Taalintehdas is a village with a longstanding ironworks background. Its industrial past is tangible all around the island, and it is a big part of the identity of the village. After the closing of its last iron factory in 2012, the village started to create a new identity for itself – and that is when Norpas emerged. The culture festival has its roots in the Catalonian countryside, near Barcelona, where Norpas’ predecessor, Festival Surpas, was organised. When Festival Surpas came to an end in 2011, it was time for its northern sibling to take over.

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