The summer in Norway is short, and there is too much going on. During winter there is “nothing”, but now there are not enough time. Like this weekend. There are two festival I would have liked to attend. One of them is Ridddu Riddu, in Northern Norway. It is very far from were I live, actually it is 1200 km, but I was there two years ago, and it was well worth the long trip. Riddu Riđđu is an international festival for indigenous music and arts, in the Sea Sami village of Olmmáivággi (Olderdalen in Norwegian). The festival is one of the most significant international indigenous festivals in Europe, but still have the charm of a small norwegian festival and the arctic summer. Everybody have to live in a tent and to leave their cars before they enter the valley.
The main attraction for me on Riddu Riddu in 2010 was Tinariwen, a band from Mali in Sahara. It was strange of course, to listen to tuareg music from the desert in the chill night of the Arctic, but it was a very great experience, and I still love this music.
The second big attraction at Riddu Riddu was Mari Boine, a Norwegian Sami musician known for having added jazz, rock and world music to the yoiks of her native people. It was also such a great experience. But so was everything at Riddu Riddu.
This weekend there is also another festival I usually attend and I would love to go there agein. This one is small, located to a tiny mountain village and only 70 km away from were I live. But I can’t go to Tydalsfestivalen either, and just have to remeber how it use to be by looking at some pictures. I have other plans. And I am sure that too will be an experience.