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

The Barents Spektakel is an annual event that builds cultural bridges across real and imaginary borderlines. The five-day 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 each February explodes to life as the long polar night comes to an end.

The festival first started in 2004 and in February 2018 will transform Kirkenes into a Barents Metropolis for the 14th time.

[2017] The Industrial Boomerang
[2016] Rethinking Location
[2015] Arctic Take Away
[2013] Ticking Barents
[2012] Dare to Share
[2011] Mind the Map!
[2010] Arctic Calling
[2009] Borders – Control or Rock-n-Roll?
[2008] Border-Crossing Exercises
[2007] Hot Arctic
[2006] Border-Crossing Cooperation and Culture-Trafficing. Artist as a researcher
[2005] Indigenous People, National States and Borders
[2004] Culture and Business. Creative Industries.

Stay tuned for the 14th Barents Spektakel kicking off on the 21st of February 2018!!

If you would like to become a volunteer at the festival send us a message and we will get in touch closer to the festival time, we are are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help with the festival and represent the Pikene team.  To read more about the artists we are currently working with for the next Barents Spektakel, check out our residency program or keep up do date with the Barents Spektakel projects, news and preparations below.

  • August 25, 2017
    Trial of the Century Nominated for Performance of the Year 2017
    Barents Spektakel,Pikene News
  • March 13, 2017
    The Barents Spektakel 2017 Video Is Here!!
    Barents Spektakel
  • March 1, 2017
    Thanks to Everyone Who Helped Make the 13th Barents Spektakel One of the Best Yet!
    Barents Spektakel
  • December 2, 2016
    Barents Spektakel 2017 - The Industrial Boomerang
    Barents Spektakel
  • November 14, 2016
    The Megaphonic Thrift Joins the 2017 Barents Spektakel Music Line-up
    Barents Spektakel
  • November 7, 2016
    North Norwegian Artist Inge Bremnes Confirmed for the the Barents Spektakel 2017
    Barents Spektakel

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