Norway opened just in time for Pride

Events were still scaled down, but Corona-related restrictions were eased just in time for annual Pride events around Norway that recognize gender diversity and tolerance for love in all its forms. Pride’s colours of the rainbow have already been flying, especially in Oslo. “It’s more important now than ever for our public,” Fredrik Dreyer, chief […]

Bergen International Festival can open

A slimmed-down version of Norway’s annual Bergen International Festival is getting ready to open to both live audiences and those clicking in digitally. Events will be held indoors and outdoors, after organizers struggled to satisfy Corona-related restrictions. “We’ve had some challenging months, with lots of uncertainty and many changes,” said festival chief Anders Beyer, who’s […]

Sports and summer festivals cancelled

No Norway Cup in Oslo. No “Festspillene” in Bergen. No “Øyafestivalen,” billed as one of the most highly acclaimed musical gatherings in Northern Europe. All festivals, sporting and other events drawing more than 500 people will continue to be halted in Norway at least until September 1, ruining summer for lots of music and sports […]

Festival aims to light up autumn darkness

The City of Oslo is spending NOK 2 million (USD 222,000) on artistic lighting exhibits from around Europe this coming weekend. Billed as a “free” event for the public, it’s officially meant to help light up the darkness that’s now setting in earlier after daylight savings time ended during the weekend. It’s questionable whether the […]

Alta in mourning, campaign halted

All the political parties in Norway’s northern city of Alta have halted their election campaigns following a helicopter crash during the weekend that killed everyone on board. Among the victims were the son and niece of local Progress Party politician Ronny Berg.  “We all think that it just feels completely wrong to keep campaigning in […]

‘Biggest and best’ festival gets underway

Oslo’s Øya summer music festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, serving cake to early arrivals when it opened Wednesday afternoon. Organizers reported it was sold out as of last week, even before media commentators ranked it as Norway’s “biggest and best” once again. International stars, new artists and a broad selection of Norwegian […]

Music festivals hang on to their identities

Another busy season of summer festivals in Norway will soon draw to a close. In the increasingly attractive region of Helgeland, known for its thousands of islands and coastal culture, organizers of two major festivals are keen to literally hang on to their roots. While Rootsfestivalen in Brønnøysund wants to retain a local identity, Trænafestivalen hopes […]

‘Norwegian Wood’ cancelled again

The once-thriving outdoor Norwegian Wood music festival in Oslo has been cancelled again for 2019. The festival that was held in the Frogner Park for many years was slimmed down to just one day in 2016 and never fully recovered. Financial problems and late bookings are behind its latest cancellation. New owner Henning Thoresen told […]

‘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 […]