News archive

  • 13-02-18

    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. 

  • 23-06-17

    During the Arctic Arts Festival there will be a photo service, providing fresh photos from each day.

  • 20-02-17

    The Arctic Arts Festival proudly presents a dance performance with the events of the Second World War in the North as the framework. This is particularly relevant to emphasize today, in light of the lack of recognition of the northern Norwegian contribution to the resistance. GLEMT (FORGOTTEN) by Simone Grøtte is a dance performance conveying the war history in a completely new way.

  • 20-02-17

    As part of the celebration of the Sami National Day on February 6, the Arctic Arts Festival released several Sami projects and artists, but also a brand new concept for collaborative concerts, Verdde Sessions. The range of artists presented here reflects the broad range of modern Sami music, from jazz through contemporary music to trance and electronica.

  • 20-02-17

    The Arctic Arts Festival has selected scenographer Mari Lotherington (28) and artist Silje Halstensen (26) as the festival profiles of 2017.

  • 17-01-17

    The Arctic Arts Festival will focus on the locals of the North in the annual Festival Exhibition, and has asked the director of Northern Norway Art Museum, Jérémie Michael McGowan, and director of Anchorage Museum, Julie Decker, to curate the exhibition.

  • 18-12-15

    The visual artist Shwan Dler Qaradaki draws upon issues of identity, belonging and the challenges of asylum and settlement of refugees in his work. For these reasons Arctic Arts Festival asked him to mount our Festival Exhibition in 2016. The former refugee from Kurdistan in northern Iraq has gained extensive recognition for his community based work, and for its relevance to current political debates.

  • 08-12-15

    Our festival profiles in 2016 will be the dance company Kartellet and artist/composer Benjamin Mørk. They will be popping up where you least expect them with a sense of playfulness, artful movement and dance, plus electronic beat!

  • 03-11-15

    Arctic Arts Festival director Maria Utsi is placing a spotlight on today´s broader political situation, and how it effects artistic interaction in the northern regions. At Arts Council Norways anniversary conference in Harstad this week she gathers an exciting panel with extensive expertise on Russia.

  • 10-07-15

    Videoglimpse from The Arts Festival of North Norway 2015!