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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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Rykkja’s top 5 festivals
The Peer Gynt festival, Vinstra
The Peer Gynt festival, Vinstra
The Peer Gynt festival, Vinstra
Music festivals
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dePresno x iris
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Samana Rising // Ogna Scene
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Emmeluth's Amoeba
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Ole Kirkeng
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SSO: Robert Schumann
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Heave Blood & Die
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Jarle Bernhoft
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Concert with Norwegian band Pom Poko. Read more
Pom Poko
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UFLAKKS presents: Pom Poko. 6 February we have fixed a concert with this raw band for you under 18! Read more
UFLAKKS x Pom Poko
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Få bill// Twin Serpent
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Golden Core
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Heave Blood & Die
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Iver Kleive & Knut Reiersrud - Easter time
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Naustet Viseklubb presents Selma (No.)
Three Souls has played big shows on various stages such as Sentralen, Rockefeller, John Dee and Jacob Kirke, and has become best known for their… Read more
Release concert: Three Souls
Ka2, all of Norway's buddy. An artist with a big love for friends, ladies, nature and the good things in life. He has been working behind the… Read more
Concert with Ka2
Jonas Fjeld inntar Palmehaven og avslutter første kvartals Artist in Residence for 2021! Jonas Fjeld er for mange først og fremst mannen bak den… Read more
Få bill.//Jonas Fjeld i Palmehaven
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Kartellet feat. Bananaz - Kan du komme ned og hente meg?
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Knut Bendik: Django evening
Vilde Bye is a 17 year old singer-songwriter from Tromsø, Northern Norway. This is her first time performing live in Oslo. Location: Naustet at… Read more
Naustet Viseklubb presents Vilde Bye
Norwegian sax-legend Petter Wettre has been releasing albums for almost 25 years now, but his upcoming release, "The Last Album", will be… Read more
Petter Wettre
Morten Abel returnerer til Britannia og denne gangen gjør han konserter i Palmehaven! Morten Abel har over 40 års erfaring som låtskriver og artist.… Read more
Morten Abel i Palmehaven
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Other fairs and festivals
11-17 March: Online festival with the latest and best in movies from the Arab world Read more
Digital festival: Arab Film Days
11–21 March, Black Box Theatre: Contemporary theatre festival - "special edition" 2021 Read more
Oslo International Theatre Festival - Special edition
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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
If the current situation allows, the first Farmer's Market of the year will be held at Vinkelplassen at Majorstuen on 6 March. At the farmer's… Read more
Farmers' Market Vinkelplassen
The mountain's most beautiful adventure. For information se their website> Read more
Hemsedal Mountain Challenge
One Glass Festival - A food and wine fair One Glass gives you the possibility to learn more about wine, liquor, beer and food. In collaboration with… Read more
One Glass Festival
Ride and Play Come join the fun, an event where the best allround skier/snowboarder will win. sign up here, Read more
Ride & Play
Join us when Maijazz 2020 invites you to the celebration of one of jazz and popular music's great icons: Joni Mitchell. Read more
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Maijazz 2020: Bendik Hofseth Band - Trunks
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Karmøygeddon Metal Festival May 6th to May 8th 2021 Read more
Karmøygeddon Metal Festival 2021
The silent electric boat festival in Arendal On May 8 and 9, the first electric boat festival will be held in Arendal, where everyone can experience… Read more
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Night Jazz
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Folkmusic Week, Ål in Hallingdal
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Spydeberg Rock Festival
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 2021
3-5 June 2021. Indie pop/rock festival at Nedre Foss Park in Grünerløkka. Read more
Loaded Oslo
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The Vømmøl Festival 2020
Langesund has developed into an international meeting place for individual singers and choirs in the shanty genre. Read more
Langesund International Shanty Festival
The Viking Festival, Avaldsnes has become the biggest Viking Festival at the West Coast of Norway. The Viking Farm will  be populated… Read more
Craft beer festival with a fantastic line up with some of the best breweries in Europe. Read more
The 2021 Invitational Beer Fest By DGB
12 and 13 June, Tøyenparken: Children's festival featuring great performers, art, dance and theatre Read more
Miniøya children's festival
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
16-19 June, Grefsenkollen: Popular summer festival 377 metres above the city Read more
OverOslo music festival
This festival has been moved from the summer of 2020 to the summer of 2021. Tickets bought for the 2020 festival are valid for this event. Contact the… Read more
Piknik i Parken 2021: day 1
Dance and fun from the morning til the evening throughout the whole weekend. The event start Thursday with a "great seeing you again" evening in the… Read more
The New Hallingtreffet
Large music festival on the island of Isegran with artists Aurora, Broiler, deLillos, Julie Bergan, Erik og Kriss, Raga Rockers, OnklP, Matoma,… Read more
IDYLL Festival
Norway's largest LGBT festival with concerts, exhibitions, shows, films, parties and debates Read more
Oslo Pride 2021
This festival has been moved from the summer of 2020 to the summer of 2021. Tickets bought for the 2020 festival are valid for this event. Contact the… Read more
Piknik i Parken 2021: day 2
The Festival will be arranged at Karljohansvern in Horten. Follow the website or facebook for more info about the… Read more
Verven Festival 2021
This festival has been moved from the summer of 2020 to the summer of 2021. Tickets bought for the 2020 festival are valid for this event. Contact the… Read more
Piknik i Parken 2021: day 3
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
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
Experience the locks in Ørje, marked and lots of fun. Read more
Cancelled - Lockfestival, Ørje
Downhill- and terrain cycling festival in Ål Ski Resort! Activities all weekend with competitions and lots of fun!… Read more
Hillbilly Huckfest
24–26 June, Ekebergsletta: Tons of Rock is taking place in Oslo for the second time. Read more
Tons of Rock Festival
In the Gudbrandsdalen valley, one hour north of Lillehammer, Henrik Ibsen's drama "Peer Gynt" is celebrated in one of Norway's leading cultural… Read more
Peer Gynt Festival
The Glomma Festival a city festival for the whole family situated along the river Glomma in Fredrikstad. The Glomma Festival offers top entertainment… Read more
Glomma Festival
Egersund Song Festival is Norway's oldest song festival, and is held the first weekend in July every year. Welcome to a weekend with a great… Read more
Egersund Visefestival 2021 - Torsdagspass
Egersund Song Festival is Norway's oldest song festival, and is held the first weekend in July every year. Welcome to a weekend with a great… Read more
Egersund Visefestival 2021 - Fredagspass
Palmesus at Kristiansand city beach is Scandinavia's biggest beach party. Read more
Palmesus 2021 Scandinavias biggest beach party
Egersund Song Festival is Norway's oldest song festival, and is held the first weekend in July every year. Welcome to a weekend with a great… Read more
Egersund Visefestival 2021 - Lørdagspass
Southern Norway's most cozy music festival. Read more
Skral Festival
Norway Rock Festival in Kvinesdal, Southern Norway is one of Norway's largest rock/metal festival. The festival is located between Stavanger… Read more
Norway Rock Festival 2021
Racetrack for street and race cars Gatebil is first and foremost about the racetrack. Freeriding with all sorts of street and race cars. Read more on… Read more
Streetcar, Rudskogen
The Villvin Market is the largest and most exciting exhibition of high quality handicrafts and arts. Read more
Villvin art and handcraft marked in Risør
A music festival at Spornes Studio on the isle of Tromøy, not far from the middle age church Tromøy kirke. Read more
Agder Vikinglag organises a Viking market at Bronseplassen. This is a Viking market and craft meet with Viking guests from across Europe who come to… Read more
Viking Market at Bronseplassen in Høvåg
Paradis Live is an out-door festival at Farsund Resort. Farsund Motorbåtforening is the organizer of the concert. Read more
Paradis Live 2020 Farsund
Coastal culture week in Tvedestrand. Events for young and old: concerts, walking tours, exhibitions and much more. Read more
Coastal culture week in Tvedestrand
Enjoy the days of piracy entertainment in Farsund's pirate city with activities for the kids, a staged battle between pirates ships and the English… Read more
Kaperdagene in Farsund
Festival in Ravnedalen, Kristiansand. Read more
Ravnedalen Live 2021
Join the garden party at Groos! Read more
Heilt Propell
Beach party at Sjøsanden! Read more
Sydli 2021
Crab festival on the charming island of Atløy Read more
Crab festival on Atløy
By a lake, between forests and steep mountains in the Gudbrandsdalen valley, you can experience Norways most famous folk tale in a spectacular outdoor… Read more
The outdoor theater Peer Gynt by Ibsen
Månefestivalen (The Moon Festival) is a charming and colorful music festival in the Old Town (Gamlebyen) in Fredrikstad. The main stage is… Read more
Local business fair with activities and entertainment for young and old, food and drinks and plenty of special offers! Traditional lunch 'vassgraut'… Read more
Ål fair
4 Days of Darkness in the Heart of Bergen! Welcome to four magic days in Bergen with exciting dark concerts. Concert will be at USF Verftet, in… Read more
Beyond The Gates
Whether you are a wooden boat owner or one of the many who love the coastal life, Risør Trebåtfestival is one event that you cannot miss. Read more
Risør Trebåtfestival - Wooden boat festival - Cancelled
Sildajazz in Haugesund has become one of the two biggest jazz festivals in the country. The Tradjazz profile is clear, but most other styles are also… Read more
Pat Metheny trio opens Silda Jazz 2021! Few, if any, jazz artists can compare with guitarist and songwriter Pat Metheny in popularity and recognition.… Read more
11. - 14. August, Tøyenparken: One of Oslo's largest music festivals Read more
Øya Festival
BE MAKING PUBLIC FESTIVAL! Ladies Tour of Norway comes to Indre Østfold, and we welcome everyone to join the party! Meet up the trail and hello… Read more
Ladies Tour of Norway
The annual Shellfish Festival in Mandal, Norway's most southern town, is well worth a visit. Read more
Shellfishfestival in Mandal
13–22 August: Music from Medieval times to the present day at some of Oslo's best concert venues Read more
Oslo Chamber Music Festival
Staysman & Lazz - a tradition at the Shellfish festival in Mandal. Read more
Staysman & Lazz - Skalldyrfestivalen 2021
13–15 August: Free, multicultural festival for the whole family at Oslo's City Hall Square Read more
The Mela Festival
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
CANCELLED: Arendalsuka - where politics meets the man in the streets
MIDGARDSBLOT METALFESTIVAL 2020 Midgardsblot metal festival is a 3 day outdoor festival with metal music and real Vikings on historical grounds!… Read more
Midgardsblot Metalfestival 2021
Havnedagene in Haugesund is a meeting point of the coast toilers on land and sea. Here you can meet all kinds of boats and vessels. All with one thing… Read more
A tribute to the Haugesund region. Western Norway's happiest music festival. 21. - 22. August.       Read more
20 and 21 August, Bislett Stadion: Two days of EDM, pop and electronica Read more
Findings Festival
Vulkan Open Air is organised for the first time with an ambitious programme. Friday august 20th, Lars Winnerbäck and Stein Torleif Bjella are… Read more
Vulkan Open Air // Lars Winnerbäck/Stein Torleif Bjella
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
Viking marked at Næs Jernverksmuseum in Tvedestrand. Read more
Lunden Vikingmarked 2021
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
We invite you to take part in sixth edition of Vill Vill Vest streaming from Bergen, Norway. 60 artists will perform at Bergens best venues over 3… Read more
Vill Vill Vest
13–22 September: Renowned festival for contemporary music and related art forms Read more
ULTIMA Oslo Contemporary Music Festival
30 Sep - 2 Oct: Discover the stars of tomorrow Read more
2-7 November: Music from all corners of the globe Read more
Oslo World
5-7 November, The Harbour Promenade: Light up dark November with a light festival. Read more
Fjord Oslo Festival of Light Art
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN – 250TH ANNIVERSARY!   Ludwig van Beethoven was born in Bonn in 1770, and in 2020 the whole musical world is looking… Read more
TO BEethoven - or not TO BEethoven: Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Welcom to the food and cultural festival 2022 Once a year a miracle happens; the lovesick cod (skrei) returns from the Barents Sea to the islands… Read more
The Arctic cod festival
14-17 April 2022: Norway's premier metal festival comes to town. Read more
Inferno Metal Festival
A great success already from the launch in summer 2015 - now a tradition! Read more
SOOTspelet, Ørje
Welcome to this year's SOOT market! Open to everyone. Both for you with and without ticket to the game. Read more
SOOTspelet, Ørje
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