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’ and they provide new perspectives on the north while initiating discussions on themes relevant to the Barents Region.
In 2009 Pikene på Broen was awarded Eckbos Legaters Culture Prize.
In 2015 Pikene på Broen was part of the Havana Bienial in Cuba and partner in Stefano Cagol`s, ‘The Body of Energy’, project for La Biennale di Venezia.
The Barents Spektakel is Pikene på Broen’s largest event each year and builds cultural bridges across real and imaginary borderlines. The festival is best described as 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 each February explodes to life as the long polar night comes to an end.
Hosted by Pikene på Broen, the BAR International artist-in-residency program is open to 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.
Transborder Cafe is a concept involving open discussions related to current political and cultural issues with contributions by artists, musicians, writers, politicians and researchers. Pushing the boundaries on topics relevant to the north, the format invites audiences as active participants and the events are often flavored with theme-related food and drinks. The evening is concluded with musical performances.
Pikene på Broen today:
Luba Kuzovnikova – artistic director
Inger Blix Kvammen – advisor
Franziska Kraiczy – administrative director
Kjetil Nicolaisen – technical manager
Michael Miller – media and public relations
Ingrid Valan – co-curator/project manager
Pikene på Broen was established in 1996 by:
Bente Synnøve Andersen
Anne Mette Bjørgan
Inger Blix Kvammen