Slide Slide Slide Slide Slide The festival is a cultural-political cocktail with contemporary art and music, theatre and performance, literature and architecture and seminars and debates as its ingredients – all spiced with current issues related to the Barents Region and the High North in general. The festival started in 2004, and in February 2020 will transform Kirkenes into a Barents Metropolis for the 16th time. The Barents Spektakel is Norway’s most border-crossing festival! arrow_drop_down 2020 theme


Brexit chaos, the rise of nationalistic movements in Europe, unexpected election results and the shadowy world of espionage and surveillance. Many of the west’s misfortunes can supposedly be traced back to a Russian connection — where strings are pulled on large- and small-scale interferences in the world’s political and economic systems.

But what is the reality in the world of disinformation, misinformation and alternative facts? What is the truth, and who creates the fiction? Does the western media sensationalise Russia’s perceived power in the world, or is there actually a coordinated, vast programme that is aimed at destabilising those who do not follow Moscow’s agenda?

In the north, there is more to the Russian connection than global politics. Historical ties, trade and shared experiences have shaped the region’s governance, economy and culture — transforming the urban and cultural space and creating visible signs of Russian presence. Where do these fit when understanding Russian influence today?

Welcome to the 2020 Barents Spektakel, where we invite you to piece together the mosaic of clues and decide for yourself — do the Russians run everything!?