5 February 2020

Gangsøy takes up her new post in Nuuk at a time when the prime ministers’ vision of the Nordic region as the most sustainable and integrated region in the world by 2030 is a top priority for Nordic co-operation. Prior to her move from Norway to Greenland, she stresses the role of art and culture in understanding other people, their perspectives and what drives them:

“I’m really looking forward to getting to know Greenland and working with culture there from a Nordic perspective. Sustainable development will only come about if people work together – and culture brings us together on an equal footing.

The Nordic Institute in Greenland (NAPA) is a highly esteemed player on the Greenland and Nordic culture scenes. Programmes and projects such as the Nuuk Nordic Cultural Festival and the exhibition ‘The Ice Crystal Princess’ have involved large numbers of people in cultural life.

“It is in the meeting with people from different backgrounds, languages and culture that new opportunities arise. The ambitious cultural exchange programmes between the Nordic countries help bind us together and unite us behind common goals and ambitions,” Anne Mette continues.

NAPA also helps guarantee that children and young people have a key place in Nordic cultural co-operation, and that is something Anne Mette has worked with in the past when developing creative venues. She has wide-ranging experience of management, culture and communication.

Anne Mette is moving from a job as manager of a diversity and learning centre in Notodden, has previously been the manager of Gullbring and Centre she also worked in Norwegian television for years, including on Nordic drama productions.