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Oslo World Music Festival

Oslo World Music Festival is one of Europes leading International music festivals, and takes place from October 31st to November 5th 2017 on 16 different venues in Oslo. In addition to the festival, The Foundation Oslo World has different events during the year, like transit VårtNabolag (Our Neighborhood), Beirut & Beyond, Musikkfest Oslo, tours and concerts.

Through quality music, Oslo World contribute to strengthen free cultural expression and freedom of speech, and creates meeting places for the residents of Oslo and visiting guests with different cultural backgrounds and experiences.


In autumn 2011, the Oslo World Music Festival (OWMF) was established as an independent foundation after 18 years as a part of Concerts Norway.  The festival is not only a prominent world music festival in Norway, it’s also conspicuous in the other Nordic countries and the rest of Europe. The festival was in 2015, for the sixth year in a row, awarded to be among the top 25 international festivals in the world by the British music magazine Songlines.

Each year we present artists from all four corners of the world, and the festival has brought many famous names to Oslo for the very first time. OWMF presents music from around the world, with especial focus on Asia, Africa and Latin America. The purpose of the festival is to conduct an annual music festival with high artistic quality and social sting. We have an ambition to reach out to a broad, music loving and curious audience. Everyone is welcome with us!

The festival is also tasked to develop different measures which strengthen world music’s position in Norway. OWMF has evidence of success in reaching this purpose, both through highlighting important issues like music censorship in Mali and Russia, and by inviting artists with a passionate cause and social dedication.

The festival manager, Alexandra Archetti Stølen, was in 2016 reelected president for her fourth period in the European Forum for world music (EFWMF) which consist of 57 member festivals from 31 countries. This position has linked our festival closer together with many major festivals and cities around the world. We view this as a great added value also for the promotion of Oslo as an important cultural capital in Europe.

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