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Barents Spektakel 2023: Streamed Events

TRANSBORDER CAFE: IN BARENTS WE TRUST

11. January 2023 marked the 30 years since the Kirkenes Declaration was signed by Norway, Russia, Sweden and Finland – and the Barents region became a reality.

What led to the agreement and what influence has it had? How does the war affect cooperation across borders today? How can trust be rebuilt and what will the Barents region look like in five, ten and thirty new years?

 INVITED GUESTS:
  • Øyvind Nordsletten (former Norwegian diplomat)
  • Sverre Jervell (Norwegian diplomat and researcher)
  • Vigdis Nygaard (Political scientist and researcher)
  • Bente S. Andersen (Founder of Samovarteateret)
  • Paavo Heinonen (Artistic director, editor, politician)
  • Zhanna Guzenko (Culture producer)
  • Tim Anderson Rask (Journalist)
  • Vera Arntsen (Barents Sports)
  • Moderators: Marit E. Jacobsen (The Norwegian Barents Secretariat) and Evgeny Goman (Pikene på Broen)

TRANSBORDER CAFE:
IN BORDERS WE TRUST

How do we define borders and how do the borders define us, our relationships and work? Are there ethical or moral limits to cross-border cooperation, and how is the discussion of a cultural boycott of Russia assessed in the light of other geographies?

INVITED GUESTS:

  • Veli Başyiğit, Anadolu Kültür, Istanbul
  • Prokhor Gusev, theatre director, actor and mime in exil
  • Vadim Gololobov, A Russian Engineering Theatre AKHE
  • Susanne Næss Nielsen, director DAVVI
  • Kaarin Kivirähk, Estonian Centre for Contemporary Art
  • Moderator: Ksenia Novikova, Journalist
  • Cultural input: Teaser from the Home Theatre Performance Propaganda Machine, a mockumentary performance in the form of a newscast based on real material from Russian television. Author: Leo Braverman, actress: Anna Khlestkina, director and editing director prefer to stay anonymous.

TRANSBORDER CAFE:
IN COD WE TRUST

The new fishery agreement between Norway and Russia, negotiated along with Russian warfare in Ukraine, puts the codfish in a special position. While the international sanctions against Russia are strengthened and expanded to hit Russian business and industry, Norwegian-Russian fisheries cooperation is one of the few areas that remain untouched by sanctions.

Why is cod the exception, how does the cross-border fisheries cooperation take place and what are the knock-on effects for the cod stock in the Barents Sea? What are the concequences of the war on climate and where are the future pathways for cod and climate cooperation in the Arctic?

INVITED GUESTS:

  • Geir Hønneland, political scientist and researcher, FNI
  • Maria Fossheim, Institute of Marine Research
  • Sverre Johansen, The Norwegian Fishermen’s Association
  • Brede Sæter, local politician and business man
  • Rebekah Oomen, marine biologist
  • Moderator: Anja Salo

OPENING TALK BARENTS SPEKTAKEL 2023:
THE DAY WHEN TRUST WAS BROKEN

On day two of last year’s festival, war broke out. This year’s Barents Spektakel opens on 24. February, a date that marks one year since the Russian fullscale inavation in Ukraine. This gives a special backdrop for the festival’s opening day.

What role does trust play in today’s geopolitical landscape? How can we rebuild trust when it has been broken? How does different contexts affect the process of building trust and what does this mean for civil society and our future?

INVITED GUESTS:

  • Tine Surel Lange, composer and artist
  • Pavlo Grazdhanskij, Ukrainian artist
  • Rune Rafaelsen, former mayor of Sør-Varanger
  • Aurora Stetskevitch Møllersen, Norwegian-Russian background.
  • Helge Svare, Dr. Philos. in philosophy
  • Oleksandro Hrybenko is a PhD Candidate and journalist
  • Moderator: Hege Moe Eriksen, journalist at NRK
  • Cultural input with the screaming choir Huutajat 
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