About Ultima

Ultima is the premiere contemporary music festival in the Nordic region and has been arranged in Oslo from 1991. Ultima is a foundation with 18 members, all of them professional cultural institutions or organisations.

The festival takes place during September and is staged at venues all around Oslo. Our events are staged both in large, established venues such as the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, Oslo Concert Hall and the University of Oslo’s Great Hall as well as in small clubs, shop premises, industrial premises, museums, schools and outdoors.

The Ultima Festival aims to promote artistic distinctiveness, trends and innovation and to make music of a high artistic standard accessible by everyone.

The festival is supported by the Arts Council Norway and Oslo City Council.

His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon is the patron of Ultima.


The Ultima Foundation has a council comprising 18 members. Their efforts and contributions make it possible to arrange Ultima and to make it such a successful festival of contemporary music year after year.

The board

Yngve Slettholm– Chair

Hedda Høgåsen-Hallesby – Board Member

Lars Mørch Finborud – Board Member

Eivind Buene – Board Member

Cliff Moustache – Board Member

Torgny Amdam – Alternate Board Member

Anna Berg – Alternate Board Member