Barents Festivals 2017 Norway

Yet another festival summer is on the cards in northern Norway. There´s an abundance to choose from, as a variety of cultural events are taking place across the three counties of Nordland, Troms and Finnmark. Here is our selection from the hectic schedule of 2017:

May 24th to 29th
The seasons´s opener is Stamsund International Theatre Festival in late May. All age groups are welcome to Stamsund, a small fishing community on the south side of the Vestvågøy island, which is a part of the Lofoten Archipelago. Theatre plays, art galleries, seminars and workshops are on the agenda.
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Anne B Ragde comes to Reine Ord

June 1st-3rd
Reine Ord is the most beautiful literature festival in the world according to the organisers. The tiny village of Reine in Moskenes municipality is situated between the mountains and the sea in Lofoten. This is the ninth festival and among the invited writers are Linda Boström Knausgård, Jason ”Timbuktu” Diakité and local hero Frode Granhus. More info:

June 9th-11th
Kråkeslottfestivalen is a music festival that covers most genres from jazz to yoik, from folk tunes to percussion poetry. The event is held in an old fish factory called Kråkeslottet in Bøvær on the island of Senja, west of Tromsø. More info:

June 24th-July 1st
Festspillene i Nord-Norge in the town of Harstad (Troms) is the biggest cultural happening of the region. A week-long event that covers most cultural expressions such as music, theatre, visual arts and literature. National and international performers are present at the Festspillene that was first established back in 1965!
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Galleria Art Festival

July 8th-15th
Galleria Art Festival: They call it Norway´s longest gallery- ”700 meters of unfiltered art” in the historical part of Mosjøen, Nordland.  The exhibits can be found in galleries but also in old sea houses and ordinary garages!  The festival was first started in 2006 and has developed through the years to become a major event in the area that also include concerts and other performances.
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July 12th-16th
Riddu Riddu is an annual culture and music festival for indigenous peoples from all over the world. Besides all the Sami performances a traditional throat singer from Tuva will voice his artistry and give lessons during the festival. Tuva is a Russian republic between Siberia and Mongolia. More info:

July 26th-30th
Pomorfestivalen in Vardø, county Finnmark, is for all age groups that include concerts, arts, a food fest and other cultural events. The theme for the festival is the old Pomortrade with Russia in Vardø. More info:

Nordland Musikkfestuke with a splendid view

August 4th-13th
Nordland Musikkfestuke in Bodø is first and foremost a festival for classical music which will peak with a piano concert on the top of the Keiservarden mountain. But the festival also offers other genres such as dance, music theatre, jazz, folk, pop and rock.
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August 9th-12th
Varangerfestivalen in Vadsø, eastern Finnmark, is the biggest jazz festival in northern Norway and the first event was held some 35 years ago. Among this year´s international line-ups are Mari Boine, Lisa Ekdahl, Petter Carlsen, Moon Hooch and Cleaning Women.
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August 18th-19th
Verket is a music festival in Mo i Rana, Nordland, with national and international artists and bands of different music genres on the stage. Old British rock heroes 10 cc will appear as will the blues band and grammy award winners  Fantastic Negrito from USA. Norway is represented, among others, by ”proggmetal” quartet Leprous and rap man Store P.

September 14th-17th
Nordkapp filmfestival in Honningsvåg, Finnmark,  is the nothernmost film festival in the world. Short films, feature films and documentaries will as usual be on the agenda. The event include a children and youth film festival which starts already on September 8th.

Smak means Taste

September 23rd-24th
As the summer is definitely drawing to a close the popular food festival called Smak (”Taste”) will take place in Tromsø. It was first launched four years ago and in 2015 around 70.000 visitors came to the eating fest, which is focusing on local products and northerly food traditions.
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