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THE OLDEST CONTINUOUSLY RUNNING MUSIC EVENT
IN THE NORDIC COUNTRIES RETURNS TO NORWAY
AND BODØ WITH THE THEME: TRUTH?

Nordic Music days 2019 is called:

Truth?

The theme originated at the height of #metoo, where one was constantly reminded that what truth is can differ according to the angle from which it’s seen. In music and art one is trained to question everything, yet there is simultaneously a body of conventional ‘truths’ about music and art one is supposed to adhere to. With this festival, we will ask questions about Truth in a Nordic art music context.

Can music be “true”? Which repertoire gets becomes canon, and which processes, structures, and coincidences inform the historiography? Can we correct the skewed judgements that have already been made? Is music, often wordless, freer than other art forms? Is “reality” an antonym to art and artifice?
My story is as true as yours – but it is never the same. Does everyone own their own truth?

The whole of Bodø is put to use as Nordic Music Days draws north of the Arctic Circle for the first time.
From 13th to 16th of November Bodø is hosting the Nordic Music Days 2019, one of the world’s oldest music festivals, founded in 1888.
The festival serves as platform for international exchange between ensembles, musicians and repertoires in order to spread the music of Nordic composers. Nordic Music Days 2019 is arranged by The Norwegian Society of Composers, with the theme TRUTH?

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In addition to bringing the Nordic region to Bodø, Nordic Music Days will make an unmissable mark on the city, disrupting Bodø as a cultural hub, and creating interactions among its inhabitants. The festival utilizes everything the city has to offer, and strives to be an attraction for those who live in Bodø.

Composers, artists and performers from all over the Nordic region converge on Bodø to listen, discuss, and meet the public. The festival program includes everything from local choirs to high-tech robot music, multi-sensory experiences with food and sound to magnificent concerts in Stormen.
There will be a brand new work for carillon, social critique, and sharp feminist speech in concert form.
There will be music as interactive strategy game, a loudspeaker orchestra, tactile chairs – even the sea itself… and not just outside.
Stormen Library and Bodø Cathedral are important venues, including a strong family program, art installations, vigorous organ music, and texts on Medea. Before the festival has left Bodø, around 40 events will have taken place, over 4 intense days.

Nordic Music Days is taking the pulse of what is happening in the contemporary music field in the Nordic region. The field is in constant development, and through a comprehensive jury process with representatives from the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway, we have increased knowledge and awareness across borders significantly.

Over 600 works were submitted, and we are proud to be able to present a compact program with about 60 composers from all over the Nordic region!

Vocal Art, Arctic Philharmonic, Stormen Library, Stormen Cultural Center and Bodø Cathedral Choir are all important local partners without whom we wouldn’t have a festival. Visiting artists include the Cikada Ensemble (NO) and the Esbjerg Ensemble (DK).

Visit the festival 2018 in Helsinki