Oslo World has grown beyond its own borders.
Oslo World is one of Europe’s leading venue festivals, presenting a global outlook on today’s music scene, with a special focus on music from Africa, Latin-America, Asia and the Middle East. In 2021, the festival will run from November 2 - November 7. The task of the festival has remained unchanged since 1994: To bring the world to Oslo and Oslo to the world.
No one knows what autumn brings, but at Oslo World we have faith that society will be more open and that vaccinated musicians can travel between European countries. Things can still change quickly - last year we changed the international program several times, before we finally presented a program based on musicians living in Norway. This year we are ready to bring the world to Oslo again and fortunately we find musicians from all over the world living in Europe. This year's concert program will pick up the thread from 2019 with, among other things - flamenco, trap, psych rock, fado, kuduro, rap, afropop and much more.
Throughout the years, the festival has grown. The musical booking has become more diverse, and the non-musical events, both in terms of the ambitious seminar program and other artistic expressions, are a more integrated part of the festival. The festival tries to exist in the intersection between artistic expression and political debates. The theme we choose each year serves as a guiding principle for both the musical and non-musical booking. In addition to activists and political voices, we have invited designers, artists, architects, dancers and actors to Oslo during the festival week.
Oslo World has also grown beyond its own borders. In addition to the annual festival, the Oslo World foundation is responsible for a number of events throughout the year. “Our neighborhood” is arranged in asylum centers across the country – here refugees and local communities meet and share music, culture and food. Since 2013, the festival has also been involved in organizing the festival Beirut & Beyond in Lebanon. Oslo World is responsible for Children’s Art Exploration Day, which is arranged in multiple municipalities in Norway, as well as events during Music Festival Oslo, tour activities, seminars and concerts throughout the year.
In autumn 2011, the Oslo World Music Festival Foundation was established as an independent foundation after 18 years as a part of Concerts Norway. The purpose of the festival was to run an annual music festival with high artistic quality and a sociopolitical context. Our ambition is to reach out to a broad, music-loving and curious audience.
Today, the festival is one of the foremost of its kind – not only in Norway, but also in a wider context. Oslo has grown into becoming one of Europe’s most vibrant concert cities – and Oslo World is, and will continue to be, essential to that development.