Songs that changed the world: The Nobel Peace Prize 2023

The City of Oslo, in cooperation with The Nobel Peace Center and The Norwegian Embassy, invite you to mark this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, with one of Norway’s most exciting artists, Metteson.

Time: 6 Dec 2023 17:30 - 19:30 GMT
Place: The Conduit Convent Garden, London, UK

Doors open at 5:30 PM, programme starts at 6 PM (local time). Duration: 90 minutes. The event is free of charge and for anyone interested in the topic for this year’s Peace Prize.

The event will take place on the eve of the annual lighting of The Trafalgar Square Christmas tree. The tree is given by The City of Oslo as a token of Norwegian gratitude to the people of London for their assistance during World War II. The event will consist of two parts.


Introduction from Mayor of Oslo, Anne Lindboe.

Part one: The Nobel Peace Prize 2023

Director of the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Kjersti Fløgstad will introduce this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, which is to be awarded to Narges Mohammadi just a few days later in Oslo “for her fight against the oppression of women in Iran and her fight to promote human rights and freedom for all”. There will then be a discussion on the women’s movement in Iran today, with Yasmine Ahmed (UK Director of Human Rights Watch) and Azadeh Pourzand (Human Rights Researcher and Writer, Director of Siamak Pourzand Foundation).

Part two: Songs that changed the world

In this event of the Nobel Peace Center’s event series “Songs that changed the world” we meet the acclaimed Norwegian artist Metteson in a conversation related to this year’s peace prize. Metteson, music journalist Asbjørn Slettemark and Azadeh Pourzand will discuss how music and culture can contribute to positive change.

After the talk, Metteson will perform a cover version of a song that, in his mind, has changed the world for the better – in addition to a few of his own songs.

About The Nobel Peace Prize 2023

This year, the prize was awarded to Narges Mohammadi for her fight against the oppression of women in Iran and her fight to promote human rights and freedom for all. For many years, Narges Mohammadi has fought against the systematic discrimination and oppression of women in Iran. She is at the forefront of a courageous fight for human rights, freedom, and democracy. As early as the 1990s, Mohammadi began her fight for equality and women's rights. In 2003 she became involved with the Defenders of Human Rights Center in Tehran, an organization founded by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi. Mohammadi has assisted incarcerated activists and their families. She has been active in campaigning against the death penalty and against the regime’s systematic use of torture and sexualized violence in Iranian prisons.

This year’s Peace Prize also recognizes the hundreds of thousands of people who, in the preceding year, have demonstrated against the theocratic regime’s policies of discrimination and oppression against women.

Metteson artistic portrait
Photo: Lasse Floede

About the artist

The Guardian predicted a bright future for Norway’s big pop star, Metteson, when they wrote“sounds like the future and creates kaleidoscopic pop that is unashamedly grand and theatrical.

He was awarded“debutant of the year” and won a recognized music award after only a fewconcerts in Norway. Since then, Metteson has sung and danced his way into the hearts of fans all over Europe.

Producing dynamic pop music that evokes sing-alongand great emotions, Metteson has been hailed as a rare talent of a stage personality. A trained actor, he is just as passionately rooted in theatrical and aesthetic aspects, as well as songwriting and production.

New fans continue to find their way to his concerts. Metteson has played stadium gigs with Aurora, club concerts in Europe and headlined the Øya Festival in Oslo.