AIŌN, by composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir and choreographer Erna Ómarsdóttir will open the Festspillene i Nord Norge in June 2020. This spectacular work will be performed by the Iceland Dance Company in collaboration with the Norwegian Arctic Philharmonic and under the direction of Anna Maria Helsing who conducted the acclaimed premiere in Gothenburg last May.
The industrial venue Støperiet will be one of the most important stages during this years' Arctic Arts Festival. Festival profile KLISH in a Verdde Session with punkband ONDT BLOD, the Russian electronica band Oligarkh, and Icelandic Agent Fresco are three of the concerts the festival audience can look forward to this year.
Tickets are now awailable for two major performances during this year's Arctic Arts Festival. The Norwegian band Highasakite plays on Wednesday, June 26, and the highly acclaimed performance «The Road is Just a Surface» by musician Anja Garbarek and choreographer Jo Strømgren is scheduled for Thursday, June 27.
In connection with the Sami National day February 6, the Arctic Arts Festival presents two artists who each will have significant roles in this year's festival. The South Sami visual artist Carola Grahn will curate this year's festival exhibition, and last year's audience favorite, Timimie Märak, is the festival's second festival profile for 2019.
We are proud to announce that Berlin-based Rimini Protokoll, one of the most innovative and recognized theatre collectives in the world, will present their award-winning performance Situation Rooms at the Arctic Arts Festival in 2019.
The highly profiled and internationally renowned cultural leader and producer Ragnheiður Skúladóttir is today employed by the board of the Arctic Arts Festival in Harstad, Northern Norway as the new director. Skúladóttir is currently the managing director of Iceland Dance Company, and artistic director of the international theater festival LÓKAL in Reykjavík.
The Arctic and a Northern perspective is once again the theme for the festival design for the Arctic Arts Festival. This year designed by local graphic designer Simen Justdal.
Festival director Maria Utsi presents the program for the 54th Arctic Arts Festival. With recent years' focus on large global and Arctic questions, this program's direction is towards the people living in the North. In a time where algorythms control our reality and we live in our own echo chambres, it has never been more important to communicate with each other. The festival program for 2018 is filled with debates, workshops, conversations and seminars where the audience is invited to participate.
The innovative Arctic Arts Pilot project won the NPU-award for 2017 in the category "includes most". The award is presented by Audiences Norway, a network of national and international art and cultural institutions.
Since 1997, the Arctic Arts Festival has awarded scholarships to young, unestablished artists. These youth art projects have consolidated their position in the Arctic Arts Programme, and both the audience and the press are interested in these projects. Now artists with an affiliaton to Northern Norway may apply for support to realise their ideas for art projects.