Call for participants: Perform works by composers Peter Ablinger and Silwia Zytynska

Insomnia Festival invites kids and teenagers 10-18 years old to take part in workshops, where they will have the opportunity to explore and perform works by Peter Ablinger and Sylwia Zytynska under the mentorship of the artists themselves. Both the participants who are studying or have studied music, as well as those who have no musical skills are welcome to join! Participants can either take part on all days or for a shorter period of time. 


Ablinger is one of the world’s most renowned composers of contemporary music and his collaborative partner Zytynska is a highly rated Polish percussionist and composer. 


Zytynska and Ablinger will conduct workshops for children and youth, during which they will practice performing some of their works. The works will be presented on 18 October, at the Prostneset Havneterminalen, in a segment of approximately 30 minutes, starting from 17:00. The program will continue with other international and Norwegian musicians such as Alexander Rishaug, Anna Fisere, Stian Westerhus and Nidia.


DATES: 14 – 17 October


Saturday 14.10 12:00-17:00 Tvibit

Sunday 15.10 12:00 – 17:00 Havneterminalen 

Monday 18:00 – 20:00 Havneterminalen 

Tuesday 18:00 – 20:00 Havneterminalen 

(with the option to adjust the timing of the workshops to the participants’ needs)


CONCERT: 18.10 17:00 – 21:00 at Prostneset Havneterminalen

Samuel Arnesens gate 5, 9008 Tromsø


WHAT TO BRING: a good mood and musical instruments if you have them. If you plan to bring instruments, please specify it in the signup form.


AGE OF PARTICIPANTS: 10 – 18 years

The workshop will be conducted in English with Norwegian translation for those who need it.

Participation is free of charge!

If you have any questions about the workshop, please send them to or call +47 41102633

About the artists: 

From time to time, Ablinger teaches composition at the Berlin Academy of Arts, while from 2012 to 2014 he was a lecturer at the University of Huddersfield, and has also served as guest conductor for prestigious ensembles including Klangforum Wien, United Berlin and Insel Musik Ensemble. Ablinger’s music has been performed by celebrated contemporary music performers and group including Irvine, Arditti, JACK Quartet, Quatuor Diotima and Wet Ink. Both Zytynska and Ablinger are experienced and original educators much respected by students.


Silvija Zytynska was born in Warsaw and learned to play piano, cello and percussion in Poland and Sweden. She plays both contemporary music and its free improvisation. She has taught students how to play percussion instruments at the City of Basel Music Academy since 1985, as well as being a member and co-founder of Zuhören Schweiz, an organisation dedicated to music education. For over 10 years, she has been one of the presenters of the radio programme Musik unserer Zeit on the Swiss station SRF2, where she joins colleagues in commenting on the latest contemporary music recordings.

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.