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nf Norway Festivals 2011

Front image: Stamsund International Theatre Festival Photo: Kjell Stenhaug




Norway Festival offers you detailed information on the festivals and events you can be a part of during your visit to this country.


Norway is a country packed with traditions and festivals. The high season for festivals is during the summer, but you can also find exciting events throughout the year. Many festivals in Norway exploit the country’s spectacular and fantastic nature as both a backdrop and an enhancement to the scenery. You can find festivals up in the mountains, by the sea, by the fjord and waterfalls.





Colours on map correspond with coloured dots.

We hope that this brochure will give an overview of some of the festival activities in Norway, and wish you an enjoyable festival experience in 2011!

Norway Festivals members: Arts Festivals

Arts Festival of North Norway 18.06. - 25.06.2011 The Arts Festival of North Norway is in many ways an upper shelf musical venue, featuring some of the best musical artists and acts in the world. But it is also a true festival of the arts, presenting a selection of music, stage performances and visual arts. Bergen International Festival 25.05. - 08.06. 2011 Bergen International Festival presents art in all its guises: music, theatre, dance, opera and visual art. It is the largest festival of its kind in the Nordic countries, with more than 150 events in 15 days. The festival is set in Bergen, which is situated on the west coast of Norway. Elverum Music Festival 03.08. - 13.08.2011 A variety of orchestral concerts and a chamber music festival on a high international level.The international recognized Vertavo string Quartet are the artistic directors of the festival.Set in Elverum. Finnsnes i Fest 25.07. - 31.07.2011 A multicultural festival with an emphasis on visual art, music, performing arts and local and regional productions. Set in Finnsnes, north of Norway. Nordland Music Festival 06.08. - 15.08.2011 Concerts and plays through the day and into the night. Most of the 50 events take place in the city of Bodø.


Norsk Revyfestival 06.07. - 10.07.2011 The revue festival is arranged every second year, and was established in 1987. Set in Høylandet. Oslo Mela Festival 28.07. - 31.07. 2011 Multicultural event in Oslo, with participating artists from more than 20 countries. Set in Oslo. Saami Easterfestival 18.04. - 24.04.2011 Concerts, art exhibitions, theatre performances, the Saami film festival and the reindeer racingcup. Set in Kautokeino, north of Norway. Sommer-Melbu 01.07. - 09.07. 2011 Set in in the Lofoten/Vesterålen archipelago in North Norway. The overall theme for Summer-Melbu 2011 is: «Reality as seen through artists’ eyes». Contains seminars, exhibitions, performances and concerts. St. Olav Festival 28.07. - 03.08.2011 St. Olav Festival presents church services, concerts (classical music, pop, rock, jazz), lectures, exhibitions, pilgrimages, jousting tournaments, historical marked, activities for children and master classes (classical and early music). Set in Trondheim. Sunndal Culture Festival 16.06. - 26.06. 2011 A popular cultural event in the region. The successful musical Lady Arbuthnott is played every year. Set in Sunndal.

The Norwegian Youth Festivals of Art 24.06. - 28.06. 2011 UKM is a nationwide organization with 400 separate festivals for youth between 13 and 20, all culminating in Trondheim for a national festival.

The International Church Music Festival in Kristiansand 14.08. - 21.08.2011 Mainly classical, but also contemporary church music worldwide.

The Winter Festival Narvik 26.03. - 03.04. 2011 The Winter Festival Narvik is based on Narvik`s cultural history and presents music, dance, theater, litterature, parades and a variety of workshops and conferances.

Classical & Opera Festivals

Valdres International Festival & Academy 22.06. - 02.07. 2011 Valdres International Festival & Academy is one of Norway’s most exciting international chamber music festivals, where the communication between musicians across generations and national borders adds a dynamic dimension. More than 40 concerts will take place in Valdres in beautiful surroundings and with an enthusiastic atmosphere. Vestfold International Festival 24.06. - 03.07. 2011 Early and classical music, jazz and world music. Set in the city of Tønsberg and other places in Vestfold county. Viser ved kanalen Folk songs on the banks of the Canal 17.06. - 19.06. 2011 With the Telemark as a backdrop, folksongs will be performed during the weekend, from Skien to Dalen.

Church Music Festivals

Oslo International Church Music Festival 25.03. - 03.04. 2011 The festival explores encountters between traditional and innovation in music. Set in Oslo

Gloger Festival 26.01. - 30.01. 2011 Classical highlights in Norways finest baroque arena, Kongsberg church. Artistic directors: Isa Katharina Gericke, soprano, Olof Borman, conductor. Set in Kongsberg. Hardanger Musikkfest 01.06. - 05.06. 2011 Hardanger Musikkfest is a classic music festival in Hardanger, Norway. ILIOS festival of contemporary music 03.02. - 06.02.2011 ILIOS festival of new music, is one of the country’s most established contemporary music festivals. The name refers to the sun god Ilios and starts on weekend week 5, when the sun comes back to Harstad. International Chamber Music Festival Stavanger 08.08. - 14.08. 2011 Experience magnificent chamber music concerts in beautiful settings in and around Stavanger. Kirsten Flagstad Festival, The Voice 16.06. - 19.06. 2011 Classical music Festival in honour of the world famous Norwegian soprano Kirsten Flagstad, who has been called “the Voice of the Century”. The Festival takes place in the city of Hamar where she was born in 1895.

viser ved kanalen, photo: tom reiersen

Classical & Opera Festivals cont’d. Kristiansund Opera Festival 09.02. - 19.02.2011 The oldest Opera in Norway presents Kristiansund Opera Festival. Full operas and high light form operas and operettas. Opera Gala. Opera all over the city for more than 14 days! Lofoten International Chamber Music Festival 10.02. - 13.02. 2011 and 11.07 - 16.07. 2011 Chamber music with artists from the international arena in the midst of spectacular sceneries of the Lofoten Islands. Winter edition in February. Norwegian Youth Chamber Music Festival L 26.09. - 02.10.2011 The Norwegian Youth Chamber Music Festival is a festival where renowned artists and young musicians from all over Europe perform in diverse combinations.The Festival is spread over the west coast of Norway (Stavanger region) and has also concerts in Oslo.

Oslo Chamber Music Festival 12.08. - 20.08. 2011 Oslo Chamber Music Festival presents music from the Medieval times to the present day performed by some of the world’s greatest musicians. Jan Garbarek and The Hilliards will be among the artists in 2011. Artistic Director is the internationally acclaimed violinist Arve Tellefsen. Oslo Opera Festival 2012. Oslo Opera Festival aims to be the country’s premier festival of opera and musical theater. Oslo Opera Festival wants to create enthusiasm and interest in opera and musical theater at a wide audience. Risør Festival of Chamber Music 28.06. - 03.07. 2011 Chamber music festival on a high international level. The internationally acclaimed violinist Henning Kraggerud and viola player Lars Anders Tomter are the artistic directors of the festival. Set in Risør.

Røros Winter Chamber Music Festival 10.03. - 13.03. 2011 An intimate chamber music festival in the winter-clad Røros Bergstad. Around 25 events with music, poetry, art, theater, dance, etc. Artistic Director’s violinist and professor Marianne Thorsen. The Fartein Valen Music Festival 15.09. - 18.09.2011 The program is varied and exciting and strives to enhance the understanding of Fartein Valen as a composer and human being. Set in Haugesund. The Midnight Opera «Olav Engelbrektsson» and «The Magic Flute» 04.08. - 19.08. 2011 «Olav Engelbrektsson»: Experience one of Norway’s largest and most magic outdoor operas in breathtaking surroundings. Each August Norway’s most attractive operasingers and 150 local actors recreates the dramatic event from the 16th century. «The Magic Flute»: Experience an spellbounding opera in a beautiful garden among ancient oaktrees nearby th middelaged Værnes Church. Suitable for families. The Northern Lights Festival 28.01. - 05.02. 2011 The Northern Lights Festival presents top artists from a wide variety of genres ranging from early music to modern, from opera to jazz, from chamber music to symphonic orchestras. Trondheim Chamber Music Festival 19.09. - 25.09. 2011 Based on the philosophy that chamber music is an expression of musical collaboration at a high professional level, and hence inherent in most music genres. Set in Trondheim.

Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival 07.09. - 17.09.2011 Ultima is the foremost festival for contemporary music and related art forms in Scandicavia. Set in Oslo.

Electronic Music Festival

Numusic 22.09. - 02.10.2011 Stavanger’s Numusic Festival is Norway’s leading festival dedicated to providing an annual festival platform for regional, national and international electronic music and associated genres.

Film Festivals

Amandus Film Festival 12.04. - 14.04.2011 National film festival and competition for young filmmakers. Set in Lillehammer. Kosmorama Trondheim International Film Festival 04.04. - 10.04. 2011 The best films from the international scene in 2010 presented in the Kosmorama Best Film Award. A festival that stimulates and contributes as a showcase for the filmmakers of tomorrow. Set in Trondheim. The Norwegian Int. Film Festival Haugesund 17.08. - 25.08.2011 Norway`s major festival for film and cinema, including the Norwegian Film Award, Amanda. The New Nordic Films market ensembles around 300 film professionals from all over the world. Set in Haugesund.

KOSMORAMA. photo: bjørn tore økland

Film Festivals cont’d.

The Norwegian Short Film Festival 16.06. - 21.06.2011 International and Norwegian short documentary films in comptetition. The festival attracts Norwegian film community as well as filmmakers from all over the world. Set in Grimstad. Tromsø Int. Film Festival 18.01. - 23.01. 2011 Norway`s largest film festival that shows the best of current international art cinema. Set in Tromsø. Wt Os International Film Festival 05.11. - 12.11. 2011. Set in Os, south of Bergen.

Folk Music Festivals

Førde Folk Music Festival 07.07. - 10.07. 2011 Scandinavia`s largest festival for accoustic trad/

world/folk. Established in 1990 in Førde, in the Norwegian fjord region.

Joern Hilme Festival 24.07. - 31.07. 2011 The largest Festival for Norwegian folk music and folk dance. Located in the Valdres valley, in Eastern Norway. Norwegian Country music Festival 14.07. - 17.07. 2011 NCT presents country music from all over the world. Everything from countryrock to bluegrass, cajun and traditional country music. It takes place on the beautifull west coast of Norway in a small village called Breim. Norwegian Festival for Old-time Dance Music 20.07. - 24.07.2011

A competition in recent traditional forms of folk music such as vals, reinlender and polka. Own classes for different kind of groups and solo artist. About 500 musicians participate every year in this festival which is arranged in various places in Norway. In 2011 the festival will be arranged in Oppdal, South-Trøndelag county.

Norwegian Traditional Music and Dance Competition 29.06. - 03.07.2011 A nearly 100 year old competition presents the oldest forms of fiddling, singing and dancing in Norway. In addition to the competitions there are also concerts arranged. The competition is divided into different classes dependent on the number of members in the groups, both amateurs and professionals compete. For both folk musicians and folk dancers. About 1500 participants. The 2011 festival will be held in Seljord, Telemark. Riddu Riddu Festival 20.07. - 24.07. 2011 Riddu Riddu is an international indigenous festival set in the North of Norway, Kåfjord/Manndalen. The program encompasses music,stage art, litterature, art exhibitions, childrens program, Northen People program,Indigenous Youth Gathering, courses,indigenous houses and much more. Riddu Riddu celebrates 20 year anniversary in 2011. The Folk Dance Festival 07.07. - 10.07.2011 A lot of good music, from early morning till late night. The festival will in 2011 be held in Bodø, north of Norway. The Norwegian Folk Music Week 22.05. - 29.05.2011 Norway`s oldest folk music festival. The festival offers a variety of high-quality artistic and popular types of entertainment. Set in Ål.

The Telemark International Folk Music Festival 21.07. - 24.07. 2011 The annual Telemark International Folk Music Festival presents folk music from various parts of the world. On a solid base of Nordic and Norwegian folk traditions, the festival creates an enjoyable and intimate atmosphere. The festival has become an important arena for the renewing of folk music.

Jazz and Rock Festivals

Hamar Music Festival 23.06. - 26.06. 2011 HMF - always a various program, about 30 concerts. All the concerts are within 5 min. walk from the festival area. Hamar is a small city, 120 km north of Oslo, or 50 min. by car from the Oslo Gardermoen Airport (OSL). Placed by the biggest lake in Norway - Mjøsa. Kongsberg Jazzfestival 06.07. - 09.07. 2011 The program of Kongsberg Jazz Festival has a strong focus on contemporary jazz and innovative sound, and is generally regarded as one of Scandinavia’s most innovative jazz festivals, presenting a mix of internationally acclaimed artists and some of the finest Norwegian artists. The festival motto is to give the audience both what they have longed to hear – and what they didn’t know they would love to hear. Lillehammer Jazzfestival 13.10. - 16.10. 2011 Intimate, contemporary jazz festival, with main focus on young Nordic talents. Set in Lillehammer. MaiJazz - Stavanger International Jazz Festival 10.05. - 15.05. 2011

MAIJAZZ, JAGA JAZZIST. photo: john rodger

Jazz and Rock Festivals cont’d.

Stavangers oldest festival presenting international jazz stars and the best in national and local jazz. Set in Stavanger.

Molde International Jazz Festival 18.06. - 23.06.2011 Innovating and challenging. Moldejazz is one of Europes most important jazz festivals. A wide range of jazz and related music combined with special projects initiated by the festival makes Moldejazz an unique event. Set in Molde. Sildajazz - Haugesund International Jazzfestival 10.08. - 14.08.2011 The festival presents outstanding national and international artists in addition to a festival exhibition, street parades and outdoor concerts.

Seaside Music & Mission Festival 05.07. - 10.07. 2011 Seaside M&M Festival is the largest Christian Youth Festival in Northern Europe. With contemporary international and national christian artists the festival finds place in one of the most beautiful regions in the south of Norway. The Big Band Festival Concerts with national and international artists. Set in Tønsberg and Nøtterøy, Vestfold county. Trondheim Jazz Festival 11.05. - 14.05. 2011 The festival is built around the exciting environment of the jazz courses, offered by NTNU, Department of music. The festivals has a Norwegian and Nordic main profile. Set in Trondheim.

Varanger Festival 10.08. - 14.08. 2011 Vadsø International jazz festival Varangerfestivalen, was established in 1982. The festival is set in the town of Vadso by the beautiful Varanger fjord in the north-eastern part of Norway. The festival is the most important jazz event in the Barents region, covering the northern parts of Norway, Finland, and Russia.

The Hamsun Days in Hamarøy 2012 Since the first event in 1982, the Hamsun Days have contributed to spreading knowledge of Knut Hamsun’s life and works, and his close connection to Hamarøy. The program includes literary seminars, “adventours”, author meetings, concerts, art exhibitions, theatre. Set in Hamarøy, Nordland.

Vossa Jazz 15.04. - 17.04.2011 Jazz, trad, folk music, commisioned work, new projects. Set in Voss.

The literature week in Vestfold 06.11. - 14.11. 2011 Vestfold Literature Week promotes reading through an extencive programme, including public meetings with authors, children events and focus on both local, national and Nordic literature.

Literature Festivals

Ordkalotten - Tromsø International Literature Festival 06.10. - 09.10.2011 During Ordkalotten artistic displays of literature are in focus, the northern location imprints the festival’s profile, while the perspective is global. The festival also have indigenous representation. Kapittel - Stavanger International Festival of Literature and Freedom of Speech 21.09. - 25.09. 2011 Kapittel puts focus on literature and freedom of speech by inviting and promoting a variety of international, Norwegian and nordic writers, artists, and documentary films over 5 days in Stavanger and in the region around the city. The Bjørnson Festival of International Literature 31.08. - 04.09.2011 Situated in Molde, the oldest literature festival in Norway. With focus on freedom of expression. It invites participants from all continents to debates, readings, concerts and workshops.

The New Norwegian Arts Festival 23.06. - 26.06. 2011 The festival is the highlight of the year`s broad and varied cultural programme at The Ivar Aasen Centre, with literature, music and visual arts. The Norwegian Festival of Literature 24.05. - 29.05. 2011 The largest literature festival of the nordic countries in the small idyllic town Lillehammer.

Theatre and Stage Art Festivals

Folkigata Festival Folkigata is an international street theatre festival. The festival uses the city as its main tool. Set in Fredrikstad Agder Teater International Theatre festival 08.10. - 13.10.2012 The festival aims to present brilliant international and Norwegian puppet and figure theatre. Set in Kristiansand.

Theatre and Stage Art Festivals cont’d. Market for Performance Arts 09.05. - 12.05.2011 An unique arena for presentation, purchase and sales of professional “performing arts” for children. Set in Sandefjord. Norwegian Amateur Theatre Festival 23.05. - 29.05. 2011 Norwegian Youth League in cooperation with The Norwegian Theatre in Oslo. Local groups play on a professional stage. Porsgrunn International Theatre Festival 22.06. - 26.06.2011 PIT presents innovative visual theatre. We programme professional, for the most part non text-based work, which can include animation theatre, circus skills, mask, mime, clown and visual theatre. Set in Porsgrunn. Stamsund International Theatre Festival 24.05. - 28.05. 2011 SIT presents contemporary performing arts in the setting of a small fishing village in the Lofoten Islands in the north of Norway. The festival presents around 40 performances each year, and draws a mixed audience - artists from all over Europe joining the local audience.

The Great Norwegian Comedy Festival 05.10. - 08.10.2011 The Great Norwegian Comedy Festival 2011 gives you some of the funniest performers from our region, Rogaland, from Oslo and from abroad. Set in Stavanger. The Kings Ring 02.07. - 03.07.2011 Presenting the viking misical The Kings Ring on a fantastic outdoors stage on an island outside the northern-western coast of Norway, in Fosnavåg. The Peer Gynt Festival 03.08. - 14.08. 2011 Theatre, music, literature and visual art. The Peer Gynt festival at Vinstra invites you to Henrik Ibsens play Peer Gynt with music by edvard Grieg. Set in Vinstra, Gudbrandsdalen. Ålesund Theatre Festival March 2011 Ålesund Teaterfestival is a local festival which presents a wide range of performing arts.

Norway Festivals Norway Festivals is a cooperation organization and support network to promote the principal cultural festivals in Norway. About 80 festivals and historical plays have joined together to encourage improvement and development of all aspects of festival organization.

For more detailed information, check out our web site Contact details: Norway Festivals Lillehammer University College Faculty TVF Postboks 952 2604 Lillehammer Norway Festival consultant: Solveig Rønningen +47 95 05 63 78

President: Kjersti Stenseng +47 90 08 07 74

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