Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival

Ultima is Scandinavia’s largest contemporary music festival, and since 1991 it has been a key arena for contemporary music and related art forms. 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 18 members, all of them professional cultural institutions or organisations. nyMusikk is one of the members.

Fra en nyMusikk-konsert med Christine Sun Kim under Ultima 2013. Foto: Ultimafestivalen, Henrik Beck.

The festival takes place during September and is staged at venues all around Oslo. Throughout its twenty-year history, all kinds of locations have served as Ultima concert venues. 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 council comprises of: BIT20 Ensemble, Black Box Teater, Den Norske Opera & Ballett, Det Norske Kammerorkester, Det Norske Solistkor, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo, MIC Norsk musikkinformasjon, NICE, Norges musikkhøgskole, Norsk Komponistforening, NOTAM, NRK – Kringkastingsorkestret, nyMusikk, Oslo Domkor, Oslo Sinfonietta og Cikada.