Period IV

Le Chateau de Valagin, La pointe de l'iceberg. Photo/Foto: TES.

The Arctic and Identities

In the canton of Neuchâtel (the town of Neuchtâtel, La Chaud-de-Fonds, Le Locle, Fleurier, Valagin, Valagin, Val-de-Ruz and Val-de-Travers), the organisation Le Printemps culturel organises more than 80 events, conferences, exhibitions, art and music performances, films, lectures, programmes for children and families and other events to explore themes related to the inhabitants and the climate in the Arctic (Le Grand Nord, boréales et identités). Subjects are the protection of the environment, the (forced) assimilation of cultural minorities, the deterioration of the living environment and the exploitation of their minerals.  These areas lie around the Arctic Circle in eight countries: Canada, Denmark (Greenland), Finland, Norway, Sweden, Russia, Iceland, United States (Alaska), Sweden and Russia.

The inhabitants of these areas have their own culture and identity.  However, their traditional lifestyles have been disrupted from the middle of the 20th century onwards. A new era began with the exploitation of raw materials, tourism and (Soviet) nuclear testing in Siberia. Climate change is also a threat, as is the rivalry of the above countries. (Further information: www.printempsculturel.ch).