The North Norway Youth Cultural Festival, NUK++

Fotograf: Einar Nymoen NUK++2014

The North Norway Youth Cultural Festival (NUK++) is an integrated cultural festival for young people, and young people with disabilities from the ages of 14 to 20 years of age. Ever year, during the Arctic Arts Festival around 100 young people come from across northern Norway to Harstad to take part in various arts- and cultural workshops for a period of six days.

The workshops designated by the sign (++) are open solely to young people with disabilities, whilst the remaining workshops are open to all, abled body and disabled alike.

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Fotograf: Jens Koning

NUK++ is based at Heggen videregående skole, where creative work at the workshops, together with meals, accommodation and cultural meetings of various kinds takes place.

During the daytime young people participate in around 10 different Arts and Culture workshops led by professional instructors. Later in the day the participants can take advantage of all that the festival has to offer, whilst the Ungdommens Hus in Harstad remains a popular gathering point. 

The week concludes with all the participants joining together to create a large production/performance where they can present the fruit of their labours from the workshops. This performance is included in the official festival programme. 

Our young participants are all great fans of NUK++. Many of them regard their time in Harstad as "the best week of the year". 

NUK++ is a part of the Actic Arts Festival. 



During NUK++2013 the film maker Vibeke Heide was in attendance and she filmed and interviewed some of our young participants. 

The result was a fabulous film portrait which recieved its premiere during the opening of NUK++2014.

Take a look at this short clip from the film! (in Norwegian)