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5 unusual cultural festivals

An insider’s guide to five fun festivals
In Norway you have more 900 festivals to choose from, and around 300 of these are art and cultural festivals. Whether you fancy music, performing arts or traditional events, here are five Norwegian cultural festivals out of the ordinary.
Parade of people holding balloons in Førde
Førde Traditional and World Music Festival.
Photo: Arve Ullebø

“In Norway, there is about one festival per 5-6000 capita. The offer is fairly distributed between the country’s regions. About two-thirds of the festivals take place in cities, the rest in the countryside or smaller towns”, says Anders Rykkja, CEO of Norway Festivals.

In a survey from 2014 conducted by Norway Festivals, in cooperation with Norwegian Live Music Association, FolkOrg and the Norwegian jazz forum, one of the findings was that festivals in Norway in total have around 2.2 million spectators. In a country with approximately 5 million inhabitants, this is nothing short of impressive.

To Anders Rykkja, who is a dedicated “festivalgoer” himself, it makes perfect sense why so many people choose to go to festivals.

“Festivals provide wonderful opportunities for people to immerse themselves intensely in artistic and cultural experiences in a limited period of time. People get the chance to meet artists, watch performances, productions, and concerts they otherwise would not have experienced”, he says.

Read about his five recommendations on unusual cultural festivals.

Anders Rykkja’s recommendations

  • 1. Førde Traditional and World Music Festival

    “The festival has been voted one of the best festivals in the world within its genre by Songlines Magazine.”

    This is the largest festival in Scandinavia for music and dance from all over the world. The festival was established in 1990 and takes place every year.

  • 2. The Peer Gynt Festival, Vinstra

    “A celebration of Henrik Ibsens’s masterpiece staged by Erik Ulfsby by lake Gålåvatnet.”

    Every year since 1967, the Peer Gynt festival is held every year in the Gudbrandsdalen valley to celebrate the local legend that inspired Henrik Ibsen’s dramatic poem “Peer Gynt”.

  • 3. Riddu Riđđu, Manndalen

    “A unique Sami music and cultural festival.”

    The mission of the Riddu Riđđu festival, which was established in 1991, is to promote and develop the Sami coastal culture.

  • 4. Nordland Music Festival, Bodø

    “Quality music, magnificent scenery, and numerous outdoor stages.”

    The festival makes use of every corner of Bodø and invites you to sample classical music, jazz, folk music and pop, indoors and outdoors. The festival takes place in March each year.

  • 5. Mela Festival, Oslo

    “A gathering place for world-class performing arts and cultural expression right in the heart of Oslo.”

    This festival will challenge your senses with international rhythms, music, dance, and food. Mela was held for the first time in 2001 and the festival attracts around 300,000 people every year.

Anders Rykkja
Anders Rykkja.
Photo: Anders Rykkja
About Anders Rykkja

Rykkja holds a Master of Arts (MA) in Music Business Management from the University of Westminster (UK).

He has worked in the cultural sector for 20 years as project manager, artist manager, and concert organizer.

He is Managing Director at Norway Festivals, a network comprising 75 arts and culture festivals, in addition to working as a researcher at Kunnskapsverket.

He is particularly concerned with funding of arts and culture projects, especially alternative funding sources like Crowdfunding.

See the festivals in the map

Rykkja’s top 5 festivals
The Peer Gynt festival, Vinstra
The Peer Gynt festival, Vinstra
The Peer Gynt festival, Vinstra
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Crab festival on the charming island of Atløy Read more
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A unique series of concerts at the Emanuel Vigeland Museum Read more
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Concert with Norwegian singer-songwriter Humle Read more
Humle
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Kickslip
Two solo performances, by Marius Neset on saxophone and Kjetil Mulelid on piano. Read more
Marius Neset/ Kjetil Mulelid
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Pom Poko
Pombo began to grow 11 years ago among people and pigeons in Stockholm's streets, and has thus been named Pombo (pigeon in Portuguese). Since… Read more
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Silver Lining
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A romantic summer evening with famous musicians from Norway Read more
Summer concert at lighthouse
Kjerringa me’ Straumen is situated in the  oldest house in Straumen, Klokkarstu from 1755 – in the very heart of the old town centre… Read more
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Concert with Wild Man Riddim, a ska jazz band from Oslo! Read more
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ÅGE STEN NILSEN - Acoustic stories and confidences from a rock'n rollers life on the road. Read more
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Hardstyle DNA is a Norwegian hard dance event focused on the harder styles in dance music such as hardstyle, hardcore and other hard dance music… Read more
DNA 2021
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Jo Sverre at Norwegian Hiking Festival
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Jo Sverre at Norwegian Hiking Festival
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Jørund Vålandsmyr & Kåre Indrehus
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Nils Petter Molvær
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Norwegian Hiking Festival
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Norwegian Walking Festival
Concert with Skikkelig Jazz Trio at Internasjonalen! Read more
Skikkelig Jazz Trio
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Ingrid Lovise
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Jazz at Kampen: PAULSBERG // VÅGAN // NODELAND
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Prohibition Brunch
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Superlynx
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The Yum Yums
Rock 'n' Roll Allstars performs songs from the golden age of rock, rough and intense songs that make the heart beat and the legs move. Read more
Toini & The Rock 'n' Roll Allstars
Tone Bringsdal is a talented songwriter with a unique and creative style. Her passion for writing was found in the melancholy of Nick Cave… Read more
Tone Bringsdal
Total musikal - a musical where the audience decides the theme of the show.  Show in Norwegian language. Read more
Total musikal
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Electrocutango
Mike Andersen at Brød og Sirkus: Mike Andersen has characteristic and strong vocals, an intense guitar style, and not least a fantastic band!… Read more
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Sommer i Hornemansgården - Ida Jenshus
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Karpedammen festival
Lokal Politikk is a band from Horten that performs songs about local politics. Doors open at 20:00 ID: 20 Read more
Lokal Politikk
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11-21 August, Opera boat from Aker brygge to Oscarsborg fortress Read more
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Open-air concert at Akershus fortress Read more
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Knut Roppestad returns to Herr Nilsen scene. His musical references span from prog metal to troubadour music.  Roppestad has very much… Read more
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Concert with Lasse Passage and Captain Credible: Lasse Passage is a singer/songwriter that since 2009 has release three full-length albums. After a… Read more
Lasse Passage / Captain Credible
Acoustic summer concert at Victoria Nasjonal Jazzscene: Maja Ratkje og Stian Westerhus Maja Ratkje - vocals, organ, Stian Westerhus - guitar Read more
Maja Ratkje and Stian Westerhus
Other fairs and festivals
25. Grieg in Bergen chamber music festival at the heart of Bergen, 12. - 31. juli. Evening and late night concerts, performed at Korskirken (The… Read more
25. Grieg in Bergen festival
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Peer Gynt Festival
Canal Street, Arendal's fabulous music festival, offers an event where place, culture and history form the musical meet between artist and audience. Read more
Canal Street - Arendal music festival
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By a lake, between forests and steep mountains in the Gudbrandsdalen valley, you can experience Norways most famous folk tale in a spectacular outdoor… Read more
The outdoor theater Peer Gynt by Ibsen
Crab festival on the charming island of Atløy Read more
Crab festival on Atløy
Månefestivalen (The Moon Festival) is a charming and colorful music festival in the Old Town (Gamlebyen) in Fredrikstad. The main stage is… Read more
Månefestivalen
Tour de Food is a Food Truck festival that visits various cities in Norway during the summer. July 30 to August 1, will be in Oslo and St. Hanshaugen,… Read more
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Auction on Ål
Enjoy shopping in the Fortified Town. Experience the old Market in the main square, every Saturday from April until the winter sets in. Read more
Marked in the Old Town
Mini music at Sentralen: Every Saturday in July at 12 and 2 pm Read more
Mini Music - Summer concerts at Sentralen
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Ål fair
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Sunday market in Ingensgate
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Sunday open in Grimstad town centre
A Tribute to Female Composers. The party concert presents young soloists from NRK Virtuos, the Oslo Philharmonic and K & MFEST Read more
K&MFESTKONSERT: A tribute to female composers
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FArm shop and family activitties at Røstad Øvre (Trøndersk Matfestival - et sted nær deg)
What do you get if you mix a DJ with a world champion in V-drums? A real party! Kickslip has performed at festivals all over Norway to rave reviews.… Read more
Kickslip
Whether you are a wooden boat owner or one of the many who love the coastal life, Risør Trebåtfestival is one event that you cannot miss. Read more
Risør Trebåtfestival - Wooden boat festival
A romantic summer evening with famous musicians from Norway Read more
Summer concert at lighthouse
Kjerringa me’ Straumen is situated in the  oldest house in Straumen, Klokkarstu from 1755 – in the very heart of the old town centre… Read more
Summer in Klokkarstu (Trøndersk Matfestival - et sted nært deg)
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Vandre gård-Imellom 3 dager til ende: Trøndersk Matfestival-Et sted nær deg
Epic Oslo invites you to a Friday party with DJ sets from Davai, Hayes, Okey and TRXD at Stratos! The DJ quartet are all signed to the Sony Music… Read more
Epic Oslo Night
The region of Halsa, Surnadal and Rindal organises the Norwegian Walking Festival - a festival for the whole family; children, youth and adults fond… Read more
Norwegian Walking Festival
Welcome to the Farmer's Market at Vinkelplassen, Majorstuen. At the farmer's market you can buy fresh, unique products directly from… Read more
Farmers' Market Vinkelplassen
10-13 August, Akershus fortress: Music from Oslo's most beautiful outdoor stage Read more
Karpedammen festival
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SILDAJAZZ
OverOslo Ung is a festival offer for those born in 2005 in Oslo! Visit www.overoslo.no for more information. Read more
OverOslo Ung
Staysman & Lazz - a tradition at the Shellfish festival in Mandal. Read more
Staysman & Lazz - Skalldyrfestivalen 2021
Tour des Fjords Experience is a 3-day stage race for cyclists at all levels. The race will be held 13-15. August 2021 in the Stavanger region Read more
https://tourdesfjordsexperience.no/
BE MAKING PUBLIC FESTIVAL! Ladies Tour of Norway comes to Indre Østfold, and we welcome everyone to join the party! Meet up the trail and hello… Read more
Ladies Tour of Norway
13–22 August: Music from Medieval times to the present day at some of Oslo's best concert venues Read more
Oslo Chamber Music Festival
Opening concert at the Oslo Chamber Music Festival: Portrett Jean Sibelius With: Leif Ove Andsnes, Frank Skog, Marianne Beate Kielland, Håvard… Read more
Oslo Chamber Music Festival: Portrett Jean Sibelius
13 August-4 September, Melahuset Read more
The Mela Festival
Market where you can buy fresh products directly from the farmers who grew and made them.   Read more
Farmers' Market Birkelunden
Kids in Jazz is an international jazz festival showcasing improv seminars for kids, and it's inspirational stuff!  … Read more
Kids in Jazz
The International Cultural Festival's main purpose is to create a better cultural understanding in our city. Read more
Kristiansand International Festival of Culture
Oslo Chamber Music Festival presents Kammermusikkens Høysang! With: Chiaroscuro String Quartet, Henning Kraggerud, Vilde Frang, Lawrence Power,… Read more
Oslo Chamber Music Festival: Kammermusikkens høysang
Oslo Chamber Music Festival presents Portrett Felix og Fanny Mendelssohn! With: Julie Ye, Olga Jørgensen og Momentum Strykekvartett. Music by… Read more
Oslo Chamber Music Festival: Portrett Felix og Fanny Mendelssohn
Oslo Chamber Music Festival presents: Portrett Johan Halvorsen With: Catharina and Sara Chen, Ole Christian Haagenrud, Marianne Beate Kielland. Johan… Read more
Oslo Chamber Music Festival: Portrett Johan Halvorsen
Concert with Ung Symfoni, the Oslo Philharmonic's youth program! With: Eir Inderhaug and NUSO + conductor Torodd Wigum. Music by Beethoven,… Read more
Oslo Chamber Music Festival: Ung symfoni
Oslo Chamber Music Festival Baroque chamber music with Chiaroscuro Quartet, Thomas Dunford and Jean Rondeau. Music by Purcell… Read more
Baroque Chamber Music
Oslo Chamber Music Festival presents Intim Barokk: With: Jean Rondeau, Thomas Dunford, Ilya Gringolts, Vilde Frang, Nicholas Altstaedt, Ingeborg… Read more
Oslo Chamber Music Festival: Intim barokk
Oslo Chamber Music Festival: Veiene som forsvinner Literary chamber opera by Bjørn Kruse and Lars Saabye Christensen. With: Maria Dale… Read more
Oslo Chamber Music Festival: Veiene som forsvinner
Arendalsuka is where national politicians, businesses and organisations meet to discuss topics that concern us all. All events are open for all and… Read more
Arendalsuka 2021
Oslo Chamber Music Festival presents Portrett Johannes Brahms! With: Martin Fröst, Truls Mørk, Joonas Ahonen, Marianne Beate Kielland,… Read more
Oslo Chamber Music Festival: Portrett Johannes Brahms
Oslo Chamber Music Festival presents Portrett Nico Widerberg! Get ready for a concert in Nico Widerberg's sculptor's workshop: (max 20 in the… Read more
Oslo Chamber Music Festival: Portrett Nico Widerberg
16-22 August: Oslo Jazz Festival celebrates 35 years Read more
Oslo Jazz Festival
Oslo Chamber Music Festival presents Portrett Claude Debussy! Experience Debussy's collected works for piano. With: Håkon Austbø,… Read more
Oslo Chamber Music Festival: Portrett Claude Debussy
Oslo Chamber Music Festival presents Portrett J. S. Bach! With: Barokkanerne, Vilde Frang, Jean Rondeau Violin Concerto and Branderburg Concerto No.… Read more
Oslo Chamber Music Festival: Portrett J.S.Bach
MIDGARDSBLOT METALFESTIVAL 2020 Midgardsblot metal festival is a 3 day outdoor festival with metal music and real Vikings on historical grounds!… Read more
Cancelled! Midgardsblot Metalfestival 2021
Oslo Chamber Music Festival presents Beethovens brev! Music and letters by Ludwig van Beethoven are performed by Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Vilde… Read more
Oslo Chamber Music Festival: Beethovens brev
Oslo Chamber Music Festival presents Episk aften med Morten Krogvold! The concert starts with a presentation by Morten Krogvold (in Norwegian). This… Read more
Oslo Chamber Music Festival: Episk aften med Morten Krogvold
Oslo Chamber Music Festival presents Natt i Biblioteket! With: Nicolas Altstaedt, Joonas Ahonen, Lawrence Power. Music by Britten, Shostakovich and… Read more
Oslo Chamber Music Festival: Natt i biblioteket
Oslo Jazzfestival: Concert with the Swiss jazz singer Lucia Cadotsch and musicians Petter Eldh and Otis Sandsjö. Together they… Read more
Oslo Jazz Festival: Lucia Cadotsch - Speak Low
Outdoor market in the courtyard behind Oslo Cathedral Read more
Arts & Crafts market at Kirkeristen
Havnedagene in Haugesund is a meeting point of the coast toilers on land and sea. Here you can meet all kinds of boats and vessels. All with one thing… Read more
HAVNEDAGENE - SEE YOU IN 2022
Oslo Chamber Music Festival presents Pierrot Lunaire! Experience music by Schönberg, Debussy and Strauss. With: Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Vilde… Read more
Oslo Chamber Music Festival: Pierrot Lunaire
Oslo Chamber Music Festival presents Portrett Carsten og Lalla Carlsen: Vibeke and Gunnar Sæther welcome you to an intimate concert at Villa… Read more
Oslo Chamber Music Festival: Portrett Carsten & Lalla Carlsen
Oslo Jazz Festival: Paal Nilssen-Love is one of Europe's most hardworking drummers, always involved in several different projects. He is… Read more
Oslo Jazz Festival: Paal Nilssen-Love Circus
AOJO Akershus and Oslo Youth Jazz Orchestra Oslo Jazzfestival 19.08.2021 AOJO Akershus and Oslo Youth Jazz Orchestra consists of 25 very talented… Read more
Oslo Jazzfestival: AOJO – Akershus og Oslo ungdomsjazzorkester
Join in on the celebration of the tomato at the Tomato festival at Finnøy. This year, TV personality and former professional cyclist Dag Otto… Read more
The tomato festival 2021
BROSLO invites you to the Californebu Street Meet, a unique experience filled with cars, art, music and food! During the day it will be full of… Read more
Californebu Street Meet
A tribute to the Haugesund region. Western Norway's happiest music festival. 21. - 22. August.       Read more
DEN FESTIVALEN I VANGEN
Oslo Chamber Music Festival presents Portrett Mozart! Experience music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with the Trondheimsolistene. With:… Read more
Oslo Chamber Music Festival: Portrett Mozart
16-22 August: Oslo Jazz Festival at Sentralen Read more
Oslo Jazz 2021 - Friday
Oslo Jazzfestival BLISS from Trondheim play energetic contemporary jazz. Oscar Andreas Haug - Trumpet, Zakarias Meyer Øverli - Saxophone,… Read more
Oslo Jazz Festival: Bliss
Oslo Jazz Festival Saxophonist and composer Petter Wettre has been a friend of Oslo Jazz Festival for a long period of time. Now based in Paris,… Read more
Oslo Jazz Festival: Petter Wettre - The Last Album
Oslo Jazz Festival Jazz trio Poing in collaboration with the lead singer of the great norwegian pop band deLillos, Lars Lillo-Stenberg. Read more
Oslo Jazz Festival: Poing & Lars-Lillo Stenberg
Family concert at Frogner Hovedgård: Music creates images and fantasies, but where some hear the tranquility of the forest and the chirping of… Read more
Family concert: Musikalske fantasier
Welcome to a morning concert at Lystslottet! With: Aksel Rykkvin, Marina Kan Selvik and Oslo String Quartet Music by Agathe Backer Grøndahl and… Read more
Oslo Chamber Music Festival: Formiddag på Lystslottet
Welcome to a concert with music and songs by composer and painter Alf Hurum! With: Marianne Thorsen and Håvard Gimse. For more information:… Read more
Oslo Chamber Music Festival: Portrett Alf Hurum
Welcome to a concert in the Oslo Cathedral! Experience The Creation by Joseph Haydn, the oratorio that describes and celebrates the creation of the… Read more
Oslo Chamber Music Festival: Skapelsen
16-22 August: Oslo Jazz Festival at Sentralen Read more
Oslo Jazz 2021: Saturday
Oslo Jazz Festival Bjørn Marius Hegge's compositions takes us back to the golden age of jazz, from the late 50's to the late 60's.… Read more
Oslo Jazz Festival: Hegge
Oslo Jazz Festival Rudolf Nilsen's poems, set to music! Read more
Oslo Jazz Festival: På Stengrunn
Trio Mediæval is a Grammy nominated vocal trio consisting of Linn Andrea Fuglseth, Jorun Lovise Husan and Anna Maria Friman. The… Read more
Oslo Jazz Festival: Trio Mediæval & Arve Henriksen
Oslo Jazzfestival Trondheim Jazz Orchestra has shown itself to be a very exciting and versatile big band. During this year's Jazz Festival, bass… Read more
Oslo Jazz Festival: Trondheim Jazzorkester with Ole Morten Vågan
Welcome to this year's Passion for Ocean festival, which takes place from August 21 to August 22 at Bjørvika! Passion for Ocean is the… Read more
Passion for Ocean Festival
Mini music festival at Odderøya, Kristiansand. Read more
Skvuppfestivalen
Haugesund again welcomes more than a thousand people to a 7-day-long film festival. In addition to watching films our visitors can attend concerts,… Read more
THE NORWEGIAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Members of the Cooks' Guild of Haugesund lay the longest herring table in the world. It stretches for two blocks down Haugesund's main street and over… Read more
The worlds longest Herring table
Outdoor concert with two of Norway's biggest and most critically acclaimed bands and artists working today, Dumdum Boys and Oslo Ess.… Read more
Vulkan Open Air: Dumdum Boys / Oslo Ess
Family concert - Peter og Ulven with Oslo Strykekvartett! Peter lives with his grandfather in a meadow near the forest. Peter is not allowed to go… Read more
Family concert: Peter og Ulven
Welcome to the Farmer's Market outside Vinslottet at Hasle. At the farmer's market you can buy fresh, unique products… Read more
Farmers' Market Vinslottet
Oslo Chamber Music Festival presents Händel with Care! The baroque masters of the Oslo Circles interpret Händel together with Norway's… Read more
Oslo Chamber Music Festival: Händel with Care
Oslo Chamber Music Festival presents Portrett Thommessen! With: Barratt Due Junior Orchestra, Marina Kan Selvik, Christopher Tun Andersen. Music by… Read more
Oslo Chamber Music Festival: Portrett Thommessen
Oslo Jazz Festival Nils Økland has since the 90's made a name for himself with his exploratory musical style. He brings his band with him for… Read more
Oslo Jazz Festival: Nils Økland Band
Farsund Folk Festival - Where People meet Folk! Read more
Farsund Folk Festival
Downhill- and terrain cycling festival in Ål Ski Resort! Activities all weekend with competitions and lots of fun!… Read more
Hillbilly Huckfest
Viking marked at Næs Jernverksmuseum in Tvedestrand. Read more
Lunden Vikingmarked 2021
Family festival with art and activities at Riksscenen on Schous plass.  A festival program will be published on the website of Riksscenen/… Read more
Family festival (No.): Skattekista på Schous
The Punkt festival in Kristiansand is a concept based on a combination of concerts and concomitant treatment of the music from these concerts in a… Read more
Punkt Festival 2021
Welcome to the Farmer's Market at Vikaterrassen by the Royal Palace. At the farmer's market you can buy fresh, unique products… Read more
Farmers' Market Vikaterrassen
Large music festival on the island of Isegran with artists Aurora, Broiler, deLillos, Julie Bergan, Erik og Kriss, Raga Rockers, OnklP, Matoma,… Read more
IDYLL Festival
Siradagane at Utsira is an annual festival. The festival gathers locals and others who are concerned about coastal culture, good food, concerts and… Read more
SIRADAGANE
Welcome to WIP (Women's International Party) - the festival that promotes female and non-binary musicians, artists, composers, writers and… Read more
WIP Festival
Oslo Rum Festival is Norway's first event dedicated exclusively to rum and is finally making a comeback after six years of storage! Rum is the… Read more
Oslo Rum Festival
A protest against impotence and indifference, inspiring for engagement and action, against categorisation in the community, the one-track market… Read more
Protestfestivalen in Kristiansand
We invite you to take part in sixth edition of Vill Vill Vest streaming from Bergen, Norway. 60 artists will perform at Bergens best venues over 3… Read more
Vill Vill Vest
10 and 11 September, Bislett Stadion: Two days of EDM, pop and electronica Read more
Findings Festival
15-25 September; Renowned festival for contemporary music and related art forms Read more
ULTIMA Oslo Contemporary Music Festival
It never became a rock opera, but the double album "The 30 Years War" released by Ketil Bjørnstad and the Stavanger ensemble together in 1981 became… Read more
Maijazz: 30-årskrigen «live» med Ketil Bjørnstad og Frode Rønli med band
Welcome to this food and agriculture festival in Hamar. A festival for the whole family with exhibitors that offers food, drink and activities for the… Read more
Midt i matfatet
17–25 September: Opera to the people! Read more
Oslo Opera Festival
Concert as part of the Ultima festival 2021. Two musicians and a group of composers meet and explore music together, inspired by folk music. Unni… Read more
Ultima: Svarteboka
Black Box teater & Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival present: Ryoji Ikeda: 100 Cymbals The cymbals of a regular drum kit hold a great… Read more
Ultimafestivalen: Ryoji Ikeda - 100 Cymbals
30 Sep - 2 Oct: Discover the stars of tomorrow Read more
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Oslo Gin Festival is Norway's first of its kind. Meet producers and distributors from different countries and taste their products. ID: 20+ Read more
Oslo Gin Festival 2021
15-16 October, Jakob Culture Church Read more
Oslo Classics 2021
An exiting book festival for children in Grimstad! Read more
Children's Book Festival 2021
Fredrikstad Animation Festival is the leading animated film festival in the Nordic region and presents a wide range of animated films with a focus on… Read more
Fredrikstad Animation Festival
22-24 October; Riksscenen and Quality Hotel 33 Read more
Oslo Caribbean Festival
2-7 November: Music from all corners of the globe Read more
Oslo World
Jazz/flamenco concert with flamenco guitarist Juan Ignacio Gómez Gorjón, aka "Chicuelo", and pianist Marco… Read more
Oslo World: Latinerkvarteret Chicuelo & Mezquida
SILK, Norway's greatest small town literature festival,wishes to spread knowledge about literature. Quotes from some of our guests: "The best Green… Read more
SILK - Skudeneshavn International Literature- and Culture Festival
5-7 November, The Harbour Promenade: Light up dark November with a light festival. Read more
Fjord Oslo Festival of Light Art
Concert with jazz duo Leagus together with Nordnorsk Jazzensemble.  Leagus: Herborg Rundberg and Kristian Svalestad Olstad Nordnorsk… Read more
Oslo World: Leagus and Nordnorsk Jazzensemble - Flora Eallin
Miss Tati and a top team of musicians will take you to her parents roots in Angola through rhythmic Angolan pop music and also with a taste of… Read more
Oslo World: Miss Tati & Angola 70
Event with food and family activities at Lindesnes lighhouse. Read more
Smak og Sans at Lindesnes fyr lighthouse
Good news We have great faith that the Korona situation will allow a new Christmas market at Varatun Farm in November 2021. We are crossing our… Read more
Julemarked på Varatun Gård
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN – 250TH ANNIVERSARY!   Ludwig van Beethoven was born in Bonn in 1770, and in 2020 the whole musical world is looking… Read more
TO BEethoven - or not TO BEethoven: Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
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