About Ultima

About Ultima

Ultima is the premiere contemporary music festival in the Nordic region. The festival became a designated “knutepunkt” (cultural hub) in 2006 and is supported by the Arts Council Norway and Oslo City Council. Ultima is a foundation with 17 members, all of them professional cultural institutions or organisations.

The festival takes place during September and is staged at venues all around Oslo. Our events are staged both in large, established venues such as the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, Oslo Concert Hall and the University of Oslo’s Great Hall as well as in small clubs, shop premises, industrial premises, museums, schools and outdoors.
The Ultima Festival aims to promote artistic distinctiveness, trends and innovation and to make music of a high artistic standard accessible by everyone.
His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon is the patron of Ultima.


The Ultima Foundation has a council comprising 17 members. Their efforts and contributions make it possible to arrange Ultima and to make it such a successful festival of contemporary music year after year.
BIT20 Ensemble
Black Box Teater
The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet
The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir
Henie Onstad Art Center
Institutt for musikkvitenskap
Oslo National Academy of the Arts
Norwegian Academy of Music
Norwegian Society of Composers
Notam, Norsk senter for teknologi i musikk og kunst
The Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Oslo Cathedral Choir
The Oslo Philharmonic
Oslo Sinfonietta and Cikada


The festival happens from 7 – 16 September 2017.


Lars Petter Hagen – Artistic Director
Trude Dombestein Elde – Project Manager
Cathrine Nysæther – Head of Information
Alf Gregusson – Financial Manager
Gyrid Nordal Kaldestad – Educational Projects
Rob Young – Ultima Academy/Editorial
Sofie Ringstad – International Relations


Ultima’s board of directors in 2016:
Odd Gullberg – Chairman of the Board
Henrik Hellstenius Vice chairman
Svanhild Sørensen – Member
Audun Hasti – Member
Bente Leiknes Thorsen – Member
Svein Ingvoll Pedersen – Substitute
Marianne Beate Kielland Substitute
Lars Mørch Finborud Substitute
Hedda Høgåsen-Hallesby Substitute


Visit: Ultima, Øvre Slottsgate 3, N-0157 Oslo
Post: c/o Sentralen, Postboks 183 Sentrum, 0102 Oslo, Norway


Tickets to most concerts (except events with free entrance) can be purchased at Ticketmaster.

Ultima is supported by

Arts Council Norway / the City of Oslo / The Savings Bank Foundation DNB / EGD / Ministry of Foreign Affairs / Fritt Ord / Music Norway