Now in its 37th year, Nordland Music Festival has grown tremendously since its inception in 1980. Starting out as a
celebration of Olsok – a holiday connected to the Norwegian church – the festival was originally centred around church music. Today, Nordland Music Festival is one of the largest festivals in Norway, attracting some of the biggest local and international names in genres ranging from classical and jazz music to folk, pop and rock. “The festival is growing every year, and in 2016 we had more than 26,000 visitors,” says festival director André Wallann Larsen. “Our main focus genre is classical music with a twist.”