‘Osafestivalen’ is a music festival that takes place in Voss and focuses on folk music and classical music. It was first organized in 1991 and is held every year in the final weekend of October.
The name, Osafestivalen, is derived from the name of the fiddler and violinist Sigbjørn Bernhoft Osa (1910-1990). He founded the Ole Bull Akademiet (a music academy named after a famous Norwegian violinist and composer), recognising the importance of exchanging knowledge and experiences between folk musicians and classical musicians. It also built an important bridge between the two.
The aim of the festival is to spread knowledge about Norwegian folk music through seminars and concerts. Through these events folk music is conveyed through its traditional form, in conjunction with classical music as well as in new compositions inspired by folk music. The festival aims to be an event that melts together tradition and vison, as well as being a meeting point for creative participants and composers.
The festival is created in collaboration between Ole Bull Akadamiet, Voss Spelemannslag, the orchestra Orkesteret Fossegrimen and local activities organisers Voss Ungdomslag.
Osafestivalen 2015 takes place during the weekend of the 22nd-25th of October.