Traditions Under Pressure
From 12–21 September, we will be presenting more than 60 events at venues all over Oslo – from concert halls, the opera house and theatres to galleries, public spaces and a brand new club venue.
This year’s theme, Traditions Under Pressure, is the focal point for an events schedule that sprawls across the city in three main sections.
Concerts and performances
Experience brand new works by composers, choreographers and theatre directors performed by Norwegian and international ensembles, soloists and performers across genres and artforms; join us for a vibrant day of children’s activities, two Ultima Nights transgressive club sessions; curated selections of multichannel electronic music and 3D film; and dedicate a full Sunday for a journey with one of the greatest 20th century solo piano works presented at three different venues from dawn to dusk.
Exhibitions and walks
Discover Oslo’s hidden electromagnetic sounds wearing custom-made analogue headphones on a special walk around the city; join us on a digital audiovisual journey into the world’s waste plants, and travel to a virtual reality moon in an exhilarating and unusual representation of that iconic heavenly body.
In our programme of talks, panel discussions, workshops and more, you can meet the world’s most prominent philosopher on ecological and Anthropocene issues; participate in a workshop on Afro-futurism, and kick off the festival on our opening day with a conference dedicated to the Arctic.
At Ultima, we are devoted to nurturing and developing contemporary music in all its eclectic and fascinating forms of continuous astonishment. The festival’s unique partnership structure is a vital tool on this journey, and I am incredibly thankful for the amazing collaborative and supportive spirit from all our national and international artists, partners and funders who have contributed to the festival. A big thank you also to the dedicated festival team, volunteers and individuals who collectively make the Ultima Festival possible.
Welcome to Ultima 2019!
Thorbjørn Tønder Hansen
Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival
Read Ultima writer Rob Young’s essay on how Traditions under Pressure will unfold throughout the festival and jump into the programme’s various forms of pressure cooker.