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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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Hege Brynildsen and band
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From 24 June, Vigeland Museum: Classical Sunday concerts in the courtyard Read more
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Guided tour to Ole Bull's villa Lysøen with mini concert and tour of the villa. Including transport from the Tourist Information. Sundays in July and… Read more
Enchanted by Ole Bull – a roundtrip to Lysøen with mini concert
Some of our best musicians perform music by Edvard Grieg and other composers in Troldsalen. Includes transport from city center. Read more
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International summer organ recitals in Oddernes Church, Kristiansand on Sunday evenings at 8.00 p.m. Read more
International Organ Recitals in Oddernes Church in Kristiansand
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Welcome to Summer concerts in Ålesund at Spjelkavik Kyrkje with Karoy Kinces and Kjell Gierstae on the 19th of August 2018.  Read more
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Ann Helen Moen & Oslo salongorkester
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Chamber concert: Bach & Fauré
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Iain Matthews & The Salmon Smokers
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Your test event
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22 August, Oslo Konserthus: Season opening with magical melodies and colourful timbres Read more
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Den Norske Matfestivalen
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The Norwegian artist Hanne Ahlstrøm. She released her first EP called HAN in 2017. The band consits of Geir Pedersen on guitar,… Read more
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Chamber concert: Christensen, Gimse & Tellefsen
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Chamber concert: Christensen, Gimse & Tellefsen
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Havna 0150
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Oslo Philharmonic - Beethoven, Rimskij-Korsakov
Concert at Vaktbua, Odderøya, Kristiansand. Read more
Sassy Kraimspri // Vaktbua
Concert with Storm Weather Shanty Choir, a Norwegian ensemble that sings rock'n'roll versions of shantys, sailors' working songs.… Read more
Storm Weather Shanty Choir
A tribute to the Haugesund region. Western Norway's happiest music festival. 24th - 26th August.   Kvelertak Susanne Sundfør The Low… Read more
The Festival in Vangen
For more information and program for the festival please see http://www.rjukan-trubadurfestival.com/ Read more
Troubadour Festival 2016
Chamber concert at the Royal Palace with two of Norway's best classical musicians. Programme Ernest Chausson: Pièce, Opus 39 Debussy: Sonata… Read more
Truls Mørk and Håvard Gimse
Outdoor concert with the norwegian folk band Vamp. Read more
Vamp-concert in Hedleberget
Welcome to the Viking Festival at Forsand in Ryfylke with market, crafts, and exhibitors. Battle view, music, puppet-theatre for children and much… Read more
Viking Festival at Landa
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Vipe Productions AS & Utopia Festival
Experience J.S. Bach in an original and new wrapping with musicians Stephan Barratt-Due, Stig Nilsson, Arve Tellefsen, Terje Tønnessen, Kjetil… Read more
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Eric Slim Zahl & the South West Swingers have risen to the top of the festival scene in Europe after their number one spot in the European Blues… Read more
Eric Slim Zahl & the South West Swingers
En hotellpakke inkluderer dobbeltrom for 2 personer med frokost på Thon Hotell Vettre, middagsbuffet, 2 dagspass og shuttle til festivalen. Thon… Read more
Hvalstrandfestivalen 2018 - Hotellpakke for 2 personer med Lørdagspass
Kygo comes back to his hometown with the ambitious Kids in Love Tour! Read more
Kygo - Kids In Love Tour
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Litterær hagefest på Løkken
Marcus & Martinus live at Odderøya in Kristiansand, Southern Norway. Read more
Marcus & Martinus live in Kristiansand
The Norwegian string swing and gypsy jazz band  Touché Monet pays tribute to guitar virtuoso Django Reinhardt with a series of ten… Read more
Saturday Live: Oslo Django Club
Opera til folket ('Opera to the people') presents an afternoon of Saturday opera with a backyard performance at Gamle Raadhus. It is… Read more
Saturday opera: Duet bonanza
The Staffan William-Olsson trio with Terje Gewelt and Hermund Nygård play jazz arrangements of pop songs from different eras instead of the… Read more
Staffan William-Olsson trio
Outdoor concert at The Well Spa with the popular Norwegian band Trang Fødsel. Lyrics in Norwegian. Read more
Trang Fødsel
Sandvika Big Band is one of Norway's leading big bands. Many of the band's members have music as their main occupation. The band is known… Read more
Big Band Sunday: Sandvika Storband with Mona Veum Bækkelund
The indie quartett Jazzy Arafat was founded in Trondheim more than 10 years ago and has toured both Norway and Europe. From initially being influenced… Read more
Jazzy Arafat
A comic opera translated into Norwegian, with singers from The Norwegian Opera and Ballet. The show starts at 18:00 and the doors open at 17:00. The… Read more
Opera in the backyard - RITA - av Donizetti
Bringsverd Kongsgård invites adults and children to the potato festival. Here you can see different animals, hear the history of the potato and,… Read more
Potato festival
Welcome to the summer concerts in the Ålesund churches; with Kira Lankinenin Ålesund Church on the 26th of August 2018.  Read more
Sommerkonsertene i Ålesund - Kira Lankinen
Three nights of wonderful culinary experiences, music and entertainment. There are three important things to know about the festival: It’s for… Read more
ONS festival
Concert with the Scottish indie rock band Franz Ferdinand. The band was formed in 2002 and has a base in Glasgow. Read more
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Other fairs and festivals
Arendalsuka is where national politicians, businesses and organisations meet to discuss topics that concern us all. All events are open for all and… Read more
Arendalsuka - where politics meets the man in the streets
Free bus transportation from Stavanger and Sandnes to Kongeparken and Ålgård. Read more
Bus project 2018 - free bus to Ålgård
Welcome to this years Fjord Cadenza 2018. Read more
Fjord Cadenza 2018
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Grieg in Bergen Festival
Join our tasty chocolate tour! Read more
Open tour
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)
Semester festival at the university Read more
Semester festival
Concert with songwriter and troubadour Terje Nilsen and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra . Lyrics in Norwegian.  The concert is part of the 2018… Read more
Terje Nilsen and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra
The biggest market in Namdalen with a lot of exhibitors having sales stalls outside. Entertainment and activities. Read more
Namsos Martnan
This accordion festival on Tromøy outside of Arendal has many times been honoured as Norway's best accordion festivals by Trekkspillnytt. Read more
Skjærgårdstreffen
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Sommerslagere 2018
Birkeland Days is held each year, offering many cultural events. Read more
Birkelandsdager 2018
The largest music festival at Vestlandet! Friday 17th of August: a-ha Alan Walker Astrid S Sigrid Natalie Flere kommer! Saturday 18th of August:… Read more
Jugendfest 2018
Every year on a Sunday at the end of August, a day-long celebration of photography takes place at Karljohansvern in Horten. Preus Museum works with… Read more
PHOTOGRAPHY DAYS
17 and 18 August, Ekebergparken: Experience Norway's leading outdoor festival for club music Read more
Sommerøya 2018
17–19 August: Free, multicultural festival for the whole family at Oslo's City Hall Square Read more
The Mela Festival
Tomato Festival is a tradition of the cultural life in Finnøy. Tomatoes are an integral part of Finnøy’s economy, so of course… Read more
The tomato festival 2018
Food and beverage festival in Kristiansand. The guys behind the big sucess of Palemsus beachparty and the Kristiansand Beer Festival have joined… Read more
Food and beverage festival "Duggfrisk" in Kristiansand - Canceled
Color festival in the heart of Grimstad. Inspired by the Holi festival in India, set up in beautiful Grimstad, located in the southern part of Norway.… Read more
Grimstad Color Festival
Christian festival for youth and families. Concerts, stands and more. Read more
Jærgårds 2018
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
Haugesund again welcomes more than a thousand people to a 7-day-long film festival. In addition to watching films our visitors can attend concerts,… Read more
The Norwegian International Film Festival
Members of the Cooks' Guild of Haugesund lay the longest herring table in the world. It stretches for two blocks down Haugesund's main street and over… Read more
The worlds longest Herring table
Etiam pulvinar, lorem et imperdiet ultrices, sem dui fringilla elit, eget efficitur leo eros lobortis diam. Sed convallis nibh erat, in viverra justo… Read more
Your test event
According to tradition, the Norwegian Foodfestival in Ålesund will be held in week 34. Welcome! Read more
Den Norske Matfestivalen
Annual town festival in Halden - concerts, exhibitions, historical fair and much more! Read more
Fredrikshald celebration 2018
En hotellpakke inkluderer dobbeltrom for 2 personer med frokost på Thon Hotell Vettre, middagsbuffet, 2 dagspass og shuttle til festivalen. Thon… Read more
Hvalstrandfestivalen 2018 - Hotellpakke for 2 personer med Fredagspass
A tribute to the Haugesund region. Western Norway's happiest music festival. 24th - 26th August.   Kvelertak Susanne Sundfør The Low… Read more
The Festival in Vangen
For more information and program for the festival please see http://www.rjukan-trubadurfestival.com/ Read more
Troubadour Festival 2016
Welcome to the Viking Festival at Forsand in Ryfylke with market, crafts, and exhibitors. Battle view, music, puppet-theatre for children and much… Read more
Viking Festival at Landa
The biggest music festival of the region in the heart of Stavanger city centre. A festival which follow the trends of young people, presenting some of… Read more
Vipe Productions AS & Utopia Festival
En hotellpakke inkluderer dobbeltrom for 2 personer med frokost på Thon Hotell Vettre, middagsbuffet, 2 dagspass og shuttle til festivalen. Thon… Read more
Hvalstrandfestivalen 2018 - Hotellpakke for 2 personer med Lørdagspass
More than 40 events from five scenes with performances, debates and conversations about contemporary literature, poetry, crime, serial literature,… Read more
Litterær hagefest på Løkken
Marcus & Martinus live at Odderøya in Kristiansand, Southern Norway. Read more
Marcus & Martinus live in Kristiansand
The popular vintage market The Fashion Archives takes place at VippaOslo this summer. Expect to find lots of stalls with vintage, 2nd hand, designer… Read more
Market: The Fashion Archives
Bringsverd Kongsgård invites adults and children to the potato festival. Here you can see different animals, hear the history of the potato and,… Read more
Potato festival
Three nights of wonderful culinary experiences, music and entertainment. There are three important things to know about the festival: It’s for… Read more
ONS festival
Nordsjøfestivalen in Farsund is an international musicfestival which focuses on the traditional music found around The North Sea. The festival… Read more
North Sea Festival in Farsund
The festival is a concept based on a combination of concerts and concomitant treatment of the music from these concerts in a studio environment, where… Read more
Punkt Festival
Tinn Museum is a folklore museum with antiquarian buildings, which focuses on the old agrarian society in our region. Read more
The childrens market at Tinn Museum
Norways largest beer festival with more than 40 Norwegian breweries gathered at the Bergenhus Fortress! Read more
Bergen Beer Festival
Welcome to Norway's biggest Local Food Festival! Meet the producers, buy high quality local products and get inspired by great food experiences! At… Read more
Bergen Matfestival - food festival
Large agriculture fair with demonstrations, animal exhibits, market, entertainment and activities. www.dyregod-dagane.no Read more
The Dolittle Days
Get a taste of the culinary treats of Southern Norway. Read more
Farmers Market in Kristiansand
We repeat the success from last year and the year before. The date of the festival this year will be Saturday 1 September 2018 at. 6:00 p.m.. We have… Read more
Hundvågfestivalen 1. september 2018 (Hundvåg festival)
World-class piano music, 30 pianists from 15 countries, free entrance to preliminary rounds, a recital in Håkonshallen and the thrilling final… Read more
The International Edvard Grieg Piano Competition
Bjørnsonfestivalen in Molde and Nesset: Norway's international literary festival offers exciting encounters with well-known authors from Norway and… Read more
Bjørnson Festival in Molde and Nesset
Nuart hosts an annual festival for national and international artists who operate outside of the traditional art establishment. Every September, a… Read more
Nuart Festival 2018
Yearly literature festival in the Old Town in Fredrikstad. The authors occupy the Old Fortified Town with a festival filled with beautiful words and… Read more
Ord i Grenseland - Literature festival
Go back to the Viking era at Tønsberg Viking Festival! Free entrance for both small and big Viking enthusiasts of all ages. There will be… Read more
Tønsberg vikingfestival
7–8 September, Grorudparken: Great concerts, lots of space and free entry Read more
Granittrock: Free rock festival
Lyngdal has a cow as a symbol of the city and so the The Lyngdal Cattle show is quite an important event. It is always held in the first weekend in… Read more
Lyngdal Dyrskue (Cattle Show)
The Norwegian Fruit and Salmon Festival at Hjelmeland in Ryfylke. The festival focuses on the fruit and berry traditions, and salmon trade, of… Read more
Norwegian Fruit and Salmon Festival, Hjelmeland
Sirdalsdagane is the largest cultural event in Sirdal, marking the almost 180-year-old tradition of bringing sheep from Jæren and Dalane to… Read more
Sirdalsdagene 2018
Southern Discomfort music festival will deliver hardrock and metal in Kristiansand. Read more
Southern Discomfort Metal Festival
Insidious Disease * Mork * Blindfolded * Befouled * Hex A.D. * Oak Thrash Tribute * National Freakshow Doors open from 17:00 - First band 18:00 -… Read more
Spetakkel Festivalen 2018
8–19 September, Nationaltheatret: 12 days of Ibsen festivities Read more
The International Ibsen Festival 2018
Grieg concert by Bodil Victoria Arnesen, Erling Ragnar Eriksen and Laurens Weinhold. No discount for companion. Doors open at: 18:00 Duration 70 min.… Read more
Grieg concert - Klassiske perler til glede
Frammøte utenfor galleriet på Peder Balke-senteret. Kurator og omviser Tomas Gjetmundsen tar i mot og gir omvisning i galleriet med… Read more
I Peder Balkes fotspor på Toten 2018
A protest against impotence and indifference, inspiring for engagement and action, against categorisation in the community, the one-track market… Read more
Protestfestivalen in Kristiansand
Come take a hike with us! Lysefjorden hikingfestival! Welcome to the most spectacular hiking festival in Norway! Come and discover the epic hikes in… Read more
Lysefjorden hiking festival
Enjoy music by famous composers performed by skilled organists playing on beautiful instruments both in the Stavanger concert hall as well as in… Read more
Norwegian Organ Festival
Norsk orgelfestival's Festival Pass offers access to all our concerts during the 28th edition of Norsk orgelfestival, 13-16 September 2018. Please… Read more
Festivalpass - Norsk orgelfestival
For mountain bikers only 7-10th of September! Stryn is unique, and creates ​​the perfect frame for mountain biking. There is an extensive… Read more
Folven Mountain Bike Camp
Norsk orgelfestival's Kurspass gives access to all the concerts, lectures, lunches (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) as well as the masterclasses… Read more
Norsk orgelfestival - Kurspass
Opening concert performed by international concert organist Hans-Ola Ericsson, artistic director Arnfinn Tobiassen together with a brass group from… Read more
Opening concert - Norsk orgelfestival
SAND is an international performing arts festival in Kristiansand, Southern Norway with a young audience as the main target group. The festival… Read more
SAND Festival in Kristiansand
A grand market with everything from local delicacies to fine craftsmanship from all over Norway! Read more
Dyrsku'n
Autumn Market at Rød Manor, Halden - September 15 & 16   Free entrance and the café is open - from 12 to 16 both days… Read more
Autumn Market at Rød Manor
Sola Smaksfest offers delicious taste from food producers in Sola.  22  stalls/ foodtrucks are selling dishes made of food produced in Sola.… Read more
Sola Smaksfest (taste fest)