The Icemusic Festival Geilo was first arranged in 2006 on the initiative of Terje Isungset and Pål K. Medhus. The festival has been arranged at the first or second full moon every year since. Icemusic Festival Geilo is the only festival in the world where everything from arena to instruments is made of snow and ice. There have been countless hours of hard work and efforts from volunteers, performers, sponsors, collaborators and organisational management, which has contributed to the Icemusic Festival Geilo each year becoming an ever-better festival. We are very proud of the many magic moments created through the festival and are enormously grateful for the effort by so many people through all 13 festivals.
In 2018, the Icemusic Festival Geilo was due to take place in Geilo from 31st January - 4th February, however it is with great sadness that the board of the Icemusic Festival Geilo has come to the painful decision to cancel the festival in the form originally planned. The decision is based on several factors:
In recent years, one has seen increasing challenges due to weather and climate. The period before and during the festival is increasingly characterised by mild and unstable weather. This creates challenges regarding the construction of the arena, the conduct of concerts and, in particular, the safety of the audience, performers and volunteers alike.
Also in recent years, Visit Geilo AS has contributed with resources for festival management, as well as financial assistance. Unfortunately, events around Visit Geilo give no ability for financial contribution to the Icemusic Festival Geilo in 2018. In addition, there are no longer any resources in Visit Geilo to take care of festival management. It is therefore imperative to find another way to host the Icemusic Festival 2018 than planned.
We are working with an alternative plan for a significantly smaller Icemusic Festival in Finse, but we cannot give any guarantees at this time. Information about the event in Finse will be available at www.icemusicfestival.no in due course. Tickets sold to Icemusic Festival Geilo 2018 will be refunded.
With warm greetings from the board of the Icemusic Festival Geilo,
Pål K. Medhus, Sven-Erik Knoff and Line Ramsvik.