About

Background

Vardø is Norway’s north-easternmost town. Traditionally a vibrant fishing community, the town’s population halved between the 1960s and 2000s. As per 2012, depopulation had balanced out and Vardø had 2,122 inhabitants. Because of the population decline, Vardø was left with many empty buildings in various stages of disrepair. In 2012 “Pøbel” organized a larger scale continuation of the “Getto spedalsk” (“Ghetto leperous”) project known as Komafest 2012

Komafest 2012 showed that big scale art projects in Vardø are not only possible, but also that Vardø is seen as a very attractive place to work by international artists and not at least, that large scale art projects are very well received and supported by the local population. With these experiences ideas started to grow on to more manifestations over the same topic.

2013

This year a prototype or test for the 2016 event was planned and implemented. Traditionally a vibrant fishing community, the town’s population halved between the 1960s and 2000s. As per 2012, depopulation had balanced out and Vardø had 2,122 inhabitants. Because of the population decline, Vardø was left with many empty buildings in various stages of disrepair. “Pøbel” wanted to organize a larger scale continuation of the “Getto spedalsk” (“Ghetto leperous”) project, where he and collaborator “Dolk” painted abandoned buildings in at the Lofoten islands.