About Ultima

About Ultima

Ultima is the premiere contemporary music festival in the Nordic region. The festival 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.

13The 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 next festival happens from 13 – 22 September 2018.


Thorbjørn Tønder Hansen – Artistic Director
Trude Dombestein Elde – Project Manager
Cathrine Nysæther – Head of Communication
Alf Gregusson – Financial Manager


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 / Ulysses networkCreative Europe Programme of the European Union

Data & Privacy policy

Read Ultima´s Data & Privacy policy here.


Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union