Riddu Riđđu

Riddu Riđđu is an annual Sámi music and culture festival held in Olmmáivággi (Manndalen) in the Gáivuotna (Kåfjord) municipality in Norway. The goal of the festival is to bring forward both Sámi culture and that of other indigenous peoples. Translated to English, the name of the festival is "small storm at the coast". The festival has permanent support from the Ministry of Culture and Church Affairs, the Sámi parliament, Troms county and Kåfjord municipality.[1]

Riddu Riđđu
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Riddu Riđđu festival in 2007.
GenreMusic Festival
Date(s)Mid July
BeginsJuly 2021 (2021-07)
EndsJuly 2021 (2021-07)
Location(s)Kåfjord, Troms
Years active1991 – present
Most recent10–14 July 2019
Ánde Somby from Vajas joiking at the festival in 2007
Mari Boine performing at the festival in 2006

Riddu Riđđu includes concerts, seminars, performances, youth camp, stage art, literature, children's program, Northern People's program, youth camp, film program, courses (workshops), art exhibition, market (bazaar), indigenous houses and much more.

The 30th festival was to be held 8–12 July 2020; however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the 2020 festival was cancelled.[2]


The festival was launched by a group of young Sámi on New Year's Eve 1991 at Olmmáivággi (Norwegian: Manndalen). This was a decade after the Sámi cultural revitalization started. Before that time, the Norwegian government attempted to assimilate the indigenous Sámi into the Norwegian majority population. In Olmmáivággi almost all of the previously majority Sámi population now considered themselves as Norwegian.

During the 1990s, the anti-Sámi sentiment was especially strong in the area with Sámi road-signs being shot to pieces and families being split. A group of youth started to ask questions such as: "Why did they [the Norwegian government] take away from us the Sámi language? Why do we hide our Sea-Sámi identity and culture? Why are we ashamed [of being Sámi]?" This started a Sámi youth organization that among other things organized the Riddu Riđđu festival.[3][4]

The first festival was arranged in 1991 and has since been arranged annually. In 1998, the Riddu Riđđu Searvi organization was established and has since been responsible for arranging the festival. In 2018, Sandra Márjá West became the festival manager.


2013 lineupEdit

2014 lineupEdit

  • A Tribe Called Red
  • Felgen Orkester
  • Jon Henrik Fjällgren
  • Biru Baby
  • Tamikrest
  • Hekla Stålstrenga
  • Sator
  • Jörgen Stenberg
  • Cyaneed

2015 lineupEdit

  • Mari Boine
  • Resirkulert
  • Yann Tiersen
  • Nanook
  • Senjahopen
  • Katchafire
  • Amoc
  • Urna
  • F.A.C.E.

2016 lineupEdit

  • Slincraze
  • Sofia Jannok
  • Ana Tijoux
  • Violet Road
  • Sondre Justad
  • Hanggai
  • Marja Helena Fjellheim Mortensson
  • Ylva
  • Suming
  • Herman Rundberg
  • Kitok
  • Traditional

2017 lineupEdit

  • Chalama Project
  • Uyarakq
  • Áilu Valle
  • Dagny
  • Duolva Duottar
  • Ondt Blod
  • Ágy
  • Isák
  • Johan Anders Bær
  • Radik Tyulush
  • Silver Jackson
  • Dj Ailo

2018 lineupEdit

  • Mari Boine
  • Baker Boy (with Yirrmal and Kian)
  • Resirkulert
  • Solju
  • Wimme Saari
  • Amanda Delara
  • Felgen Orkester
  • Biru Baby
  • Tyva Kyzy
  • DJ Shub

2019 lineupEdit


  1. ^ "Riddu Riddu International". VisitNorway.com. Retrieved 2015-04-26.
  2. ^ "Riddu Riđđu 2020 Cancelled". Riddu Riđđu News. 27 April 2020. Retrieved 10 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Riddu Riđđu". NorwayFestivals.com. Retrieved 2015-04-26.
  4. ^ "Om festivalen" (in Norwegian). Riddu.no. Retrieved 2015-04-26.

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Coordinates: 69°31′30″N 20°31′44″E / 69.52500°N 20.52889°E / 69.52500; 20.52889