Great Northern Festival // 1/28

The Future of Sustainable Travel

SAT. 1/28 10 AM. Free.

A conversation among three top travel journalists from outlets including AFAR, National Geographic, and The Wall Street Journal about their predictions, research, and trends on the topic of sustainable travel.

Spotlight Science: Climate Solutions with Minnesota Climate Adaptation Partnership

SAT. 1/27 10 AM-2 PM. Free with admission.

Join the University of Minnesota Climate Adaptation Partnership (MCAP) at the Bell Museum to celebrate the opening of the new Snow: Tiny Crystals, Global Impact exhibit and participate in Spotlight Science: Climate Solutions.

David & Kai Salmela: Sense and Sustainability

SAT. 1/28 11:30 AM. Free.

Professor Thomas Fisher joins architects David and Kai Salmela of Salmela Architect in a conversation on designing sustainable, place-based architecture in the North.

Climate Announcement from Lake Superior’s National Parks & Askov Finlayson

SAT. 1/28 1 PM. Free.

Join the National Parks of Lake Superior Foundation, Askov Finlayson, and special guests (to be announced) for an exciting announcement and discussion.

Juwaria Jama and Isra Hirsi: Power of the Youth Voice

Sat. 1/28 2 PM. Free.

Join change-makers Isra Hirsi and Juwaria Jama, leaders in the youth climate movement in Minnesota and beyond, for a powerful conversation around what this moment means to them, moderated by Change Narrative’s Jothsna Harris.

Seth Parker Woods & Spencer Topel: Iced Bodies

SAT. 1/28 2:30-4:30 PM. $0-20 (sliding scale).

An ice cello dyed black and embedded with electronics is played and translated into sound, paying tribute to an avant-garde past while reflecting on overlooked and undocumented cases of mental disability within underrepresented populations.

Duluth Mayor Emily Larson: The Role and Opportunity of a Climate Refuge

SAT. 1/28 3:30 PM. Free.

Join Mayor of Duluth Emily Larson for a discussion on Duluth’s potential role and opportunity as a climate refuge in the coming years.

Jovan C. Speller and Gabrielle E. W. Carter: Cultural Food Preservation, Climate Limitations, and Adaptation

SAT. 1/28 5 PM. Free.

Join artists and agriculturists Gabrielle E. W. Carter and Jovan C. Speller as they examine what it looks like to transplant traditions rooted in the global south to cooler climates. Moderated by Erin Sharkey.

Minnesota Climate Adaptation Awards

SAT. 1/28 6:30 PM. Free.

The 2023 Minnesota Climate Adaptation Awards, a special evening honoring climate leaders from across Minnesota who are working to ensure our state is making needed progress responding to and preparing for a changing climate.

Lunar New Year at MN Orchestra

SAT. 1/28 8 PM. $27-$67.

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with the Minnesota Orchestra, hosted by conductor Junping Qian! 2023 marks the Year of the Rabbit, and the orchestra will celebrate this special holiday with music that honors family traditions and themes of unity and health.