Opening of the festival and the exhibition "40 jagi". Theatre.

Seminar about Sami art, Sami literature events, FLOW workshop, exhibition opening, film screenings and more.

Seminar about festivals, Sami literature events, FLOW workshop, performance, exhibitions and more.

FLOW workshop and exhibition tours.


THURSDAY November 21


18:00-19.30 Exhibition opening "40 Jagi", Alta museum.

Exhibition with members of the Sami Artist Association.

The exhibition is opened by Henrik Olsen from the Sami parliament council.

Music by Georg Buljo Duo.

The exhibition has free entrance throughout the exhibition period

until 31.03.2020.


20:00 Theater performance Áillohaš, Alta Culture Hall.

Beaivváš Sámi Našunalteahter (Sami National Theatre).

Buy tickets here.



FRIDAY November 22


10:00-15:00 Dåajmies vuekie - The material expressions of Sámi aesthetics

Seminar on Sami art and aesthetics, Alta Culture Hall

Organized by Liisa-Rávná Finbog with support from OCA, KORO and NNKM.

Participants: Margrethe Iren Pettersen, Inga Wiktoria Påve, Geir Tore Holm,

Irene Snarby, Lena Kappfjell, Anders Sunna, Britt Kramvig, Mathias Danbolt


​12:00-12:45 Launch of poem collection, Alta library

Suorbmageažis by Ánne Márjá Guttorm Graven, Gollegiella publisher.

Author and publisher Rauni Magga Lukkari will present the book.

13:00 "OKTO", exhibition opening, UiT Campus Alta


OKTO is an exhibition in the glass hall and outside the main entrance. Both new and long time SDS members exhibit their works. The exhibition is named after the sculpture Okto by Aage Gaup. The exhibition is a public art project which is supported by KORO (Public Art Norway).


Artists: Aage Gaup, Anders Sunna, Máret Ánne Sara, Brit Fuglevåg, Maarit Magga, Michael Sandin, Kunstskolen i Karasjok

15:00-16:00 Book presentation / Bokbad, Alta library.

Book about Sami Artist Group, Mázejoavku. Indigenous Collectivity and Art. Author Susanne Hætta in conversation with Hanna Horsberg Hansen, Associate Professor of Art History, UiT.

Mázejoavku. Indigenous Collectivity and Art is authored by Susanne Hætta with advisory comments by Gunilla Bresky, edited by Katya García-Antón, and with essays by Hætta, García-Antón and Candice Hopkins. It is published by Office for Contemporary Art Norway and DAT AS.


16:00-18:30 FLOW. Workshop for youth, Huset

Led by author and visual artist Lene E. Westerås and psychologist Anne Silviken. Preregistration.


16:00-17:30 Movie screenings, Alta cinema

With the artists Geir Tore Holm and Liselotte Wajstedt.


18:00-19:30 Exhibition opening "40 jagi", Alta Kunstforening

Curated exhibition with five SDS members: Outi Pieski, Petteri Laiti, Per Isak Juuso, Máret Ánne Sara and Folke Fjällström. Exhibition opening by Katya Garcia-Antón, director OCA. Music by Georg Buljo Duo.



​​​​SATURDAY November 23


10:00-15:00 Seminar: Co-production or self-production.

Cross-border festival collaboration. The role of art at cultural festivals

in Sápmi.

Directed by Pikene på Broen and the OKTA research project:

The arts and friction-filled communities in Sápmi, UiT Campus, Alta

11:00-16:00 FLOW, workshop for youth, Huset. 

Led by author and visual artist Lene E. Westerås and psychologist Anne Silviken. Preregistration.

11:00-11:30 Children's book launch, Alta library

Sami and Norwegian children's book by author and visual artist Lene E. Westerås, published by Gollegiella forlag. 

11:45-15:30 Generation project and art workshop. Alta museum

Led by visual artist Anita Jakobsen. Pre-registration for participation to Alta museum.


12:00-13:00 Story time for children, Alta library

Sami and Norwegian language with author Karen Anne Buljo and author and visual artist Aino Hivand.

14:00-15:00 Sami language writer event, Alta Library.

With the authors Inger-Mari Aikio, Karen Anne Buljo, Rose-Marie Huuva, Rauni Magga Lukkari and Sollaug Sárgon.

Led by visual artist and writer Synnøve Persen.


15:00-15:30 Book launch, Alta library

Torgrim Halvari presents his new book Same, based on his 100 Sami Portraits photo project. Utenfor Allfarvei Publishing.

16:00  Exhibition opening "40 jagi", the Culture House SISA

Exhibition with members of the Sami artist association: Josef Halse, Ingunn Moen Reinsnes, Gjert Rognli, Lene E. Westerås, Hanne Grete Einarsen, Fred Ivar Utsi Klemetsen and Susanne Hætta. 

The exhibition will be opened by visual artist Trine Noodt.

Music by Josef Halse

17.30-18.30 Outdoor projects. Alta city square. CHANGE: "OKTO" exhibition at UiT Campus Alta, opening Fri 22 Nov 1pm.



SUNDAY November 24


12:00-16:00 FLOW, workshop for youth, Huset

Led by author and visual artist Lene E. Westerås, visual artist Laila Kolostyák

and psychologist Anne Silviken. Preregistration.

12:00-13:30 Guided tour "40 Jagi", Alta museum

Artist talks. Led by Raisa Porsanger


14:00-15:30 Guided tour "40 jagi", Alta art association

Artist talks. Led by Synnøve Persen and Geir Tore Holm.



During and after the festival

Outdoor projects, street art and art actions in the center of Alta

Generation project, duodjiworkshop, Alta museum, is arranged later in the exhibition period.


Wine & knowledge evening at Alta museum 28.11.2019

Lecture by Harald Gaski: «Nils-Aslak Valkeapää and Johan Turi: Two Sami word and visual artists seen in an indigenous perspective"

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