Congratulations with Spellemann (Norwegian Grammy)!

Congratulations with Spellemann (Norwegian Grammy)!

We congratulate Øyvind Torvund and Ensemble asamisimasa with Spellemann (Norwegian Grammy) in the contemporary category! The release concert for “Neon Forest Space” was part of last year’s Ultima.

Congratulations also to André Bratten who received a Spellemann prize in Electronica/ dance category. Bratten in collaboration with Ole-Henrik Moe, wrote music for the Ultima festival’s closing concert for Oslo Cathedral Choir and Ensemble Allegria in Oslo Cathedral on 19 September 2015.




Change of address: on 1 March Ultima moves into the new Sentralen!

Change of address: on 1 March Ultima moves into the new Sentralen!

1 March 2016 marks the official opening of Sentralen – Oslo’s new arts centre and hangout in fantastic new premises. The venue for culture and innovation houses practice rooms and performance spaces as well as meeting and conference rooms. It’s situated on Øvre Slottsgate in the distinguished former headquarters of Christiania Sparebank (Savings Bank).

Sentralen will be occupied by approximately 300 people, divided among 95 organisations. Ultima Festival is one of them.

The building opens on 1 March with office space for 350 workers, 5 concert venues, 3 rehearsal rooms, a restaurant and more. The public opening parties are on 5 and 6 March.

Read more about the story behind the refurbishment and the new Sentralen in Aftenposten, here.


HRH the Crown Prince of Norway has extended his royal patronage of Ultima Festival

HRH the Crown Prince of Norway has extended his royal patronage of Ultima Festival

Happy new year to all festivalgoers!

Today we received the wonderful news from the Royal Palace in Oslo that HRH the Crown Prince of Norway has extended his royal patronage of Ultima Festival until the end of 2020.

The Crown Prince has been Ultima’s royal patron since 2006, and has attended many of Ultima’s opening concerts.

We are delighted that his support has been prolonged and grateful for the Crown Prince’s engagement, curiosity and enthusiasm on behalf of contemporary music.


Next year's Ultima festival happens 8 – 17 September 2016.

Next year's Ultima festival happens 8 – 17 September 2016.

Photos from Ultima 2015

Photos from Ultima 2015

See photos from the festival.

Photo: Ultimafestivalen / Henrik Beck


Ultima magazine 2015

Ultima magazine 2015

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Ultima Academy programme 2015

Ultima Academy programme 2015

Ultima Academy – a series of academic and public lectures, screenings and workshops in parallel with Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival – offers music enthusiasts, professionals and students insight into the connection between contemporary music theory and practice, as well as expanding on the theme of this year’s Ultima Festival.

The theme of this year’s Ultima is ‘On Nature’

How does nature affect art? How does art affect nature? For its 2015 edition, Ultima Academy invites scientists, music researchers and artists to talk about nature and discuss our attitudes to it.

This year Ultima Academy will feature a specially designed Wunderkammer* at Kulturhuset on Youngstorget. Inspired by the Renaissance/Baroque ‘cabinet of curiosities’, this Wunderkammer will consist of unfamiliar objects and sounds created by professional artists and students. It will be open to the public during Ultima, inviting visitors to explore real and imaginary connections between the works presented at the festival and the world of nature and the natural sciences.

Bizarre, marvelous and mysterious objects, collected by wealthy Europeans on their travels abroad, have attracted attention since the mid-sixteenth century. The Wunderkammer, or ‘cabinet of curiosities’, was typically a contained all manner of artefacts from exotic animals, vegetables, strange figures and mineral specimens, plans for impossible buildings and machines, medical diagrams, pictures and manuscripts describing far-off landscapes.

Participants at Ultima Academy 2015 include: Richard Taruskin, David Toop, Dag Hessen, Cecilie Ore, Wolfgang Ernst, Bruno Laeng, Semir Zeki, Henrik Svensen, Helga-Marie Nordby, Alexander Schubert, Hans-Thies Lehmann, Joanna Bailie, Trond Reinholdtsen, Matthew Shlomowitz, Ole-Henrik Moe et al. Curated by Heloisa Amaral.

Full programme, news and updates

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International Festival of Text-Sound Poetry at ISSUE Project Room, New York from November 7 - 10

International Festival of Text-Sound Poetry at ISSUE Project Room, New York from November 7 - 10

November 7-10, ISSUE Project Room, Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival, Goethe-Institut New York, and Wendy’s Subway present a four-evening series of lectures, listening sessions, and performances exploring contemporary practices and historical approaches relating to text-sound poetry, a genre of spoken word poetry emphasizing the sound of speech over textual meanings, often combined with use of new media.

The series features performances by an array of international artists including Anton Bruhin (CH), Stine Motland (NO), Anne-James Chaton (FR), Ian Hatcher (US), Swantje Lichtenstein (DE), Marc Matter (DE), and Antje Vowinckel (DE), as well as presentations by Charles Bernstein, Edwin Torres, and Steve McCaffery.
Full programme and information here.

International Festival of Text-Sound Poetry is presented by ISSUE Project Room, Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival, Goethe-Institut New York and Wendy’s Subway. Curated by Lawrence Kumpf, ISSUE Project Room Artistic Director, Marc Matter, Rachel Valinsky, and Macgregor Card.

Made possible by support from the Goethe-Institut New York, the Royal Norwegian Consulate General, Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, the Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and with the support of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.



Important message for those attending Ultima closing-day concerts in the city centre tomorrow, Saturday 19 September

Important message for those attending Ultima closing-day concerts in the city centre tomorrow, Saturday 19 September

Important message for those attending Ultima closing-day concerts in the city centre tomorrow, Saturday 19 September:

Because of tomorrow’s Oslo Marathon many streets in the centre will be closed to traffic, and public transport in central Oslo will also be affected. So please allow extra time to get to the concerts!


festival programme and tickets will be released during spring time


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 Ministry of Culture and Church Affairs 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

Den Norske Opera & Ballett

Det Norske Kammerorkester

Det Norske Solistkor

Henie Onstad Kunstsenter

Institutt for musikkvitenskap

Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo


Norges musikkhøgskole

Norsk Komponistforening


NRK, Kringkastingsorkestret


Oslo Domkor


Oslo Sinfonietta og Cikada


The upcoming festival happens 8 – 17 September 2016.


Artistic Director

Financial Manager
M +47 90 60 66 81

Project Manager
M +47 97 58 43 21

Head of Information
M +47 93 00 93 42

Festival Coordinator
M +47 46 42 55 07


Ultima’s board of directors in 2015:

Odd Gullberg, Chairman of the Board
Henrik Hellstenius, Vice chairman
Svanhild Sørensen, Member
Janne Stang Dahl, Member
Audun Hasti, Member
Svein Ingvoll Pedersen, Substitute
Marianne Beate Kielland, Substitute
Bente Leiknes Thorsen, Substitute
Lars Mørch Finborud, Substitute



Visit: Ultima, Skippergata 22, N-0154 Oslo
Post: c/o Sentralen, Postboks 183 Sentrum, 0102 Oslo, Norway


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Ordered tickets can be picked up at the post office, ‘Post i butikk’, Narvesen, and 7Eleven.

Single tickets: Please view information about each specific performance.

Full price and discounts (students, elderly, unemployment etc.) is available.

NB! Sold out! Book early, as we expect performances to be sold out. To make sure you get a seat using punch tickets, please arrive ahead of time before the performance begins.

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