Northern Network for Performing Arts

Recently established Northern Network for Performing Arts aims to improve the capacity for regional collaboration in the High North parts of the Nordic countries among the performing arts professionals, artists and organisations. 

Northern Seminar 2017, Photo by Jonna Leppänen

The network was established in January 2018 in Tromsø by Silence Festival (FI), RadArt (NO), Cycle - Music and Art Festival (IS) and Nuuk Nordic Culture Festival (GL). The organisations have been collaborated since 2017. The four organisations together form an operational group of the network. In 2018 the network will create fresh practices how to include also the artists in the decision making of the network. The coordinating organisation in 2018 is Silence Festival. 

Northern Network, Photo by Mette Ylikorva

Northern Network for Performing Arts is a network of artists, organisations, festivals and communities working in the field of performing art in the High North region in the Nordic countries.  The Network aims to strengthen performing arts’ collaboration in the region and to improve the regional capacity in international collaboration, share information and best practices, and provide a platform for encounters.

The Northern Network supports the work of individual artists. The network will gather the art professionals in the region to meetings and events and help them to create new professional relations. The collegiate support is important especially in the region with small communities and long distances. The network provides platforms where new networks and projects can be created. For individual artists or other art professionals the network offers a regional performing arts community.

For performing arts organisation the network provides support and visibility. The network coordinates projects and matchmaking of the organisations for the collaboration in the region. The network makes the performing art organisations and their events better known regionally and globally. Together the organisations can reach bigger audiences and serve better the artists and art professionals. By collaboration the organisations can work more ecologically and economically sustainable in the future.

We believe that by strengthening the Northern collaboration in the field of arts we can develop the High North region more attractive and culturally vivid area which can offer more working possibilities for the artists and will give a reason for young artists to stay in North and to return.

The Northern Network is also eager to find and create new practices to work as a network and to include individual artists and their need in the decision making of the network. 


Network Activities

The Northern Network for Performing Arts runs projects and organises events and gatherings in the Northern region. All the network activities are targeted to artists and other professionals in the field of performing arts.

Northern Creation - Open Call for Artists

Northern Network for Performing Arts administrates a new performance project called Northern Creation (working title). Through the project the network supports artistic work in the High North region, fosters new regional relations within the performing arts field and builds bridges between art communities. Northern Creation is a collaboration between max. 8 artists. The artists are selected through an Open Call in 2018. The call is open for all professions such as performers, designers, writers, composers, choreographers, researchers etc. from all art fields. Read more

Northern Platforms #1-5

A series of  Northern Platform events form a backbone for the activities of the Northern Network for Performing Arts. The Platforms are places for information sharing, capacity building and networking for all the performing arts professionals in the region. Each of the seminar will consist of introduction to support structures and funding opportunities for the regional collaboration, presentations of performing arts organisations, projects and artists in the High North, panel discussion around the seminar’s topics. The participants will have an opportunity to tie new relations and plan future collaboration with the other participants. Northern Platforms are part of a capacity building project, which is supported by Nordic Culture Point.

The First Northern Platform will take place at Silence Festival on June 6th in Kittilä.
Read more about the Northern Platform #1.


The up-coming events:

Northern Platform #3, April 30th 2019 in Tromsø, Norway, as part of Vårscenefest

Northern Platform #4, June 5th-8th 2019 in Kaukonen, Finland, as part of Silence Festival

Photo by Jonna Leppänen


Arts Promotion Center Finland
Arctic Design School, Inari, Finland
Kluster, Luleå, Sweden
Teatern Scratch, Luleå, Sweden


More Info:

If you would like to know more about the network or join as a member, pleas contact the network coordinator and producer of Silence Festival Jonna Leppänen (


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