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We meet in the magical blue-light period in February. In the time between dark and light, we shift our mindset inwards and find time for reflection, conversations and unforgettable musical experiences. Throughout the festival days, we tell our stories. Stories from the past and stories to reflect on the future.
Experience the raw and wild nature of Longyearbyen, for later to come inside to a warm and cosy environment, taste great local food and and then - to enjoy top notch classical music performed by world class musicians.
The very first Arctic Chamber Music Festival was arranged in February 2018. Musicians from the Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra formed the basis of the festival, performing in various formats together with the guests soloists Truls Mørk, Henning Kraggerud, Berit Norbakken Solset and Espen Langvik. There were some unforgettable moments, with amazing performances of at small and intimate place like the Gallery in Longyearbyen - and the faboulous concert at the Mine 7.
The second festival, with the theme of "Changes", took place in Longyearbyen in June 2019. The soloists performing this year was Henning Kraggerud, Eldbjørg Hemsing, Imogen Cooper and Adrian Brendel and of course, musicians from the Arctic Philharmonic. The festival was also an arena for debates and seminars, with a special focus on human-influenced changes - a time to reflect and discuss important issue.
The Arts Desk (UK) wrote this article about the festival - well worth a read, to really get into the vibe of the festival: "Cultural excellence at the top of the world."
The 2020 festival was the third edition, where we focused on our stories - stories from the North. Soloists are Adrian Angelico, Håkon Kornstad, Mariann Fjeld-Solberg, Yegor Shevstov and conductor Tim Weiss together with the musicians from Arctic Philharmonic.
The program can be found on the festival's website here.