The Førde Traditional and World Music Festival is the largest festival for trad and world music in Scandinavia, presenting about 90 acts from 30 venues and 300 artists from all over the world for 25-30 000 visitors each year. In addition, we arrange concerts and other events during the year. The festival is regarded as one of the most important in Norway, and receive grants from the National Arts Council, the region and the municipality. The festival is covered by national and international media. The 28thedition of the festival will take place from 5.-9. July 2017. The festival has been awarded among the 25 best world music festivals worldwide for the latest 6 years by the international music magazine Songlines, rated on the Guardian’s top 10-list of small town festivals in Europe, and on National Geographic's top 7 list of festivals in Europe, as the only Norwegian festival.
The festival programme is of great variety, with concerts, workshops, exhibitions, children’s events, dance evenings etc. Plus different kinds of projects during the festival week and throughout the year.
The main festival arena is the culture centre, “Førdehuset” with four concert halls from 170 to 2500 seats. Festival events also take place in hotels, museums arts centres and outdoor stages in and nearby Førde, altogether about 20 venues.
Unique music in unique surroundings: Førde is a small town on the western coast of Norway, 150 km north of Bergen, surrounded by fjords, mountains, glaciers and waterfalls.