Faroe Island – “looking for the place where fairy-tale is alive”

This June we had great opportunity to visit incredible place where people live in synchrony with nature and where science and arts seems to be part of everyday life.

Creative Arts Pedagogy and the Environment Nordplus Network meeting happened at Faroe Island June 5-12th then got together students and teachers from Klaipeda Marine Research Institute, Turku University of Applied Science, University North, Tallinn University and Faroe Island University. All participators of meeting shared with each other topics of their interest and practical activities in the field of arts pedagogy and education.

It was big honour to get to know fabulous artist of Sàmi culture Kari Heimen, her statement about heritage and her expressions as singer and songwriter. She is exploring how art and science can be in cooperation, how personal stories are source for arts https://www.instagram.com/p/Ceis9IALR9m/

Also, legendary composer Frode Fjellheim who has written music for “Frozen”, helped us to get get to know some Joik both in theory and in practice. https://www.instagram.com/p/Cei_SHttlaE/

Recycling as source for creativity and arts as part of environmental education – those where the main topics of students presentations (Mari Sternberg). Presentations, which helped us to understand how nature keeps balance – based on research about life under the water in Svalbard (Saule Medelyte  https://www.instagram.com/p/CeinFPMLDF4/) and around Faroe Island (visit to FI Marin Research Institute vessel). With those knowledge’s we can make political actions - as young media expert Iida Hakala from Turku clearly explained to us. Another student from Turku Alina Heywood continued to open up about openness and democratic decision-making process. https://www.instagram.com/p/CelHkQBLJdA/

Admirable is how Faroe Island recognizes importance of education – for community of 50 000 people to have 5 000 students at national University – it is a big number. Lot of thanks to Erla Olsen for opening up research about importance of arts in education (influence of arts on the scale of study fields). It remainded us not to be afraid to take strong position while talking about education through arts. We also would like to thank Professor Erla Olsen and University of Faroe Island for hosting all CAPE Nordplus Network Meeting at Faroe Islands.     

Field of dance art was presented at CAPE meeting by Tallinn University MA choreography program students Aneta Varts and Simo Kruusement, who presented case studies of their experiences how environmental education can be taught through arts.  https://www.instagram.com/p/CemEafsrxkF/

Tiina Ollesk and Renee Nõmmik, as long time dance practitioners and pedagogues, gave to all participators opportunity to move and dance together, based on sensor-motor guidance method used in movement class. It gave good opportunity to unite all participants trough shared space and time. https://www.instagram.com/p/CetFTfNrovk/

Faroe Island´s nature and local artist’s creative works were inspirational sources for us as dancers and choreographer for our artistic research and movement expolrations. https://www.instagram.com/p/CfuDl6Ujqnh/




All this was possible thanks to supporters: NORDPLUS, TALLINN UNIVERSITY, TURKU UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SIENCE and special thanks for keeping this network alive for all those 20 years - to incredible senior lecturer of Turku Academy of Arts, mr David Yoken. Bravo!