High up in the Arctic, you will find the small yet very international townof Kirkenes. Located at the very north-eastern tip of Norway, close to Finland and Russia and in the Sami heartland, it houses an interesting, complex community. This year’s topic, mentality, is so important up here. Is there such a thing as a typically Norwegian or Russian mentality, or a Sami identity? How different and how similar are we, and how does it all come together?” poses Sunniva Knutsen, who coordinates the festival. While the topic may go hand in hand with the geographical location of Kirkenes, it is also one most people can relate to. “

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