Insomnia Festival 21st Edition welcome young listeners to the Norwegian Tromsø-premiere of two new musical works, to be presented inside the Alfheim Swimming Pool, Thursday October 20th at 17.00.

A Norwegian and a Latvian artist pair have for the past months been working with commissioned works made for young ears. The works are based on two fairy tales.

From the Latvian side we have composer Linda Leimane and video artist Mārtiņš Grauds presenting the audiovisual joint work Latvian Beasts, based on the eponymous collection of stories by Inese Zandere

From the Norwegian side we have artist and composer Jenny Berger Myhre with artist and writer Annie Bielski, who have created The Grinder. It is based on a Norwegian fairytale about two siblings, a trip to hell and back, and the devil’s magical grinder that can give you anything you want, as long as you know how to make it stop.

The fairytale was collected and published by the famous storytellers Asbjørnsen & Moe in 1852, and is a humorous take on why the sea is salty, as well as a friendly warning to be careful what you wish for. Created with a musical grinder of unpredictable synths and electronics, Jenny and Annie are passing the story on through experimental, rhythmical songs and foley art, together with 3D animated visuals rendered from painted, abstracted dioramas created by paper, fabric, aluminum and glass. The Grinder is an energetic concert that will hopefully be of pleasure to kids and adults of all ages.

Join us under the surface and experience two exciting and strange concerts in the depths of the pool!

Before the concerts start, we’ll serve pizza and soda accompanied chill vibes.

Jenny Berger Myhre (NO) Annie Bielski (US)
Linda Leimane (LV) Mārtiņš Grauds (LV) Sabine Moore (LV)

About Insomnia:
Insomniafestival is a festival for electronic music and arts, and has excisted in Tromsø for the last 20 years! It’s a festival that makes you dance, think, question and discover new expressions. This year we expand our audience and we are very excited to invite a younger crowd. We see it as important to present good sound- and listening experiences to the young!

About LYRA:
LYRA is a collaboration between Insomniafestivalen and latvian music festival Skaņu Mežs. LYRA is made by the two words ‘listening’ (lytte) in Norwegian and ‘creating’ (radīt) in Latvian. LYRA is a prject lasting for two years that aims at introducing young people to electronic music through workshops, comissioned works and presentation of a musical programme for the target group.

The project is presented in collaboration with Redd Barna og Kurant9000.

This project is supported by: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway EEA Grants and Kulturdepartementet.

LYRA receives grants in the amount of EUR 206,256.00 within the framework of the EEA Grants and Norway Grants funded by Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway. The project aims to introduce kids and teenagers to experimental music and to get them involved in its creation. As it is democratic and non-hierarchical in essence, experimental music gives trained and untrained kids the chance to take part in making music. Since the project crosses social and ethnic divides, it is also socially inclusive.

Total LYRA eligible costs: EUR 202,510.00, European Economic Area financial instrument programme Local Development, Poverty Reduction and Culture Cooperation support sum: 85% or EUR 85,000.00, of which:
European Economic Area financial instrument co-financing: 85% or EUR 175,317.60;
State Budget co-financing: 15% or EUR 30,938.40.

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