NORDTING – The Northern Assembly
•a nomadic people’s parliament of the North
•a party for the periphery
•a separatist movement for the Arctic.
NORDTING is an enthusiastic and challenging mix of a political rally, gala show and powerpoint lecture. Staged as a peoples’ assembly, the ambition is to investigate questions concerning power, identity, art and economy in a local, northern context. NORDTING addresses everything from global issues around geopolitics, climate change and capitalism to very local issues from the place the assembly is held. Everything is adjusted for each new location -there is local history, local guests and local issues put up for vote. Since the beginning in 2014, NORDTING has arranged peoples’ assemblies all over the Arctic, from Alaska to Greenland, from Iceland to Norway. Thousands of people have made their voices heard. Assemblies have voted yes or no to oil drilling, fish farming, mining, independence for the North, new street names, new airline routes, new national days and taxation of the rich.
There has been a lottery, cheering, praying, flagging, singing, chanting, moving, voting – and thinking about what it means to be an Arctic inhabitant. The point of departure for NORDTING is the North, but the issues addressed – of power, economy, local identity, ownership to resources, separatism and populism – are very much global and common for us all.
NORDTING is a staged performance that deals with the identity and power structures of the North. NORDTING comes all the way from the other side of the Arctic, from the North of Norway, with an amazing, thought provoking and humorous cocktail of gala show, powerpoint lecture and community meeting.