NORDEN - the nordic arts festival

NORDEN Festival announces more highlights in the fourth wave of culture

Concerts from all over the European North

Liberian-born Finnish singer-songwriter Jesse Markin is one of the hottest names on the Finnish indie scene: his music is a unique blend of indie pop, hip-hop, soul, r'n'b and African folk. "I love music and I hope people can feel that," he says about himself.

From the forests of northern Sweden, a band of four guitar-wielding kids brings back a dance floor rock you haven't heard in a decade: Tribe Friday. Their first EP was released in August 2019 and went straight on tour across Europe and the US with rock legends Mando Diao.

Paula & Karol appeared on the Polish folk-pop stages a few years ago and conquered the country. Paula, Polish-Canadian sociologist, met Karol, Warsaw musician. Together they began writing music, playing concerts on street corners and in backyards, and quickly became pioneers of Poland's indie pop scene.

In 1997, Kim Jeppesen formed Powersolo as a one-man band. As Powersolo, he performs with an acoustic guitar and all sorts of homemade instruments - more as a joke than in earnest. That changes when, along with his little brother Bo, other members join: "Come out and see the sexiest, most attractive, loudest, sleaziest, and real-sounding rock 'n' roll band from anywhere near planet Earth," the band says of itself: "Every show is a festival!"

Norwegian multi-instrumentalist trio I See Rivers is known for enveloping audiences with its interwoven harmonies and distinctive Nordic indie sound. The Norwegian band will open the NORDEN - The Nordic Arts Festival on Aug. 27, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. on the Schleibühne stage.


Readings and stories from Schleswig-Holstein and the North

Born in Kiel, Mareike Krügel has already published three novels, writes and lives near Schleswig. In 2003, she was awarded the City of Hamburg's Förderpreis, and in 2006 she received the Friedrich Hebbel Prize. At the NORDEN Festival she will read from her new novel Schwestern (August 2020).

It is hard to imagine a NORDEN Festival without Oliver Lück. He lives in the land between the seas, in Schleswig-Holstein, and has worked as a journalist and photographer for over 20 years. He travels through Europe and collects stories from people who have stories to tell.



Street theater & artistry for big and small guests of the NORDEN Festival

From Lübeck comes the traveling magic theater of Mr. Tricknick. The tent of wonders lets the small and big guests dive into another time and forget the world around them for a moment.

Sylvain Patiron has been an important part of the Estonian cultural scene for many years and was inspired by European diversity for his current show "OULALA", which has already won two street theater awards. At NORDEN - The Nordic Arts Festival, he will offer workshops for young and old in addition to his show.


Open-air film screenings and short film program

Aquarela (DK/DE) will be the first open-air film: A documentary that uses special shooting techniques to make water the main character and lets it speak without saying much. Here images become personal experience.

Nach dieser dunklen Zeit - After this dark time: Bernd Begemann will perform at NORDEN Festival
Nach dieser dunklen Zeit - After this dark time, the latest release of the Hamburg musician Bernd Begemann is called - A confident look into the future. And we also look forward joyfully and are happy to announce Bernd Begemann for the opening day of the NORDEN Festival - Thursday, 26.08.2021! We are looking forward to you - After this dark time!
Jesse Markin in interview: "Folk" - A debut album with expressiveness
At this year's Emma Gaala 2020, the Finnish equivalent of the Grammy, Jesse Markin has already been honored as "Newcomer of the Year" and also received the "Critics Choice Award" for his album "Folk". In the interview he tells FINNTASTIC more about his music, his debut album and what inspires him to write songs.
Only until 31.12.2020: Festival passes for all twelve event days available
These months without live events, without concerts and readings are annoying, but there is hope. The aid of the state, a vaccine that will soon be available and the event experience from the summer of 2020 ... - all this fuels our optimism and helps us to implement the festival responsibly and, if necessary, "pandemic friendly".
A year full of anticipation: The NORDEN open-air festival starts preparing for 2021
The kick-off meeting for NORDEN - The Nordic Arts Festival 2021, scheduled for the period between August 26 and September 12, was characterized by confidence and anticipation for the cultural year 2021. Organizers Manfred Pakusius and Marno Happ looked together with the festival team and the music and film bookers at the program for the coming year.  At NORDEN 2021, newcomers from Schleswig-Holstein and Northern Europe will once again play on the stages of the Königswiesen in Schleswig and a cross-section of current culture will be presented.
North German top-class artists at the NORDEN Festival 2021

With Lina Maly from Elmshorn, one of the most exciting and at the same time charming and down-to-earth musicians in German-language pop music will be playing at NORDEN - The Nordic Arts Festival 2021. With "Könnten Augen alles sehen" she is not simply releasing a second album. She also further establishes herself as a strong, independent artist, as a champion of the beauty of the imperfect and as an instance of sincerity in German pop music..

Action Days On European Cultural Diversity
With today's Europe Day we start our action days of European cultural diversity! The NORDEN Circle of Friends e.V. (in formation) has set itself the task of promoting European cultural mediation, intercultural exchange & the diverse cultural offerings from Northern Europe. 
Video stament of the festival management to the cancellation
In a personal statement, Manfred Pakusius and Marno Happ address all actors and players to explain the cancellation of the NORDEN Festival 2020 and the postponement to late summer 2021.
Cancellation of NORDEN - The Nordic Arts Festival 2020

After intensive discussions with the city and the state and after weighing up the risks, we unfortunately have to inform you that we are not able to hold NORDEN - The Nordic Arts Festival 2020 under the current circumstances: With a heavy heart we have to cancel the festival for this year and postpone it to 26.08 to 12.09.2021.

Federal government: No major events in Germany until August 31

Reaction of NORDEN - The Nordic Arts Festival to the decision of the Federal Government of 15.04.2020 and the press conference of the Government of Schleswig-Holstein of 16.04.2020

NORDEN Festival announces more highlights in the fourth wave of culture
NORDEN announces more cultural highlights from six Nordic countries: Among others, we are looking forward to singer-songwriter Jesse Markin (FIN), Schleswig-Holstein author Mareike Krügel and our first open-air cinema announcement: the German-Danish production Aquarela.