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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
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"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
Norwegian pop/ballad singer/songwriter @ Brygga Kultursal Halden Read more
Christel Alsos @ Brygga Kultursal
Maciej Stroynowsky, Jaak and Liis Lutsoja. Children up until 12 years free without a ticket. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. Duration 120 min. incl.… Read more
Classical music in a new way
USO, directed by Bjørn Breistein, invites to a concert with music by Grieg, Brahms' and Wal-Berg. The main work this evening is Brahms'… Read more
Fall concert with USO
Star guitarist Greg Howe visits Oslo and Herr Nilsen. Howe has collaborated with Dennis Chambers, Victor Wooten, Richie Kotzen, Jason Becker, Billy… Read more
Greg Howe
21 October, Norwegian Opera & Ballet: Could Grigory Sokolov be the world's best pianist? Read more
Grigory Sokolov
Omlag 80 kirker og noen få kulturhus over hele Norge får i år besøk av den populære trioen Paal Flaata, Stephen Ackles og… Read more
In Memory of Elvis Gospel - Paal Flaata, Stephen Ackles og Vidar Busk
Kampenjazz has established itself as one of the most significant jazz scenes in Oslo. The concerts take place every Sunday evening, in the… Read more
Kampenjazz: Raknes Stillhouse
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
Nikolsky Male Ensemble in Borre Church Read more
Nikolsky Male Ensemble
21 October, Emanuel Vigeland Museum: Discover the beautiful music of the young Karlheinz Stockhausen! Read more
Nordic Voices - Stockhausen's Stimmung at Emanuel Vigeland Museum
21 October, Margaretakyrkan: Experience on of the last century's most important choral works. Read more
Norwegian Soloists' Choir - Poulenc's mass in G major
Norway's only international dance festival is organised every second year by BIT Teatergarasjen and presents exciting and creative performances from… Read more
Oktoberdans - dance festival
**Release concert!!!*** In October Camilla Hole Trio release the debut album "Halvemål". They bring the fresh album on a tour in… Read more
Relase concert with Camilla Hole Trio
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
Norwegian pianist Håkon Austbø celebrates his 70th birthday with a concert at Sentralen in Oslo. The programme includes works by Brahms,… Read more
Håkon Austbø anniversary concert
Afro-cuban, brazilian, international... Agder Latin Jazz presents Latin Jazz Jam at Café Mestizo, the train station café in… Read more
Latin Jazz Jam @ Café Mestizo
First verse of the Olavs sequence known as "Predicasti Dei care" was reported to be lost, but last year, first appeared in a fragment in a… Read more
Sanctus Olavus
Show concert with the Norwegian entertainer Elisabeth Andreassen . Lyrics in Norwegian and Swedish. Read more
Show (No): Elisabeth Andreassen
22 October, Herr Nilsen: World-class bluegrass Read more
Special Consensus
David Eugene Edwards and Alexander Hacke released their collaboration project  Risha at the credible label Glitterhouse Records. Edwards is… Read more
David Eugene Edwards & Alexander Hacke
The nomadic art project SALT aims to bring art, music, food and architecture together in unprecedented surroundings: four wooden… Read more
Naustet Viseklubb: Lars Beckstrøm
23 October, Gamle Logen: Czech star quartet with magnificent romantic music Read more
Oslo Quartet Series: Pavel Haas Quartet
The one-man band of Attila Csihar is an amazing live experience. The Mayhem vocalist started his solo project in 2008, when he opened for Bohren &… Read more
Void ov Voices
Above & Beyond is an English electronic dance music group consisting of members Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness, and Paavo Siljamäki. They are… Read more
Above & Beyond
A variety of concerts and cultural events: classical and jazz, chamber and choir music, scenic performances, exhibitions and talks. Sunday music… Read more
Bergen Church Music Festival (Bergen Kirkeautunnale)
DJ Kuhne Free entrance. Read more
DJ Kuhne
24 October, Café Mono: Hard-working honky-tonk orchestra from Boston Read more
Girls, Guns & Glory
Behind the name Mungolian Jet Set is Pål Strangefruit Nyhus and production partner Knut Sævik. Originally, their idea was to connect jazz… Read more
HAUGESOUND SESSIONS
Award-winning duo with a powerful and mesmerising work about loss, forgiveness and vanishing musical traditions In the winter of 2016, Estonian… Read more
Kira Skov & Maria Faust - In the Beginning
Norwegian blues guitarist and composer Knut Reiersrud visits Herr Nilsen together with his band. Reiersrud is known from numerous collaborations in… Read more
Knut Reiersrud Band
Myhre & Ólafsson Norwegian bass player Jo Berger Myhre (Nils Petter Molvær, Splashgirl, Susanna, Mariam the Believer) and Icelandic… Read more
Myhre & Ólafsson // XAO
Organmatinée every wedensday at 12.00  Free entrance. Collection. Read more
Organ Matinée
Jazz concert with the band Signficant Time that has given several concerts and composed a work for Vossajazz. Read more
Significant Time
Sofia Gubaidulina – Sieben Worte Joseph Haydn – Missa in Tempore Belli / Paukenmesse Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra Geir Draugvsoll… Read more
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra – Haydn / Gubaidulina
Haubitz Hall Salongen at the top of Odderøya in Kristiansand is a small concert venue that deliver unique experiences. Please buy tickets… Read more
Concert @ Haubitz Hall Salongen
Henning Kvitnes with band   More info: Hjertnes.no Read more
Henning Kvitnes
Singer and songwriter from Jæren Read more
Hilde Selvikvåg
Omlag 80 kirker og noen få kulturhus over hele Norge får i år besøk av den populære trioen Paal Flaata, Stephen Ackles og… Read more
In Memory of Elvis Gospel - Paal Flaata, Stephen Ackles og Vidar Busk
Concert at the Italian Culture Institute with the eminent pianist Nazareno Ferruggio will perform works by Liszt, Rota, Ravel, Satie and Pärter.… Read more
Nazareno Ferruggio
Opening concert for this year's edition of the early music festival  Oslo Early . The programme includes music by Monteverdi, Purcell,… Read more
Oslo Early: Opening concert
Intoduction in Norwegian to the music kl. 18.30 with Nils Henrik Asheim Bach/arr. Webern:Musikalisches Opfer , Ricercare … Read more
SSO Hovedserien: Orgelprakt i symfonisk drakt
Herredshuset. Ledsager - kontakt UKH SYNG LIV I DITT LIV - En Hans Børli forestilling med Erik Lukashaugen. Konsertforestillingen markerer at det… Read more
SYNG LIV I DITT LIV - en Hans Børli forestilling med Erik Lukashaugen
A tribute evening to the rock'n'roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis organised by the Norwegian Americana Forum, with several highly skilled… Read more
The Music of Jerry Lee Lewis
Welcome to a concert with Thomas Dybdahl at Terminalen byscene in Ålesund on the 25th of October. Enjoy! Read more
Thomas Dybdahl
Noone really knows the acclaimed Norwegian jazz ensemble  Trondheim jazzorkester. Each time you see the orchestra on stage, it's transformed.… Read more
Trondheim Jazzorkester & The MaXx
Welcome to a concert with Trygve Skaug in beautiful Ålgård church. Trygve Skaug is a songwriter, vocalist and poet. He is one of the… Read more
Trygve Skaug
The British indie rock band Zola Blood plays its first concert in Oslo at Cafe Mono on 25 October. Zola Blood was formed in Hackney Wick, London, in… Read more
Zola Blood
Every year, Østkanten Blues club puts on a concert where all proceeds go to Amnesty International. This year's musical contributors are… Read more
Amnesty benefit concert: Engla & Banditta/ Venjas Harem
3×3 = 303 – a portrait of three Nordic jazz voices KASPER TRANBERG TERZET KASPER TRANBERG cornet, trumpet NILS DAVIDSEN cello, bass FRANDS… Read more
Bergen Jazzforum: 3 x 3 = 303
Concerts and Stand Up Shows on selected Fridays and Saturdays at Bryggerhuset Restaurant & Terrasse in Kvinesdal. For more information and to buy… Read more
Bryggerhuset Restaurant & Terrasse
Concert at Kick venue in Kristiansand, Southern Norway. Read more
CC Cowboys @ Kick Scene
Roald Floberg "Rosif" comes to the Smaue Bar.   Read more
Concert with Roald Floberg
Concert with  Sudan Dudan+Håvard Ims at Suldal Kulturhus at Sand in Suldal, Ryfylke. Read more
Concert with Sudan Dudan+Håvard Ims
26 Oktober, Cosmopolite: Experience a living piece of American music history Read more
Don Bryant & The Bo Keys
An evening of gothic folk rock at Blå. Emma Ruth Rundle  has a background from bands like Red Sparowes and Marriages, and she has toured… Read more
Emma Ruth Rundles
26 and 27 October, 2 and 3 November, Sentrum Scene: Four concerts with reunited rock legends Read more
Gluecifer
Concert at Rommen Scene with the popular Norwegian troubadour Halvdan Sivertsen . Lyrics in Norwegian. Read more
Halvdan Sivertsen
With their hit "Sang Til Sonja", The band from Bergen, Hjerteslag, dominated all of the Norwegian charts. Welcome to a concert with… Read more
Hjerteslag
Concert with "IN VAIN" - local band "SKAR" will be supporting band. Read more
IN VAIN - Skar
Mark Guiliana is known as the hard-grooving percussionist who did electronica duos with Brad Mehldau; the man who gave Bowie the feverish,… Read more
Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet
The Norwegian jazz musician Mats Eilertsen and his trio performs Eilertsen´s piece MEMORABILIA together with the Norwegian vocal trio Trio… Read more
Memorabilia
New Zealand artist Noah Slee combines traditional soul influences whilst experimenting with electronic production blending an array of genres ranging… Read more
Noah Slee
Ondt Blod  ('evil blood') visits the Sami club concept  Idja at Riksscenen. The band plays Northern Norwegian punk rock with… Read more
Ondt Blod
Osafestivalen is an arena for interesting musical encounters between performers of early classical music and folk musicians from different traditions… Read more
Osafestivalen
The early music festival  Oslo Early brings European early music experts to Oslo. The concert  Masters meet  is a great opportunity to… Read more
Oslo Early: Masters meet
Concert at the student house Østsia, UiA in Kristiansand. Read more
Shining // Østsia
Welcome to a groovy night with jazz, funk and soul!   Palle Wagnberg – organ Staffan William-Olsson – guitar Bill Kooly… Read more
Transatlantic Express
The divine concert experience Get ready for a sensory musical encounter, when BIT20 enters the stage in Nykirken together with The Serbian Kovilj… Read more
Bogoluchi - Djuro Zivkovic
Programme: Johannes Brahms (1833-1897): Klarinettkvintett i h-moll op.115 Participating: Håkon Vestly, klarinett Sveinung Sand and Naho… Read more
Chamber music with view
Welcome to a concert with one of Norways greatest musicians, Christel Alsos at Ingebrigt Davik-huset on the 28th of October. Read more
Christel Alsos
Welcome to a concert with Hanne Kolstø with band at Ørsta Kulturhus og Kino. Enjoy! Read more
Concert - Hanne Kolstø with band
The Beatles choir "Nowhere Men". They sing wellknown songs by Lennon/MCCartney.  The doors open kl 18.00… Read more
Concert with Beatleskoret
For 6 year in line arrange Sola kulturhus and Sola Storband party. Use the uppertunity to get together with friends, neighbours or others to a… Read more
Country show Sola Storband
Concert at Vaktbua, Odderøya. Read more
Datarock @ Vaktbua
DJ Soundre plays the right music. Smoke, decorations and extra lighting for the right dark mood. Dresscode: Halloween Entrance fee: NOK 100, -… Read more
Halloween Party at Galleri
Concert at Teateret, Kristiansand.  Read more
In Vain @ Teateret
Ellingtones perform compositions by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. Most of the compositions are played in instrumental versions, but some… Read more
Jazz café: Ellingtones
Danish jazz trio from Brorsons church in Copenhagen. Janne mark - vocals, Esben Eyermann - bass, Henrik Gunde - piano. They have together developed a… Read more
Jazz trio from Brorsons Church in Copenhagen
MIsatango combines tango rhythms with the structure of the classic latin mass. A new piece by the Argentinian composer and conductor Martin Palmeri.… Read more
Misatango - Martin Palmeri
Welcome to October festival at Landa Park in Forsand, Ryfylke. Activties, food and live music. Read more
October festival at Landa Park
Lorenzo Coppola is one of the world's leading performers of historic clarinet instruments. He is also a terrific conveyer of music history and… Read more
Oslo Early: Ensemble Dialoghi
Concert performance with students from the Norwegian Opera Academy. Director: Jacopo Spirei Conductor: Maris Kupcs Orchestra: Collegium Musicum Riga… Read more
Oslo Early: Monteverdi's Combattimento and Ballo
Oslo International Playback Free Jazz Festival is probably Norway's smallest, funniest and most exciting festival.Free-jazz (playback, of course),… Read more
Oslo International Playback Free Jazz Festival
Concert with the Band "Rammsund" Read more
RAMMSUND
27 October, Riksscenen: Tango from Buenos Aires Read more
Sexteto Andiamo
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
It's been 25 years since the band Vamp came out with their very first album, "God morgen søster". Vamp's well-known song… Read more
Vamp concert
Pianist Ilze Jaunzeme is once more on tour in Norway.  This time Ilze brings with her cellist Agate Ozolina. The concert is a part of celebration… Read more
With love - a music story about Latvias first 100 years
Halloween party with Larvik Storband and the vocalists Christin Bastiansen and Håvard Grytting. A tribute to all the dead heroes as David… Read more
«Dead Heroes» – Larvik Storband
Aleksander Kostopoulos is one of the most active musicians from northern Norway, best known as the drummer and percussionist for artists like Mari… Read more
Aleksander Kostopoulos
Concert with Grimstad Marching Band. Guests: Tvedestrand Marching Band.  Tickets: NOK 150,- (children and school marching band members free… Read more
Autumn concert with Grimstad Marching Band
Countertenor: William Purefoy Tenors: Tyler Ray, Paul Robinson* Basses: Ørjan Hartveit, David Hansford *Musical director Program Salvator mundi I… Read more
Cantiones Sacrae - Edvard Grieg Choir
Welcome to a concert with one of Norways greatest musicians, Christel Alsos at Ingebrigt Davik-huset on the 28th of October.  Read more
Christel Alsos
Classic Album Sundays is a worldwide concept where people come together and listen to a selected classic and give it its full, deservering… Read more
Classic Album Sundays Blondie 'Parallel Lines'
28 October, Frogner Church: One of the great masterpieces of the Baroque era performed by Norway's oldest oratorio choir Read more
Cæciliaforeningen - J.S Bach' Mass in B minor
Ingerine&Milan DUO (violin & piano) together with cellist Frida T. Skaftun  invitere to chamber music perls… Read more
Domkirkens Bach-serie
Concert with two popular Norwegian songwriters and entertainers, known for their wit and humour. Lyrics in Norwegian. Read more
Ingrid Bjørnov and Øystein Sunde
Kampenjazz has established itself as one of the most significant jazz scenes in Oslo. The concerts take place every Sunday evening, in the… Read more
Kampenjazz: Masåva
Concert with the well known and popular Norwegian artist, singer-songwriter Ole Paus. On this concert we will also hear the choir… Read more
Ole Paus and Bækkalokket
At this concert, violinist  Johannes Pramsohle r and lute player  Jadran Duncumb presents a handful of baroque composers who were… Read more
Oslo Early: Johannes Pramsohler and Jadran Duncumb
At this concert,   the acclaimed ensemble Trio Mediæval  takes us back to the nunnery and to the earnest music written for God… Read more
Oslo Early: Trio Mediæval
28 October, Herr Nilsen: The cult hero who never disappoints finally returns to Norway Read more
Otis Gibbs
Komposor and conductor Steinar Eielsen celebrates 70 years. In that occation there will be a concert in Gand kirke. The following… Read more
Sandnes synger og spiller Eielsen 2018
Gospel Gathering is an annual gospel festival for the ten-sing choirs in the region. The festivalen offers workshops with instructur innen choir,… Read more
The Gospel Gathering concert
Welcome to a concert with Ålesund Symfoniorkester at Parken Kulturhus in Ålesund! Read more
ÅSO - Klangen av Sunnmøre III
Norwegian folk music with Aslak Brimi, Bjørn Kåre Odde, Espen Wensaas and Svein Tore Werstad. Read more
The Folk Music Club Columbi Egg: Aslak Brimi Quartet
Janove plays an acoustic concert in Bergen Read more
Concert with Janove
The nomadic art project SALT aims to bring art, music, food and architecture together in unprecedented surroundings: four wooden… Read more
Naustet Viseklubb: Doddo
Oslo World's opening concert honors singer Rim Banna (1966-2018) Banna was known for her interpretations of Palestinian music and poetry - she… Read more
Rim Banna - A tribute
The Underground Youth is the solo project of Craig Dyer. A strong believer in DIY ethos, Dyer writes and records all of the music himself, and his… Read more
The Underground Youth
On a quite ordinary Tuesday we welcome you to the old factory! The intimate banquet hall and oak corridors through the house will be dressed with… Read more
Tuesday in the "Tinfabriken" (pewter factory) // Concert and art exhibition
In "Tirsdag i Tinfabriken" ("Tuesday in the Tin Factory") you get a full concert combined with an art exhibition. The series… Read more
Tuesday in the Tin Factory
31 October, Riksscenen: Unique piano artist Read more
Chassol - Big Sun
Doc Houlind International New Orleans Style Jazzband pays tribute to George Lewis at Herr Nilsen. George Lewis was bron in the French quarter of New… Read more
Doc Houlind - Tribute to George Lewis
Experience two of the true gigants of jazz in a joint musical venture at Victoria in Oslo. Enrico Rava - trompet, Joe Lovano – saksofon,… Read more
Enrico Rava / Joe Lovano Quintet
We have known him for nearly 2 decades as the lead vocals of the legendary Kaizers Orchestra, as a solo artist of his new rock band or as a composer… Read more
Janove
Sverre Riise is the solo trombonist of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra. This evening, he hosts a chamber concert where he and his own ensemble present… Read more
Norwegian Radio Orchestra chamber concert
Steamdome is referred to as a groovy and runaway locomotive of a band whipped together of three drummers. Life-wise, surreal and swarming steamy of… Read more
Ola Kvernberg's STEAMDOME
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
Concert with the Norwegian newcomer Amanda Delara. Read more
Concert with Amanda Delara
Concert with Omar "Bombino" Moctar, the internationally acclaimed Tuareg guitarist and singer-songwriter from Agadez, Niger. Lyrics are sung in the… Read more
Concert with Bombino
Farao is the musical identity of Norwegian singer-songwriter and multi- instrumentalist Kari Jahnsen. Hailing from Ulnes, a small village of 500… Read more
Farao
About 80 churches and a few cultural houses across Norway will get a visit from the popular trio Paal Flaata, Stephen Ackles and Vidar Busk - The FAB… Read more
In Memory of Elvis Gospel - Paal Flaata, Stephen Ackles & Vidar Busk
Le Vent du Nord from Quebec in Canada has been showered with both critical praise and awards for their way of performing traditional music rooted in… Read more
Le Vent du Nord
With brand new songs and a series of immortal hits, Morten Abel is on the road again in 2018. As always, you can expect everything and a big party… Read more
Morten Abel
The Norwegian Rakfisk Festival aims to focus on Norwegian food traditions, especially «rakfisk», which is semi-fermented trout. The festival draws… Read more
Norsk Rakfiskfestival
Few musicians have brought the Cuban musical heritage into more challenging and multi-faceted landscapes than multi instrumentalist  Omar… Read more
Omar Sosa & Yilian Cañizares
Get ready for an epic and existential journey into the deapths of the Russian cultural heritage. Programme Sergej Rachmaninov: Klokkene Sergej… Read more
Oslo Philharmonic - Rachmaninov, Prokofiev
OkWorld started out as a project initiated by Bugge Wesseltoft and Oslo World for the twentieth anniversary of the festival. The idea was for… Read more
Oslo World: Jazzlands OkWorld - labelrelease!
Bergen Jazzforum presents Django Bates' Beloved Django Bates, piano Petter Eldh, bass Peter Bruun, drums Read more
Bergen Jazzforum: Django Bates' Beloved
Bixiga 70 , is named after a place and a band, pointing to the two most important touchstones in their sound. Bixiga is where they come from, a… Read more
Bixiga 70
The Norwegian indie electronic duo Lemaitre was formed in 2010. The duo consists of two schoolmates Jansen and Lund and they currently live in Los… Read more
Concert with Lemaitre
Trond Larsen has founded a new, exciting house band together with Fredrik and Marie Kristine. Café Galleri hopes that there are many musicians… Read more
Friday Jam Session - an off season jam!
Doors open from ca kl: 20:00 Hellbillies on stage ca kl: 22:00 ID 18 years Read more
Hellbillies
The young French-Cuban twin sisters Naomi and Lisa-Kaindé Diaz describe their music as "contemporary negro spirituals" - inspired by… Read more
Ibeyi
We will repeat last year's success of combining a Christmas party with a fantastic Christmas buffet and good music. It is Jæren's own… Read more
JuleBLUESbord (Christmas dinner & blues)
Over the course of the last 45 years,  Kronos Quartet  has been working tirelessly to renew the string quartet format. This entails both a… Read more
Kronos Quartet with Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat
Folk songs with Kjell Reianes and Camilla Maria Myrås and wine tasting with Stefan Bildesheim from wine… Read more
Lun novemberaften
An evening of Irish and Norwegian folk music at Riksscenen. ​​​​​​Martin Hayes  from County Clare on the Irish west coast is considered an… Read more
Martin Hayes Quartet/ Aslak Brimi Kvartett
Welcome to a concert with Oslo String Quartet at Fosnavåg Konserthus! Enjoy.  Read more
Oslo String Quartet
Rjukan Literature will be held on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 November. It starts with production for children Friday afternoon and ends with a movie of… Read more
Rjukan Literature Festival
Once again, Smokie returns to Norway! To be rock ‘n’ roll survivors is an achievement. To be Europe’s top live band, forty three… Read more
Smokie
Concert with pupils and teachers at Sola kulturskole. The culture school's autumn concert sets focus at FN's children convention and… Read more
Sola kulturskole makes a hart beat for Bolivia
Concert at Kick in Kristiansand.  Read more
Sondre Justad @ Kick
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
Other fairs and festivals
Norway's only international dance festival is organised every second year by BIT Teatergarasjen and presents exciting and creative performances from… Read more
Oktoberdans - dance festival
A variety of concerts and cultural events: classical and jazz, chamber and choir music, scenic performances, exhibitions and talks. Sunday music… Read more
Bergen Church Music Festival (Bergen Kirkeautunnale)
Osafestivalen is an arena for interesting musical encounters between performers of early classical music and folk musicians from different traditions… Read more
Osafestivalen
In cooperation with Norwegian Outlet in Ålgård we welcome you to a Wellness- and shopping weekend 26th – 28th October 2018. Stay among the sand… Read more
Wellness- and shopping weekend
Come and visit the Farmers Market Bergen at Fisketorget. A wide variety of local and seasonal products and a great opportunity to meet the farmers and… Read more
Farmers Market Bergen
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
Welcome to October festival at Landa Park in Forsand, Ryfylke. Activties, food and live music. Read more
October festival at Landa Park
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
Germany’s biggest pop up vintage kilo sale is bringing you tonnes of vintage treasures ready to be loved again. What to expect? - The best… Read more
VinoKilo - Vintage Kilo Sale
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
The Norwegian Rakfisk Festival aims to focus on Norwegian food traditions, especially «rakfisk», which is semi-fermented trout. The festival draws… Read more
Norsk Rakfiskfestival
Rjukan Literature will be held on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 November. It starts with production for children Friday afternoon and ends with a movie of… Read more
Rjukan Literature Festival
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
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
Rjukan Literature will be held on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 November. It starts with production for children Friday afternoon and ends with a movie of… Read more
Rjukan Literature Festival
Scott Hamilton debuted on the jazz stage in the 70s and was soon after known as one of the few talented musicians who played in the tradition of the… Read more
Scott Hamilton & Jan Lundgren Quartet
On 10 and 11 November, the autumn and Christmas market will be held at the Hesnes Garden Centre from 10:00-16:00. Read more
Autumn/Chrismas Market at Hesnes Gartneri
Fest concert with this year's performers and premiere of Music for Screen by Ragnar Bjerkreim, soloist Laurens Weinhold, … Read more
Fest concert NYCMF & Premiere: Music for Screen av Ragnar Bjerkreim
Record fair with LP vinyl for sale in Kristiansand. Read more
Record fair in Kristiansand
Welcome to this year's large Christmas fair at Varatun gård in Sandnes. Come and experience several cultural events for both kids and adults. 150… Read more
Christmas fair at Varatun gård
Welcome to Christmas Market in Kopervik Center from Thursday 22 November to Sunday 25 November. There will be good deals in the stores and exciting… Read more
Christmas Marked in Kopervik
Grimstad's shops are open from 07:00 to 17:00. Read more
Black Friday in Grimstad
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
Fana Husflidslag (an association of craftsmen and womem) is hosting Western Norway's largest Christmas Fair, with more than 100 artisans from all… Read more
Christmas Fair at Bjarghallen
This year's Christmas market at Løvåsvollen Gård is open on Saturday and Sunday 24 and 25 November, from 10:00 to 16:00 on both days. Read more
Christmas market at Løvåsvollen Gård
Christmas market where you can find gifts to yourself and others, and find the good old Christmas spirit! Cafe. More info: Gaardskjerringene i… Read more
Christmas market in Eide
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
Enjoy the city of Kristiansand before Christmas. The city is filled with beautiful and colourful Christmas decorations. There will be shopping,… Read more
Christmas in Kristiansand
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
Welcome to our traditional Christmas market in Skedsmo bygdemuseum! At our Christmas market you can find a huge range of great quality products in… Read more
Christmas market
The christmas market has become a tradition. This year designers from near and far away arrive to the SKMU art museum in Kristiansand. Here… Read more
Designers Christmas market in Kristiansand
Get a taste of the culinary treats of Southern Norway. Read more
Farmers Market in Kristiansand
Maihaugen's Christmas market takes place during the first weekend of Advent and thousands of visitors come to Lillehammer. Here you can experience the… Read more
Maihaugen's Christmas Market
The Christmas Fair at the Norwegian Folk Museum (1-2 and 8-9 December) is a popular tradition among both tourists and locals. Read more
The Annual Christmas Fair
Welcome to this years Christmas market in Old Stavanger. Artist studios, workshops, cafés and the museums in Old Stavanger are decked out for… Read more
Christmas Market in Old Stavanger
Christmas Market in Røros Røros, one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites, is the perfect place to get in the Christmas spirit this year. The colourful… Read more
Christmas Market in Røros 2018
Christmas long sales evening in Grimstad! Enjoy Christmas spirit in the heart of Grimstad! Read more
Christmas joy in Grimstad - Long sales evening
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
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
The Karmøygeddon Metal Festival is an annual festival, located in Kopervik at the island of Karmøy, situated on the west coast of… Read more
KARMØYGEDDON METAL FESTIVAL 2019
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VISE- OG LYRIKKFESTIVALEN
May Jazz is back with a solid lineup! Read more
Maijazz
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
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
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
Sokndalsdagene
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
KOPERVIK FESTIVAL
Theater festival with a wide program, with everything from experimental stage art, circus and great outdoor performances. Read more
Porsgrunn International Theaterfestival
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
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
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
Norway`s oldest folk music festival - this year the festival will celebrate 25 years anniversary. Read more
Egersund Visefestival
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
SKUDEFESTIVALEN
The worlds greatest blues artists have visited the festival in Skånevik. To see this years program, visit their web site: … Read more
SKÅNEVIK BLUESFESTIVAL
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Your test event
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
Jørn Hilme-stemnet
"Ravnedans" is a festival to celebrate the art of contemporary dance in Kristiansand. Read more
Ravnedans Dance Festival in Kristiansand