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“It’s a local example of a global situation,” she said.

Nordic Cool follows major festivals in the past decade that have focused on India, China, Japan and 22 Arab nations.

The Nordic theater, dance and music schedule includes both traditional and cutting edge performers from leading theaters in the region. It also includes a jazz club, which will feature Norwegian musician Tereje Insungset who carves instruments from ice.

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Nordic Cool 2013: http://www.kennedy-center.org/nordiccool

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