The fith edition of Grand Nordic Festival welcomes audiences from Copenhagen, Denmark, as well as expats, to join in as we  stage dialogues between the voice of the classical guitar and the sound of poetry readings.

This year’s theme is NEXUS · everything that unites us.

We welcome the audience to become a part of direct trans-genre interactions between diverse art forms to enforce the the idea of dialogue as an instrument to seek solutions for the challenges contemporary society faces. To do so the festival has the Parisian salon as inspiration, and quotes the historical relationship between poetry reading and the sound of the lyre in antiquity

The festival is an activity arranged by OrdSelskabet · Society of the Word. The organisation will offer a wide array of cultural activities during the autumn and winter stressing on community, dialogue and humanism. You may become member of OrdSelskabet by sending an email to:

PRICE 200 DKK: membership from September 2023 until December 2024 – including free events and up to 50% discount on other activities.

You may read the bylaws here.

This year’s theme is NEXUS · everything that unites us – tones and words about human experience through connection.

In times of crisis and general uncertainty, we seek to reinforce the idea of dialogue and direct human contact.

Thus, we invite the audience to a joint journey where dialogue is the epicenter of the stage performances across art forms. 

The festival is staged as a series of dialogues between classical guitar and poetry readings. Each single performance is attained via a direct confluence between poet(s) and musician(s). This joint expression explores an experimental trans-aesthetic study on artistic interaction.


WELCOME to the fifth edition of the festival.

Where the yes-affirming, co-creative path is at its core.Thus, this year’s theme is 

NEXUS · Everything that creates connection. 

This is a festival that seeks new roads through art dialogues across
genres. With the festival, the aim is to restore the lyrical
connection between a string instrument and poetry readings from
antiquity, when the string notes of the lyre and the art of poetry were

This year we will establish this connection via Greek Luthieros on the
festival stage. In a time where we seek to be connected and need to find new solutions to
the globe’s environmental, economic and social troubles, the expression
and form of the festival seems a necessity. Because the world stands at a
crossroads that has only become more obvious during the 2020’s pandemic
and general state of crisis that characterises a time of upheaval. The
atmosphere is tinted by inequality, permeated by a mindset that has proved
to be outdated and incapable of providing real solutions. The paradox is
that it is the very same usual decision-makers, who have been assigned to
remedy the thirst for change the world needs. This also applies to art and
cultural production. Certain actors are financially overcompensated, while
other innovative projects remain challenged.

Nevertheless, we believe that our work as a festival is relevant and, with its
grain of salt, supports congruently the change that is needed. Co-creation,
self-reflection and an insistence on dialogue as the one viable way is our
noblest mission. We believe it. We write it and say it – and also act upon it –
by using the liberating power of the word. To meet the individual where they
are, and be able to see humanity that defines us all in every single person –
and when possible be able to say: You are the one who creates who I am!
We wish to continue: for the cultural sector, for the artists and for the
audience that brings the project to completion.

An enormous amount of gratitude goes out to all the generous forces who
are, and have been, with us on and behind the stage since 2019.

Festival greetings,

Martha Elias
Art Director

25 September 2023

During the breaks – as well as every evening – after the programme ends – everyone can join the Salon Time and mingle with the the artists. It remains paramount to nurture the creation of new dialogue groups.

This is an opportunity to interact with everyone straightforwardly. Visitors can freely take the stage and present poetry, music or something inter-related. This will take place in Hellerup on 30 September 2023 and in Copenhagen on 1 October 2023.

Please check out the programme, and contact us via mail if you wish to participate:

The audience and participating artists 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, a word or a thought related to the theme NEXUS – everything that unites us

After the festival, the joint salon poem will be edited and shared via the festival’s social media channels.

READ previous joint community poems here.

Our own Salon Academy offers the following activities:

1) Lyre workshop for children from 9 years  in Byens Hus Hellerup on 30/9 from 13:00-14:00.

Price: 300 DKK

2) Lyre workshop for ADULTS from 16 years  in Byens Hus Hellerup on 30/9 from 14:00-14:50.

Price: 300 DKK

JOIN THE ACTIVITIES BY sending an email to

Everyone can join via our payment page or MOBILEPAY 611996 with name and email on the comment field.

Buy tickets here

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

The festival aims at nurturing a free space for art encounters between poetry and classical music, and has the audience as a central part of the art dialogues on stage.

We thank for the interest to everyone and inform that the organisation has decided to 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

The festival is arranged by OrdSelskabet · THE SOCIETY OF THE WORD

Concept & Art Direction by Martha Elias

VAT. DK-41666161

UPDATED 13 September 2023.





Hellerupvej 24, 2900 Hellerup



Strandgade 6. 1401 København K






Hellerupvej 24, 2900 Hellerup



Strandgade 6. 1401 København K


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