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Ole Thorstensen at the Southbank Centre

  • Royal Festival Hall Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, England, SE1 8XX United Kingdom (map)

From their Viking forefathers to progressive gender politics, Nordic masculinity appears to have come a long way. Separate myth from reality, and get under the skin of men from the North, in a talk featuring men from across the region.

What are the lessons that can be drawn, from politics and the media, to everyday life? How does the reality of life in the region compare to the positive image?

Speakers include Ole Thorstensen, born in Arendal, Norway, and making his debut as an author with a story about work and identity and a tribute to manual labour, Making Things Right: A Master Carpenter at Work. Thorstensen was raised on Trom√ły, an island with five thousand inhabitants. He is a trained carpenter, and has worked for 25 years in the construction industry. He now lives in Eidsvoll, six miles north of Oslo.

Also joining the conversation is Nils Rune Utsi aka Slincraze, a Sami-Norwegian rapper who was the subject of award-winning documentary, Arctic Superstar.

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