NorrlandsOperan Music

A major aspect of NorrlandsOperan's commission is to promote and support Västerbotten County's music scene. Practical responsibility for achieving this rests largely with NorrlandsOperan's music department, NorrlandsOperan Musik. The department's mission includes producing concerts and festivals, organising support activities for the county's musical event organisers, music education initiatives, development projects and international exchanges. Its aim is to develop the local music scene and to strive to achieve a high artistic standard.

River Stories
As part of these efforts, NorrlandsOperan Musik ran the European Capital of Culture project River Stories, during 2014. The project have created a cohesive regional cultural programme and has held a series of performances around the county during this year.

Its intermediate goals have been to achieve increased regional commitment and involvement, to define and create meeting places and performance venues and to increase the number of activities organised by local stakeholders and their level of cooperation. Among the goals for regional cooperation and development, the project would strengthen, rejuvenate existing event organisers, and create new organisers in Västerbotten County. And to create touring circuits for regional cultural events.

Music for children and youths
NorrlandsOperan also works to help children and youths to both experience and be involved in cultural activities, no matter where in the region they live. With this aim in mind, many of our activities are aimed at children and youths attending preschools, primary schools, upper-secondary schools and schools of music and culture. In addition to our travelling performances, NorrlandsOperan also initiates a number of projects aimed at encouraging young musicians' own creative efforts.

By collaborating with a host of local organisers, associations and organisations within Västerbotten County, NorrlandsOperan is able to help promote a vibrant cultural scene throughout the region. One of our most important cooperative partners is the Lapland music and theatre association MOTILI. Together, our two organisations produce a number of performances that tour the county.

MADE & Umeå Jazz Festival
Over the years NorrlandsOperan has produced and arranged two annual festivals on behalf of Umeå Municipality – the MADE dramatic arts festival in May and Umeå Jazz Festival in October.

The MADE festival began in 2006 and gone on to establish itself as an important event on the Swedish cultural calendar. In 2010, national television broadcaster SVT's Kulturnyheter culture programme named MADE as the hottest cultural phenomenon of the year, even over and above the likes of Tate Modern and the Cannes Film Festival. With its varied programme, MADE creates a venue for surprising experiences and exciting encounters. Music, Art, Dance, Experience – MADE has masses of everything!

From 2015 MADE has a new format. Rather than exploding on stage just once in spring, MADE evenings will rattle off throughout the year with those cutting-edge bookings, fun clashes, surprises and of course the warmth. Music, art, dance and everything in between. Read more here and here.

Umeå Jazz Festival was first held in 1968 and continues to be one of Sweden's best arenas for contemporary jazz and improvised music. The festival is an important platform for both Swedish and international jazz and, over the years, has earned an excellent reputation internationally. Read more at