Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has been busy making her way around Scandinavia, with her trademark polka dots adding even more colour to Helsinki. Two temporary exhibitions, Ascension of Polka Dots on the Trees in Esplanadi park and a thousand mirror-surfaced steel spheres, Narcissus Garden in the Winter Garden were...

It would take more than a novel to describe the life of Linda Olsson. The Swedish-born, New Zealand-based writer, who studied law and went on to work in banking, has led what some would call a peripatetic existence since leaving Sweden in 1986 with her family, intending to live in Nairobi for three years. Several...

Mention the idea of a Scandinavian Film Festival to many Scandinavians and you’re likely to be met with a look of surprise. But to Australians, the idea of getting to see movies from the five Scandinavian countries is nothing if not tantalising. Next month, the Scandinavian Film Festival once more makes its way around...

Nobody comes to Tromsø expecting a city, but it’s likely that few people are prepared for just how vast and varied the area of northern Norway is.  With a population of 70,000, the capital of the Arctic is a shining jewel of a town that shimmers when the aurora borealis weaves its way through the skies in winter, and...

As the man behind Owls of the Swamp, Pete Uhlenbruch’s indie-folk sounds have managed to find their way from Australia all through Europe. Pete recently took some time out to talk to us about his music. When did you first begin performing, and how did Owls of the Swamp come about? I’ve been playing guitar in various...

Grant Nicol was celebrating his fortieth birthday in Reykjavik when he decided he wanted to make Iceland home. Some might think that the New Zealand writer had merely swapped one volcanic island for another but, after leaving his homeland 23 years ago to work in both Australia and the United Kingdom, Grant knew...