more.

We-Are-The-Best Saturday, January 17th | 1:30pm | Free

Pixieish, mohawk-sporting Klara and her best friend Bobo are 13-year-old rebels looking for a cause. Despite having no instruments or discernible musical talent, the two put all their energy into forming an all-girl punk band.

brian Saturday, March 14th | 7:30pm | $25

Swedish-American fiddler Brian Wicklund returns from his native Minnesota to host an evening of globe-trotting musical adventure with guitar wizard Flynn Cohen.

seagull Saturday, March 21st | 1:30pm | Free

It is 1953, and Freya has returned home to Iceland to begin a new life. Unlike the drab, plump girl who went abroad to America, the now stunningly beautiful Freya is a mystery to the distant relatives with whom she lives and a powerful influence on the men and women around her.

sibeliusbg Sunday, March 22nd | 3pm | Free

Glenda Dawn Goss, author of Sibelius: A Composer's Life and the Awakening of Finland, shares her insight into the life and works of the great composer in the context of Finnish and Northern European cultural history.

fantoft Tuesday, March 24th | 6:30pm | Free

Continuous change in our environments disrupts our sense of continuity, memories, and shared meaning, and challenges our perceptions of the authentic. Rob Anderson will analyze the Fantoft Stave Church in Norway and other examples in this fascinating talk.

neclogo Thursday, April 23rd | 7pm | $15

Join outstanding jazz undergraduate and graduate students from New England Conservatory for a performance of music by celebrated jazz legends, such as Duke Ellington and John Coltrane, along with original compositions by members of the ensemble.

meltingpotslide Reception: Saturday, April 25th | 2-5pm

Selections from a moving and powerful exhibit of more than 300 newly naturalized U.S. citizens who are residents of the Commonwealth.

On display March-April in the Nordic Hall Gallery

Westy Egmont Saturday, April 25th | 2:30pm | Free

For all the controversy around immigration, we are still a young nation, fed by nearly one million newcomers each year. Join Westy Egmont in exploring the history and current story of those who started life again in the States and made America the 'nation of nations' we know.

bothersomeMan Saturday, December 13, 2014 | 1:30pm

Andreas arrives in a strange city with no memory of how he got there. He is presented with a job and an apartment, but before long, he notices that something is wrong. Presented as part of the Scandinavian Library's Nordic Film Series.

FiddleCloseUp1 Saturday, November 22, 2014 | 1pm

"Fika" with us! Presented during the SCC's weekly Kaffestugan, enjoy Swedish pastries, waffles and open-faced sandwiches - and bring your brunch into the Nordic Hall to hear Rachel Panitch and David Kaynor's Fiddling Duo!

TRC_poster Saturday, November 15, 2014 | 1:30pm

A trio of Danish comedians, who call themselves The Red Chapel pretend to be Korean regime sympathizers and stage a ridiculous variety show in Pyongyang.

EXHIBITION_crop September/October 2014

By special arrangement with The Embassy of Sweden in Washington, DC, The SCC proudly hosts “Von Echstedtska Gården," photographs of a historical manor in the Värmland province of Sweden.

swedishcrime On view January through February

An informational exhibit of the history of the crime novel in Sweden, from its beginnings in the late 19th century to the modern Swedish crime novel, rich in social criticism and portraying fairly ordinary characters trying to deal with a crumbling society.

mamma-gogo-still Saturday, October 18, 2014 | 1:30pm | FREE

A story of a film director’s personal experience with Alzheimer’s disease as his mother slips into this descent.

grass3 On display May-June

Artist Anna Kristina Goransson and musician Maria Finkelmeier collaborate to create an interactive multimedia installation inspired by the sights and sounds of summer in Sweden.

kon-tiki Saturday, May 23rd | 1:30pm | Free

In 1947 in a balsa wood raft, Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl and his team of five set off on an epic 101 day-long journey across 8,000 kilometers of the Pacific to prove that South Americans back in pre-Columbian times could have crossed the sea and settled on Polynesian Islands.

kristinmagnus Sunday, May 31st | 3pm | Tickets $5-$15

Leading actress Kristín G. Magnus will tell you about historical events, mysterious folk­stories such as the Hidden People, the Seal who turned into a Human Being, and a spine­-tingling ghost­ story, complete with Icelandic music and chanting of old rhymes.

lastsent Saturday, June 20th | 1:30pm | Free

Set against the backdrop of WWII, The Last Sentence is based on the life of crusading journalist Torgny Segerstedt, editor-in-chief of one of Sweden's leading newspapers, highlighting his one-man battle against Nazism and his country's policy of appeasement to Hitler.

Midsummer celebrations Saturday, June 20th | 1-7pm | Advance Tickets $30-$40, $5 for kids

In an event jointly presented by the SCC and the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce of New England (SACC_NE), experience the summer solstice Swedish-style!

SDPicsintro Thursday, October 9, 2014 | 7pm | Free

A talk by Lo Dagerman about Swedish writer Stig Dagerman (1923-1954), and the project to re-introduce her father’s writing to an American readership. Presented in collaboration with the Scandinavian Library.

Pauline Thursday, October 2, 2014 | 7pm | Free

Join us for the first installment in the continuation of our Young Artists Series in our 2014-2015 season with pianist Pauline Yang, who will perform works by Mendelssohn, Scarlatti, Tchaikovsky, Brahms and others.

stambandet_crop Saturday, September 27, 2014 | 1pm | Free

"Fika" with us! Presented during the SCC's weekly Kaffestugan, enjoy Swedish pastries, waffles and open-faced sandwiches - and bring your brunch into the Nordic Hall to hear Scandinavian vocal ensemble Stämbandet!

smorgasbord Saturday, September 20, 2014 | 11am-3pm

Local chefs try their hand at Nordic cuisine! Join us for tasting stations, Nordic food vendors, music and fun!

NewtonCityEmblem Sunday, July 20, 2014 | 6:30-8pm | Newton Centre Green | Free

Join us on the Newton Center Green for an event featuring Scandinavian vocal ensemble Stämbandet, Estonian food samples from EstoFoods, and Scandinavian crafts for kids and kids-at-heart. Free!

FastForwardSkey May/June 2014

Works by Rena Shear, David Mangels and Lisa Goren. On display in the Nordic Hall Gallery May 2nd through June 30th.

InABetterWorld Saturday, June 21, 2014 | 1:30pm | Free

The lives of two Danish families cross each other as part of an extraordinary friendship. Presented as part of the Scandinavian Library Nordic Film Series.

SuzanneCartreine Thursday, June 12, 2014| 7pm

Pianists Michael Tsalka and Suzanne Cartreine perform an eclectic program of duets and solos drawn from the past 5 centuries. This blend of familiar and new, well-loved and little-known, contemplative and playful, turbulent and serene, promises a delightful evening.

Jemur Trio photo.showcase_3 Thursday, May 29, 2014 | 7pm | FREE

As the latest installment in the SCC's Young Artists Series, Pianist Rui Urayama, violinist Egle Jarkova and cellist Edevaldo Mulla will perform works by Rachmaninov, Shostakovich, Mendelssohn and Piazzolla.

NordicValentine Sunday, May 11, 2014 | 3pm

Swedish-American jazz singer Anna-Frida Abrahamsson and her trio share Swedish love songs and standards. Influenced by Jan Johansson and Monica Zetturlund, Abrahamsson's soft velvety voice will be backed by piano, drums, bass and harmonica.

kon_tiki_film_poster_art_boat_whale_sea Saturday, May 10, 2014 | 1:30pm | Free

In the 1940s, we are invited to follow Thor Heyerdahl as he gathers a crew of Scandinavians attempting to cross the Pacific on a balsam raft. A delight to watch, the film is all about the sheer excitement of the ocean and it is as magnificent as it is beautiful and as dangerous.

EnsembleEvolution_Trio Sunday, May 4, 2014 | 7pm

Presented as part of ArtWeek Boston, Ensemble Evolution's Charles Martin and Maria Finkelmeier will share a journey to the arctic north through an interactive performance and presentation inspired by the arctic environment in Sweden.

Quartet Thursday, May 1, 2014 | 7pm | FREE

Join outstanding graduate students from the New England Conservatory for a performance of Czech composer Antonin Dvorak’s celebrated Piano Quartet in E flat Major, Op. 87.

Pasi Sahlberg Sunday, April 27, 2014 | 3pm | FREE

Finnish educator and scholar Pasi Sahlberg, visiting Professor of Practice at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, discusses his book "Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland".

Jonie Huang 1 Thursday, April 17, 2014 | 7pm | FREE

Join pianist Jonie Huang and cellist Daniel Mitnitsky, outstanding graduate students from New England Conservatory, for a performance featuring the works of celebrated Romantic composers such as Brahms and Schubert.

BreatheAsOneimage Saturday, April 12, 2014 | 6pm | FREE

Every five years, 30,000 people gather on the same stage in the small country of Estonia to join voices at Laulupidu, the National Song Festival, to become the largest choir in the world. More than a music festival, it’s a miracle that at least twice in history gave freedom to that country. To Breathe As One explores the beauty and meaning of the choral festival through the eyes of the young members of the California-based Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir, one of the few American choirs invited to participate. From the filmmakers of the acclaimed The Singing Revolution, the film reveals that for Estonians singing is not just a means of cultural expression, but a defining part of their national identity.

From the filmmakers of the acclaimed The Singing Revolution, the film reveals that for Estonians singing is not just a means of cultural expression, but a defining part of their national identity. Presented by the Boston Estonian Society.

Sarmanto4 Saturday, April 5, 2014 | 7pm | Free

Composer and pianist Heikki Sarmanto is a leading Finnish jazz scene figure who has been internationally praised for his symphonic, orchestral and jazz ensemble works. He will be joined by singer, actress, and pianist Jeannine Otis.

purge Sunday, March 23, 2014 | 3pm | FREE

The story of a tormented young woman who is given shelter by an elderly woman as they are soon reminded of their mutual horrendous past. Presented by Finlandia Foundation Boston & the Boston Estonian Society.

trolls-thumb Saturday, March 22, 2014 | 2pm

Duo Maresienne (Olav Chris Henriksen, Baroque guitar & cittern and Carol Lewis, treble, bass & lyra viols) share folk songs, fairytale tunes, dances and sonatas from the mountains to the cities of Norway.

brianwicklundpressphoto Saturday, March 15, 2014 | 7:30pm

Minnesota Swedish-American fiddler Brian Wicklund hosts an evening of globe-trotting musical adventure. Join them for an evening of foot stomping music and fun!

liv&ingmar Saturday, March 15, 2014 | 1:30pm

Documentary film "Liv & Ingmar: Painfully Connected" shares the story of the 42 year long relationship between legendary actress Liv Ullman and master filmmaker Ingmar Bergman.

lewin_b&w Friday, February 28, 2014 | 7:30pm

$20 advance, $25 at the door | Tickets

Join us for a benefit concert in celebration of the arrival of our new Steinway B grand piano. Steinway artist Michael Lewin will play music by Debussy, Chopin and Schubert.

heliocentric runes 4 March/April 2014

An exhibition featuring paintings inspired by Norse Runes by graphic designer and artist Richard Widhu on display in the Nordic Hall through the end of April.