In 25 years, the Riddu Riddu festival has gone from a small gathering of youths who wanted to meet and discuss matters of the heart, to a grand-scale festival celebrating pride, diversity and identity. Firmly rooted in Sámi tradition and a will to uncover and discuss imperative issues for indigenous peoples worldwide, Riddu Riddu has built bridges across borders, ethnicities and cultures. In 1991, a group of young people gathered for a barbecue party in the municipality of Kåfjord. They spoke about issues of identity, roots and why having a Sámi background was still closely connected with feelings of shame.

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