Folkemusikkveka (the Folk Music Week) dates back to 1976, making it the oldest Norwegian music festival solely dedicated to the rich folk culture. The festival does not focus on the competitive side of musical and dance performances, but is a festival for and by its attendees. “It’s been very important to bring the tradition of folk music and dance back to its recreational and enjoyable form,” says Ulf-Arne Johannessen, general manager of Folkemusikkveka. “That’s why we eliminated the element of competition, focusing on the quality experience of culture instead of ranking it.”