Film showing: Screaming Masterpiece

For Icelandic music lovers, or maybe just simply – music lovers, Screaming Masterpiece is one of those films that make you take a trip down the memory line with no turning back! I keep on wondering why and how I overcame my teenage addiction, which Icelandic music certainly was. Well, after the Trondheim Filmklubbs screening at Nova last week, I am gradually coming back to it.iceland-1859435_1280

Screaming Masterpiece is a documentary on Icelandic music scene from 2005 that presents all the major music stars such as Björk, Sigur Rós or Múm but also makes you realize that’s definitely not it. How come Iceland, a small island in the middle of Atlantic Ocean is home to numerous unique music artists? There are only 300, 000 people living there and it’s seems that at least half of them makes music. There is a hypothesis presented in the film, which says that Icelandic musicians start making music without even thinking about commercial international success. They do what they want, the way they want.2015_BjorkBiophilia_Press_191115-920x610 Photo credit: Press

Björk, who remains one of the most famous Icelandic singers, is of course featured and interviewed in the documentary. She shares her thoughts on why this tiny isolated island is capable of producing so much music and explains what stands behind her songs. The question what makes Iceland a music paradise is, therefore, reoccurring through the film. Did you know that Björk’s music is inspired by national anthems? She thinks they are all the same song with just different lyrics and what she does is challenging it. Icelandic landscapes, climate and often tough conditions influence the artists and make them proud of the heritage. They make music about Iceland because they simply don’t see a need to copy internationally known bands. Icelandic musicians are from Iceland, therefore the music is heavily inspired by the life on the island.

Words by Kasia Gasiorek

The Great Egg Hunt

intro_93A0261 copyintro_Wil Lee-WrightStaying in town for Easter break? If you subscribed to our newsletter, you already know there is no room for boredom in Trondheim! Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimusuem, Norsk Døvemusuem, Sverresborg, Rockheim and Røros museums are open and offer special exhibitions for those who feel like experiencing some culture during Easter. This post, however, is for those who need even more inspiration on what to do for the next couple of days (of course, if you’re not already at a cabin eating oranges and kvikklunsj ;))

For inspiration, grab a copy of The List issue 15. You will find The Great Egg Hunt there, an article written by our lovely contributor Tijana Ostojic. She lists options waiting for you just under your nose and promises you will have a hard time finding excuses as to why you should stay indoors! What Tijana recommends? Here is the short list:todd-quackenbush-27493First swim of 20172_BOOKS_93A0193Visit at the librarySUP_10343580343_ef27de22e5_o_croppedKayaking on Nidelvatram2Tram ride to LianBymarka_8503431834_f8f95faca5_oVassfjellet and cross country skiingcycling by Nikol HerecCycling along Skansen and LadestienBymarka_8502322447_4fa66857e0_oJonsvatnet and BymarkaKorsvika_campfire-1548787_1920barbecue in Korsvika10_vintensenteret_Wil_Lee-Wright.jak-zmniejszyc-fotke_plVitnesenteret

Need more details? Find Tijana’s article on page 35 and let her inspire you this Easter!

Photos by Wil Lee-Wright, Nikol Herec and stock
Words by Kasia Gasiorek