Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival

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Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival
Status Active
Genre Music Festival
Date(s) Mid September
Begins 10 September 2015 (2015-09-10)
Ends 19 September 2015 (2015-09-19)
Frequency Annually
Location(s) Oslo
Country Norway
Years active 1991 - present
Inaugurated Founded 1990
Founder Helge Skansen, Geir Johnson, Knut Høyland, Jostein Simble, John Persen
Patron(s) HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway

ULTIMA Oslo Contemporary Music Festival is a Norwegian music festival for contemporary music.


Ultima is Scandinavia’s largest contemporary music festival, and since 1991 it has been a key arena for contemporary music and related art forms. The festival became a designated “knutepunkt” (cultural hub) in 2006 and is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Church Affairs and Oslo City Council. Ultima was founded in 1990 by Helge Skansen, Geir Johnson, Knut Høyland, Jostein Simble and John Persen, and is a foundation with 17 members, all of them professional cultural institutions or organisations.[1]

The festival takes place during September and is staged at venues all around Oslo. Throughout its twenty-year history, all kinds of locations have served as Ultima concert venues. The events are staged both in large, established venues such as the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, Oslo Concert Hall and the University of Oslo’s Great Hall as well as in small clubs, shop premises, industrial premises, museums, schools and outdoors.[2]

The Ultima Festival aims to promote artistic distinctiveness, trends and innovation and to make music of a high artistic standard accessible by everyone.

His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway is the patron of Ultima.[1]

According to Arbeiderbladet, in 2011 ULTIMA is the largest contemporary music festival in the Nordic countries.[2]


The first festival was held in the autumn of 1991.


  1. ^ a b Emilsen, Ann-Sofi S. (2014-07-28). "Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival". Biography (in Norwegian). Store Norske Leksikon. Retrieved 2015-04-28. 
  2. ^ a b "The Ultima Contemporary Music Festival soon to start in Oslo". Norway.cn. Retrieved 2015-04-28. 

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