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.
 The Essentials
 The Russian Connection
 The World’s Northernmost Chinatown
 Trade Low – Score High
 The Industrial Boomerang
 Rethinking Location
 Arctic Take Away
 Ticking Barents
 Dare to Share
 Mind the Map!
 Arctic Calling
 Borders – Control or Rock-n-Roll?
 Border-Crossing Exercises
 Hot Arctic
 Border-Crossing Cooperation and Culture-Trafficing. Artist as a researcher
 Indigenous People, National States and Borders
 Culture and Business. Creative Industries.