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FY FELA FOR EIN FESTIVAL! (Holy Fiddle! What a festival!)

Telemarkfestivalen is an international folk music festival located in Bø in Telemark county in the southern part of Norway. The festival has been conducted annually since 1990 and has approximately 6000 visitors every year. Bø is a small town with a long and strong history when it comes to traditional Norwegian music; and especially the Hardanger fiddle. Even today; Bø is home to many of the most acclaimed fiddlers in Norway. The festival’s very existence is based on preserving and evolving the Norwegian musical heritage.

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Amcar parade. Foto: Stein Hofve

Amcar parade. Foto: Stein Hofve

As well as looking backward, we also look forward. Telemarkfestivalen is an arena for both traditional and modern folk music, and aims to present music in a variety of sub-genres related to folk music. We have learnt that putting musicians from all over the world together in a small Norwegian town can create musical wonders. One of our trademarks is the ability to surprise, touch and even challenge our audience with unique concert experiences.

Welcome to Telemarkfestivalen – the essence of Norway!


Hallingkurs, Foto: Knut Utler

Hallingkurs, Foto: Knut Utler


The entire program for the festival will be announced in May 2017.

Telemarkfestivalen invites the audience to experience traditional and modern folk music in beautiful surroundings in village of Bø in the county of Telemark in the southern part of Norway. The village has approximately 5000 inhabitants and provides an inviting scenery for both cultural and natural experiences.

You can easily travel to Bø by train or bus from Oslo and Oslo Airport. Nearby airports also include Rygge aiport and Torp airport. More info at or

Staut, Foto: Stein Hofve

Staut, Foto: Stein Hofve


Tickets can be pre-ordered and purchased from Gullbring kulturanlegg – – tel. 35 06 03 90. Tickets will be available at the festival office in the main street of Bø.

Artist proposal?
If you want to propose an artist for the festival, please send information to The best period to send proposals is from October to January.  As we receive lots of proposals each year, we don’t have the capacity to answer all proposers properly. Sorry!   Thank you for your interest in our festival!

If you want to apply for a press accreditation at Telemarkfestivalen, please send information to