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  • Ved inngangen til det nye året kan vi gledelig registrere at vi har kommet halvveis med oppussing av vårt nye visningsrom i Gågata midt i Kirkenes sentrum. Den siste veggen rives nå, og da kan gulvet avrettes. Det er Kirkenes Byggservice som står bak renoveringen av lokalet.
    January 3, 2017
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    Generøse støttespillere for vårt nye visningsrom
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  • Anders Eik Pilskog and Jan Gunnar Skjeldsøy from architecture firm Stiv Kuling have been working with Pikene på Broen to create a space that reflects local society – industry meeting community and nature. Materials such as steel and concrete are balanced with timber and wool with large street facing windows and interior glass providing natural light to the space. The architects have worked with Pikene på Broen in the past, producing a project for the 2013 Barents Spektakel.
    December 8, 2016
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    Work Continues on Pikene på Broen’s New Showroom in Kirkenes' Pedestrian Street
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  • A new wave of industrialisation is on the way throughout the borderlands with maritime and land-based industrial infrastructure coming more into focus on both sides of the Russian-Norwegian border. Municipal and federal governments are scrambling to build capacity, discover resources and reinvent their nations Arctic industries on land and at sea.
    December 2, 2016
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    Barents Spektakel 2017 - The Industrial Boomerang
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  • Belgian photographer and video artist Alexis Destoop returned to the north to continue his research.  For this trip, Alexis focused on looking deeper into the borderlands and the complex story of the borders between Russia, Norway and Finland. During his two-week journey, Alexis travelled between Nikel, Zapolyarny and Murmansk in Russia before visiting snow-covered Grense Jakobselv, Bygøynes on the Varanger fjord coast, mining operations at Sydvaranger Gruve and the border market town of Näätamö in Finland.  Alexis also witnessed and recorded the relaunching of a Russian trawler from the Kimek heavy repair hanger in Kirkenes. Alexis will return to Kirkenes in three...
    November 30, 2016
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    Alexis Destoop Continues his Long-term Research into the North
    BAR International
  • Pikene på Broen, in cooperation with the Finnmark International Literature Festival, presented the Transborder Café exploring the delicate and sometimes unspoken cultural differences that exist across the Russian-Norwegian border.
    November 21, 2016
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    Transborder Cafe - Chto Delat, Morten Strøksnes and Gromyka at Finnmark International Literature Festival
    Transborder Cafe
  • We are excited to announce our music programme for the Barents Spektakel 2017 is expanding with Bergen’s The Megaphonic Thrift joining the line-up for Friday’s double concert at Ofelas Arena.
    November 14, 2016
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    The Megaphonic Thrift Joins the 2017 Barents Spektakel Music Line-up
    Barents Spektakel
  • We are excited to announce North Norwegian artist Inge Bremnes will perform at the 2017 Barents Spektakel!
    November 7, 2016
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    North Norwegian Artist Inge Bremnes Confirmed for the the Barents Spektakel 2017
    Barents Spektakel
  • EEEFFF’s artistic practice exists in a world where technology, data privacy and concepts of real and ephemeral communities come together. The Belarusian artist duo, who are now based in Russia, work to destabilise your digital experience in a time when polished GUI*, UX** and IPS*** aim to provide a sense of familiarity and security.
    November 3, 2016
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    Artist Duo EEEFFF Visit Kirkenes' High Tech Industries
    BAR International
  • Pikene på Broen was pleased to host Outi Pieski and Jenni Laiti as part of our BAR International artist in residency program while they undertook research for future collaborative projects. The artists, who during the summer of 2016 collaborated for the first time, each bring unique aesthetics approaches to the contemporary art and culture of Sapmi.  Their first collaboration project was entitled Forewalkers and appeared as part of  Art Ii Biennial – Poetics of Material, the work addressed issues of Sami culture and the right of self-determination. Jenni and Outi will use their first collaboration experience as a springboard for a future project...
    October 14, 2016
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    Outi Pieski and Jenni Laiti, Collaborative Research in the Borderlands
    BAR International
  • Ernie and JTT worked late into the night transforming an empty store on Kirkenes’ pedestrian mall into their pop-up hair salon, #ErrorSpa. For two days, the salon operated with impunity from the authorities offering art school haircuts which are more than the law allows.
    October 10, 2016
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    #ErrorSpa Pops Up in Kirkenes' Pedestrian Mall
    BAR International
  • Tanya Busse and Emilija Skarnulyte visited Pikene på Broen to scout locations and conduct research for their upcoming project that will be unveiled at the Barents Spektakel 2017.
    September 12, 2016
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    Tanya Busse and Emilija Škarnulytė Tour Kirkenes' Industrial Landscapes
    BAR International
  • Ina Otzko and Kjetil Berg hit the road for a tour of central Finnmark and the Kola Peninsula with Pikene på Broen and BAR International. The study trip took the artists from Karasjok via Karigasniemi, Kaamanen, Sevettijärvi, Neiden, Kirkenes, Nikel, Zapolyarny, Titovka, Kirovsk, Kandalaksha, Monchegorsk and Murmansk.
    September 7, 2016
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    The Road Trip Residency - Ina Otzko and Kjetil Berg
    BAR International

Pikene på Broen

Pikene på Broen is a collective of curators and producers based in the northeastern Norwegian town of Kirkenes. Located 15km from the Russian border and 50km from the Finnish border the town of Kirkenes is ideally placed for cross-border cooperation and cultural exchange in the Arctic. Pikene på Broen was established in 1996 and has spent the past 20 years realising large and small scale cultural projects – they call these ‘border-crossing exercises’ which provide new perspectives on the north while initiating discussions on themes relevant to the Barents Region.

Barents Spektakel

The Barents Spektakel is Norway’s most border-crossing festival!

The festival is a cultural-political cocktail with contemporary art and music, theatre and performance, literature and architecture and seminars and debates as its ingredients – all spiced with current issues related to the Barents Region and the High North in general. The festival first started in 2004 and in February 2017 will transform Kirkenes into a Barents Metropolis for the 13th time.

BAR International

Hosted by Pikene på Broen, the BAR International artist-in-residency program is open for artists of all genres along with musicians, architects, researchers and curators who are interested in exploring the Barents borderland in transition – an area which is a gateway to Russia, a crossroad for political decisions in the Arctic and a laboratory for creative solutions to economic, cultural and social challenges in the border region.

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