The four countries are linked by a road that runs for 1,500 kilometres.
It is called the Barents Road. The Swedish journalist Maria Soderberg invites EVERYONE.
Maria has been traveling her whole life: she walked and hitchhiked across Belarus, India, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, she has been to Russia many times.
The annual conference will be joined by the multimedia project "My poet" from Petrozavodsk. Every participant of the meeting has an opportunity to recite poems in his/her native language via Skype.
On Friday morning, April 18, Vladimir Zhirinovsky LDPR party leader responding to a question of correspondent agency "Russia Today" began shouting insults at her. Lady journalist asked about possibility Russia to introduce retaliatory sanctions on Ukraine's ban on the entry of Russians. After that Zhirinovsky began to insult the colleagues who stood up for her.
Russian journalists will see the Queen
“Queen Sonja of Norway will open the 2011 Barents Spektakel festival in Kirkenes”, informs BarentsObserver.com. Twelve Russian journalist invited to the festival by the Norwegian Barents secretariat and Nordic Journalist Center will probably see Her Majesty.
Queen Sonja will open the festival, which in the course of the last six years has grown to become an internationally acknowledged venue for contemporary arts and cross-border culture.
-We see this as an acknowledgement of the important role of cross-border perspectives in art cooperation, Inger Blix Kvammen from Pikene på Broen, the art company organizing the festival told BarentsObserver. -This is fantastic, we are very happy! She said.
The queen will spend two days in Kirkenes and open both the festival and the main festival exhibition.
-We will do whatever we can to facilitate the stay of Her Majesty in Kirkenes, Blix Kvammen stresses. Queen Sonja is genuinely interested in arts and has over the years engaged in numerous culture and arts events.
Her Majesty Queen Sonja (photo: kongehuset.no)
As previously reported, Queen Sonja was in Kirkenes also earlier this year.
The Barents Spektakel 2011 festival has the slogan “Mind the Map” and puts an overall focus on changing Arctic maps, both climate maps, industrial maps and the recent delineation of the Barents Sea. Among the contributors to the festival are internationally established artists like Morten Traavik, Lars Ramberg, Sami Rintala and many others. Among the musicians participating are Aleksey Arkhipovsky, Ragnhild Furubotten, Kimmo Pojohenen and others. The festival takes place in Norwegian border town of Kirkenes in the period 2-6 February.
Check out: The Barents Spektakel 2011 festival programme (external link)
Pikene pa Broen, established in 1996, is a company of art curators and producers, based in Kirkenes. The company has a special focus on cross-border perspectives and cooperation with Russia
Text: Atle Staalesen
And Elena Larionova