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NORDEN Festival 2023 // First artists

Only a few weeks until the turn of the year, but we are already in the late summer of 2023. 5 years NORDEN Festival, we will celebrate! We are very happy to present you the first artists for the anniversary edition today. As always with regional highlights and great surprises from the Northern European countries. You can look forward to it!

And so that we can escape the icy winter at least for a few minutes, we give you below a few memories of great days in late summer, of very special moments with friends and family - our NORDEN family. Be sure to check it out!

On the first festival weekend (August 24 - 27, 2023), the Danish sister duo PRISMA will be our guests at the Königswiesen. Having caught the attention of all of Scandinavia last year, it's time for them to shake up the NORDEN audience with their two-part vocals mixed with a minimalist production of loud guitars and electronic soundscapes.

Another highlight from Denmark is the band TOTAL HIP REPLACEMENT & ANYANKOFO from Aarhus. With their wild mixture of jazz, afro-beat, reggae, soul and pop, connected by the ever-present brass section, they have already rocked several festivals in Northern Europe. The Hamburg musicians DENIZ & OVE will give a concert for children and parents on the first weekend of the festival. Finally, there is children's music that parents will also like! And on this premise, it's now off to the ball pool with Karacho!

The second festival weekend (August 31 - September 03, 2023) has a big surprise in store. With SVAVAR KNÚTUR from Iceland, a NORDEN artist of the first hour comes to the Königswiesen with new songs. He manages with ease and overflowing sympathy to enchant and carry away every audience from the first moment. He presents his songs in an extremely touching way and tells the most absurd stories and jokes in between. The band MAKE A MOVE features horns in tutus, bass and guitar pumping out the groove, and it's all pushed along by a rapping drummer in a bathing suit. Sounds over the top? It is.

MAM 2023 01 18x12cm 300dpi (c) by Jona Freigang(c) Jona Freigang

With M. BYRD we bring a great newcomer from Hamburg to Schleswig on the third festival weekend (07 - 10 September 2023). His timeless songs shine with a sense of strength, transport listeners* to the American West Coast and radiate melancholic future and euphoric youth. And when ANNIE CHOPS enters the stage with her cherry-red Flying-V guitar, it only takes a few moments for her to win over the entire audience. She doesn't need much more than her radiant personality, her extraordinary talent and her unique songs.

The festival's literature section also looks promising. For her new novel manuscript, JANINE ADOMEIT received the working scholarship of the Cultural Foundation of the State of Schleswig-Holstein. At the NORDEN Festival she will read from her first novel Vom Versuch, einen silbernen Eal zu fangen. STEFFEN TRUMPF writes in his novel Ellivu Freunde müsst ihr sein about the legendary passion for soccer on the Faroe Islands.
In his thriller Blizzard, ROBERT BRAACK writes grippingly about the snow disaster in December and January 1978/79 in northern Germany. An ice-cold planned robbery stirs up deadly passion. Author MONA HARRY will read from her book Mutproben on the first weekend of the festival. In the interactive reading for children, she asks "What is courage, anyway? What does it smell like? What color is courage and is the same thing courageous for everyone?"

Last but not least, in the field of street theater, we announce a real highlight. With their KOFFERZIRKUS, the artists will create a very special encounter on the first festival weekend. The combination of mimic theater, juggling and acrobatics creates poetic stories.

Do you also long for that unique, magical feeling on the King's Meadows when we celebrate the NORTH together in bright sunshine? In this cold and dark season we give you memories of great days in late summer, of very special moments with friends and family - our NORDEN family.
Be sure to check out the film from our partner KAIPS Marketing!

We wish you all a wonderful holiday season and a great start into the new year! We can't wait to celebrate with you again,

Your NORDEN Festival Team

Nominated and won
The NORDEN Festival is the most sustainable festival in Germany!

For the tenth time the HELGA! Festival Award was presented for the tenth time and the NORDEN - The Nordic Arts Festival really cleaned up: The GRÜNSTE WIESE can now be found at the NORDEN in Schleswig.

In addition, on 8.9.23 at the NORDEN Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Minister of Economic Affairs, Claus Ruhe Madsen, awarded us the "Sustainability Project" prize worth 1,000 euros.
Changes 3rd weekend
One year of festival planning and sometimes changes come in at short notice.
All changes for the upcoming days we summarize here and inform you about the current cultural program.

Unfortunately, the WORKSHOP SONGWRITING, DANCE AND ACHTSAMKEIT in the mobile hay wagon has to be cancelled for the whole weekend. Also the SCHNITZ MOBIL is unfortunately not on the Königswiesen.
On Thursday, September 07, the lecture by ECMI FLENSBURG at 7:45 p.m. in the Atrium will be replaced by MARE BALTIKUM: Our World. The Baltic States.
Presale 2024
NORDEN - The Nordic Arts Festival 2024 ⎜29. AUG - 15. SEP 2024
On Wednesday, September 06, 2023, the presale for the NORDEN - The Nordic Arts Festival 2024 starts and the best is: The prices are the same as in 2023!
The coveted Early Bird festival passes are available from Wednesday, 06 September from 8.00 a.m. exclusively at the bookstore Liesegang, Stadtweg 22 in Schleswig. There will be a one-time sale of 1,000 limited Early Bird Festival Passes in hardcover format for 79,- EURO, reduced 69,- EURO.
Changes 2nd festival weekend
One year of festival planning and sometimes changes come in at short notice.
We summarize all changes for the upcoming days here and inform you about the current cultural program.

Minister for Economy, Transport, Labor, Technology and Tourism of Schleswig-Holstein, CLAUS RUHE MADSEN, has to cancel his appearance at the NORDEN Festival as part of the Nordic Talking series for Thursday, August 31, at short notice. Instead moderator STEFAN RYCHLAK speaks with SPD parliamentary group leader and opposition leader THOMAS LOSSE-MÜLLER at 19.30 o'clock in the Atrium.
For the conversation with Claus Ruhe Madsen we have set a new date: Friday, 08 September at 17.30.
Climbing experience? We are looking for you!
We are looking for a person with climbing experience and ideally also a climbing license for the second and third festival weekend on Saturday and Sunday (02 September and 03 September, 09 September and 10 September)!
You want to support us and secure visitors, mainly children, climbing in the treetops of the Königswiesen? A climbing route is already in place, materials are also available. We provide accommodation and food on site, the activity is of course appropriately remunerated. Contact us at
Unfortunately, the performance of DENIZ & OVE on Sunday, August 27, at the NORDEN Festival has to be cancelled due to illness. Instead, the NORDEN SLAM will take place at 3.30 pm on the Schleibühne, KARWENDEL FEAT. SAMANTHA WRIGHT will play at 2:45 p.m. on the Garden Stage.
Changes 1st festival weekend
One year of festival planning and sometimes changes come in at short notice.
We summarize all changes for the upcoming days here and inform you about the current cultural program.
Unfortunately, the reading by RAUL KRAUTHAUSEN on Saturday, August 26, has to be cancelled. Instead DENNIS GASTMANN will read from his novel Dalee. Due to the uncertain weather situation, it is also possible that the performances in the Manege im Park will have to be cancelled at short notice or moved to another venue. We will inform about this in time on the festival site and also on social media.
Opening NORDEN Festival 2023
It's starting again! The NORDEN is celebrated on the Königswiesen in Schleswig! Twelve days of music and literature, street theater, film and lots of action for children, plus a variety of gastronomy in a great setting await the visitors. Even the little bit of rain could not harm the guests at the NORDEN Festival and so the place in front of the Schleibühne filled up until finally Schleswig-Holstein's Minister of the Interior DR. SABINE SÜTTERLIN-WAACK together with Schleswig's mayor, STEPHAN DOSE, and the festival founders MANFRED PAKUSIUS AND MARNO HAPP opened the fifth NORDEN Festival. Musically, the NORDEN was opened by the Schleswig CHORCOLORES, as in previous years.
German Sign Language at NORDEN
The NORDEN Festival should be accessible for all people and so our team is gradually working on the implementation of barrier-free measures on the Königswiesen. Especially for hearing impaired and deaf people we have created an extended offer in 2023. All events in the Kulturzelt will be accompanied in German Sign Language on Fridays and Saturdays. In addition, there is a mobile induction loop for hearing-impaired people in the Culture Tent, Atrium and Cinema.
All information about accessibility at the NORDEN can be found at:

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For the perfect festival preparation we have finally updated the festival app for you. In the app Festivalcamp from our partner HÖME you can view the entire cultural program as well as further information about the NORDEN Festival. Create your personal timetable and mark your favorites, create your own festival camp with friends and plan your visit.
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