One of the greatest festivals for contemporary music in Europe, the Oslo Contemporary Music Festival (Ultimafestivalen) is now on.
The main aim of the event, whose patron is His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon, is to present modern music and related art forms in Oslo. ULTIMA started in 1991, and has since developed its international aspects. As a result many foreign artists are coming this year, including the Arditti string quartet, noise artists Oneohtrix Point Never, and the Musicatreize chamber choir from Marseille.
The festival is quite popular, especially in the Nordic countries. Approximately 11,200 visitors came last year to experience concerts, exhibitions, musical theaters, and educational projects.
18 cultural organizations are members of this festival, which is organized as a foundation. The most famous members are The Norwegian National Opera, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and Hennie Onstad Art Centre.
ULTIMA was also given the status of niche institution by the Ministry of Culture in 2006, and is thereby regarded as an important festival in Norway. The Ministry finances 60% and Oslo Municipality provides the rest.
Festival pass costs between 1,000 and 1,600 Norwegian kroner, 5 clips ticket for five optional events, Kr 500.
Tickets available on billettservice.no, Narvesen, 7-Eleven, and at the entrance to all events.
Program and more information can be found on the website.
Festival ends 18.09.