Ultima is the largest contemporary music festival in Northern Europe.


(Objekt ID 5754)
Object type Organization
Also known as Oslo Contemporary Music Festival
Organization type Festival
Main focus Music
Established January 1, 1991
Email info(at)ultima.no
Website Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival

Contact information

Address Kongens gate 4, 0153 Oslo, Norway
Email info(at)ultima.no

Other information

Legal entity Foundation
Org nr. 990 703 043

Since the first festival took place in 1991, Ultima has developed into one of the leading festivals for contemporary music in Europe. One of Ultima’s primary objectives is to contribute to offering a broad representation of the contemporary music genre, combining a keen interest in innovation and an awareness of tradition in its program and profile. Another objective is to promote Norwegian performers and composes while being internationally directed.

Ultima is organized as a foundation where 18 of Norway’s central cultural institutions and organisations are members. Ultima takes place over 11 days every year.

Ultima was given the status of node institution by the Ministry of Culture Affairs in 2006 and is thereby regarded as an important festival in Norway. Ultima is publicly financed by the Ministry of Culture Affairs (60 %) and Oslo Municipality (40 %).


Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival, ultima.no, 31.08.2010,


Own productions (3)
Title Premiere
Sitat – 2004
Bryt lydmuren – 2001
Orkesternatt – 1996
Contributors (3)
Thorbjørn Tønder Hansen – Artistic director (fra October 1, 2017)
Lars Petter Hagen – Artistic director ( til September 30, 2017)
John Persen – Artistic director (fra 1990 til 1994)