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Bodø 2024, highlights for the summer programme

By press release Mercoledì, 29 Maggio 2024
Bodø biennale Bodø biennale Photo by Marie Peyre

This year Bodø is European Capital of Culture, the first city north of the Arctic Circle to hold the prestigious title. Here are some highlights from theirsummer programme.

Kjerringøy land art biennale
Stunning Kjerringøy, an hour north of Bodø, is home to the Kjerringøy Land Art Biennale (K-LAB), Europe's only land art biennale. Combine a visit to Kjerringøy Old Trading Post, one of the region's most popular attractions, with a visit to the Nevelsfjord (a few kilometemres inland) for the opening weekend of K-LAB, will take place on 6-7 July 2024.

Music festivals
Music festivals are as much part of summer as ice cream, wild swimming and midnight sun (at least in this part of the world). Come to Nordland this summer and make your own unforgettable memories with the 2024 edition of Bodø Beat (18-25 May), Márkomeannu (25-28 July), Musikkfestuka (2-11 Aug) and Parkenfestivalen (15-17 Aug), among many others.

A Midsummer Mystery
Bodø2024's big summer opening event Midsummer Mystery will be a celebration of landscape, summer and the sea, with a strong focus on audience participation. They don't want to reveal too much but can say that this being Midsummer, fire (as in bonfires) will also feature. Don't miss this spectacular event produced by the British company Walk the Plank! Breivika, Bodø, 22 June.

Sami art
Bodø is located in a Sami area and Sami culture is an important part of the Bodø2024 programme. One of the flagship projects will see the Bodø City Museum transformed into a Sami museum, Bådåddjo Musea, which will open on 19 June. Several exhibitions will take place throughout the year, and include Girjegumpi, a nomadic Sami architecture library; Sápmi Triennale and various art and duodji exhibitions.

Coastal Convention
The Coastal Convention (Kyststevne) which will take place in Bodø 19-21 July will gather hundreds of traditional and historical boats of all sizes. For those considering learning to sail, the Christian Radich, one of Norway's three tall ships, will go to Bodø for the occasion and will offer two sailing trips for would-be-sailors on 18-21 July and 22-25 July.

Messy Corners at the Hamsun Centre
The 1920 Nobel Laureate for Literature, Knut Hamsun (1859-1952) was one of Norway's literature greats, but also a known antisemite and a nazi sympathizer. A brand new exhibition, Messy Corners, exploring the darker side of this controversial author, opened recently at the Hamsun Centre in Hamarøy, here.  

Art exhibitions
Their programme includes many new exciting art exhibitions in Bodø and further afield. Watch out, among others, for From the North/Peder Balke at Gallery Bodøgaard; Allhavet and Nordnorsken at Bodø Art Association, several top photography exhibitions at NOUA Gallery; and prosjekt 67 (all in Bodø); Polarhav at the Karl Erik Harr Museum in Kjerringøy and the permanent exhibition at the Adde Zetterquist Gallery in Storjord.

European Cabins of Culture
Plenty of surprises await hikers in Nordland this year, as a host of artists, musicians and other creative professionals will bring music, theatre, dance, art, poetry and much more to local hiking trails and DNT cabins throughout the summer. Seasoned hikers can also join an organised trek along Nordlandsruta, Norway's longest hiking trail (650km from north to south) - again with many culture stops along the way. All events will be free. Programme launch for this project is scheduled for 12 April.

Sporting events
Many big sporting events are planned this year to coincide with Bodø2024. Marcialonga and the World Cup in Atlantic Cod Fishing (VM i skreifiske) kicked off proceedings earlier this spring, but travellers to the region can still look forward to CONIFA Women World Football Cup (featuring a team from Sápmi) (6-9 June), Eurogym (13-19 July) and Arctic Race of Norway (4-7 Aug).

The Nordland Railway
Rail travel is enjoying a bit of a renaissance among environment conscious travellers. The Nordland Railway is one of the most scenic railways in Norway, and this summer visitors will be able to hop on hop off the train to experience the region's beautiful nature and its diverse culture with The Trail Way. From Sami culture to geopoetic hikes and salmon river fishing, the six side trips offer new sustainable travel alternatives, here

Quirky events
For something a bit different, why not check out some of the following Bodø2024 events? VM Gatebil, Outsider Art, 24-hour running race and a Freedom Week all feature on the programme, as well as a self-playing piano and sculptures made of rubbish, to name but a few of our quirkier offerings. They really have something for every taste!

The world’s longest party
Bodø2024 hope more than 500,000 will visit Bodø and Nordland during the European Capital of Culture year. This will be the world's longest party, both in terms of time and area covered: the county of Nordland stretches over 800km from north to south. And the festivities will last for a whole year. The programme, which is still under development, will be continuously updated. For the latest information check here.