News and Updates 2017

From Art to Business - Week full of Barents events in Kirkenes


The busy week with full of events ranging from art to business started with VI Kirkenes International Seminar of Historians talking about "The value of good neighborliness - Russian-Norwegian relations through the centuries", which gathered around 30 historians and people interested to discuss the topic. The aim of the seminar was to present new projects from different universities in Norway and Russia.

Seminar organizers from the Barents Institute say that the book launch of "Maksim I. Starostin War Diary 1941-1945" (in Russian, Moscow 2014) and "Maksim I. Starostin Krigsdagbok 1941-1945" (in Norwegian, Orkana Akademisk, Oslo 2017) interested people the most during the seminar.

– A closer cooperation between participants and ideas for new research projects is an outcome of the seminar, organizers from Barents Institute say.


Group photo of the participants of VI Kirkenes International Seminar of Historians. Photo by Stig Brøndbo at the Arctic University of Norway.

Entrepreneurship among young people in Barents region

The week continued with an innovative and creative energy of young entrepreneurs  who traveled from all over Barents region to Kirkenes to deepen their ideas on Norwegian business culture and funding, business opportunities and design thinking. Design Thinking Workshop was arranged by a global innovation training company called Pracademy. 

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Design Thinking Workshop by Federico Lozano from Pracademy.

The Baretnts Young Entrepreneurs event organized by Norwegian Barents Secretariat in cooperation with BusinessOulu and other actors had around 30 participants, young start-up entrepreneurs as well as students in the weekend meeting. Some of the participants had completed the whole Barents Entrepreneus programme and some of them joined for the first time. As a result, new networks and ideas were created.

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Young Entrepreneurs from Finland, Norway, Sweden and Russia gathered in Kirkenes.

Art exhibition and Barents Pride closed the week

People interested in culture had an opportunity to participate in the official opening of Terminal B on 22 September with the opening of the exhibition "Come Hell or High Water"by Stiv Kuling Architects and Megali Daniaux Cédric Pigot. Exhibition at Pikene på Broen is open until October 26, 2017 in Terminal B in the centre of Kirkenes. 


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Opening of the Terminal B in Kirkenes

The Weekend got some more colours i addition to the beautiful autumn colors when the Barents Pride took place for the first time in Kirkenes on Saturday, 23 September. This colorful parade gathered around 200 people and the slogan "Love has no borders" was seen and heard on the streets of Kirkenes. Around 50 people participated from Russia and other countries. Parade was supported also on the Sør-Varanger municipality level as the mayor, Rune Rafaelsen, was one of those leading the parade.

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