Karlsøy island – an island of history and culture
Karlsøya is a small island located between Ringvassøy island and Vannøy island. The island has been a free haven for artists, musicians and radicals in general for over 40 years. During the 70s and 80s the idealistic youth living there experimented with different ways of thinking and self-sufficient living. In 2000 the islanders started a festival to get more in touch with political alternative communities and resistance movements all over the world. The festival lasts from Tuesday trough the weekend and the first three days consists of political and cultural seminars, and workshops with topical themes hosted by representatives from political and cultural alternative movements from all over the world.
The organization also rents out a large wooden «lavvo» A lavvu is a temporary dwelling used by the Sami people of northern Scandinavia. It has a design similar to a Native American tipi. This large lavvu can fit up to 70 people and offer open fire in the middle, with benches and tables along the wall. It can be rented and heated for various events all year round.