Since the Chelsea Music Festival is focusing on the music of Hungary and Finland this year (both countries’ native tongues share a common linguistic ancestor) I thought I’d write a bit about the cultural organizations in New York from Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.
The Balassi Institute of Hungarian Culture is hosting Budapest Pop-up during June featuring classic and contemporary music.
Czech out the films, concerts and other offerings at the Czech Center (you knew there was going to be a bad pun) Through the rest of June, they’s showing the Czech that Film festival, and hosting a concert of new composers. Their rooftop-ciné series on Tuesdays in July and August features live music and early 20th century Czech and American films on the theme of the “fallen woman”.
The Polish Cultural Institute promotes a wide range of cultural programs in music, art, film, theatre and dance. On their website you can find out more about Polish artists performing in New York such as the Polish National Ballet at the Joyce Theatre through June 21st, or the Obara International Quartet at Jazz at Lincoln Center on June 30th, or the works by Pawel Althamer and Agnieszka Kurant which are included in the Storylines exhibit at the Guggenheim Museum .
The Romanian Cultural Institute hosts concerts, lectures and exhibits throughout the year; when this blog went to press, their summer calendar wasn’t posted.
Scandinavia House offers a wide range of programs from the Nordic countries, including exhibitions, lectures, jazz concerts, kids activities and Nordic noir films (need I say more). You can find the full schedule here Be sure to check out the gift shop for some truly unique items, or enjoy lunch or dinner at Smörgås Chef.
The Finnish Cultural Institute offers a residency for Finnish artists, designers and architects. This year, they’re celebrating their 25th year in New York, with the theme of Urban Nature. In July, catch “The Powers That Be” an exhibition on physical energy at Station Independent Projects on the Lower East Side.