Kennedy Center opens Nordic Cool cultural festival

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WASHINGTON (AP) — For the next month, the Kennedy Center will glow in colors depicting the northern lights, signaling what has taken over its theaters and galleries inside.

The cultural center has become an international museum and showplace for Northern European cultures with a festival called "Nordic Cool." The festival runs through March 17 and features music, theater and dance as well as exhibitions, film, literature and cuisine.

Light designer Jesper Kongshaug of Denmark created the "Northern Lights" installation on the building's exterior.

The Nordic countries include Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, as well as Greenland, the Faroe Islands and the Aland Islands. Kennedy Center officials say this is a part of the world that Americans know surprisingly little about.

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