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 www.kaunas2022.eu

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.
That was Norden Festival 2021
The third NORDEN Festival in Schleswig ended with an emotional final concert by Hamburg pianist Niklas Paschburg. Over 300 participating artists and exhibitors from the northern European region spoiled the visitors with a variety of cultural offerings over three weekends. At concerts and readings there were several German premieres to celebrate. Around 28,000 visitors attended the festival on at least one of the twelve event days, 10,000 tickets were sold. 10% of the visitors used the test center in front of our ticket booth, not a single positive Corona case was registered.
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.
Now: Tickets for 2022 in the NORDEN Festival Online Shop
The new NORDEN Online Shop is now available for tickets 2022. Get your limited festival passes as well as weekend combo tickets and family weekend combo tickets at www.norden-festival.com/de/shop - it pays to be quick, as we can only offer a limited number of the festival passes.
Ticket Online Shop opens tomorrow
As a special offer to the visitors of Schleswig, the Early Bird tickets, limited to 1000 pieces, went over the counter of the bookstore Liesegang on Wednesday morning from 8 o'clock. The news had spread through the city in no time at all: The queue in the shopping street was probably the longest queue that had ever existed in Schleswig's city center and within a few hours all Early Bird tickets were sold out.
Start of the last NORDEN weekend this year
September 9 marks the start of the last NORDEN Festival weekend this year. From Thursday to Sunday, day tickets will again be available at the festival box office. The experience of the past festival weekends has shown that there are enough tickets available for the visitors.
Advance booking for NORDEN 2022 starts tomorrow
Due to the high demand, the presale for the NORDEN 2022 starts already on Wednesday, September 8. Starting at 8 a.m., the Schleswig bookstore Liesegang will offer a limited edition of the highly demanded festival passes at the Early Bird rate.
Record number of visitors at NORDEN Festival
With a record number of visitors on Saturday with good weather, a program full of variety and a great atmosphere, NORDEN 2021 celebrated its half-time.
"Schleswig is currently the cultural hotspot of Schleswig-Holstein".
"Schleswig is currently the cultural hotspot of Schleswig-Holstein," said Culture Minister Karin Prien last week. After a successful festival kick-off, NORDEN started the second round on Thursday. And with especially good news for all guests who do not yet have a festival ticket: On all upcoming festival days, day tickets are once again available for the respective day.
First weekend on NORDEN Festival
Festival organizers take positive stock with regard to the hygiene concept and release day tickets again for the next weekends
Opening of this year's NORDEN festival
Minister of Culture Karin Prien opened the third Norden Festival yesterday in Schleswig. After the festival had to be cancelled last year due to a pandemic, the organizers around Manfred Pakusius and Marno Happ made it possible to hold the festival this year with a special hygiene concept tailored to the festival.