Nanar is a Malmo-based arts and culture foundation that introduces Arab cultures and art to Swedish and European audiences. Besides hosting many Arab intellectuals, writers, and artists in Europe and the Arab world, Nanar also promotes Arabic art and culture in Sweden. It has a bilateral mission to promote understanding between the two worlds, raise awareness, and deliver messages of beauty and thought.
In this sense, the Aurora Biennale was created as an interchangeable artistic, literary, and cultural event that offers opportunities for direct and broad cultural exchange between Arabic and Swedish cultures. Thus, it is a comprehensive creative event that calls for integration and interaction in its highest forms regarding creativity and inspiration.
Art is the first pillar, with its connotations, roots in the history of the Arab world, and intertextuality with music and poetry, whether in Arab or European culture.
The second pillar is poetry, one of the oldest and most important literary arts in Arab culture. It has an artistic and emotional foundation that has a richly expressive and symbolic dimension. In some ways, it resembles the sound of Swedish poetry. Poetry is a musical and linguistic tool that transcends language and its rules through vocal overtones and timbres.
The third pillar is music, which reflects cultures and builds a link between languages and literature. Art, poetry, and music almost form a unity or pluralism.
Poetry is read as music, and art depicts poetry and its visual music. As a result of this fantastic trilogy, artists in the various fields mentioned above are invited to create works that go beyond the ordinary. These three relationships provide inspiration but do not specify the nature or technique of the creative work, which is left up to the artist’s imagination, whether a painting, an installation, or maybe an interactive piece of music. It is an open field for expression here. A specialized committee will review submitted works to determine the artistic excellence required. It will not be subject to the directions and display style of the artist.