It’s a great joy to welcome you to Nordaførr – Festspillene i Nord-Norge’s industry platform. At its core, Nordaførr is a gathering place for artists, programmers, and organizations to connect across art discipline, geographical borders, and hierarchies. For three days we meet to connect and reflect during our daytime program, consisting of panels, artist talks, presentations and works in progress. In the afternoon you can enjoy the festival program where we’ve made sure many of our most exciting regional productions take place.
All the daytime program takes place at the festival house at Storgata 18 in the time span 09:00-13:30. It is possible to participate on one, two or all three days. A pass to the NORDAFØRR program costs 300 NOK per day. If you choose a three-day pass, you will get a discount and only pay NOK 750 in total. You can buy a pass HERE.
Tickets for Nordaførr include a light lunch.
In the afternoon, you’re free to attend the artistic program of the festival as you please, but we’ve listed our recommendations in the program below, marked in blue. For industry visitors who wish to see several performances during the festival, we have created a separate festival pass for you. The card costs NOK 845 and gives you:
- 50% on all tickets (one for each performance)
- discounted industry program: only NOK 650 for a three-day day pass to the NORDAFØRR program
- free entry to SENTRALEN, our festival tent (subject to capacity and upon presentation of an accreditation card). You can apply for industry accreditation HERE
When you application is approved, you will be sent a link to buy tickets with your discounts.
Buy tickets and view the complete festival program on our website HERE.
For more information for the industry, read more HERE.
If you have any questions, please contact Nordaførr producer, Ingvild Bjørnson at email: email@example.com / Mob: +47 473 48 540.
Sunday, June 25th
People arrive throughout the day.
Monday, June 26th
Registration and coffee at the festival house, Storgata 18.
Going in style
Welcome to NORDAFØRR with Ragnheiður Skúladóttir, director of Festspillene i Nord-Norge
Round of introductions
Going hand in hand
Panel: Art for young audiences
What is the role of live art for young audiences in the digital age? How do artists of different disciplines approach art for the younger demographic?
Panelists: Mine Nilay Yalcin (NO), Runa Bergsmo (NO), and Jósef Halldórsson (IS).
Yalcin is attending the festival with her performance BLIKK, Bergsmo with her concert Sommer i Mamelukken and Halldórsson as designer of SNN-parken, our interactive park for children.
Artist talk: Márkomeannu in conversation with Riot Gáhpagat (SÁ)
In January 2023 the Sámi festival, Márkomeannu, situated in Gállogieddi, put out a call for young Sami women to join a brand-new Sámi punk band. The call was made in response to the lasting threat to the Sámi way of life and culture: Climate change, industry and government-imposed development, Sámi languages being in danger of extinction as well as threats of harassment and violence against Sámi women. These conditions warranted the creation of a Sámi punk band.
Márkomeannu joins us for a conversation together with the band members Ellinor Skartland, Ida Hælen Holtås, Laura Rantatalo Suikki and Mie Bergh, where they will discuss the process of making the band, the need for it and the road ahead. Riot Gáhpagat will have their first mini concert at Sentralen Thursday June 29th during Festspillene i Nord-Norge.
Work-in-progress with Moddi (NO): Det nye nord (The new North)
What happens if you send eight songwriters to eight locations in Northern Norway and let their writing run free?
From 2022 to 2023, eight artists are to be stationed in various parts of Northern Norway. Their mission is to be inspired by the people, nature, stories, and atmosphere, and create music detached from the nostalgia we often wrap around poetry in the north. Featured in the project is a star team of North Norwegian musicians from Porsanger in the north to Helgeland in the south: Ida Maria and Thomas Langvann (R.Ø.D. Jazzkvartett), Jon-Are Masternes (Klish), Ingvild Austgulen (Opphav), Lars Bremnes, Emil Kárlsen, Risten Anine Gaup, Frode Larsen (Kantona), and initiator and artistic director, Pål Moddi Knutsen. During Nordaførr we’ll be presented with a musical status report from their work on Det nye nord so far, featuring Moddi himself and an assortment of the other musicians in the project.
Going further North
After talk: Moddi & co in conversation about Det nye nord.
Going to lunch
Complementary light lunch at the Festival house
Pitch session with Davvi - Centre for Performing Arts (NO, SE, FI)
Together with Davvi we invite you to a pitch session featuring a variation of artists working in the performing arts field in the North. They will share new projects and insights into their artistry. Curated by Silje Solheim Johnsen, Davvi. Featuring the artists: Kristina Junttila Valkoinen (NO/FI), Jenny Svensson (SE), and Ingvild Fossheim (NO).
Going to Sentralen
We collectively walk to Sentralen
Industry Mingling: Davvi - Centre for performing arts & Dansenett Norge
Davvi invites national and international artists, programmers, and producers to join them in a casual discussion about Dansenett Norge and other services provided by Davvi - Centre for performing arts.
Davvi - Center for performing arts was established in 2021 and is the competence centre for the independent performing arts of North Norway.
Dansenett Norge is a collaboration between some of Norway's most important actors for the display and promotion of contemporary dance in Norway.
Tuesday, June 27th
Registration and coffee at the festival house, Storgata 18.
Going to the heart of it
Panel: Culture in crisis
Artists and cultural arenas are always threatened by limited fundings and economical resources. As a result of the Covid pandemic, the war in Ukraine, and ever-increasing prices; the audience base for the already threatened art field has also weakened considerably. When resources are under pressure, culture seems difficult to prioritize for the majority. Although we have repeatedly experienced that humanity can not only have something to live on, but also needs something to live for. In this panel we pose challenging questions to leading cultural profiles in the north, about how to act in a perpetual cultural crisis, and find solutions to challenging issues for a marginal field.
Moderated by Ragnheiður Skúladóttir, director of Festspillene i Nord-Norge
Panelists: Hilkka-Liisa Iivanainen (FI), artistic director of Tampere Theatre Festival, Bek Berger (LV), Artistic Director of New Theatre Institute of Latvia, Jesper Pedersen (DK), director, writer, and creative producer.
Going to the lab
Presentation of ArtLab with Tale Næss (NO)
ArtLab is a Tromsø-based series of performing arts laboratories where the central focal point is artistic investigation and exploration. The artist chooses the topic of investigation and dives into it without the pressure of resulting in a specific result. ArtLab is run by Davvi - Centre for performing arts.
Going across borders
Artist talk: Valgeir Sigurðsson (IS) and Bjarni Jónsson (IS)
Composer and producer Valgeir Sigurðsson and playwright and dramaturge Bjarni Jónsson, discuss cross pollination of music and text.
Valgeir Sigurðsson is one of Festspillene i Nord-Norge’s associate artists and featured in the festival program with his new concert, The art of Listening.
Going to lunch
Walk & Talk with lunch in our hand
PechaKucha: Meet the North
PechaKucha is a storytelling format where a presenter shows 20 slides with 20 seconds of commentary each. For our PechaKucha at Nordaførr, we have gathered prominent cultural figures from the North to share personal presentations about their artistic activities and their workplace. Featuring presentations from (more to come):
- Scene Nord with Kjell-Arthur Helmersen
- Musikk i Nordland with Vibeke Forshaug
- Bodø2024 - European capital of culture with Henrik Sand Dagfinrud
- Márkomeannu with Ane Margrethe Ugelvik
- Figurteatret i Nordland with Geir-Ove Andersen
- Samovarteateret with Bente Andersen
Going to the gallery
13:30 Going to the gallery
Together with the curators of this year’s festival exhibition, Pikene på broen, we get an exclusive tour of “The Good Life” at Galleri Nord-Norge.
Wednesday, June 28th
Registration and coffee at the Festival house, Storgata 18.
Panel: Activism and minorities
As a minority in the arts, are you also bound to become an activist? Can you make art separate from your minority perspective?
Moderated by Aslak Heika Hætta Bjørn (SÁ)
Panelists: Alice Fleming and Meret Hassanen (AU) from Back to Back Theater, Sarakka Gaup (SÁ) and Thomas Voll (NO).
Going for the profile
Artist talk with Festspillene profile artist 2021-2023, Trygve Luktvasslimo
Back in 2021, Luktvasslimo was engaged as a profile artist with Festspillene. In 2023 he is premiering his new feature film, Bitcoinbilen. Director of Festspillene, Ragnheiður Skúladóttir joins Luktvasslimo for a conversation about the project and the road ahead.
Going towards the future
Launch of profile artist 2023-2025 with Ragnheiður Skúladóttir, director of Festspillene i Nord-Norge
Biannually Festspillene engages two artists as the festival’s official profile artists. The artists work closely with the festival and premiere new work in 2025.
Going to Guovdageaidnu
Work-in-progress and artist talk with Dáiddadállu (SÁ)
Dáiddadállu is a unique Sámi artist collective established in Guovdageaidnu/Kautokeino in 2014. Today the collective consists of 21 artists from all disciplines, providing a strong and broad community. The work-in-progress will feature one of their artists which later will be joined by the Dáiddadállu team for an artist talk.
Going to lunch
Complementary light lunch at the festival house.
Presentation of Arctic Arts Summit with Maria Utsi (NO/SÁ)
The Arctic Arts Summit was founded in 2017 by Maria Utsi and aims to strengthen the arts and culture in the North and encourage circumpolar collaborations in the creative industries. Arctic Arts Summit is held biannually in different Arctic locations and aims to create a transnational platform that could catapult perspectives of arts and culture into the political discourse on Arctic development.
Open table talk: What are the characteristics of Northern art practices?
Moderated by Egill Pálsson (IS), artistic director of Hålogaland Teater.
After three days of conversation and insight into the Nordic arts scene, what can be said to characterize the art made in this corner of the world? We invite all participants to engage in the conversation about the past, present and future of the Northern arts scene.