This February, in one of the intriguingly coldest and darkest places in Norway, close to the Russian border in a town called Kirkenes, the festival Barents Spektakel will not only challenge our perceptions of our neighbourhood, affiliation and geographical location – it aims to blow it to pieces. Collaborating across borders, the cultural-political festival in Kirkenes aims to explore the core of the nature verses nurture discussion through contemporary art, performance art, literature, theatre, film, seminars and concerts, all blended together with topical societal issues related to Barents.