‘Øya’ festival struck harmony with fund

Hopes for strength and a more harmonic future were largely behind the decision by leaders of Norway’s largest music festival, “Øya,” to let a large US investment fund take it over. The acquisition offers more proof that festivals have become big business. News of the acquisition was released just as Øya was opening for its […]

Festival summer hot and challenging

Norway’s summer music festival season was reaching its crescendo this week. From “OverOslo” in June to the country’s largest festival “Øya,” which opens this week in Oslo, the festivals represent multi-million-kroner business but are also under pressure, from the high compensation demanded by performers to the neighbours who don’t like seeing their local parks and […]

Oslo Pride broke financial records, too

Organizers of this year’s Oslo Pride festival have already been able to revel in record-breaking participation and spectators when celebrations climaxed with the annual Pride Parade on Saturday. Now they’re reporting record profits as well, and may actually hire some staff instead of relying strictly on volunteers. An estimated 40,000 people were out marching along […]

‘Norwegian Wood’ festival cancelled

Norway’s traditional but troubled music festival “Norwegian Wood” has been cancelled this year, after an attempt to revive it stranded because of poor ticket sales and what its new owner views as an aversion to risk. Henning Thoresen took over the festival that was held every June at the Frogner Park since 1994. It made […]

‘A very good by:Larm’

The annual Nordic music festival and conference in Oslo known as by:Larm attracted rave reviews after it ended this weekend. One critic called it an “irresistible tumult of new music,” and a teenager from Bergen stole the show. The packed concerts delivered by 17-year-old Hannah Emelie Grung, better known as Halie (pronounced “Holly”), were branded […]

Norwegian music hits a high note

“Thank you for the music, Sweden. Now it’s our turn.” That was the headline in the national Norwegian magazine A-Magasinet nearly a year ago, and today Norway’s music industry is reverberating more than ever around the world. The Swedes have been a pop music superpower for decades, but their neighbours are suddenly stealing the stage […]

By:Larm gathers Nordic talent

Musical talent from the Nordic countries was hitting stages in Oslo again as the annual by:Larm music conference and festival got underway on Thursday. By:Larm is considered a premier arena especially for new Norwegian musicians. The major musical event of the year is also celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, after starting up in Trondheim […]

‘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 […]