Transborder Café:
Det gode liv – What shall we live for (in the north)?

18:00 - 20:00
Digital / Kirkenes / Murmansk
Hybrid (Local and Digital)

Limited number of tickets will be released on ticketco Thursday 11.02. All Transborder Cafés will be streamed live from the festival website.

Transborder Café:
Det gode liv – What shall we live for (in the north)?

Participants include: 

Auri Ahola is a Finnish Sámi dance artist with an extensive career in both Finnish National Ballet and leading Finnish contemporary dance companies, she has performed in numerous dance stages and festivals internationally. She now lives in Inari, Sámi region, where she works as a choreographer and dancer.

Tatjana Schnell is professor of Psychology of Religion and Existential Psychology at MF Specialized University, Oslo. Her research addresses fundamental issues like meaning in life, suffering, alienation and religious/spiritual/secular worldviews, and their practical significance for individuals, organisations and society. 

Katya Korableva, social researcher at Centre for Independent Social Research in St. Petersburg, Russia, is engaged in transdisciplinary urban studies, participatory practice for public space and waterfront development, projects in the intersection of social science, art, activism, and architecture.

Evgeny Goman is a theatre director, producer, founder of Arctic theatre and the former Minister of Culture for Murmansk region. Evgeny has worked within numerous local and international projects, including Nordic Ungdom Festival, previous editions of Barents Spektakel, and Arctic Frontiers. In 2014 he founded the international Barents Bird Festival which still is the biggest annual international cultural event in Murmansk region.

Martin J. Nygaard is a norwegian children’s author and lyricist. He has written the children’s books series Godteposen and the young adult series: Autofukus, Autopilot and Autonom. Previously he had co-written the script for the NRK-drama Fellesrommet (1985) together with Axel Hellstenius.

Ove Jacobsen is a professor in ecological economy at Handelshøgskolen, Nord university, and has a PhD (Dr. Oecon) from Norges Handelshøgskole. Additionally, he has three masters; in marketing, business economics and philosophy, and he personally feels he’s never done learning. In addition to giving lectures in ecological economy, environmental leadership, scientific philosophy and ethics, he has released a number of books and articles both nationally and internationally. Jakobsen is often invited to give lectures at conferences, seminars, workshops and public meetings. More at


Cultural input from exhibition artists  Kvae og Bark and Irina Volkova (Umba).

Moderator: Anki Gerhardsen

Host in Murmansk: Maria Matveeva

The Transborder Café returns during Barents Spektakel 2021 to bring the most important cross-border debate and discussion to the eyes and ears of the Barents Region and beyond. 

Using digital solutions, Saturday’s edition of the Transborder Café builds on the symposium topic of the festival, focusing on ‘det gode liv’ as an urgent cultural question, and what this topic means among the border communities in the North.

‘Det gode liv’ is often described through ideas of living simply, and of living well – a form of being in the world without the need for unnecessary complications, excesses, or commercial luxuries, as a connection to nature and the outdoors and perhaps a key ingredient within the larger ideas concerning what is happiness, and how do we all gain access to it?

As an attitude that promotes the absence of worry for trivial things, and an attention to life itself, we can ask the question, is this something we do well in the North? What exactly does ‘det gode liv’ represent? How do our attitudes differ on this topic among our border communities? 

Has this been a form of resistance and resilience during the pandemic? Should it be seen as a societal goal for living, or is it in itself a luxury that only a privileged few have access to? What are the benefits and the consequences if we encourage and pursue ‘det gode liv’?