NORDEN - the nordic arts festival

Organizing team takes positive stock of pandemic year 2021

The NORDEN Festival 2021 is over, but the look is already clearly in the direction of 2022. With high attendance from Lithuania and once again numerous program highlights, the third edition of the culture festival ended on Sunday evening in late summer weather on the Königswiesen. A total of around 28,000 visitors attended the festival on at least one of the twelve event days, and around 10,000 tickets were sold.

"Under pandemic conditions, we couldn't have imagined a better festival," says Marno Happ, one of the two organizers. "According to surveys, the absolute majority of our guests felt comfortable and safe with us. That makes us especially happy." And his partner Manfred Pakusius adds, "The festival is a bright spot in the pandemic."

The last day of the festival began with the dark rhythms of electro ballads by Ruta Mur from Lithuania. Culture from the Baltic states and the Scandinavian countries has been the brand essence of the festival from the very beginning. The ambassador of Lithuania in Berlin, Ramūnas Misiulis, visited the festival and signed the Golden Book of the city, which Mayor Stephan Dose had specially brought to the Königswiesen. In 2022, the Lithuanian city of Kaunas will be the European Capital of Culture, and with the visit to Schleswig, Ambassador Misiulis, cultural attaché Rasa Balcikonytè and two representatives of the city of Kaunas for the first time in Germany beat the promotional drum for the diverse cultural program in the coming year.

"This festival brings us all together," said the ambassador, referring to the north, while Manfred Pakusius reminded the audience that one could travel by sea to Lithuania virtually directly from the festival site via the Schlei and the Baltic Sea. Together with Misiulis, Pakusius sat on a bench and listened to the singer's sounds. Later, he encouraged all festival-goers to pay a visit to Kaunas next year. For more information, visit

After the grand opening in January 2022, Kaunas is planning other clustered focuses in May and November, in addition to events and projects throughout the year. There are 30,000 registered students at the city's 12 universities, 13 theaters and four theater festivals, 29 museums, seven music schools and nine music festivals - and 1556 registered monuments.

"The 2021 festival was very inspiring for us, and in perspective, of course, we want to grow," Pakusius affirms. "We don't want to be just an insider tip. Looking ahead to 2022, we will continue to expand our program and refine our concepts. Next year, for example, there should be even more art at our festival."

Highlights on the last festival weekend included performances by Danish neojazz ensemble The KutiMangoes, Swedish singer Meadows and a guest appearance by Liga der gewöhnlichen Gentleman, a Hamburg band that already has cult status on the Elbe and Alster and is still an insider tip here in the north. "For the artists and for the visitors it was great because a lot of things felt so normal again. Many artists have emphasized how special it was for them to be able to play at a festival in such an atmosphere again after long concert breaks," says Pakusius.

"Thanks to our great media team, there are an incredible number of photos this year that visitors can look at again and again on our website and social media and look back with us, reveling in the last three weekends," Manfred Pakusius enthuses. In addition to the existing lighting, the installation on the surface of the water in front of the festival area, composed of countless points of light, set visual highlights. The NORDEN Festival 2021 ended with the magical piano sounds of the young pianist Niklas Paschburg.
Tickets NORDEN 2023
From now on you can find a limited number of festival passes for all 12 festival days in Print @ Home format in the NORDEN online store. For the upcoming NORDEN we offer for the first time family festival passes in addition to the regular festival passes. These are exclusively available in the NORDEN online store. In addition, you can also get weekend tickets for individuals and families online. Day tickets will be available in spring 2023.
This was NORDEN 2022
Great concerts, enthusiastic visitors, exciting readings and completely new topics - and twelve days of almost nothing but good weather: The NORDEN Festival looks back on an all-around successful fourth edition on the Königswiesen! 35,000 visitors came to the idyllic festival site on the Schlei during the twelve days of the festival. Far more than in 2021.
Note weather situation 3rd festival weekend
After two great festival weekends with bright sunshine on the Königswiesen, we have to expect rain showers this Thursday. Therefore, the performances will be moved from the Manege im Park to other venues. This concerns Thursday. From Friday, all performances should be able to take place.
On Wednesday, September 07, 2022, you can buy 1,000 limited Early Bird tickets for the NORDEN - The Nordic Arts Festival 2023 exclusively at the bookstore Liesegang in Schleswig. In addition, 500 limited Early Bird tickets will be available for 89 € plus advance booking fees (reduced 79 € plus advance booking fees) in the NORDEN online store. A maximum of four tickets per person will be sold. Reservations are not possible.

Tickets at the regular price will be available in the online store after this year's NORDEN Festival.
Panel discussions at NORDEN
Last Sunday the first panel discussion in the context of NORDPOP22 took place. Frank Spilker (singer Die Sterne) talked with Nina Müller (singer WIM) and Frehn Havel (Konzertdirektion Karsten Jahnke) about the effects of the Corona Pandemic on the music industry and faced the question: What's next for the music industry?

On Thursday, September 01, another panel discussion around accessibility at festivals will follow at 6:15 pm in the Atrium. Moderated by Caro Schwarz (Musikspots), the accessibility officer of the NORDEN Festival, Philine Burmeister, will talk with Mirko and Lucas of the band Bitte Lächeln about the possibilities to make festivals and music events much more inclusive.
Note ticket sales
At the Königswiesen we have a box office open for you every day, where you can purchase tickets for all event days. There are no tickets available in the NORDEN online store for the current event day.
Summer of CoCreation
05.09. - 07.09. Königswiesen, Schleswig

At the Summer of CoCreation you can expect a diverse program around topics of digitalization in the city of Flensburg and the districts of Nordfriesland and Schleswig-Flensburg, which want to become the Smart Border Region between the Seas. A central component is the presentation of projects and prototypes that are being developed jointly - i.e. co-creatively - by actors from the region. These first "plietsche" implementation ideas from different subject areas from public services to open data should make the region fit for the present and the future. All visitors are invited to get to know these first implementation projects and to give feedback and suggestions on the project ideas to the developers on site.
The countdown is on
Only 1 month until NORDEN - The Nordic Arts Festival 2022

Soon it will be colorful on the Königswiesen! Full of anticipation, we are currently in the final preparations for this year's NORDEN - The Nordic Arts Festival and will start setting up at the Baltic Sea Fjord Schlei in just a few weeks. We can hardly wait to celebrate together with you!
You can look forward to more than 400 artists from 10 northern European countries, numerous workshops and sports activities for the whole family. You can find the entire program here in the overview or in the festival app.
Accessibility at NORDEN
We would like to experience the unique culture of Northern Europe together and also enable people with impairments to access the festival. Therefore, in the coming years, together with our partners Rotary Club Schleswig/Gottorf and the Schleswiger Werkstätten, we will expand a comprehensive barrier-free and inclusive offer to make the NORDEN as accessible as possible for everyone. This year, the focus is initially on an expanded offer for hearing-impaired and deaf people.
NORDEN Festivalapp - now available
In the app Festivalcamp from our partner HÖME you can now view the entire festival program, create your personal timetable and share it with your friends. Don't forget to activate the notifications to not miss any news of your favorite festival. Download now!