Inversia: The first audiovisual festival above the Polar circle

Inversia is the first audiovisual festival that takes place above the Polar circle, in the city of Murmansk, Russia. Inversia’s aspiration is to change the common perception of ever-frost, darkness and geographical isolation in the North.

2-4 February

Murmansk, Russia


Musicians and artists from the Barents Region and Northern Europe will interact with the city space in order to reflect on the Polar night as a new opportunity for “light”, not as a dead end. Utilizing the theme of loneliness and coldness, Northern artists will draw attention to the potential of the North and give a new meaning to its role through new media and music.

The festival programme includes lectures, workshops, exhibitions, live shows and concerts which will be held at different locations of Murmansk. There are some key figures of the scene presented at Inversia.

Norwegian filmmaker and multi-instrumentalist Carl Størmer together with a team of musicians from the Northern Norway presents 1997 FOREVER project, who recently debuted at the Øya Festival, will perform a nostalgic odyssey movie dedicated to snowboarding. A visual leap into the 90's will be completed by panoramic audio played by a superband - from classic rock of 70's to alternative rock of 90's and post-hardcore.

Media artist ::vtol:: (CTM/Transmediale, ArsElectronica, 4th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Archstoyanie) is another important participant of Inversia whose projects focus on technological art: robotics, sound art and science art. He also designs and creates experimental musical instruments and modular synthesizers.


Galleri Snerk - an artist/student run space Galleri Snerk is located in Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Arts. Gallery goals are to introduce the public to emerging local and international artists coming from various fields of expertise and also to act as a hub in organising various workshops for/with youth in collaboration with local and guest artists. In the course with the festival a co-founder of the gallery Humle Rosenkvist will take part in public discussion.

Psychedelic Finnish band K-X-P will play their audiovisual techno set that has melted minds at festivals all over the globe.

Another special commission is an eclectic piece for Teriberka Pomor Choir written by Ivan Zoloto (Karelia) experimental musician and Inversia’s music curator. The piece will be premiered at the festival opening.

Public discussion. Cultural management in the severe conditions of the North:

  • Glafira Severyanova - Che9 (Russia, Murmansk)
  • Humle Rosenkvist - Snerk (Norway, Tromsø)
  • Pilvi Keto - Napa Gallery (Finland, Rovaniemi)

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The full programme of the festival is accessible on the official page in Facebook

Barents Regional Youth Council is a co-organizer of the Inversia festival.

Inversia festival is organised by the support of the Norwegian Barents Secretariat and Kulturkontaktnord.


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