Country reports


Expert author: Bård Kleppe
Last update: April 22nd

COVID-19 measures in Norway

  • Campaigns from artist union to prevent public authorities from withdrawing payment for cancelled concerts.
  • A campaign on social media (#norefund) encouraging people who bought tickets for cultural events not to ask for a refund.
  • Arts Council Norway declared that they will not demand refund for projects that are cancelled.
  • Facebook platforms for digital culture dissemination are created.
  • Several concerts, readings etc. are held on Facebook, including crowdfunding.
  • General economic measures such as tax reductions are adopted by parliament.
  • The House of Literature in Oslo and the Norwegian Writer’s Centre create a solidarity fund for vulnerable freelancers and others in the literature industry.
  • The Minister of Culture launches a scheme (EUR 30 million) to support cultural life.
  • Public libraries provide increased digital access to literature.
  • Museums publish guided tours online.
  • Telemark Research Institute launches the research project “Digital adaptation in the times of virus. When cultural life goes viral”.
  • Several cultural institutions such as theatres, museums and the National Opera & Ballet lay off artists and other employees.
  • Several festivals and other events in the summer have been cancelled.