A visit to The Scandinavia Show is a visit to a world of invigorating shows, enlightening presentations, delicious food demonstrations and adorable playmates for children. With the last two year’s successes as the benchmark, this year’s show takes the venture even further.
Visitors will see one of London’s greatest Scandi chefs showing off her skills, be roused by the catchy tunes of our various musicians, and encounter some of Scandinavia’s greatest travel destinations.
There is something for all tastes, energy levels and ages; even the family’s youngest will be right in their element in the huge play area, where they can meet cute huskies. The only problem is how to fit it all in!
Saturday 6 October:
10:30 Danish Gospel Choir Music Performance
11:30 Kaisla Ollila and Mikko Rautiainen Music Performance
12:15 Friskis & Svettis – Sweat and Smile, Swedish Style
13:15 ArtSong Music Performance
14:00 The Swedish School in London sings
15:00 Children's Nordic Catwalk
16:00 Friskis & Svettis – Sweat and Smile, Swedish Style
17:00 Amathus Drinks Demonstration
11:00 Visit Iceland
11:45 Trina Hahnemann: New Nordic Food
12:45 Scandinavian Travel: Passion for Winter Sports
13:45 Discover the World: Northern Lights with Cathy Harlow
14:30 Hurtigruten Presentation with Dr John Mason MBE
15:30 Transun: The Perfect Scandi Break
16:30 A Visit From Santa Claus
Sunday 7 October:
10:30 Sangkompagniet Music Performance
11:30 Flower Panel Demonstration and Interactive session
12:45 Kaisla Ollila and Mikko Rautiainen Music Performance
13:30 Merenkurkut Music Performance
15:00 Kaisla Ollila and Mikko Rautiainen Music Performance
16:00 Amathus Drinks Demonstration
11:45 A Visit From Santa Claus
12:15 Visit Östergötland
13:15 Discover the World: Northern Lights with Cathy Harlow
14:00 Rolf Lassgard – The Original Wallander. Hosted by Lars Tharp
16:10 Freetown of Christiania
Share the musical joy!
This year the Scandinavia Show proudly presents no less than four Scandinavian choirs, all ready to share their musical joy! Appearing on stage will be the Finnish choir Merenkurkut (Voices of the Sea); St. Katharine's Gospel Choir, performing a repertoire of gospel hymns and uplifting gospel songs by Danish composer Hans Christian Jochimsen; Gothenburg-based amateur choir Sångkompaniet, focusing on 20th and 21st century pop music; and Stockholm-based choir ArtSong.
Kaisla Ollila and Mikko Rautiainen
Kaisla Ollila is a talented singer who graduated from AMTA (American Musical Theatre Academy in London) this spring. She has a remarkable and exceptionally flexible voice which ranges from classical music to soul. Mikko Rautiainen has been studying piano and trumpet playing since he was five years old. He was studying sound design and composing at the Theatre Academy in Finland, and now he works as a head conductor for the Finnish Theatre in London.
Kaisla and Mikko are performing songs from Mikko's earlier works, which include musicals Kulkuriharakat and Mauri Makea, pikkukaupungin kingi.
Friskis&Svettis – Sweat and Smile, Swedish Style
Sweat and smile, Swedish style: this is the slogan when the Swedish fitness revolution Friskis&Svettis takes to the stage to get you moving with their invigorating and innovative fitness routines. Friskis&Svettis is a non-profit organisation aiming to make high-quality, fun and enjoyable exercise available to everyone. More than half a million people have already been seduced by their revolutionary approach to exercise and now you can find out why – all you have to do is join in!
Sample Scandinavia’s most popular (and notorious) drinks
A Swedish crayfish party would not be a party without Akvavit, a Danish Christmas lunch would not be as Christmassy without a bottle of snaps and what would keep the Finns warm if it were not for the Koskenkorva vodka. An integral part of Scandinavian culture, it is not to be missed when specialist drinks importer Amathus Drinks offers you the rare opportunity to sample the most loved and notorious vodkas, akvavit and liqueurs. Among them will be Danish Norgold, Norwegian Linie Aquavit, Swedish OP Anderson Aquavits and Finnish Lapponia.
Let Iceland inspire you
There has never been a better time to visit awe-inspiring Iceland. Be captivated by the small country’s creative energy, displayed in cool design, contemporary culture, vibrant arts, fashion and music, and experience the buzzing nightlife of the dynamic capital Reykjavik. Discover a unique natural playground and experience nature as you have never seen it before: abundant wildlife, pure clean air, vast unspoilt open spaces and unparalleled geographical wonders, such as waterfalls, boiling mud pools, majestic glaciers and, of course, active volcanoes! Visit Iceland will tell you all about the wonders of the small nation and how to plan your trip.
Trina Hahnemann: New Nordic Food
Trina Hahnemann will be back to give a talk about how New Nordic food has evolved and how Scandinavian cuisine is being transformed into a strong food culture with a lot of diversity. She will discuss questions such as: What does it all mean in regard to our everyday way of eating, and how can people outside Scandinavia benefit from the knowledge? Will our food be as popular as Italian or Japanese cuisine? What will the future bring?
Passion for winter sports
Scandinavian Travel will introduce visitors to their services and their high-quality, luxury packaged and tailor-made holidays across the Scandinavian region in Norway, Sweden and Finland. Amongst a growing range of year-round holidays, their passion remains winter sports and activities - from fantastic ski/snowboarding holidays and the exclusive funSki Academy to a chance to see the northern lights, drive your own team of huskies or enjoy culinary and design inspired holidays. You can also relax in a luxury cabin or enjoy the incredible night sky from an electric rotating bed in a secluded glass-roofed igloo.
Discover the northern lights with the expert Cathy Harlow
Mystery and wonder surround the northern lights, one of nature’s greatest phenomena. This coming winter coincides with the peak of the ‘Solar Max’, meaning displays of the aurora borealis are expected to be more spectacular than usual.
Whilst the northern lights can never be guaranteed, over the almost 30 years Discover the World have been organising holidays to Scandinavia, they’ve devised the ultimate collection of aurora holidays. They’ve uncovered the destinations that offer the best possible chances of witnessing this spectacular occurrence. Join experienced guide Cathy Harlow at the show and find out exactly where these places are and how you can increase your chances of witnessing nature’s own light show.
Hunting the northern lights with Hurtigruten
Join Dr John Mason MBE for a presentation on the science behind the lights, some incredible imagery and details of Hurtigruten's winter voyages along the Norwegian coast. Dr Mason has been actively involved in science for over 30 years, with astronomy, astrophysics and space technology as his main interests. He is currently the principal lecturer at the South Downs Planetarium in Chichester, has been a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society since 1976, and is a full member of the International Astronomical Union.
The perfect Scandi break
UK tour operator Transun will tell you all about the perfect break in Scandinavia! Choices for holidays range from watching the northern lights in winter and experiencing the midnight sun in summer to whale watching in Iceland and visiting Santa in Lapland. Transun boasts 30 years of solid experience in organising memorable holidays in Scandinavia.
Visit Finland and partners
Whether you’re interested in the northern lights in Lapland, a city break in Helsinki and St Petersburg, a cycling trip to a beautiful archipelago or a bear watching experience, Guild Travel Ltd will offer information on all the available opportunities and holiday packages at the show.
Guild Travel Ltd is a specialist tour operator and travel agency organising travel to Finland and its neighbouring countries - Russia, Estonia, Sweden and Norway. They have the knowledge and experience to give advice while planning holidays and are delighted to tailor-make a programme according to their customers’ wishes.
Before Rolf Lassgård takes to the stage, we will have something a little bit different for our visitors: three experienced florists, Flor Unikon, Bespoke Flowers and Floral Symphonies, will be demonstrating their skills while Lars Tharp (BBC’s Antiques Roadshow) keeps track of their work. This interactive flower panel will give audience members the chance to get up close and see how the experts create their bouquets and ask questions at the same time.
The Swedish School in London sings
The Swedish School in London takes great pride in its talented students. Every year the entire school takes part in a traditional Lucia choral concert and another highlight of the year is the annual musical in the summer term.
At the show, some students will be performing a selection of traditional Swedish songs and contemporary choices from across the school year. You can visit the school at stand 70, where you will have the opportunity to meet students and teachers and learn about the school and the Swedish school system.
Representatives of Visit Östergötland will talk about Östergötland as a vacation destination with many opportunities and activities on offer, including hiking, fishing, kayaking, cycling and so forth. It is also a perfect “hideaway” destination with lots of small countryside hotels, excellent restaurants, magical woods, woodland lakes and a stunning archipelago.
Meet the Rolf Lassgård – The original Wallander
We’re proud to present the special guest for the Scandinavia Show 2012: the original Wallander, Rolf Lassgård. Lars Tharp (BBC’s Antiques Roadshow) will be back to host a fun and entertaining Q&A session with the much-loved Swedish actor. Afterwards, join Lassgård for a meet-and-greet session at the Hästens stand, and don’t forget to pick up your Wallander DVDs from the Nordic Noir stand. This is your chance to get to know the original actor (who was followed by Krister Henriksson in a second Swedish adaptation and Kenneth Branagh in the British version) behind Henning Mankell's tortured detective.
You can also catch Rolf Lassgård on Friday the 5th of October at the Nordic Noir Film Club’s screening of the thriller False Trail, which is followed by a Q&A with the man himself. To join the club and to buy tickets for the screening visit: www.nordicnoir.tv
Freetown of Christiania
Watch films about the Freetown of Christiania and the Christiania Shares. Forty years have passed since local residents tore down the fence and occupied the disused military base in central Copenhagen, giving birth to the urban Freetown of Christiania. Today, almost a thousand people live in Christiania, which at the same time welcomes millions of guests from all over the world, making it one of Denmark’s top cultural attractions.
The autonomous Freetown of Christiania has reached an agreement with the Danish state after years of negotiations. A new Christiania fund will buy the area free. As people are eager to join the quest, the Freetown has issued Christiania Shares with the goal of raising as much as possible of the sum needed for buying Christiania free through the Fund for the Freetown.
A Visit from Santa Claus
Straight from his hometown of Rovaniemi, Lapland, comes Santa Claus to pay this year’s Scandinavia Show a much-appreciated visit. He will show a short film about the magical beauty of Rovaniemi, where you can experience Christmas year around, and give all children a special and warm welcome.
Visit the Nordic House
Experience a whole new design experience: Swedish designer Staffan Tollgård has created three Scandinavian rooms that encapsulate the best of Scandi design from the Gustavian period up to the present day.
Staffan Tollgård is the founder and creative director behind Staffan Tollgard Design Group, which offers a bespoke architectural interior design service for an international clientele. The company has over 100 projects under its belt and has won several design awards.
For the 2012 Scandinavia Show, Tollgård is designing three typically Nordic rooms, including one from the Gustavian period, one capturing the retro feel of the 50s and 60s, and the final one showing off design from the last 10-15 years.
Fun for our youngest visitors
This year’s Scandinavia Show will offer many a treat for all – not forgetting the kids!
A much-anticipated attraction on Saturday’s programme, the Nordic Children’s Catwalk will display the coolest of Scandi fashion for children of all ages. Let Polarn O. Pyret, Impkids, Latte Mama and Rukka inspire your child’s autumn wardrobe with their catwalk looks and stands. Kids aged 3-10 can take part in the catwalk, so make sure you sign up your fashion-forward tots either before the show or on the day! The participating kids will be entered into a prize draw to win gifts from our clothing exhibitors. To participate, please fill in this form
Need a cosy break? Why not cuddle up with the Siberian huskies in the children’s corner? Together with the new and improved play area, sponsored by IKEA and Visit Denmark, this stop is sure to be a hit with the youngest. While you are there, make sure to join Swedish singer Cecilia Stalin in one of her energetic “Singing in Swedish” 30-minute classes. And oh, did we mention that Father Christmas himself will fly in from Lapland?
View the stunning Koenigsegg CCR
This year’s show will feature a truly breathtaking show of exclusive Scandinavian performance car design by the Swedish Hypercar manufacturer Koenigsegg. Brought to us by supercar dealership and the official representative for Koenigsegg in the UK, Super Vettura, the Koenigsegg CCR is one of only five right-hand drive examples of its kind. In total, only 14 examples of the car have been produced.
The Koenigsegg CCR displayed at the show has been fully upgraded and serviced in 2012, complete with red and black leather upholstery. This example is the only CCR fitted with a visible carbon body, making it highly exclusive and wholly unique in its beauty.