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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.

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Music festivals
Christmas concert in Hillevåg church. Read more
A wish
Support concert for Norwegian Church aid.    Tickets 250NOK / Children: free entrance       Read more
Adventskantata Shhh....høyr!
Welcome to a concert with Bugge Wesseltoft and his show "Snowing on my piano" at Parken Kulturhus in Ålesund.  Read more
Bugge Wesseltoft - Snowing on my piano
The chamber choir Sola Fide welcomes you to their annual traditional Christmas concert. Read more
Christmas concert with the chamber choir Sola Fide
Free Christmas concert at The Norwegian Cancer Society's Science Centre with musicians from the Oslo-based marching band … Read more
Christmas concert: Jernbanens Musikkorps
The internationally renowned vocal ensemble PUST performs its traditional and meditative Christmas concert in Jacob Church. Camilla Susann Haug -… Read more
Christmas concert: PUST
Stille Natt, Hellige Natt ("Silent Night, Holy Night") is one of Norway’s most popular Christmas concerts, featuring some of the… Read more
Christmas concert: Stille natt, hellige natt
Traditional annual Christmas concert with Norway's most popular boys' choir,  Sølvguttene . The choir will perform classic and… Read more
Christmas concert: Sølvguttene Boys' Choir
We promise a healthy dose of Christmas spirit for those who visit the Town Hall square in November and December. At the market one may purchase… Read more
Christmas market
Christmas concert with the popular Norwegian artists Karoling Krüger and Sigvart Dagsland together with six of the Norway's best musicians. Read more
Christmas with Karoline & Sigvart
Welcome to an evocative Christmas concert with Ingrid Kjosavik who sings some of the finest Christmas songs! Read more
Christmas' nicest songs, concert with Ingrid Kjosavik
Bergens own troubadour, Jan Eggum, has his traditional Christmas concerts at Madam Felle. No Christmas ornaments og and angels, only Eggum classics! Read more
Concert with Jan Eggum
15. og 16. desember: Bach' masterwork performed by Norway's oldest oratorio choir Read more
Cæciliaforeningen - J.S.Bach's Christmas Oratorio
Popular Christmas concert series with Ole Edvard Antonsen , one of the world's foremost trumpet players. Antonsen will be accompanied by singers… Read more
According to the traditions Sola Brass Band and Sola kulturhus invite to free concert in the culture house. Read more
Foajé concert with Sola Brass Band
Händels Messias by Tønsberg domkor with solists and orchestra. Read more
Händels Messias
Årstad kantori invites to a Christmas concert in Årstad church, "Christmas around the world". The concert will give you… Read more
International Christmas concert
Jul og Odd Nordstoga er kjent og kjært for dei fleste: «Jul i Svingen» på NRK, «Strålande Jul» med Sissel og… Read more
Welcome to an evening full of relaxing, soothing, liberating live music! If you feel stressed out or if you just want to feel happy inside, this is a… Read more
Music Meditation
No Christmas without a Christmas concert with Oslo Gospel Choir. For two decades they have toured Norway with their warm and cosy Christmas concerts.… Read more
Oslo Gospel Choir
Oslo salongorkester  consists of musicians from the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and the Opera Orchestra, and is one of very few ensembles in Oslo… Read more
Ann Helen Moen & Oslo salongorkester
Knut Anders is the artist with the big voice and who won a televised singing contest on national TV in 2016. He has since then travelled to cultural… Read more
Blåtoner- A Christmas concert with K. A. Sørum, L. Bergrud & E. Nikolaisen
PUST is something unique in Nordic vocal music; together, the six different voices create a magical, powerful and playful harmony. With the… Read more
Christmas Concert with PUST
Stille Natt, Hellige Natt ("Silent Night, Holy Night") is one of Norway’s most popular Christmas concerts, featuring some of the… Read more
Christmas concert: Stille natt, hellige natt
Stille Natt, Hellige Natt ("Silent Night, Holy Night") is one of Norway’s most popular Christmas concerts, featuring some of the… Read more
Christmas concert: Stille natt, hellige natt
Christmas concert with the gospel choir Abraham. Read more
Christmas Concert in Sandar church Chris Medina, Eirik Næss  and pianist Andrè Viervoll together with the choir Terrablue Voices. Read more
Christmas concert with Chris Medina, Eirik Næss and Terrablue Voices
True to tradition, brothers and tenors  Martin and Henrik Enger Holm present a Christmas concert with beautiful and varied Christmas… Read more
Christmas concert: Martin & Henrik Enger Holm
Evocative Christmas concert with jazz artists Solveig Slettahjell (vocals), Tord Gustavsen (grand piano) and Sjur Miljeteig (trumpet). Read more
Christmas concert: Night in Bethlehem
Alessandro De Marchi, conductor Vigdis Unsgård, soprano Marianne Beate Kielland, mezzo-soprano TBC, tenor Halvor Melien, baritone Bergen… Read more
Christmas Oratorio
  Nordic Tenors gir deg en vakker og underholdende julekonsert som garantert vil sette deg i den gode julestemningen. Med sine unike stemmer,… Read more
Christmas with Nordic Tenors
Get into the Christmas mood on this concert with Didrik Solli-Tangen; "Min Jul i Julebygda" at the "Julebygda kapell".… Read more
Concert - Min jul i Julebygda with Didrik Solli-Tangen
Christmas Concert   Ole Edvard Antonsen with band and the guests Stine Hole Ulla (winner of Norske Talenter 2012) and Knut Marius… Read more
The band Seigmen returns to Folken! If you lived in Norway in the 90s with a hint of music interest, there was no way beyond Seigmen. Read more
Seigmen, concert
Welcome to "An American Holiday" with Adam Douglas at Fosnavåg Konserthus. Enjoy!  Read more
An American Holiday with Adam Douglas
Adam Douglas invites you to a fantastic christmas concert with an american twist, at Fosnavåg Konserthus. Welcome! Read more
An American Holiday with Adam Douglas
Knut Anders er artisten med den store stemmen,og som vant Stjernekamp på NRK i 2016. Han har i etterkant av dette reist rundt på kulturhus… Read more
Blåtoner- En julekonsert med K. A. Sørum, L. Bergrud & E. Nikolaisen
DJ Kuhne Free entrance. Read more
DJ Kuhne
Welcome to a concert with "Jul På Sunnmørsk" at Terminalen Byscene in Ålesund on the 19th of December. Read more
Jul På Sunnmørsk
Every 3rd Wednesday of the month. Free concert. Read more
Martinique: Armar Og Bein
People from the music business in Kristiansand meet for some drinks and chat at Håndverkeren in Kristiansand. Working in the music business?… Read more
Music Business meet in Kristiansand
Organmatinée every wedensday at 12.00  Free entrance. Collection. Read more
Organ Matinée
Artistene: Tor Endresen, Maria Haukaas Mittet, Alexander Rybak, Lisa Børud og Rune Larsen Musikere: Tove Kragset og Olav Torget Innslipp 30 min.… Read more
Stille natt hellige natt 2018
Artistene: Tor Endresen, Maria Haukaas Mittet, Alexander Rybak, Lisa Børud og Rune Larsen Musikere: Tove Kragset og Olav Torget Innslipp 30 min.… Read more
Stille natt hellige natt 2018
Christmas Concert with Anita Hegerland and Lars Hansen.  Musicians: Gunnar Hansen og Espen Rogne   Doors open from 17:30 - Concert… Read more
Strålende jul - Christmas concert
Christmas concert with The Tenors and Steffen Horn at Brygga Kukltursal Read more
Tenorane & Steffen Horn
Trine Rein continues last year's success inviting the amazing opera singer, Eli Kristin Hanssveen, for another tour with her heartwarming… Read more
Trine Rein & Eli Kristin Hanssveen - Julegaven julekonsert
The University of Oslo continues its tradition of highlighting young musical talents with a new concert series featuring young musicians in the… Read more
Young talents' concert: Students from Edvard Munch High School
The pre-christmas concert with BigBang is to many people necessary as part of the christmas traditions. As usual get Stavanger, Bergen, Trondheim,… Read more
Bigbang Julekonsert
Bugge Wesseltofts solo album "It`s snowing on my piano" has become a modern Christmas classic. Wesseltoft and his piano is the best medicine for… Read more
Bugge Wesseltoft «It’s snowing on my piano»
Kurt Nilsen from Bergen won the Word Idol in 2004 and has since pleased the audience with his very distinctive voice. Read more
Christmas concert with Kurt Nilsen
The chamber choir Sola Fide welcomes you to their annual traditional Christmas concert. Read more
Christmas concert with Sola Fide
Christmas concert with Sola Storband in Sola ruinkyrkje. Read more
Christmas concert with Sola Storband
Christmas concert with the Norwegian artists Rita Eriksen , Gaute Ormåsen and Christian Ingebrigtsen . The concert's repertoire mainly… Read more
Christmas concert: Julenatt
Christmas concert with the Norwegian singer Trine Rein, who brings along another great voice,  Eli Kristin Hanssveen , on tour. The… Read more
Christmas concert: Trine Rein and Eli Kristin Hanssveen
For the ninth time, Randi Tytingvåg, Hanne Sørvåg and Britt-Synnøve Johansen invite to a concert with Christmas stars in Stavanger. Read more
Live version of the popular classical radio programme Klassisk vorspiel , presenting Christmas hits from the last 600 years.  Performers … Read more
Live radio show (No.): Klassisk vorspiel
Trine Rein continues last year's success inviting the amazing opera singer, Eli Kristin Hanssveen, for another tour with her heartwarming… Read more
Trine Rein & Eli Kristin Hanssveen - Julegaven julekonsert
Christmas concert in Grefsen Church with singers Anita Hegerland and Lars Hansen . Their joint Christmas concerts have received good reviews from both… Read more
Christmas concert: Anita Hegerland and Lars Hansen
Norwegian singer Hanne Krogh presents a Christmas concert in Oslo Konserthus on Friday 21 December, with the Irish performer  Johnny Logan as her… Read more
Christmas concert: Hanne Krogh, Johnny Logan and Thomas Ruud
Christmas concert with the Norwegian artists Rita Eriksen , Gaute Ormåsen and Christian Ingebrigtsen . The concert's repertoire mainly… Read more
Christmas concert: Julenatt
Bring your dear, your colleagues or good friends to a Christmas table that really puts the food in the high seat. Enjoy a rich buffet of traditional… Read more
Christmas flavor & pleasure at Marna Cafe
Celebrate a traditional Christmas in Norway. Hafjell is one of the major Norwegian alpine ski resorts with the Torch man as the landmark. Lillehammer… Read more
Christmas holiday in Norway
Concert with the popular Norwegian classic rock band Bigbang. Read more
Concert with Bigbang
Concert with the four artists Kjartan Salvesen, Tommy Fedvang, Glenn Lyse and Ole Alexander Meland from Stavanger. Read more
Concert with Stavangerkameratene
Dj from 9 pm. Fridays and Saturdays! Cc 100 Saturdays after 10.30 pm. ID 23   More info  Bedehusets facebookside !   Read more
Dj på Bedehuset
Faces of Mystery – Masterworks of sacred art from many centuries will be shown on screen along with an organ performance featuring classical… Read more
It is the third year of Christmas success concert with Pål Rake. Always sold out! This year's Christmas star is one of Norway's most… Read more
Pål Rakes' Christmas concert
Quizkvass's founders, Linda Vinterstø, Randi Fredriksen, Eline Brønn and Anja Jerstad are back in the captain's role and lead… Read more
Quizkvass @Sjøboden Live Scene
If you lived in Norway in the 90s with a hint of music interest, there was no way beyond Seigmen. It all started on the tamp of the eighties with… Read more
On 26 January 2018, hard core band The Good The Bad And The Zugly released their third album Misantropical House , an awesome follow-up to the… Read more
The Good The Bad and The Zugly
For the 5th year in a row, Grand Dinnershow at Grand Hotell in Egersund. This year you will be attending the "Music Award Tribute". Premiere November… Read more
The Grand Dinnershow 2018
The Source: of Christmas is an extravagant and different Christmas celebration with popular Christmas songs performed in new and exotic ways. Please… Read more
The Source: of Christmas
  For tredje året på rad får Stavanger konserthus besøk av Vidar Johnsen og hans kritikerroste julekonsert «Him te… Read more
Vidar Johnsen: Him te jul
Tou and the Stavanger-based techno-collective FLC presents: Albert Van Abbe! Read more
Albert Van Abbe + Guests
Boys of Christmas continues their tradition! Saturday 22 December 2018, they return to the scene at Checkpoint Charlie! Join the highlight of the… Read more
Boys of Christmas Christmas concert
Big chrismas concert at Fevikhallen. Read more
Chrismas matinée
Our so long Christmas traditional "Christmas tour" guests Mandal Church. The wonderful duo Maria Arredondo and Torstein Sødal have gathered wonderful… Read more
Christmas concert with Maria, Torstein and Heine at Mandal church.
For the ninth year in a row, the Norwegian bluegrass and country band Ila Auto visits John Dee  with its Christmas banjo show. Read more
Christmas concert: Ila Auto
Stille Natt, Hellige Natt ("Silent Night, Holy Night") is one of Norway’s most popular Christmas concerts, featuring some of the… Read more
Christmas concert: Stille natt, hellige natt
Christmas Jazz with Stavanger Tradjazz Ensemble and guest Beate Tengs-Pedersen. There will be a Christmas buffet in the arrangement; with… Read more
Christmas Jazz with Stavanger Tradjazz Ensemble
Christmas concert with the Norwegian artist Vidar Johnsen in Sauda church in Ryfylke. Read more
Concert with Vidar Johnsen in Sauda
  Etter suksessen med sine tidligere turneer – og en fantastisk kveld for Stavangerpublikummet i fjor desember –  er nå… Read more
En julekonsert med Karoline Krüger & Sigvart Dagsland
Cecilie Strømsheim and Martin John arrange the last homecoming before christmas at Terminalen Byscene in Ålesund on the 22nd of December! On… Read more
Jazzconcert with Anders Gleditsch, Tore Flatjord, Roar Skjelbred and Sandra Fjellvang.  Free entrance! Read more
Jazz Evening
Christmas concert with the Norwegian artists Rita Eriksen , Gaute Ormåsen and Christian Ingebrigtsen . The concert's repertoire mainly… Read more
Find your Christmas spirit before Christmas Eve with Magnhild Hadland and full band. This time the concert will be arranged in the Egersund… Read more
Chritmas concert with Magnhild Hadland
Christmas music bingo at Bredden bar & hygge. The doors open at 18:00 both days and the bingo starts at 20:00. Single bingo kr.50,- Double… Read more
Christmas music bingo at Bredden bar & hygge
Gladlaksene do not need any further presentation. After a year's break, the god is back where they belong, namely at Sjøboden on… Read more
Gladlaksene @Sjøboden Live Scene
For many people Christmas is a great feast, but far too short. Would you like to extend Christmas and enjoy some additional Christmas cosiness? Read more
After Christmas party at Sauda Fjordhotell
Concert with the local artist Doddo and the local band Pogo Pops. Read more
Concert with Pogo Pops & Doddo|
Good and popular entertainment that lures the smile and makes it move in the dance foot. Read more
Irish evening with Trampolines
Vicereine has always had love for Christmas and a special pub at Storhaug since its inception in 2015. After a contentive year are they ready to,… Read more
Martinique: Vicereine-Vrakfeber-Starpalace
We are looking forward to let the Christmas spirit sink above us before the kick off with DJ Nomis at Terminalen Byscene in Ålesund on the 26th… Read more
Nomis Christmas Special
According to the tradition there is concert with Wunderkammer at Cementen on Boxing Day. Read more
It has become traditon that Overhead gives tribute to Lemmy on the 28 December, the date when the boss over all bosses sadly left this world. With… Read more
A tribute to Lemmy
At Terminalen Byscene in Ålesund 28th of December! Dream Theater is probably the most popular progressive metal-band in the world. In 1999 they… Read more
An evening with Dream Theatre
Take a break from stuffy Christmas parties and enjoy some boogie rock served up by the Norwegian phenomenon Backstreet Girls. Read more
Backstreet Girls
Welcome to Christmas Concert with Paddies! There will be a varied repertoire, with everything from newer folk rock to traditional Irish music. We… Read more
Christmas Concert with Paddies
Communic plays up for a party on Christmas. Once you have had enough ribs, cod and other Christmas food, this is the perfect evening to get lost.… Read more
Communic @Sjøboden Live Scene
Elvis tribute band Ol' McDonalds  Guest artist: Elling Hem   Doors open from 8pm ID:18  Read more
Elvis - Ol´Mc Donalds
Erik Faber, Tom Hugo og Stein Roger Sordal is playing at Kick scene in Kristiansand. Read more
Faber, Hugo & Sordal @ Kick
Jam Evening Free entrance for musicians! Read more
Jam Evening
❤ TØFLs støttekonsert før brutte nyttårsløfter ❤ Read more
Quality Hotel Ulstein are rearranging last years great success "Romjulsdans med Oldplay" on Saturday the 29th of December. Here you may… Read more
Romjulsdans med OldPlay
Concert with The Flop at Høvleriet. Welcome to this year's eventat Høvleriet! Read more
The Flop # Høvleriet
Karstein Askeland Plays the Weimbs Organ of St. Mary's Church Read more
Musical Reflections at New Years Eve
New Years Eve Party at Club 21, Radisson Blu Caledonien Hotel in Kristiansand. Read more
New Years Eve Party // Club 21
For the twenty-sixth year running, two of Bergen's most respected and historic institutions unite for a special evening of music, stories, food… Read more
Bergens Tidenes's New Years Concert
Few artists have delighted and touch as many people with his music and personality as Johnny Cash. His lyrics and the atmosphere in his songs have… Read more
Cash Commitment - An acoustic tribute to Johnny & June
Reetro plays their own music inspired by the people and moods of beautiful Jæren. The album "stillhet" is now out on most music streaming services,… Read more
Reetro concert at Ogna Scene
Lost Woodlands is a band based in the Stavanger region, which plays alternative pop/indie. All material is own. Read more
Lost Woodlands at Ogna Scene
Traditional New Year Concert with Sandefjord Musikkorps and dancers from Spotlight dansestudio. Conferense and soloist: Lasse Vermeli… Read more
Sandefjord Musikkorps: New Year Concert 2019
Performance of the old Norwegian visionary poem Draumkvedet ('the dream poem')   at Emanuel Vigeland's Mausoleum. In Norwegian. Read more
Kim Rysstad - Draumkvedet (No.)
Performance of the old Norwegian visionary poem Draumkvedet ('the dream poem')   at Emanuel Vigeland's Mausoleum. In Norwegian. Read more
Kim Rysstad - Draumkvedet (No.)
We are proud to present a wonderful New Years eve concert at the Storfjord Kulturhus! Sunniva choir have about 70 members from Selje, Vanylven and… Read more
Sunnivakoret - Ytre Suløens -Tricia Bouttè
Dance jam! The folk music club Columbi Egg celebrates 20 years and open the season with the fiddle player Kevin Henderson from Shetland. The Swedish… Read more
Folk Music Club Columbi Egg: Kevin Henderson and Mattias Pèrez
Concert in Oslo Konserthus with  Georg Geiss Quartet , whose trademark is swinging jazz. Georg Reiss - clarinet, sax, David… Read more
Georg Reiss Quartet
Norwegian Radio Orchestra  and master conductor Eugene Tzigane  present an evening of French music in the University Aula. Programme Claude… Read more
Norwegian Radio Orchestra - Debussy and Ravel
9 January, Parkteatret: Emotional and Americana-inspired pop rock Read more
Yngling youth concert: Ron Pope
Det legendariske bandet Dr.Hook er tilbake, med Dennis Locorriere, stemmen og opphavsmannen til flere av de mest kjente sangene, i front.   Hvem… Read more
Dr. Hook – 50th – Starring Dennis Locorriere
Other fairs and festivals
Welcome to our Gulburet - the yellow "store house" decked in Christmas spirit!   Both indoors and outdoors are decorated for… Read more
"Pre-Christmas" at Gulburet
15 and 16 December, ByKuben: Sustainable Christmas market right in the city centre Read more
Christmas at Myntgata
This December the beautiful, white town Risør transforms into one of the most atmospheric Christmas-attractions in Sourthern Norway. During all… Read more
Christmas in Risør
We promise a healthy dose of Christmas spirit for those who visit the Town Hall square in November and December. At the market one may purchase… Read more
Christmas market
1–2, 8–9, 15–16 and 22–23 December, Prindsen hage: A spanking brand new Christmas tradition Read more
Prindsen Christmas market
In the centre of Drøbak you will find Norway´s only all-year Christmas House and Father Christmas´ Post- Office with its own special… Read more
Tregaarden Christmas House
Christmas long sales evening in Grimstad! Enjoy Christmas spirit in the heart of Grimstad! Read more
Christmas joy in Grimstad - Long sales evening
Christmas Farmers market at Fisketorget in Bergen! The best way to prepare for Christmas with tasteful local food and Christmas gifts for the whole… Read more
Christmas Farmers Market Bergen
Sunday 23 December, stores in Grimstad town center and Odden center will be open from 14:00 to 18:00. Welcome to the Christmas spirit in… Read more
Sunday Chrismas shopping in Grimstad
Taste more than 100 wines and a lot of exciting beer at Larvik Vinfestival. Doors open from 16:00 ID: 20 Link to  arrangementet på facebook… Read more
Larvik Winefestival
Festival to honour the Norwegian author Arne Garborg that was born in Time 25 January 1951. Programme is in Norwegian. Read more
Garborgdager 2019 (No)
The local branch of the Norwegian model railways-enthusiasts club and the Technical Hobby Group in Bergen invites all interested in technical hobbies… Read more
Bergen Hobby Fair
The Bergen Whisky & Beer Festival is an annual event that we host in January / February. The Festival is the largest in Norway of its kind… Read more
Bergen International Whisky & Beer Festival 2019
A highly successful ski and family event in Grimstad Read more
Grimstad Ski Festival 2019
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
The festival to celebrate the joy of life is arranged at Bryne every year in week 10. Read more
Livsgledefestivalen - Joy of life festival
Ladies Night! Shopping, interiour, lectures and music and champagne!   Doors open from 2pm ID: 20 Read more
Shopping & Champagne
12 of the the city's best restaurants arrange this festival together with some of Europe's best wine makers, fantastic… Read more
Stavanger Wine Festival
Visit the residential exhibition and get inspired. Read more
Residential exhibition
The Karmøygeddon Metal Festival is an annual festival, located in Kopervik at the island of Karmøy, situated on the west coast of… Read more
For a full program visit www.viseoglyrikk.no Read more
"Perfectly Unhappy" is the name of the album as rogalendingen Espen Eriksen and his trio and the English tenor saxonist Andy Sheppard released in… Read more
Espen Eriksen trio med Andy Sheppard
May Jazz is back with a solid lineup! Read more
With the brand new Combo 66 album in the bag, John Scofield puts out on an exclusive Norway tour in May. Read more
John Scofield "Combo 66"
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
The Norwegian Festival of Literature is the largest of its kind in the Nordic countries, and the most important literary meeting place during… Read more
The Norwegian Festival of Literature
Every year in the end of May, the Folk Music Week gathers national and international Folk musicians to a week of concerts, competitions, courses… Read more
Folkmusic Week, Ål in Hallingdal
Jærdagen & Jærnåttå at Bryne, the big happening of the year!  Jærdagen is a three-day town market… Read more
Jærdagen & Jærnattå
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 2018
24–26 May, Akershus Fortress: Journey back in time to the period when Oslo became Norway's capital. Read more
Oslo Medieval Festival
25 and 26 May, Tøyenparken: Children's festival featuring great performers, art, dance and theatre Read more
Miniøya children's festival
If we ignore water, coffee is one of the most widely used beverages in the world. Norway is the world's top when it comes to coffee consumption in… Read more
Norsk KAFFE festival
The last weekend of May every year is when the small community in Sokndal organises their festival with several events, from the opening on the Friday… Read more
Welcome to Fyrfestivalen 2019 Fyrfestivalen is a cultural event for people with disabilities who dance, play music, perform or are involved in other… Read more
Join Outdoorlife Norway on a private day-hike to Skomakarnibbå, or "The Shoemaker's Crag", and enjoy Norway's beautiful nature like a local!… Read more
Private Skomakarnibbå Hike & Hagalid Mountain Farm (premium day-trip)
Eggstock festival is a yearly festival aimed at young unsigned musicians from Hordaland county. The festival stretches over three days during the… Read more
Eggstock 2018
The public festival with the great concert experiences! For program and tickets.   Read more
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
The traditional Market Day in Bergen will be held for the 40th time. This annual event is featuring old-style market traders and a varied program of… Read more
The Market Day 2019
Theater festival with a wide program, with everything from experimental stage art, circus and great outdoor performances. Read more
Porsgrunn International Theaterfestival
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
The 42nd Short Film Festival in Grimstad. The Norwegian Short Film Festival is an important debut arena for many young filmmakers in Norway, and for… Read more
The Norwegian Short Film Festival 2019
Dalane Blues Festival takes place in Egersund each year. Read more
Dalane Bluesfestival 2019
New music festival close to the city centre of Stavanger. A local festival that takes place in natural surroundings at Vålandsskogen in Stavanger.… Read more
Mablis (music festival)
14–23 June: Norway's largest LGBT festival with concerts, exhibitions, shows, films, parties and debates Read more
Oslo Pride 2019
Famous artists from Norway and abroad have entertained crowds at the Rosfjord beach party on the beach next to the Rosfjord Strandhotell. Read more
Rosfjord Beachparty in Lyngdal
Skien live is an independent 2 days music festival programmed with local and national artists . The stage is rigged in historic surroundings at Skien… Read more
Skien Live 2018
Music festival in Vennesla, 15 minutes outside of Kristiansand. Read more
Hunsfest Festival 2019
Shanti festival in Southern Norway - Flekkefjord. ​​​​On the 15th of June 2019 there will be a Shanti festival in the pittoresque city Flekkefjord… Read more
International Maritime Folk Festival | Flekkefjord
19–22 June, Grefsenkollen: Popular summer festival 377 metres above the city Read more
OverOslo music festival
A few days each summer, the charming southern city of Arendal changes to an international fete - where we can see, taste and smell and all other ways… Read more
International Market
The Risør Chamber Music Festival is widely recognized nationally and internationally for its variety and quality of programs. Read more
Risør Kammermusikkfest - Chamber music festival
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
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
The Hove Festival in Arendal rises from the dead! We have waited 5 long years for this. Get your earlybird ticket today! Read more
Hove Music Festival 2019
Fjord Classics 2019 - 2.-5. July   Save the dates! Program work is under way and Fjord Classics promise a world class line up of… Read more
Fjord Classics 2019
Norway`s oldest folk music festival - this year the festival will celebrate 25 years anniversary. Read more
Egersund Visefestival
Downhill- and terrain cycling festival in Ål Ski Resort! Activities all weekend with competitions and lots of fun!… Read more
Hillbilly Huckfest
VISIT THE SKUDE FESTIVAL - AND YOU WILL RETURN EVERY YEAR! The Skude Festival is the largest gathering of coastal culture in Western Norway with boats… Read more
The worlds greatest blues artists have visited the festival in Skånevik. To see this years program, visit their web site: … Read more
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Palmesus is Scandinavia's biggest beach party, attracting more than 30,000 people to the city beach of Kristiansand, Norway, over two sun-drenched… Read more
Palmesus 2019 - Scandinavias biggest beach party
Every year, the Jørn Hilme festival presents extraordinary folk dance performances, impressive concert experiences and a great atmosphere all over… Read more
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