In 2014, the Førde Traditional and World Music Festival will celebrate it's 25th anniversary, and for the first time the festival will go on for five days, starting on Wednesday, 2nd July. The festival emphasizes a certain theme each year, in 2014 it is: Local - Global for 25 Years!
Førde is a small town on the western coast of Norway, 150 km north of Bergen, surrounded by fjords, mountains, glaciers and waterfalls. The 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 annually in early July. It invites audiences to experience music in unique surroundings; by the fjord, on the mountain top, in the woods, at the riverside, and in small and large concert halls.
The main profile is traditional and contemporary folk music on an acoustic basis. The festival programme is of great variety, with concerts, workshops, exhibitions, children’s events, dance evenings etc., featuring more than 300 artists from 30 nations. Plus different kinds of projects during the festival week and throughout the year.
From 2010 to 2012 the Førde Traditional and World Music Festival has been on Songlines’ exclusive list of the 25 best international festivals in the world!
Photo Credits: (1) Førde Festival, (2) Erlend Apneseth, (3) JPP, (4) Çiğdem Aslan, (5) Ana Moura, (6) Mahsa Vahdat, (7) Soneros de Verdad (unknown/website).