About Urkult

Urkult is a folk festival for all people. A meeting place and a source for inspiration.

During three days the first weekend of august, people, music and culture from different parts of the world arrive at Näsåker, a village with about 600 inhabitants located by the great rapid Nämforsen in Ångermanälven. Along concerts on various stages the program consists of activities such as theatre for children, workshops and poetry. Crafts and ecological food are other regular features at Urkult. In the heart of the festival area descends a natural amphitheatre into the ground and is framed by steep pine covered hillsides that are characteristic for the landscape along the river Ångermanälven. Urkult is well known for its opening ceremony “Eldnatten” or “the Night of Fire” – an every year unique spectacle often containing elements of many different forms of art such as drums, singing, dancing and fire.

The children are important at Urkult, and we want to show that. At the folk museum, in the circus tent, the children have the leading part. Workshops in acrobatics, circus and crafts alternates with theatre and performances primarily aimed for children. Urkult has become known for being a suitable festival for families with children and elderly, it is something we are very proud of. We believe this derives from the welcoming- and safe atmosphere that has come to characterize the whole festival. This atmosphere remains a cornerstone in the creating of the festival.

Our aim is to keep the costs for tickets and food as low as possible. We are a non-profit organisation, with many driving spirits who gives their time and effort every year to create Urkult. Any profits are reinvested in the next festival to make it even better than the previous one.

Urkult as an organisation is working by three basic elements: the local perspective, the international perspective and the environmental perspective.

If you have tips or ideas, prior to, during or after the festival, please contact us. We are open to tips and ideas which might improve the festival!

Photo Bjarte Edvardsen 2012

The local perspective

The foundation is naturally the local commitment, where the implementation is based on all voluntary work and contribution. Materials for construction and such is as far as possible obtained locally. In addition Urkult is trying to inspire and support the festivals own food vendors to buy their ingredients from local ecological growers.

The international perspecitve

Encounters between cultures serve opportunities for wonderful experiences and contribute to people creating understanding for each other. The musical character of the festival has its roots in the international perspective, music from various parts of the world are mixed, traditional tunes meets modern tunes. And if you take a closer look you will find that this perspective leaves its mark on other elements of the festival as well: workshops, food vendors and lectures to mention a few.

The enviromental perspective

Last but not least, we have taken upon ourselves to make the festival as environmentally friendly as possible. Only organic food is served at the festival area. Most of the waste is composted on site or recycled in the best way. The permanent toilets are supplemented with urine separation. Otherwise, we try to use environmentally friendly materials as our knowledge and wallet allows. We are also working on keeping the volume at a comfortable level.

Safety and security

Please take a minute to read about what we do to make Urkult a safe place as possible. Accidents can happen so easily when a lot of people are gathering. We ask you to pay attention if you see or hear anything that doesn’t seem right. Show yourself and your neighbour that you care and look out for each other!

Safety and Police

During the festival Urkult work closely together with the Police, we have our own security guards and hired security. All of whom co-operate to create an environment that feels safe and sound.

Resque Service

Rescue Service is a firefighter on call with elementary medical education. Their duty is to be first on call when an accident happens. When you see them you have to give way and in no circumstances hinder them to come forward.

Safety Watch

Apart from the Police, security and Emergency number (+46)112 which is the first choice in an event of emergency. We also have a Safety Watch on call with educated staff that can help if you or someone else have been exposed to something that isn’t ok. In an event of sexual harassment, rape or similar please report to (+46) 112
The number to Safety Watch is (+46) 707 704 731 (the number is active 24hrs during festival weekend).

A policy for attitude and equality

Urkult as an organisation is striving to work after a policy where all people no matter what sexes or gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability or religious beliefs, should feel included, safe and welcomed, during the festival and to other events that Urkult have.
But most of all we strive to be a welcoming and loving festival where thousands of people can get together and experience something unique. Peace and love!