Insomnia Insights

Insomnia Festival has evolved to become more than a music festival. The festival week is full of interesting events for the music lover, the art enthusiast, and the socially engaged person.

Insomnia has always sought to be a creative force of the vibrant music and art community in the north. One of our means to do this is to program a series of workshops each festival, hosted by some of the interesting artists visiting the festival. This year we offer four exciting workshops:

We invite cultural workers and independent actors within the field for an open lunch workshop at Tromsø Kunstforening on Tuesday from 12-14, to exchange ideas and share experiences regarding the next generation and new audiences. Sign up for the workshop here! (Lunch included)

On Wednesday from 15-17, the artist and activist Marina Shamova will facilitate a Queer/Feminist Rap Lab - a liberating practice with text, voice, sound and performative presence. Sign up here!

Learn about the art of mixing acoustic/analogue instruments with an electronic soundscape together with Tore Gjerdrem and Ivar Winther from Sex Judas on Thursday from 13-15. Sign up here!

And join us on Saturday from 13-16 for a workshop focusing on questions of performance, identity, self expression, body and voice as the artist Ursula Sereghy gives you tips and tricks on finding your own way to stage yourself as an artist. Sign up here!

OBS: All workshops are free, but registration is needed due to limited spaces.

After previous years success Insomnia will continue to present an exciting and diverse discourse program during the festival week.

On the 20th of October at 19:00 we invite you to a discussion ART AS RESILIENCE - Cultural collaboration in times of war and conflict, in collaboration with International Seminar at Tromsø Library.

To facilitate an open and inclusive conversation where all voices are heard, we are moving away from the hierarchical format of classic panel debate with the format - democratic talk-show Talkaoke. The questions to be discussed are:

How can we navigate the current political landscape?
How will the war in Ukraine impact cross border cooperation in the upcoming decades?
Is it possible to move forward without destroying the trust and relations that have taken years to build up?

Moderator: Artist and filmmaker Christine Cynn

Russian artists (Daria Orlova, Marina Shamova & Darya Beskorsaya), Norwegian curators (Ellen Vikströmm, Carla Wedderkopp, Ismet Bahtiar) will take part in this discussion together with the local industry professionals

On Wednesday at 18:00 at Tvibit, Creative Technology artists in residency (Proto Insights) will present their projects and speak about the creative process behind them.

Insomnia is proud to present several exhibitions and art installations during the festival week, with new collaborations to be announced!


On Tuesday at 18:00 the Proto Insights exhibition will open at Small Projects, featuring works by Kim Little and Daria Beskorsaia and a live performance by Kim Little. There will be food, a bar and Blade Runar behind the decks.

On Friday at 18:00 at Tvibit there will be a live concert experience featuring the collaborative works of our artists-in-residence, Kimberly Little, Nader XXI and visual scenography by Jędrzej Borkiewicz. After-concert DJ session until 20:00.

On Saturday at 15:00 Insomnia is inviting for a performative walk 2095 ‘Needle back, needle forward’ with Marina Shamova, Daria Orlova and Kurant9000. During this walk participants are invited to sew, write, speak, dance their own and collective history. Turn to the future, which will come through actions in the present. Our fantasies and imagination will become the basis for documenting the process and creating collective canvas at Small projects.

The walk starts and ends at the Small Projects. There will be food and warm drinks.

Insomnia Insights is free of charge and open for all audiences.

We want to make it very clear: we do not on any level condone the war on Ukraine, and we will not support any part of the current Russian regime. We want to support Ukraine in any way we can, and acknowledge that being in a country in the midst of a terrible war, their people are in crisis and in desperate need of aid.

Insomnia Festival strives to be a diverse, inclusive, accepting and welcoming space for everyone. Part of this work includes being an arena for art, performances, workshops and discussions, where the overall goal is to generate "insight" into different topics. These events are presented in our side program, Insomnia Insights. In our programming, we strive towards creating common ground between people, whether that is through sharing musical experiences, dancing or dialogue.

Historically, Insomnia Festival, and big parts of the northern regions of Norway, have had a close artistic and cultural collaboration with northern Russia. As a part of our 2022 Insights program, we presented the Talkaoke "ART AS RESILIENCE: Cultural collaboration in times of war and conflict", where we had invited different independent artists and cultural workers from Russia, Norway and Ukraine to be a part of the conversation. We wanted to facilitate a respectful dialogue that explores art as a form of resilience, and open up the conversation about cultural collaboration in times of war and conflict. We believe that it is important to keep the lines of communication open between people who stand against the war and have been living on different sides of the national borders. We want to support independent artists and cultural workers to have the possibility of being a counter voice towards current repressive narratives.

In times of war and conflict we stand with and support the minorities, refugees and others that are facing the worst moments of their lives.