Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival

Presenter / Oslo, Norway

Lars Petter Hagen, artistic director

The Ultima Festival is Scandinavia’s largest contemporary music festival, and since 1991 it has been a key arena for contemporary music and related art forms in the Nordic region. The festival is organised as a foundation comprising seventeen of the most influential art institutions and organisations in Norway. The Ultima Festival takes place in Oslo in September every year. The programme for the festival contains between forty and fifty events. In addition to concerts, Ultima also stages sound installations, multimedia productions, music-theatre and performance. The entire city serves as the arena for the festival, from The Norwegian Opera & Ballet to small clubs. Ultima is also arranging “The Ultima Academy”, an international symposium for the dissemination and discourse of contemporary music.


  • Active period: September
  • Founded: 1991
  • Number of events per year: 40 ~ 50