For the next month, the Kennedy Center in Washington will glow each night with blue light and shimmers of green depicting the northern lights for a festival celebrating the Nordic cultures of Europe.
The center is hosting more than 700 artists for "Nordic Cool," which opens this week and runs through March 17. It features music, theater and dance, as well as exhibitions, film and Nordic cuisine. The Nordic countries include Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, as well as Greenland, the Faroe Islands and the Aland Islands.
Light designer Jesper Kongshaug of Denmark created the "Northern Lights" installation, evoking the aurora borealis on the center's marble walls.
The Kennedy Center has hosted other major festivals featuring India, China, Japan and 22 Arab nations in the past.