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Strong results for the Arctic Philharmonic in 2016

Last years results show the continued growth of Arctic Philharmonic, with the company delivering excellent artistic and organisational results and audience numbers continued to rise.

The Arctic Philharmonic completed 150 concerts and performances in 2016, and the overall attendance figure grew by 26 per cent to 51,490. As in previous years, some concerts attracted large audiences, such as «Bodøfæst». However, even after adjustments to take this into account, the overall attendance was up 12.5 per cent.

- Excellent focus and effort with sales and marketing of the concerts throughout the year has produced good results. The work involving a new subscription scheme provides us with stability, says a satisfied Chief Executive Officer Tor Lægreid.

- Excellent focus and effort with sales and marketing of the concerts throughout the year has produced good results. The work involving a new subscription scheme provides us with stability. – CEO Tor Lægreid

Collaboration

The Arctic Philharmonic is experiencing increasing demand from North Norwegian cultural venues, festivals and other players on the cultural scene. The company will continue to focus on collaboration, visibility and relevance, combined with internal focus on artistic, organisational and individual development.

- We are noticing an expectation that we are present in many areas, and that the demand exceeds what we manage to cover. Based on trends over recent years, this will become increasing challenging for us in the years to come, says Lægreid. 

Large variation

The Arctic Philharmonic has major variation in terms of productions and collaboration in the space of a year.

- It’s difficult to single out a few areas where we excelled in 2016, but it’s hard not to mention Violet Road playing with the Arctic Philharmonic at the Arctic Arts Festival, the full-scale touring production of the Barber of Seville and the philharmonic orchestra’s tour to Sweden and Finland. Moreover, I must mention exciting chamber productions, Tora Augestad’s collaboration with the Arctic Philharmonic’s Sinfonietta and Henning Kraggerud’s literary collaboration. We have a special focus on children and youth, talent development and recruitment, and good cooperation with the cultural scene throughout Northern Norway, concludes Lægreid.

The annual accounts show a surplus of NOK 5.17 million, of which 3.47 million is from the underlying operation and 1.7 million may be attributed to changes in the pension scheme. Consequently, the operating profit is at the same level as 2015.