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Since 1950
Linking and supporting Scandinavian societies
Since 1950
Linking and supporting Scandinavian societies
Since 1950
Linking and supporting Scandinavian societies
Since 1950
Linking and supporting Scandinavian societies
Since 1950
Linking and supporting Scandinavian societies
Since 1950
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CoScan acts as a coordinating body for societies which work for cultural exchange between UK and Ireland on the one hand and the five Scandinavian countries, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Sweden and Norway, on the other.

CoScan was founded in 1950 and is an autonomous non-profit making organisation funded by subscriptions from its affiliated member societies and individual members, by voluntary contributions and fund-raising activities.

CoScan comprises about 30 member societies, representing over 30,000 individuals, bringing together those with an interest or family roots in any of the five Nordic countries.

Our member societies cover a wide range of cultural and social topics, providing a network of advice, support and social contact.

CoScan is run by an Executive Committee elected by affiliated societies at the Annual General Meeting. The AGM is held alternately in the UK, and in a Nordic country (the biennial CoScan ‘Conference’). The Honorary President is not elected.

Executive Committee

Mark Elliott, CMG
Peter Wright, OBE, JP, B.Sc, FRSA
Vice President
Dr Eva Robards
Manja Ronne
Treasurer and Membership Secretary
Lise Hodgson
Norman Pike, FCA

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A warm welcome to Nordic Voices - a new CoScan member!

Nordic Voices is presenting

A new international multi-arts festival in Hexham

8 - 22 May 2018

Tuesday 8 May / 19.45 / Forum Cinema
Film: Wild Strawberries/ Smultronstället (Swe, 1957) 93 mins
One of Ingmar Bergman’s warmest films, Wild Strawberries follows an ageing professor as he ponders the nature of existence whilst travelling through Sweden to receive an honorary award from his alma mater. With illuminating introduction.
Tickets £5.75 available from Forum Cinema

Thursday 10 May / 19.30 / Queen’s Hall, Hexham
Concert Methera: Strange Lovers
Methera is a unique ensemble: a string quartet with roots firmly planted in English traditional music. Mats Rehnman is an internationally acclaimed
storyteller, a fond face on the British storytelling scene and a pioneer of the renaissance of the art form in his home country Sweden. STRANGE LOVERS is a glorious example of new folk music interwoven with stories of unexpected love stretching the boundaries of normality in the unification of two art forms.
Ticket £10 (£8).

Saturday 12 May / 16.30 (Age 12+) / Cogito Books
Children’s Book Group
The Unpredictability of Being Human by Norwegian author Linni Ingemundsen
Free event and books available to buy from Cogito Books – 01434 602555

Wednesday 16 May / 19.30 / Cogito Books
Crime Book Group
Nordic Noir by one of the queens of Nordic crime – Iceland’s Ysra Sigurdardottir - with a novel centred on disparate individuals who are all destined to become the victims of obsessive retribution.
Free event and books available to purchase from Cogito Books – 01434 602555

Wednesday 16 May / 20.00 / Hexham Abbey
Concert: Nordic Fiddlers Bloc
Nordic Fiddlers Bloc is a dynamic trio of musicians from Norway, Sweden and the Shetland Isles. With a firm focus on the rich traditional fiddle music, their clever use of harmony, rhythm, riffs and bass lines creates a sound that leaves the listener enthralled but at the same time dumbfounded that the sound comes from only three fiddles.
Tickets £10 (£8)

Tickets for films available from Forum Cinema Hexham 01434 601144 or, all other events from Queen’s Hall Box Office 01434 652477 or

Friday 18 May / 18.00 / Hexham Library, Queen’s Hall
Steffi Knowles-Dellner - Author Talk and Book Signing
Lagom- The Swedish art of living harmoniously. A simple and elegant representation of true Swedish cooking. Stockholm-born cookery writer Steffi Knowles-Dellner paints a picture of the food she grew up with in over 100 recipes, celebrating fresh and seasonal produce at their heart.
Tickets £6

Friday 18 May / 18.00 – 21.00 / Hexham Abbey Refectory Café
Nordic Food Night
Enjoy the delights of Scandinavian cuisine with a special Nordic Voices pop-up restaurant. For two nights only, the Refectory at Hexham Abbey will serve up a Smorgasbord of delights. Diners can enjoy a 6 course tasting menu, moving through traditional favourites such as Gravad lax, Flæskesteg and meatballs, then onto cheese, and some wonderful desserts such as Kladdkaka, the quintessential Swedish chocolate cake.

Concessions: 60+ years, under 25, unwaged. Except for storytelling workshop all events free to under 13 years

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