Grand Nordic Festival: Lyric Salon

Welcome to the first edition of the Grand Nordic Festival, which opens its doors to citizens Copenhagen, Danish regions and international audiences to join on a meeting between classical guitar and poetry.

The theme revolves around art dialogues between the voices of the guitar and poetry, with the Parisian salon as inspiration and with reference to the role of the lyre in antiquity. The aim is to enforce a synergy between two art forms, where the audience is embraced in a multi-sensorial atmosphere with a narrative that flows between memory and contemporaneity, portrayed through words, tones and ambiances in order to present an instant lyric portray with an echo of ancient times.

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.

The concept developer and festival director, Martha Elias / AcademiA Copenhagen, renders her ideas about the festival:

“Since childhood, guitar tunes have permeated my musical perception. This is because I was raised with the sound of both classical Spanish guitar, and folklore music played on the guitar. In addition – on one hand – the guitar is also the first musical instrument with which I recall having become acquainted, while – on the other hand – reading and writing poetry has always been a way of seeking insight. Over the past decades, I have been involved within the areas of linguistics and professional languages – i.e. language training, translations, interpretation, subtitles – where I have most often focused on an inter-disciplinary approach. Since 2015, in parallel with my linguistic work, I have been part of art project collaborations, all of these having versatile and experimental content. It has been a long journey from when, in 2013, I got the first idea to present a festival of poetry and classical music based on a inter-disciplinary approach which simultaneously strikes the trans-aesthetic as the axis, and in which multilingualism is an inherent part of the concept development.
These three elements – inter-disciplinarity, multilingualism and trans-aesthetics – by combination provide a range of new possibilities for art expressions, yet these elements can also serve as tools – through layer-on-layer ‘weaving’ – to create a coherent texture that enhances the senses’ experience of art. An experience that renders value and unfolds, on its own right, in the meeting with the audience. Moreover, I read professional books, but especially literature – also write own poetry texts or art reviews – to the sound of classical music. Therefore, it only makes sense to carry on this path and share with others this experience of profound connection with classical music, and at the same time also my relationship with poetry by fostering a platform on which the two art forms interact with one another and with the audience.

This is, just as well, an experiment on whether some kind of transmission between the two genre milieux may result in the creation of a new merged artistic expression, as well as the emersion of a new audience, where all parties participate equally in the dialogue, which is used as a communication tool in connection with this festival. Ultimately, this project is the culmination of a dream. The purpose then, is to strengthen, support and safeguard the role of the arts as a crucial element for a joint reflection on society matters. “

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 Stage
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 after the programme ends from September 26 through 29 September.

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

GUITAR MASTER CLASSES, registration for guitar master classes 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:

Social responsibility:
The festival aims to create a space for dialogue between poetry and classical music, and has the audience as a central part of this ongoing dialogue. We thank the interest to everyone and inform that the organisation aims to pass on all profits from ticket sales to Sjælsmarks Børn and Flygtningebø (organisations that provide aid to child refugees).