The next festival will be July 1-5, 2015.

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The 2014 festival: Local - global for 25 years.

In 2014 the festival will celebrate it's 25th anniversary, and for the first time the festival will go on for five days, starting on Wednesday July 2nd.

As always The Førde Traditional and World Music Festival will invite the audiance to experience music in unique surroundings; by the fjord, on the mountain top, in the woods and at the riverside and in small and large concert halls. 

During five days of festival we will organise some 100 events at around 30 venues, with more than 300 artists from  30 nations.

Download festival program in English


can be purchased at (Ticketmaster) tel: +47 815 33 133.

Ticket reservations from abroad, please contact Fride Haugen at the Festival office. Phone: +47 46 90 50 10 Email: fride.haugen(alfa)

More information about tickets and festival passes 


The world comes to Førde!

Førde Traditional and World Music Festival is the largest festival in Scandinavia for traditional and / world music and dance from all over the world. The festival was established in 1990, and takes place in beginning of July each year (week no 27).

The main profile is traditional and contemporary folk music on an accoustic basis. 6000 artists from more than 120 different countries have been presented at the festival the last 25 years. The festival programme is of great variety, with concerts, workshops, exhibitions, children’s events, dance evenings etc. Plus different kinds of projects during the festival week and throughout the year.

The main festival arena

is the culture centre, “Førdehuset” with four concert halls from 170 to 2500 seats. Festival events also take place in hotels, museums arts centres and outdoor stages in and nearby Førde, altogether about 20 venues.

Unique music in unique surroundings

Førde is a small town on the western coast of Norway, 150 km north of Bergen, surrounded by fjords, mountains, glaciers and waterfalls.

In 2010, 2011 and 2012 the festival has been on Songlines’ (the most important international world music magazine) exclusive list of the 25 best international festivals in the world!

Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit is the patron of the festival.

The festival is one of the most important festivals in Norway, and has a strong financial support from the Norwegian government. The festival plays an important part in the preserving and development of traditional music and dance in Norway.


The festival emphasizes a certain theme each year

1990: Eastern Europe

1991: Aborigins and minorities

1992: African roots

1993: Gypsy music

1994: The far East

1995: The Mediterranian Sea

1996: South of the Sahara

1997: Latin America

1998: European Minorities

1999: Music around the Black Sea

2000: Celtic music

2001: Music along the Silk Road

2002: The Iberian Peninsula

2003: European voices

2004: Saludos del Caribe! Music of the Caribbean

2005: Sounds from the Caspian Sea

2006: Brazil

2007: Emotions francaises! France and the French diaspora

2008: Dialogue

2009: World Voices

2010: FREEDOM and Oppression

2011: Women’s World

2012: Coexistence

2013: Music & Nature

2014: Local - Global for 25 years


 Facts about Førde Traditional and World Music Festival

  • 250 artists
  • 25 countries
  • 90 concerts, workshops and other festival events.
  • 30 000 visitors
  • 300 volounteers
  • 6 persons working for the festival all year.


Concerts through the year: The festivals also organizes concerts throughout the year, presenting both traditional and jazz music at top level.

Download festival program


Artist proposal?

If you want to propose an artist for the festival, please send information to:  artistproposal(alfa) Best period to send proposals is from September to December.  As we receive thousands of proposals per year, we don’t have the capacity to answer all proposers,sorry!  Artists who are considered for the summer’s festival, will be contacted before end of January.  Thank you for your interest in our festival!



If you want to apply for a press accreditation at the Førde Traditional and World Music Festival, please send an email to our Communication Manager, Torill Faleide at  torill.faleide (@)

Stand at the festival?

If you want to hire a stand at the Førdehuset (main venue) during the festival, please send an email to Mr. Anders Gjerland at anders (@) or contact him at +47 90892760.   

If you want a stand in the city centre, please contact the Service Office, at (+47) 57 72 20 00.


Travel information

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