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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

Music festivals
Pianist, composer and producer Bugge Wesseltoft brings rapper LOTUS, drummer Nick Hatch and beatboxer Droolian on stage with him for an original twist… Read more
Bugge Wesseltoft with LOTUS, Droolian and Nick Hatch
EDB-Klubben is a newly started series of concerts and workshops for both the experienced and curious in electronic instruments with a focus on modular… Read more
EDB - Klubben
Erling Ramskjell has since 2008 released a number of records under the name Æ, and since "Kaospraksis" (2019) as Erling Ramskjell. He… Read more
Erling Ramskjell
Beethoven mistet gradvis hørselen og ble døv allerede i ung alder. Hvordan kunne han fortsette å komponere guddommelig musikk – som fortsatt er… Read more
Gjør som Beethoven – føl musikken!
Det er ekstra hyggelig i et jubileumsår å kunne invitere til Hjemme-hos-konsert hos Hege By Snøfugl og Vegar Snøfugl. Vegar er medgründer og tidligere… Read more
Hjemme hos gammelsjefen
An introduction to Edvard Grieg's piano music in beautiful settings. Read more
Lunchtime concert at Troldhaugen
An all-French concert with three legendary composers and teachers: Nadia Boulanger (1887–1979) had an enormous influence on 20th-century music… Read more
Oslo Philharmonic: Fauré, Boulanger & Saint-Saëns
Festivalens faste samarbeidskonsert med TSO får virkelig et kammermusikkpreg i år! Festivalkomponist Mark Simpson spiller både Mozart og det egne… Read more
Simpson & Mozart
Saxophonist Tore Brunborg's detailed and powerful tones meet accordionist Irene Tillung's vital playing. Brunborg is one of the country's… Read more
Tillung & Brunborg
concert with the trio Brandseth/Jordalen/Fretheim, who play blues classics, contemporary Americana and self-penned blues songs. Read more
Brandseth/Jordalen/Fretheim
Join an informal free concert where musicians from the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra will kickstart the weekend together with Hilde Selvikvåg.… Read more
Concert by Hilde Selvikvåg
The fresh indie quartet Divest is releasing their debut album on the 25th of September, and are celebrating with a release concert at Sub Scene.… Read more
Divest
This spring, Hege Bjerk released her second album, "Kan me stoppa tiå". The album is about her life's most dramatic half year so far. Read more
Hege Bjerk - Kan me stoppa tiå
Concert with Hegge. Their style is rough, rhythmic and inspired sixties-bop. The organizers state that they take necessary measures regarding… Read more
Hegge
Når Trondheim kammermusikkfestival feirer den 25. festivalen i rekken, er det med stor ærbødighet overfor byen, publikum, musikkmiljøet og alle… Read more
Hjemme hos kommunen
Over the past year, the critically acclaimed band I am K has given us the songs "Not Friends" and "Maniac". Read more
I am K
Informal jam session where artists can network and play their music. The artist's collective 1-MIC comes with a band, and musicians, rappers,… Read more
Jam session with 1-MIC
25 September, Kulturkirken Jakob: Last chance to see Swedish hip-hop legend Ken Ring on tour. Read more
Ken Ring: Tack för mig
Kings of the Valley spiller på Lager11 kun få dager etter at de slipper debutplata si. Det er grunn til å tro at det blir ekstra høy stemning av… Read more
Kings of the Valley (slippfest)
Velkommen til en historisk begivenhet i katedralen, hvor Nidarosdomens jentekor og Nidarosdomens guttekor for første gang møtes til felles konsert! Vi… Read more
Kor magisk!
Kosmos Brenner is a Stoner Doom band who have been active in Oslo's underground music scene for som years already. They are now working on some… Read more
Kosmos Brenner
Trondheim kammermusikkfestival inviterer til en stemningsfull og variert nattkonsert i ærverdige Herresalen i Erkebispegården! Mark Padmore og Sean… Read more
Nattkonsert i Erkebispegården
The musicians Kjell Reianes and Camilla Myrås will perform at Spiseriet. Read more
Reianes & Myrås i Spiseriet
Skurkar, an innovative jazz band consisting of musicians from all over Scandinavia, celebrates the release of a new album with a concert at… Read more
Skurkar
Split gig with the two Norwegian rock bands Steven Wilson Quartet and Saturday City Read more
STEVEN WILSON QUARTET + SATURDAY CITY
Vertavokvartetten er en institusjon i norsk musikkliv. Ikke mange grupper, uavhengig av sjanger, kan skryte av å ha holdt sammen i over 35 år. Hit… Read more
15 km klassisk
This autumn Jazzarkivet moves into Spiseriet with its string of jazz concerts with local and national artists to be held every Saturday. In Spiseriet… Read more
Arkivjazz i Spiseriet: Funky Monkish
In the modern metal arena, few have achieved such an engaging, pulse-pounding mixture of earthy fuzz and cosmic adventure as Norway's Astrosaur,… Read more
Astrosaur
Concert with the blues trio Back Porch Republic. Read more
Back Porch Republic
Velkommen til feiring av britisk musikk og musikere i ærverdige Frimurerlogen! Festivalkomponist Mark Simpson er hovedpersonen og flere av… Read more
Best of British
Bvis has been a well-known figure in the Norwegian hip-hop community for over 15 years. He has been listed on the radio several times and has worked… Read more
Bvis
On Saturday 26 September at 3 pm, Christian IV Consort will play at Linderud Gård, a beautiful baroque farm in the Bjerke district of Oslo. The… Read more
Christian IV Consort at Linderud Gård
Fiolinisten Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen har gjestet festivalen flere ganger med Danish String Quartet. Denne gang kommer han med sin berømte… Read more
Dreamers' Circus
Trondheim eldste jazzband som forsatt gir konserter, dixiland, swing og be bop spilles på konserten. Dørene åpnes kl 12.00. Jazzgjestene må være ute… Read more
Feetvarmers
Festivalen fortsetter suksessen med jam i Dokkhuset på lørdagskvelden, rett etter konserten med den suksessfulle folkemusikktrioen Dreamers' Circus.… Read more
FolkJam
An evening of sufi and urdu-ghazal, with artists from Mela's own raga-ensemble, who play with great artistic expression and energy. The five… Read more
Ghazal- og qawwali evening
Concert with Hans Mathisen and his new album Moving Forward, which came out in 2019. Mathisen has worked with jazz music as a form of expression for… Read more
Hans Mathisen - Moving Forward
Kari Løvendahl Mogstad og Nils Ivar Leraand inviterer til konsert i villaen i Osloveien, opprinnelig bygd som direktørbolig for Det Nordenfjeldske… Read more
Hjemme hos Løvendahl & Leraand
I am K, car.pool, Marekvist; KRS, it's going down!   I am K has given us the songs "Not Friends" and "maniac". … Read more
I am K / car.pool / Marekvist @ Teateret
Experience artist Bare Egil and his band live at Rockefeller! The lyrics are in Norwegian. Read more
Ikke Bare Bare Egil Band Band
Justified is a country / rock band from Inner Agder, consisting of Oline Meland (vocals), Eirin Greibesland (vocals), Asbjørn Birkeland (vocals), Karl… Read more
Justified // Ogna Scene
26 September, Nasjonal Jazzscene Read more
Lage Lund quartet
Beethovens 250-årsjubileum feires i år, og vi markere begivenheten med et foredrag/konsert med Wolfgang Plagge. Beethoven - komponisten som… Read more
Lørdagsvrimmel: Wolfgang Plagge - Beethoven
Mayflower Madame marks the release of their critically acclaimed new album "Prepared For A Nightmare" with a concert at Blå! The Oslo… Read more
Mayflower Madame
Morten Abel Morten Abel har over 40 års erfaring som låtskriver og artist. Med over 600 000 solgte album og hele 5 Spellemannpriser, er han for lengst… Read more
Morten Abel Duo // Namsos
Split concert in the mausoleum! Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø is a trombone player and sound artist. Due to quarantine regulations for travellers… Read more
Nørstebø / Huser-Olsen in Emanuel Vigeland mausoleum
Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø (trombone) has focused on improvisation-based music since 2005, and has played concerts in Europe, North and South… Read more
Nørstebø x Meißner
Plommen ut av skapet. OVËRHEAD kommer tilbake til Trondheim. Dato er 26. september. Stedet skulle vært Good Omens, men pga 1.meters regelen, blir… Read more
Ovërhead
Plommen ut av skapet. OVËRHEAD kommer tilbake til Trondheim. Stedet er Good Omens, Dato er 26. september. Billetter er i salg nå. Pris kr 150,- pr… Read more
Ovërhead // Good Omens
Pianist Joachim Carr is visiting Sentralen. The program consists of nothing less than Ludvig van Beethoven's last three large piano sonatas.… Read more
Saturday Classics - Beethovens siste
Experience world class vocal jazz with Sinne Eeg. Eeg is one of the leading jazz vocalists in Denmark. She has also established herself as a… Read more
Sinne Eeg
ØYVIND HOLM PÅ MOSKUS -EKSTRAKONSERT Konserten blir nede i gamle salen til Avant Garden ( nå Trykkeriet) inngang fra veita rundt hjørnet for Moskus.… Read more
Skrømt
Takes you through years of Nuart Festival’s impressive Street Art history and the evolution of Stavanger into one of the world’s leading… Read more
Stavanger Sentrum Street Art Tours
Cocncert with the Norwegian bluegrass/folk band Strengeplukk. Read more
Strengeplukk
Hør de kommende kammermusikkstjernene på Talentlørdag! 12.00: NTNU Institutt for musikk. Kammergrupper fra NTNU presenterer musikk de har jobbet med i… Read more
Talentlørdag – powered by Talent Trondheim
Students at the Oslo Academy of the Arts sing Italian bel canto arias and ensembles by Mozart, Bellini and Donizetti, among others. Read more
The Academy of Opera: Matinée concert
The Federation is coming to Krøsset on September 26th! The Federation plays a mixture between bluegrass, ballads, rap / rock, rock, heavy rock. Read more
The Federation
Concert with the Norwegian band The Federation. Read more
The Federation
Vertavokvartetten var med på den første kammermusikkfestivalen i Trondheim, og de kommer tilbake til årets 25-årsjubileum med konserten «15 km… Read more
Vertavokvartetten – Trondheim kammermusikkfestival
Concert with the jazz veterans in Vidar Johansen Quartet.  Read more
Vidar Johansen Quartet
Ut av Øisteins blyant kommer de mest fantastiske ting. Det vet alle barn og voksne som har sett ham på NRK Super. Nå kommer Øistein med tegneshowet… Read more
Øisteins blyant og Rasmus
Velkommen til en konsertfinale som vil ta pusten fra de fleste, med morgendagens kammermusikkstjerner på Frimurerlogens ærverdige scene! Trondheim… Read more
Akademiets avslutningskonsert
Concert with Framifrå at Rygerdronningen. The bluegrass band Framifrå is one of the most playing bluegrass bands in the region, and plays… Read more
Concert with Framifrå
Festivalens tradisjonelle avslutningskonsert blir som vanlig et fyrverkeri av topp musikere, topp stemning og musikalske overraskelser på rekke og… Read more
Festivalfinale!
Janove with new EP "Barrikadeballader" - live on Folken I have spent the spring and summer completing a new bunch of songs on the piano… Read more
Janove
Nordic Harmony invites to a concert with Mathias Gillebo, Gustav Mahler and Richard Wagner. Nordic Harmony is a symphonic orchestra who explores the… Read more
Nordic Harmony and Mathias Gillebo
Retro Singers, a norwegian choir specialising in pop-music, invites you to an evening focusing on norwegian pop-music, with songs from well-known… Read more
Retro Singers
Konsert med Strindheim Blandkor i Vår Frue Kirke. Våre gjester er Kristin Husøy som ble en flott sølvvinner i den norske finalen i MGP, damekoret… Read more
Ro og Rytme i kirkerom
Ymir Chamber Choir is a project-based choir consisting of experienced singers who perform the best works of the 20th century's choir literature.… Read more
Ymir Chamber Choir - Autumn landscapes
Hjertelig velkommen til Myrull - en konsert i landskapet hvor folketoner og jazz møtes Etter en vår som plutselig ble helt annerledes enn vi hadde… Read more
Myrull - når folketoner møter jazz
Classical music doesn't have to entail a long evening in a dark concert hall. Once a month, Sentralen organises lunch concerts in the Winter… Read more
Lunch concert: Grieg / Gade / Kreisler
OJKOS is an orchestra for composing jazz musicians. A collective where the members build their own playing field. Richard Köster offers a… Read more
OJKOS: Richard Köster
The American guitar hero Tony MacAlpine is coming to Oslo this autumn to do an exclusive concert in Norway. It was in 1986 that Tony MacAlpine debuted… Read more
Tony MacAlpine & Verlorener
Hver måned dykker Rockheims medarbeidere ned i museets rikholdige arkiv og kommer opp med slagere og hits fra den norske populærmusikken gjennom de… Read more
Allsang på Rockheim
Two artists in their respective ends of the electronic scale — from the algorithmic chords of Mads Kjeldgaard to the freely improvised ambient… Read more
F/eks: Frvldz / Mads Kjeldgaard
Hilde Louise Asbjørnsen invites you to an intimate concert at Rockefeller with her eminent orchestra: Asbjørnsen is a woman with many… Read more
Hilde Louise Asbjørnsen Orchestra
Katie Melua is one of Britain's best-selling artists. Songs like "The Closest Thing to Crazy" and "Nine Million Bicycles" are… Read more
Katie Melua
The audience kan expect a stellar evening with high-level improvisation when drummer Dag Magnus Narvesen brings Kristoffer Alberts and Ayumi Tanaka… Read more
Narvesen, Tanaka and Alberts / Ramblin'
Norwegian Jazz Kings - This exquisite quintet has spesialised in the earliest jazz, and offer their own personal interpretation of "The Roaring… Read more
Norwegian Jazz Kings - A hot Quintet
Two strong voices from different generations come together to create a unique sound: Concert with German pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach teams up… Read more
Schlippenbach & Narvesen
30 September, Parkteatret Read more
TØFL
Concert with the musicians in Ung Filharmoni ('young philharmonics'), a talent development programme for young classical musicians directed by… Read more
Ung Filharmoni
Pianist, composer and producer Bugge Wesseltoft brings rappers Phats, Emile The Duke og Rita N, together with drummer Charles Mena and keybaordist… Read more
Bugge Wesseltoft with Rita N, Phats and Emile The Duke
Concert with the Norwegian band The Cavebones. Sources of inspiration include The Cramps and obscure 50s and 60s garage songs. Read more
Cavebones
1 October, Rockefeller Read more
CC Cowboys
Distinctive storytelling and fairyland atmospheres by Igor Stravinsky and Sergei Prokofiev: In 1910, Igor Stravinsky got his big breakthrough when his… Read more
Clyne, Prokofjev, Sjostakovitsj & Stravinskij
FNs internasjonale Eldres dag markeres også i år med festarrangement på Nova Kinosenter. Dagens festtaler er den populære NRK-profilen Viggo Valle.… Read more
Festforestilling Eldres Dag – Nova kino
Anne Lise Frøkedal returns to Mellombels. Close to one of Norway's most distinctive voices Frøkedal has her own ability to touch the… Read more
Frøkedal & Familien
The hard-hitting rockers from Klepp have in the past year concentrated on an acoustic approach to their music. Read more
Fullmånekonsert med Skambankt akustisk (NO)
Concert at Blå with Geir Sundstøl and Erland Dahlen, two of Norway's most profiled musicians. The set list will include songs from their… Read more
Geir Sundstøl & Erland Dahlen
Concert with the jazz quartet Get your goat. Read more
Get your goat
We look forward to an all too rare visit when we begin October with Knut Riisnæs and his quartet. The saxophonist Knut Riisnæs is one of the country's… Read more
Knut Riisnæs kvartett
At a concert with Novgorod, you will hear Finnish humppa, Yiddish tango and longing Russian waltzes. You get northern Swedish turns and instructive… Read more
Novgorod
Bird song and meditation music are on the program tonight. For the catholic Messiah, birds were the closest to God (compare with the dove in the… Read more
SSO: Metamorfoser
Thomas Dybdahl comes to Ogna Scene on October 1. Thomas Dybdahl released his first recording 20 years ago, and after his debut album "... that… Read more
Thomas Dybdahl // Solo - Ogna Scene
Thomas Dybdahl comes to Ogna Scene on October 1. It is about 20 years since Thomas Dybdahl released his first recording, and after his debut album… Read more
Thomas Dybdahl // Solo - Ogna Scene
Release concert with Norwegian artist Thorleif Bratval. Read more
Thorleif Bratval
After releasing the hit single "Out Of Yourself" in 2013, Truls became one of the biggest names in Norwegian pop. And now, after a long… Read more
Truls
What happens if Vidar Schanche is given access to Folken one evening, and the only instruction is "do what you want"? Well, Folken gave this… Read more
Vidar Schanche - The E(c)lectric Guitar
A musical standup show with Alex Rosén and his band The Young Dudes. Read more
Alex Rosén Show feat. The Young Dudes
Østkanten Bluesklubb presents a concert with Bergen Blues Band, which will perform both old hits and new songs. Read more
Bergen Blues Band
Østkanten Bluesklubb presents a concert with Bergen Blues Band, which will perform both old hits and new songs. Read more
Bergen Blues Band.
Concert with The Women's Choral Society of the University of Oslo. Read more
Concert: Mot Himlen Blå
Founded by Andre Drage and Hallvard Gaardløs in 2017, Draken is a hard rock band from Oslo with a unique twist. The band draws upon the hard rock… Read more
Draken
Erlend Ropstad skal på soloturné høsten 2020, og kommer til Byscenen og Trondheim! Billetter i salg fredag 28. august kl. 09:00! Det finnes en tid for… Read more
Erlend Ropstad (solo)
Fucales (Bergen), Sundrowned (Haugesund) and Kaizo Kids (Stavanger) at Tou Scene Read more
Fucales//Sundrowned//Kaizo Kids
This is the 3rd of final event of Rock In Hear'n'Aid. Black Something is a Black Sabbath tribute featuring the vocal talents of ICS Vortex (… Read more
Hear'n'aid Vol. 3: Black Something / Canoon / Draven & Lie
Hellbillies must be called an institution in Norwegian cultural life, and in 2020 the band marks their first 30 years with a big anniversary tour. Read more
Hellbillies - 30 år på vegen
Welcome to JANOVE SOLO – BARRIKADEBALLADER TURNÉ at Festiviteten. Read more
JANOVE SOLO – BARRIKADEBALLADER TURNÉ
Doors 20.00 Concert start 21.00 Age limit 18 years or with a guardian. Due to current restrictions for events, tickets are preferably sold together in… Read more
Kalandra
Leper Messiah will deliver a selection of both classical and original rock at Påfyll Read more
Leper Messiah Rocks PåFyll
After capturing the attention of the ever-expanding Norwegian americana audience with the debut album Golden Town (2012), Signe Marie Rustad created… Read more
Martinique: Signe Marie Rustad (Duo)
Norwegian rock band Mats Wawa are out with their new album "Rock Omelette", which is an undefinable mix of several different genres. It is… Read more
Mats Wawa
MIMMI plays around with different genres, forms of expressions and storytelling, and has defined her own music as renaissance-pop. Read more
MIMMI
Concert with singer and poet Sarah Camille, accompanied by Jørn Erik Ahlsen and Sidiki Camara. A mix of jazz, world, norwegian ballad and urban.… Read more
OK Sessions #4: Sarah Camille / Balke / N'Doye / Bjerck / Lilja
OZAS, an innovative musical and artistic project by sami sisters Sara Marielle and Risten Anine Gaup, premiering at Riksscenen with their show Etniid… Read more
OZAS - Etniid Ulloliinnit
Storm Weather Shanty Choir is a Norwegian ensemble which sings rock'n'roll versions of shantys, sailors' working songs. Håkon Vatle… Read more
Storm Weather Shanty Choir
2, 6 and 12 October, Norwegian Opera & Ballet Read more
Suor Angelica
Exclusive concert with the Women's Choral Society of the University of Oslo and conductor Marit Tøndel Bodsberg Weyde. Read more
Women's Choral Society of the University of Oslo - Mot Himlen Blå
Concert at Vulkan Arena with Asle Beck, who with his personal, honest lyrics and catchy melodies has become one of Norway's most streamed folk pop… Read more
Asle Beck
Almir Meskovic on the accordion and Daniel Lazar on the violin are well known to the audience in many Norwegian cities. The two virtuosos have entered… Read more
Barbalé Flamenco live - Balkan & Flamenco
BoinnDrag, Steinkjerband, som spille alt fra Hellbillies te opptempo OnkelP i egen stil. Topp stemning og finfin kveld ventes!! Medlemma i bandet :… Read more
BoinnDrag
Concert with Norwegian artist Claudia Scott at Røverstaden. Read more
Claudia Scott
Kåre Indrehus is an artist who sails ever higher on the new Norwegian wave with his narrative and often humorous music. Read more
Concert with Kåre Indrehus // Ogna Scene
The Oslo band Dim Gray plays melody-driven songs in a post-progressive soundscape. The trio incorporates elements from folk music in a modern sound… Read more
Dim Gray Post Release Concert
Snow catches on her Eyelashes  is Eivind Aarset and Jan Bang's new album, and builds on the concert duo format which arised in the wake of… Read more
Eivind Aarset / Jan Bang
This show has been re-scheduled for 3 October 2020. Tickets bought for the previously scheduled show are valid.  Concert with the Norwegian… Read more
Fay Wildhagen
Concert by Anne Frøkedal and Familien Read more
Frøkedal & familien
3 October, Rockefeller Read more
Gaahls Wyrd
Huun-Huur-Tu is a music group from the russian republic of Tuva, bordering with Mongolia. Their concert takes us to the most stimulating rhythmic song… Read more
Huun-Huur-Tu
Høstsabbat presents: Kanaan Norwegian power-trio Kanaan plays a creative mix of explosive psychedelia and jazz-rock. They are inspired by kraut,… Read more
Kanaan
Other fairs and festivals
UNIQUE, PRIVATELY - GUIDED DAY TRIP EXCLUSIVE TO OUTDOORLIFE NORWAY! Join us for a relatively easy guided hike to the highest waterfall in… Read more
Privately Guided Månafossen Waterfall Hike (premium day-trip)
Bjerkreimsmarken (the Bjerkreim fair) springs out from the sheep and exhibition of sheep. Read more
Bjerkreimsmarken
Welcome to an atmospheric day with stalls in the small streets and alleys of Grimstad. Read more
Autumn market
Welcome to Farmers Market Bergen! This time part of ECO-Week 2020 in Bergen. Come and meet our local producers who can tell you all about how their… Read more
Farmers Market Bergen with ECO focus
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
The Norwegian Railway Club, Bergen branch has again the pleasure of inviting all model railway enthusiasts to our traditional model railway exhibition… Read more
Miniature railway fair
Takes you through years of Nuart Festival’s impressive Street Art history and the evolution of Stavanger into one of the world’s leading… Read more
Stavanger Sentrum Street Art Tours
Movies from all over the world ensure moments of cinematic magic at Bergen International Film Festival. Read more
BIFF - Bergen International Film Festival
Welcome to the world's northernmost culinary festival! Read more
Taste Svalbard Festival
Petter Wettre Group - A tribute to Michael Brecker. Michael Brecker passed away in 2007. Too soon. Michael Brecker was one of the most influential… Read more
Maijazz 2020: Petter Wettre Group - A tribute to Michael Brecker
Sola Strand Hotel and MaiJazz invites you to the jazz festival HøstJazz | MaiJazz 9th-10th October 2020. The Sinatra Songbook with Hildegunn Gjedrem… Read more
HøstJazz | MaiJazz 2020
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: Engegårds Quartet and Eivind H. Ringstad
DAS GROSSE OKTOBERFEST 2020 RONALD SCHNIPFELGRUBER TYROLERKAPELLE - OMPAGIRLS Oktoberfest at the Scandic Maritim Hall with a full-packed evening with… Read more
Das Grosse Oktoberfest 2020
Solastranden Gård welcomes young and old to the autumn market for a whole weekend! This is one of the highlights of the year for us. Read more
Autumn market 2020
Autumn marked 2020 at Solastranden Gård Read more
Høstmarked 2020
Annual festival were people of all ages can experience a wide specter of cultural offers within literature, music, dance, movies, lectures, theater… Read more
KULTURNATT 2020
Farmers market with locally produced quality food at Torvet in Arendal. Vegetables, berries, fruits, ham, sausages, bread, cheese, honey, jam, syrup. Read more
Farmers' Market
Bodil Victoria Arnesen and friends. A tribute to life, music and love.   Read more
Concert by Bodil Arnesen and Friends
Chamber party at Tungenes Fyr! «Spanish dances and moods» Isaac Albeniz: Asturias Isaac Albeniz: Iberia bok 1 "Evocation" and… Read more
Kammerfest på Tungenes Fyr : Spanske danser og stemninger
An international top team of soloists presents well-known and beloved composers The Norwegian star conductor Peter Szilvay leads a composite festival… Read more
Festkonsert Stavanger K&MFEST (NYCMF)
Sørveiv Live will consist of 40-45 artists from various countries. Sørveiv Seminars in will consist of Norwegian and international speakers and… Read more
Sørveiv Live festival in Kristiansand
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
Welcome to Haugaland Prog- and Rockfestival 2020!   Read more
Haugaland Prog & Rockfestival 20
Welcome to our traditional pre x mas days at Høytorp Fort in Mysen. There will be activities for the whole family. All participants… Read more
Pre-Christmas days at Høytorp Fort, Mysen
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
Welcome to an enjoyable and rewarding Christmas Fair at the Fredriksten fortress in Halden!   Jewelrys, leatherstof, woodentoys, ceramic and… Read more
Christmas Fair at the Fredriksten fortress
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: Beethoven’s 9 th Symphoni
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: 250th Anniversary Celebration
Borealis is a festival for experimental music. A place where we celebrate the music that falls between the gaps. A place for adventurous listening.… Read more
Borealis - a festival for experimental music
Welcom to the food and cultural festival 18. - 21. March 2021 Once a year a miracle happens; the lovesick cod (skrei) returns from the… Read more
The Arctic cod festival
Sur & Bitter 2020 - beer festival in Sandnes. Read more
Sur & Bitter 2020
DAVID HELBOCK'S RANDOM / CONTROL: TOUR D 'HORIZON - FROM BRUBECK TO ZAWINUL. More than 20 instruments on stage, but only three musicians: David… Read more
Maijazz 2020: David Helbock's Random/control: Tour D' Horizon – from Brubeck to Zawinul
Join us when Maijazz 2020 invites you to the celebration of one of jazz and popular music's great icons: Joni Mitchell. Read more
Maijazz 2020: En feiring av legenden Joni Mitchell
Bendik Hofseth Band - Trunks. In 2020, Bendik Hofseth will release four albums, which will eventually constitute the Forest box to be released on 9… Read more
Maijazz 2020: Bendik Hofseth Band - Trunks
Susanna - "Go Dig My Grave" feat. Giovanna Pessi, Ida Hidle & Tuva Syvertsen. Susanna has never been afraid to solve the big questions in her music. Read more
Maijazz 2020: Susanna - "Go Dig My Grave" feat. Giovanna Pessi, Ida Hidle & Tuva Syvertsen
Music Class at Stavanger Cathedral School, Bjergsted has according to the tradition its regular concert during Maijazz. Read more
Maijazz 2020: Musikklinja, Stavanger katedralskole
The Nordic Media Festival is the most prominent and largest media conference in the Nordic region: 1700+ delegates attend, representing the full… Read more
Nordic Media Festival
Karmøygeddon Metal Festival 2021 Thursday 6 May EMPEROR SKID ROW ROTTING CHRIST MGLA DAGOBA PARASITE INC IN THE WOODS SVARTIDAUDI MANIMAL… Read more
Karmøygeddon Metal Festival 2021
Ethiopia's superstar - Mulatu Astatke for Maijazz 2020 Ethiopian Mulatu Astatke is a favorite on stage in both Bergen (Nattjazz) and Oslo… Read more
Maijazz 2020: Mulatu Astatke – "The godfather of Ethio-jazz"
NTNU Jazzlinja in Trondheim celebrated 40 years in 2019, and in this connection bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love were… Read more
Maijazz 2020: Håker Flaten & Nilssen Love Guts and Skins Octet
Bridges with Seamus Blake. Music is communication. Music is a community. And just that, Anders Thorén has taken the consequence of. Read more
Maijazz 2020: Bridges med Seamus Blake
Fergus McCreadie Trio. The Fergus McCreadie Trio is one of Scotland's most exciting bands. The band has performed at jazz festivals such as Edinburgh,… Read more
Maijazz 2020: Fergus McCreadie Trio
Maijazz celebrates Silje Nergaard 30 years as an artist and she has created an elegant and stripped down party performance. Silje has her own ability… Read more
Maijazz 2020: Silje Nergaard og Espen Berg
Young Talents Bjergsted's jazz department houses 11 musicians divided into two ensembles and is led by teacher Petru Popa. The ensemble's repertoire… Read more
Maijazz 2020: Unge Talenter Bjergsted - Jazz
An open relationship with musical genres combined with a constant search for new ways of expression has led Sigurd Hole to a personal voice as both… Read more
Maijazz 2020Sigurd Hole "Lys / Mørke"
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
"Skakke Sanger". Britt-Synnøve Johansen, John Lilja and Johan Egdetveit live in a strange world, and they know about many scary people and animals.… Read more
Maijazz 2020: Familieforestilling - Skakke Sanger
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
Two intense weeks with over 200 events in the fields of music, ballet, opera, theatre, dance and the performing arts. Read more
Bergen International Festival
It's the time for the NATTJAZZ feeling! Walk through the city in the early hours of the morning, soak in the summer air with music in your head and in… Read more
Night Jazz
Langesund has developed into an international meeting place for individual singers and choirs in the shanty genre. Read more
Langesund International Shanty Festival
The Viking Festival, Avaldsnes has become the biggest Viking Festival at the West Coast of Norway. The Viking Farm will  be populated… Read more
VIKINGFESTIVALEN
Bergenfest is a four-day open-air festival held in the city centre of Bergen. The festival takes place on the grounds of a medieval fortress and… Read more
Bergenfest - live music festival
This festival has been moved from the summer of 2020 to the summer of 2021. Tickets bought for the 2020 festival are valid for this event. Contact the… Read more
Piknik i Parken 2021: day 1
Dance and fun from the morning til the evening throughout the whole weekend. The event start Thursday with a "great seeing you again" evening in the… Read more
The New Hallingtreffet
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
This festival has been moved from the summer of 2020 to the summer of 2021. Tickets bought for the 2020 festival are valid for this event. Contact the… Read more
Piknik i Parken 2021: day 2
The Festival will be arranged at Karljohansvern in Horten. Follow the website vervenfestivalen.no or facebook for more info about the… Read more
Verven Festival 2021
This festival has been moved from the summer of 2020 to the summer of 2021. Tickets bought for the 2020 festival are valid for this event. Contact the… Read more
Piknik i Parken 2021: day 3
Experience a little piece of America in Norway at Farsund's American Festival. Join the street parade, have fun at the fair and listen to great… Read more
American Festival Lista
Downhill- and terrain cycling festival in Ål Ski Resort! Activities all weekend with competitions and lots of fun!… Read more
Hillbilly Huckfest
The Glomma Festival a city festival for the whole family situated along the river Glomma in Fredrikstad. The Glomma Festival offers top entertainment… Read more
Glomma Festival
Egersund Song Festival is Norway's oldest song festival, and is held the first weekend in July every year. Welcome to a weekend with a great… Read more
Egersund Visefestival 2021 - Torsdagspass
Egersund Song Festival is Norway's oldest song festival, and is held the first weekend in July every year. Welcome to a weekend with a great… Read more
Egersund Visefestival 2021 - Fredagspass
Palmesus at Kristiansand city beach is Scandinavia's biggest beach party. Read more
Palmesus 2021 Scandinavias biggest beach party
Egersund Song Festival is Norway's oldest song festival, and is held the first weekend in July every year. Welcome to a weekend with a great… Read more
Egersund Visefestival 2021 - Lørdagspass
Southern Norway's most cozy music festival. Read more
Skral Festival
A music festival  at Spornes Studio on the isle of Tromøy, not far from the middle age church Tromøy kirke. Concerts with mostly… Read more
Spornesfestivalen
Food and brewery festival with entertainment at the city square in Kristiansand. Read more
Sørlandets matfestival - Food festival in Kristiansand
Festival in Ravnedalen, Kristiansand. Read more
Ravnedalen Live 2021
Beach party at Sjøsanden! Read more
Sydli 2019
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
In the Gudbrandsdalen valley, one hour north of Lillehammer, Henrik Ibsen's drama "Peer Gynt" is celebrated in one of Norway's leading cultural… Read more
Peer Gynt Festival
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
Sildajazz in Haugesund has become one of the two biggest jazz festivals in the country. The Tradjazz profile is clear, but most other styles are also… Read more
SILDAJAZZ
Pat Metheny trio opens Silda Jazz 2021! Few, if any, jazz artists can compare with guitarist and songwriter Pat Metheny in popularity and recognition.… Read more
SILDAJAZZ 2021//PAT METHENY TRIO
The annual Shellfish Festival in Mandal, Norway's most southern town, is well worth a visit. Read more
Shellfishfestival in Mandal
Staysman & Lazz - a tradition at the Shellfish festival in Mandal. Read more
Staysman & Lazz - Skalldyrfestivalen 2021
MIDGARDSBLOT METALFESTIVAL 2020 Midgardsblot metal festival is a 3 day outdoor festival with metal music and real Vikings on historical grounds!… Read more
Midgardsblot Metalfestival 2021
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
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
Bergen Christmas Market is located right in the heart of Bergen at Festplassen Square. Open 26 November - 22 December 2020 with 80 stalls. Read more
Bergen Christmas Market
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