Grand Nordic Festival: Lyric Salon 25/9 and 26/9 2020

Grand Nordic Festival welcomes citizens of Copenhagen, Danish regions and international audiences to join on a meeting between classical guitar and poetry.

The festival presents art dialogues between the voices of the guitar and poetry with the Parisian salon as inspiration and with reference to the relation between poetry and the lyre in antiquity. 

The theme: KON:T:AKT

In times when distance is the rule, increased digitization prevails and human contact has been put to the test, we invite the audience to a joint journey where dialogue is the epicenter of the analogue direct interaction across art forms. That is the background for this year’s festival theme: KON:T:AKT

The festival itself is staged as a series of dialogues between classical guitar and poetry readings. Each single performance is attained via a direct confluence between poet and musician(s). This joint expression explores the epicentric creative force of the feminine, and aims at an experimental trans-aesthetic study. Parallely, we seek,  via the art dialogues, to maintain a perspective view on the phenomenological aspect of the paradox of human contact in times of crisis – i.e. a philosophical reflection on an existential issue which deals with our perception of the world as an experience of consciousness, where the dialogue, per se, across art forms emerges as an element and instrument in the initiating, innovative contact point which may serve as a tool used to observe, raise awareness and expand the thought system of the artists who meet on stage, but also the audience.

Motivation and thoughts

In antiquity the strings of the lyre and poetry were inseparable. For many centuries, music was accompanied by poetry. Since then, the joint experience of these artistic expressions has been separated. The purpose with this new festival is to re-establish the connection between a string instrument and poetry.

Curator and festival director, Martha Elias, renders her ideas about the festival:

Dear festival guest,

Welcome to the second edition of Grand Nordic Festival.

We invite the audience to an experimental journey into the sound of poetry and the voice of the guitar.

The festival revolves around the idea of a dialogical space, whereon to reflect about the spirit of times in a multisensorial ambiance with art, music, poetry, philosophy, and sciences with reference to the Parisian salon. Concurrently we focus on an examination of the ancient relationship between a string instrument and poetry.

It has been a long journey since 2013, where I got the first idea to present a festival with poetry and classical music based on an interdisciplinary approach that simultaneously hits the trans-aesthetic as an axis, and where the multilingual is included as part of the concept development. These three elements – in combination – provide new possibilities for art expression which may expand the understanding of art across genres. This experiment is uplifted and stands by its own right in front of the audience. I myself, always read literature – but also non-fiction books – and write my own poetry texts – and art reviews – while listening to classical music. Therefore, it only makes sense to share my self-taught, deep personal connection to classical music – as well as my experience of poetry – with the outside world.

Therefore, it is gratifying to be able to welcome you to this year’s edition of the festival. An art festival in a time of crisis. For courage, support, and joint direction, I deeply thank everyone – every single one – of this year’s team on and behind stage.

This cultural project is relevant, especially in these times when distance is the rule, increased digitization is the common denominator, and human contact has been put to the test. Therefore, we defy challenges, and want to deliver a joint result which is created with the audience at core. Thus, this year’s festival theme is KON:T:AKT.

After the first festival last year, we are back with the second edition of the festival, which is the first and only in its format, and which each year sets out to address a relevant topic. The vision is – firstly – to insist on the experimental, innovative and self-reflective, which is expressed by being a place of communion for prominent talents in poetry, music, philosophy, art, and contemporary music. Secondly, we aim at remaining a cyclical festival offer for Copenhagen, Copenhageners, the region, the rest of Denmark, as well as for international audiences.

Ultimately, the festival is the sheer culmination of a dream whose ultimate purpose is to strengthen, support and safeguard the role of art as a crucial part of a common reflection on our modern society.

I wish you a good festival, and a poetic autumn!

Martha Elias
Festival Direktor & Curator
Grand Nordic Festival:

Salon Time

During the breaks as well as every night – after the program ends – everyone can join the Salon Time and mingle with the the artists. It remains paramount to nourish a comprehensive experience for everyone.

Open Salon Scene

This is our version of Open Mic and is an opportunity to interact with everyone straightforwardly. The festival’s artists and festival visitors can freely take the stage and present poetry, music or something inter-related. This will take place on the 26th September. Check the programme, and contact the coordinator, Søren Kristoffersen

Community Poem

The festival public and participating poets have the opportunity to freely  contribute to compose a festival  product written in community during this year’s festival. This is done by writing 1-2 lines of verse – related to the festival’s theme KON:T:AKT – on a post-it note that will be lined up at the entrance. After the festival, the joint poem will be edited and shared via the festival’s social media channels.


The festival opens up the concept of Lyric Salon with poetry and guitar interactions, in addition we present talks, artist dialogues and WordLabs (writing workshops) in Danish and English for poetry – aimed at everyone – but especially young audience is encouraged to participate. All children from 9 years of age are welcome. We have the Salon academy with guitar master class and writing workshops.

There are three writing workshops in Danish and one English for aspiring poets.

See programme here.

Buy tickets here.

GUITAR MASTER CLASSES registration for guitar master classes by guitar professor Frederik Munk Larsen is open for aficionados, students and professionals.

See programme here.

Buy tickets here.

If you have any questions about the program or workshops, please send an email to:


The festival aims at creating a space for art encounters between poetry and classical music, and has the audience as a central part of the ongoing dialogue. We thank the interest to everyone and inform that the organisation aims at delivering any and all profits from ticket sales to Flygtningebø (organisation that provide aid to child refugees).


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Copenhagen, 25 September 2019


Venue A

Unitarernes Hus
Dag Hammerskjölds Allé 30
2100 København

Venue B

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Venue A

Unitarernes Hus
Dag Hammerskjölds Allé 30
2100 København

Venue B 

See more info here

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