News archive

  • 08-06-18

    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.

  • 26-05-18

    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.

  • 14-02-18

    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.

  • 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.