Why not combine your Aurora Borealis journey with a world class festival in the far reaches of Norway. World-class opera, jazz, chamber music, audiovisual art, symphonic concerts, choir, dance and much more. This intimate festival in the region of the Northern lights is truly a magical experience.
The dates for 2013 are between 25th of January and 4th of February, meaning that it is right when the sun appears after two months of absence in Tromsø.
As for the festival programme, it still is under construction but it is likely that one performance will be showcasing the Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra and probably the Norwegian tuba soloist Øystein Baadsvik, known as the best on this instrument in the world. The orchestra will be lead by famous trombonist and chief conductor Christian Lindberg.
It is also likely that Bolero Berlin, an interesting group of musicians mainly based on musicians from the Berliner Philharmony with additions of some jazz musicians will be performing.
The format of the festival is that there is at least one “major” concert each day, supplied by lunch concerts, early afternoon concerts and most days also a late night concert – often with jazz or cross-over music.
During the first weekend, hopefully the Hurtigruten ship will arrive to act as the festival ship, meaning that there will be late night concerts on board as the ship will be staying in our harbour over the weekend.
We will also plan the “Northern Lights Cruise” as we have done the last ten years. This means that the actual ship will start in Bergen four days before the festival starts and that there will be concerts on board all the way from Bergen to Tromsø.
More international and local acts will be published soon.
The photographer Ole C. Salomonsen from Tromsø, famous for his Northern Lights photographs/videos, will feature at the festival. Many other excellent photographers in Tromsø that are specializing in the difficult task of capturing the Aurora will be at the festival.