‘Norwegian Wood’ files for bankruptcy

It was once one of the most popular summer music festivals in Norway. Then “Norwegian Wood” became a shadow of its former self and on Tuesday, the company that’s run it lately filed for bankruptcy. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported that the filing, in the local court for the suburban Oslo community of Asker og […]

Mela opens during big festival weekend

No less than five music festivals are being held in Oslo this weekend, with the Norwegian capital’s most multi-cultural event of the year, the annual Mela Festival, already sprawling over the waterfront plaza in front of City Hall. It was opening on Friday for a three-day run that usually attracts big crowds of food- and music lovers, who […]

Literature lauded in Lillehammer

Authors and artists from 24 countries were gathering in Lillehammer this week for the 23rd annual literature festival, the largest to be held in the Nordic countries. Freedom of expression was a central theme, even as Norway’s own culture minister ignored it in China just last week. Culture Minister Linda Hofstad Helleland was under heavy […]

Bergen festival royally underway

Queen Sonja hailed Norway’s west coast capital of Bergen as a city “with deep cultural roots back to the Hanseatic time” when she opened the annual Festspillene (Bergen International Festival) on Wednesday. She claimed the festival “is a good example of how Bergen has formed its identity.” The nearly 80-year-old queen played a role in Bergen’s cultural […]

‘Bylarm’ festival comes of age

Norway’s annual Bylarm music festival and conference was getting underway on Thursday for the 20th time, now at its home base in Oslo. It’s evolved into a premier showcase for new talent, and attracts scouts and attention from around the world. More than 150 different and new names are on the program this year, set to […]

Hectic week for Norway’s Kygo

Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll, better known as Kygo, was heading into an unforgettable weekend on top of an extremely hectic week. In the space of just a few days, the young electronica musician from Bergen launched a new clothing collection, geared up to perform at two festivals and then announced he’d be flying down to Rio, to play […]

Indigenous people’s festival drew crowds

UPDATED: One of Norway’s most unusual summer festivals drew record crowds last week, as it showcased the music and culture of indigenous people worldwide, with a special emphasis on Norway’s own Sami. Other artists traveled from as far away as Taiwan and Siberia. The annual Riddu Riddu Festival was celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, featuring concerts, theater, films, […]

Police crack down on drugs at music festivals

Norwegian police have arrested around 80 people at music festivals during the past week, all of them on charges of narcotics possession. Police think the actual number of music fans combining festivals with drug use is much higher. “There are lots of people at these music festivals, and we can’t be everywhere,” Frank Gran of […]

Festival drug raids spark criticism

Norwegian police were being strongly criticized Sunday after weekend raids on a summer music festival in Lofoten. Law professor Hans Fredrik Marthinussen thinks police broke the law themselves, when they showed up at the electronica music festival Midnight Sun in Lofoten with their drug-sniffing dogs. “If people act like they’re under the influence, or behave strangely, that […]

Norwegian Wood chops festival program

Norway’s highly acclaimed Norwegian Wood music festival is being chopped down to just one day this year, and moved from its home at Frognerbadet to the waterfront at Bjørvika. Organizers cited “challenges” in booking bands to play. That hasn’t appeared to be a problem in the past, with Norwegian Wood regularly billing top performers over its 24-year […]