Festspillene will be arranged in Nord-Norge this week for the 50th time. Her Majesty Queen Sonja opened the festival in Harstad today.
Queen Sonja opened the festival with including a poem by Nils Aslak Valkeapää in her speech. In her speech the Queen stated that "To me, arriving here - is like arriving home." Queen Sonja also talked about how much she had looked forward to the day.
For the first time in 15 years Queen Sonja has had the opportunity to attend the opening of the festival.