María Pagés Compañia was one of the great acts at the festival in 2013! Photo: Arve Ullebø.
The dates for the next festival: July 2-6, 2014
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. The theme for the festival will be released in February, and the full program in April 2014.
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.
FESTIVAL PASSES AND TICKETS
can be purchased at Billettservice.no (Ticketmaster) tel: +47 815 33 133.
Ticket reservations from abroad, please contact Fride Haugen at the Festival office. Phone: +47 57 72 19 40 Email: fride.haugen(alfa)fordefestival.no
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
2007: Emotions francaises! France and the French diaspora
2009: World Voices
2010: FREEDOM and Oppression
2011: Women’s World
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.