"The sound of the Nordic" is the theme for Forde Festival 2017. The main initiative is the project "Nordic Sound Folk Orchestra" an all-Nordic orchestra of forty musicians and soloists who will perform specially written music from four Nordic composers. This means that the Nordic World stage will also have their place in the program. And although the festival has a big focus on the Nordic, a number of artists from other parts of the world stand on stage in Forde, also in 2017. The festival is as always arranged in week 27 and will be held 5.-9. July 2017. Forde festival is one-of the multi-coloured cultural events in Norway and greatest festival of acoustic folk and world music in Scandinavia. Every year, about 300 artists from around the world presented through around 90 events. Total visitor numbers are 25-30 000 per year. Since 2010 the Forde Festival has been voted one of the 25 best of its kind by the international magazine Songlines, and is also ranked exclusive festival lists in the Guardian and in National Geographic Travel.