On February 11, 2000, composer and percussionist Terje Isungset performed the first ice concert inside a frozen waterfall in Lillehammer, Norway. His fascination of creating music with instruments he built from ice continued, and his fan base grew.
Six years later, he teamed up with Pål Knutsson Medhus to host the first Ice Music Festival in Geilo, Norway. The event quickly became popular with music and nature lovers from around the world. The program evolved into a celebration of ice music and art, along with a series of lectures by leading scientists about the effects of climate change on planet Earth.
But 2021 has been different. Because of restrictions on large gatherings in Norway, international travel restrictions, and safety concerns from the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers cancelled the this year’s festival. The 2022 festival will be held on Saturday-Sunday, February 26-27.
In an announcement on the Ice Music Festival Norway’s Facebook page yesterday, the organizers said they’re planning a special livestreamed event in March. Watch the Facebook page for updates.
For more information about the festival, visit icemusicfestivalnorway.no.