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 2021 will transform Kirkenes into a Barents Metropolis for the 17th time.

[2021] The Essentials
[2020] The Russian Connection
[2019] The World’s Northernmost Chinatown
[2018] Trade Low – Score High
[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.

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  • The program for Barents Spektakel/ Barents Days 2010 is out now!
  • Alt for Barents!
  • Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway will open the Barents Spektakel 2011 festival in Kirkenes!
  • Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway opened Barents Spektakel 2011
  • Barents Spektakel 2012 web page is out
  • The Norwegian Minister of Culture will open Barents Spektakel 2012!
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