Scan Magazine, Issue 96, January 2017

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Scan Magazine  |  Special Theme  |  Norwegian Festival Special 2017

View of Vestvågøy. Photo: Baard Loeken

An extraordinary music experience If spectacular nature and classical music are two of your favourite things, then your plans for July are set. Lofoten will once again make the backdrop for a musical experience out of the ordinary. By Marte Eide

Lofoten International Chamber Music Festival is due to take place on 10-16 July this year, alternating with Lofoten Piano Festival, which is scheduled for the summer of 2018. “We want to showcase the entirety of Lofoten, from fantastic views to the midnight sun, and make the best out of local venues,” says co-founder Knut Kirkesæther. Acknowledged artists such as Leif Ove Andsnes, Olli Mustonen and guest of honour Arve Tellefsen will perform during the week-long festival. “No two of the concerts have the same combination of artists, which makes them unique and offers the guest a truly out-of-the-ordinary experience,” explains Kirkesæther. “It is good for the artists as well – they become like a big family playing together this way.” Visitors to the festival travel from across the world. “We are pleased with the general interest of the audience,” says Kirkesæther. For those who travel from 48  |  Issue 96  |  January 2017

phere at the concerts. “The very final concert is an encore combining all the artists in an interesting and fun way,” says Kirkesæther. “This is actually the most popular concert – it appeals to the whole crowd.”

far away, the full festival package may be a tempting solution to the logistical challenges. “The package is a result of our experience of helping visitors plan their trip, in terms of where to stay, how to get around and so on. As well as making things a lot easier for many of people, we also really enjoy doing it,” he says. The festival also offers short introductions to the music before concerts and a selection of more in-depth talks. “For those with a genuine interest in the music, these talks are a great way to learn more,” says Kirkesæther. One might worry about how to fit it all in, but no need. “All the concerts and talks are organised in a way that ensures that nobody has to miss out on anything. None of the concerts overlap; we want every concert to be a highlight.” The core values of the festival are about the professional quality of the artists as well as an inclusive and relaxed atmos-

Arve Tellefsen. Photo: Bente Bjercke

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