The Northwest Danish Association (NWDA) takes pride in supporting fine art and musical artists as well as cultural exhibitions and academic lectures. We support performances and exhibitions by Danish artists or groups in the Pacific Northwest, promoting artistic and cultural exchange.
In addition to music, culture, and the arts, the NWDA sponsors informative events regarding policy changes that may affect Danish-Americans living in the United States.
Birthday Reception for Queen Margrethe II
A reception is held each year at the Seattle Danish Center to celebrate the birthday of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.
The event features performances by active members of the Danish Royal Guard visiting from Denmark. See more about the event here.
“Coffee and Danish” with Thomas Dausgaard
NWDA members were are invited to a meet and greet with the famous Danish conductor, Thomas Dausgaard. Mr. Dausgaard became the new Music Director for the Seattle Symphony in 2019. Thank you to ScanDesign Foundation, the National Nordic Museum, Cafe Hagen, and Nielsen’s Pastries for contributing to the event.
“Finding Hygge”: A Documentary about Denmark’s Secret to Happiness
NWDA hosted film screenings for the documentary “Finding Hygge” during Fall 2019.
Dannebrog 800: The Legendary Danish Flag
The Danish flag, the oldest flag in the world, turned 800 on June 15th 2019! The Museum of Danish America in Iowa created an exhibit in honor of Dannebrog, the Danish flag.
In June and July 2019, the exhibit was on display at the Danish American Cultural Retreat in Oregon and at the Seattle Danish Center. The exhibit traces the history and legends of the Danish flag up to its contemporary uses.
Hygge: The Exhibit
During the fall of 2017, Northwest Danish Association displayed Hygge: The Exhibit at the Seattle Danish Center to bring it in front of a Pacific Northwest audience. The travelling exhibition was created by the Museum of Danish America in Iowa.
Exhibition: Denmark October 1943
This detailed exhibition on the Danish rescue of the Jews is on display at the Seattle Danish Center on occasion.
Orchestra tickets for members
Members of the Northwest Danish Association were offered free tickets from Orchestra Seattle | Seattle Chamber Singers for a concert in November. This program of four rarely performed works celebrated the 150th birthdays of Scandinavian composers Jean Sibelius and Carl Nielsen. The North American premiere of Sibelius’ Preludio took place here in Seattle in 1991.
Thank you to Clinton Smith and Orchestra Seattle | Seattle Chamber Singers for this wonderful offer.
Fall Concert: Kristian Bugge
The NWDA held a mimosa brunch and concert at the Seattle Danish Center featuring Danish award winning musicians,
Kristian Bugge and Mette Jensen, playing as the duo “Jensen & Bugge” in October 2015. The event included the folk concert, a mimosa brunch, Chinese raffle auction, and a sampling of Danish desserts.
Thank you to our event sponsors, Nielsen’s Pastries, ScanDesign Furniture, Larsen’s Bakery, and Scandinavian Specialties.
New Rules for Danish Citizenship (May 2015)
As of September 2015, the rules for Danish citizenship changed, which allowed Danes living abroad to apply for U.S. citizenship while retaining Danish citizenship. The presentation by attorney Edward Wright included information on:
- The new dual citizenship rules for Danes living outside Denmark
- The time frame for regaining your Danish citizenship if you chose to give it up
- The responsibilities of becoming a U.S. citizen, caveats to the new rules, and which effect this has on children born abroad
Jessica Lynne at the Hard Rock Cafe
Jessica Lynne is a Danish country musician residing in the Pacific Northwest. Catch Jessica at one of her many shows throughout the year. You can read more about Jessica here: www.jessica-lynne.net