Festspillene will announce the complete 2023 program on March 30th


Åpning av Festspillene i Nord-Norge 2022. Foto: Kristin Rønning
Åpning av Festspillene i Nord-Norge 2022. Foto: Kristin Rønning

Festspillene i Nord-Norge 2023 will take place in Harstad June 24th -July 1st. We will announce our complete 2023 program on March 30th until then you can read about already confirmed artists here. If you are interested in our expansive industry series NORDAFØRR, taking place June 26th-28th you can read more about that here.

Festspillene i Nord-Norge (Arctic Arts Festival) was founded in Harstad in 1964. During summer solstice in June each year, we arrange a week-long international arts festival, dedicated to music, theatre, dance and performance. With its home base at 68° latitude, the festival is in and about the north where we foster and honor creative processes, contemplative exchanges and a communal spirit.


We care about our audience and we are dedicated to reflecting our surroundings. We encourage artistic cross pollination, celebrate the multiplicity of our communities and are passionately committed to the artists in our region at the same time that we are curious about processes and practices from other parts of the world. 


Aiming at stimulating local arts and culture, we provide the opportunity for artists to think big and take a risk! Through our Young Artists Stipend and Open Call funding we allocate support for creative performance-based projects which challenge the boundaries of artistic expression through exciting collaborations and mentorship. We also organize the annual NUK-NyUngKunst (New Young Art), a workshop-based festival with abled and disabled participants that takes place within the framework of Festspillene.