The National Sami Theatre

Also known as Beaivváš Sámi Našunálateáhter
Organisation typeNational institution
Main focusTheatre, Performing arts
Established1 Jan. 1981
WebsiteBeaivváš Sámi Teáhter

About The National Sami Theatre

Beaivváš Sámi Našunálateáhter/The National Sami Theatre was established as an independent theatre company in 1981 in Kautokeino.

Today Beaivváš is a national theatre institution using Sami as its stage language.

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Beaivváš Sámi Našunálateáhter/The National Sami Theatre is a national institution directing its widely ranged theatre program towards a Sami audience in Norway, Sweden, Finland and partly in Russia (the Kola peninsula).

Beaivváš Sámi Našunálateáhter discusses Sami culture and identity, using Sami art and cultural expressions onstage. The theatre emphasises the visual and musical expression in its productions.

From 1987 the theatre has been funded over the Norwegian national budget, and from 2002 it became part of the budget administration of the Sami parliament Sametinget.

Beaivváš Sámi Našunálateáhter/The National Sami Theatre has presented a newly written Sami work every year since it was founded, but it also performs newly written Nordic drama or classics in the Sami language.

The theatre performs in Kautokeino, Karasjok, Tana, Nesseby, Alta, (Kirkenes), Tromsø, Oslo, Karesuando, Kiruna and Gällivarre, among other places. In addition the theatre company has done visiting performances in Russia and the Nordic countries.

The National Sami Theatre was nominated for the Hedda Award 2012 in the special artistic achievement category. The theatre received The Hedda Award 2016 in the same category, for the production Vidas extremas, written by Sigbjørn Skåden, Veronica Salinas, Rosa Chávez and Angel "Kame" Canas Ambrosio, and directed by Jon Tombre.

The Hedda Jury gave the following reason:

"It has been claimed that theatre as an art can only blossom truly when society around it is disrupting, and a lot is at stake. Naturally, at home we rarely see this claim confirmed. But this year we have experienced it, in a sensation of a performance in which a disturbing political reality is presented through dance, poetry, music and theatre by performers who have been personally touched by it. The magic that arises when a personal, deeply felt political involvement is conveyed with superior sense of style and artistic precision - that is theatre for real."


Beaivváš Sámi Našunálateáhter/The National Sami Theatre,, 06.10.2010,

The Hedda Award,, 29.05.2012,

The Hedda Award,, 12.06.2016,