Skip to content
Midwinter festival
View original picture , opens in new tab/window

Students organize festival in Piteå

Published: 19 February 2018

On Wednesday, this year's edition of the Midwinter Festival will start. An arrangement that shows the best of what the university in Piteå has to offer. The festival is entirely organized by the students themselves.

- We are very pleased with the program, it feels great that it has become so varied, says Johannes Pollak, student and producer for the festival.

- We have wanted to make the program as versatile as possible, and I think we have succeeded. There will be something for everyone, says Stina Andersson, also her student and producer.

Performed by the students themselves

The festival is taking place in Acusticum between Wednesday 21 February and Saturday the same week. The arrangement is completely free and open to the public. Most of the program items are conducted by students from the University of Music at Luleå University of Technology, but teachers and external artists also take part in the program. A recurring highlight is the prestigious music contest that is decided on the opening day of the festival.

- You can say that it is our version of the old television program Kontrapunkt. It's a serious competition where student teams meet teacher teams and teams from the public to see who has the most knowledge about music. Last year the teachers won but the rumor says the students has practiced hard for this year's competition, says Johannes Pollak.

Midnight concert attracts

The four-day arrangement contains a lot of exciting elements, but if both producers have to choose, there are some program items that feel extra exciting.

- For me, it's the midnight concert on Friday night. There the audience will be invited to an electronic improvisation concert with improvisation dance. It will be very exciting to see how that works out, says Johannes Pollak.

- I think program on a whole have the potential to be really good, but I really look forward to the chamber music, says Stina Andersson, who is now looking forward to the festival to start.

- There has been a lot of work and stress at times. Now I hope we can let it go when the festival starts and just enjoy it.