Barents Cultural Festivals

In the Barents region there are many cultural festivals which have multicultural activities. They are crossing cultures with joint projects of performers from the Nordic countries, fusion on different art genres and a combination of traditional and modern approaches. They present opportunities for people to experience art and communicate with each other within the cultural field.


BarentsBird Festival in one of the largest festivals of the Murmansk region devoted to the culture of the Nordic countries. The festival program includes concerts of popular and experimental musicians, theatre and dance events, art performances, art and photography exhibitions, talks, film screenings and lectures. The festival has been arranged since 2015 as a continuation of previously held Nordic Days in Murmansk.

The aim of the festival is to develop the existing art-environment of the city and region by inviting culture professionals as participants. This significant annual cultural event attracts the attention of local and foreign residents to cultural events in the region on the whole and to the festival events in particular.

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Barents Spektakel

The festival is a cultural-political cocktail with contemporary art and music, theatre and performance, literature and architecture including seminars and debates as ingredients. The festival first started in 2004 and has since been arranged already 15 times.

Barents Spektakel 2020 seeked the reality in the world of disinformation, misinformation and alternative facts. The Russian connection themed festival aimed to piece together the mosaic of clues about the extent of Russian connection in the West.

In the north, there is more to the Russian connection than global politics. Historical ties, trade and shared experiences have shaped the regions's governance, economy and culture - transforming the urban and cultural space and creating visible signs of Russian presence. Where do these fit when understanding Russian influence today?

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Pomor Festival

Pomor festival will be arranged in 2020 on 21-26 July in Vardø. Every year artists, singers, craftsmen and museus representatives gather in Vardø to contribute to the cooperation. The festival has been held continuously for almost 30 years now.

The festival celebrates mainly the cooperation between the Arkhangelsk region and Vardø, which are sister cities. However we can thank this cooperation for the efforts of social organisations such as the Pomor Association. Among cultural exhange, finding common language, making friends and communicating are also important parts of the festival.

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