We take a look back at the highlights from this year’s Scandi festival
Between 6th and 7th June 2015 the Troxy theatre in the heart of East London became the UK’s Scandinavian crime scene for the best of Noir and drama. The suspension of disbelief and fourth came tumbling down as fans of the irresistible series gained a behind-the-scenes insight into their favourite shows, characters and actor’s lives they have come to adore.
Find out what the festival reviews were like, hot off the presses:
Cinema Scandinavia celebrated the return of Nordicana:“By opening time, the queue to get into Nordicana was practically around the block, a testament to the popularity of Nordic Noir in the UK and to the popularity of Nordicana itself. Soon enough, we were quickly admitted into the venue and #Nordicana2015 was underway. Architecturally the Troxy exudes all the flair and elegance of the Art Deco era and I was very aware as I walked in that I was somehow leaving modern London behind me. With the Scandinavian themed stalls, sounds and sights that greeted us in the main hall, walking into Nordicana was like walking into Nordic Noir itself, or at least into a little bit of Scandinavia in the heart of the UK.”
Café Thinkin echoed the success of the 2015 event compared to previous years, exemplifying how the festival managed to exceed Nordic Noir fan’s expectations: “The Troxy is a proper venue, built for screenings. Attendees have numbered seats in the main hall, allowing them to come and go as they please without losing their place. There is still an exciting mix of screenings, discussions and signings, with hard choices to be made about what to see, but this time you are pretty much guaranteed to see your first choice. And if you change your mind – as I did many times – it’s because you’re being spontaneous and not because of frustration.”
Festival goers were tantalised with a sumptuous spectrum of Nordic Noir events, mentioned by HeyUGuys: “As to be expected, ticket holders were greeted by a programme packed with talent running across the gamut of the scene; ranging from the notable success stories that broke the brand out (The Killing’s Sofie Grabol), existing bankable hits (The Bridge’s Sofia Helin) to newer entrants to the hallowed company (Moa Gammel of ITV’s upcoming Jordskott) and many more besides.”
Fans shared their Nordicana experiences, including Ewa Sherman’s Nordic Noir blog: “What better opportunity to shout ScandiBingo than at Nordicana which brought together all things Nordic Noir and beyond at the Art Deco Troxy in London on 6th and 7th June 2015. As the UK’s only festival of Scandinavian crime fiction the third Nordicana was an engaging, thrilling event and one that hopefully will be organised again” and “I cannot wait for Nordicana 2016. In the meantime I’ll be following all Nordic Noir & Beyond stories…”
Cast your eyes over our Nordicana 2015 photo album of fond festival memories. We look forward to next year…